I recently purchased a Makita cordless drill. This is my first such tool
and have question regarding some of the function switches which are
poorly explained in the instruction booklet.
(Sorry, I don't have the model number handy -- I left the drill at
There are two switches on the "back" of the drill body which apparently
control the drill's function with regards to the operation being
performed, be it a)drilling or b)driving screws.
One is a large thumb actuated switch that has two positions (1 and 2)
that controls the speed. It is located aft of the chuck and is common
to every drill I've seen. Easy enough to understand what that one does.
My question is in regards to the second, smaller switch, which also has two
positions, each identified by a picture: one is a "screw", and the
other is a "drill bit". There is a red locking switch that prevents
this switch (which moves left to right) from being unintentionally moved
from one setting to the other. This switch is located between the
aforementioned speed switch and the "drag" ring aft of the chuck.
The instruction booklet says to set the switch position according to the
operation being performed. Fine. But, it doesn't attempt to explain
what purpose that this serves. To my eyes, I see absolutely NO
DIFFERENCE in the drill's performance, regardless of the setting I
select. I've never seen this type of switch on any other cordless
drill. The salesperson who sold me the tool has no idea what it does.
Neither did the Makita rep I spoke to.
Why must I move this switch to one side when drilling and to the other
when driving screws? No other drill has this built-in time wasting
What the hell does this switch do??? }:O)
I would have to guess that the switch is to switch from drilling to screwing
without having to turn the "drag collar" all the way up. My older one has
five "drag" settings plus a drill setting on the collar. To go from driving
with a low setting you have to turn the collar all the way up to the drill
setting. I'm guessing you could leave yours set to(for example) a number 3
for driving and then switch to drilling by moving the one switch.
To test, try setting the collar at a "2" for example, with the switch in
drive mode; now hold the chuck and turn the drill on. The drag clutch should
slip at a fairly low power. Now, without moving the drag collar, change the
button to "drill". If you try holding the chuck now, it should stop the
drill IF you can hold it that tight.
The only road to success is always under construction.
Exactly. Carry on using low gear/ high torque for driving screws, high gear/
lower torque for drilling. Better still, leave it in high gear all the time
and buy an impact driver for screwdriving. Is it just me or have Makita gone
downhill lately? Still wouldn't be without my LS1013 chop saw or 3612CX
This is a very useful switch. The drill switch setting is obviously for
drilling but also over rides the clutch. If you are using small screws and
are using a low number clutch setting you will easily strip out the screws
or wood if you use the drill setting. If you use the screw setting to drill
holes the clutch will slip.
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