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.
See pic: http://www.lawson-his.co.uk/images/Makita/6337dwde.jpg
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)