I have a Dewalt DW929 18V Cordless drill. It is functioning fine with
respect to drilling and such. However, as the motor runs I can smell what I
can best descibe as that smell from kids electric racing cars. You know, the
ones where you put a track on the floor and pull a trigger on a handset and
the cars go. No steering, just racing. I wouldn't describe it as a burning
Its about 18 months old, so its out of warranty. Does it need some
maintenance that I haven't done? The only maintenance I ever do is
occasionally blowing out the vents with compressed air.
I would strongly suggest you take somewhere for service. My 18 month
PC 14.4 burnt out 2 weeks ago. I had noticed the same smell you
described and thought I could get away with it for a weekend project.
In the middle of driving a screw, the thing fused tight on me. Its on
its way to the Factory service center, but I'm not optimistic its a
Hope you have better luck than me. On the brighter side, I replace it
with a Milwaukee and wish I had bought more of their tools after using
I think you're smelling ozone, which is caused because the brushes
(which are actually blocks of carbon/other stuff) are worn and so
there is too much of an electrical arc between the brushes and the
Or something like that.
At any rate, brushes are cheap, replace 'em and try it.
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Yes is does. Brushless DC motors are small and not very powerfull. They are
fine for spinning the fans and hard disk platters in your PC at precise
speeds but they don't provide much power. You want to drill in some screws
you use an old fashioned brush type.
one thing I have learned, is that the actual motor, is probably the least
expensive part in a cordless drill.....cost me 57 bucks to replace the trigger
switch on a milwaukee 12 volt drill....
seems they had to sell me a whole new case....go figure....but the drill still
works fine ten years later....with the new case and switch...
i got a sears cordless drill and had that odor since it was new... it kinda
smelled like a burning smell, and then again it might have been the
paint/insulation materials in it??? it still has that smell after one year of
use and still works fine.... dont know what the smell is, it might be the
plastic body of the drill.. some plastics do have a gasing odor all the time???
this might be the odor you smell????
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