Rated 1 out of 5Â by WhiteShark Fatally flawed chuck
The Makita brand and the, featured, more positive reviews persuaded me to 'buy blind'. Looking back, I noticed, too late, that others had also spotted the poor chuck arrangement. Sadly, the chuck design is fatally flawed, in that whatever depth you might want to drill into, the chuck only grips with the drill pushed right into the chuck. If that only leaves, say, 30mm protruding, that's all you can ever go with that bit. Fantastic on paper, useless in reality, what a pity.
5 Oct 2016
Rated 5 out of 5Â by workingclass Great drill
A very powerful little drill that will drill masonry no problem. We used it with a 16mm spade bit to drill through double 175mm wooden gate posts.
18 May 2016
Rated 1 out of 5Â by ChrisTip Rubbish chuck design
I used the drill for only 2 days before taking it back with a failed chuck.
I was drilling 5mm pilot holes through 25mm battens. The instructions said to insert the drill bit all the way into the chuck, but my 5mm masonry bit showed less than 25mm of drill protruding. If I inserted the bit so that I could show enough of the bit to pass through the 25mm batten the chuck would not hold it firmly enough to keep it in place and after a couple of holes it was back to showing less than 25mm.
Then I got onto the main 8mm holes for the plugs. This time I could insert the drill to the base of the chuck, but was unable to tighten the chuck enough to stop the bit slipping. Worse than that, when I tried to undo the chuck it had progressively tightened in use and had to resort to a pair of plumbing spanners to undo it. I will stress that I only tightened the chuck by hand.
When undone the chuck had damaged the shaft of a new drill bit and the resulting 'burr' became locked into a hexagon recess at the base of the chuck and I had to resort to a vice and pair of pliers to remove the bit from the open teeth of the chuck.
Fortunately I was able to take the drill back and get a refund, so please do not make the same mistake as I made. This chuck is badly designed.
Makita really need to go back to the drawing board.
23 Feb 2016
Rated 1 out of 5Â by stevesboat Rubbish chuck. Don't bother.
It looks good, feels good and when the chuck stays tight it performs very well.
Problem is the clever hand tight chuck is rubbish.
It slips and it jams.
Made out of plastic it slips if its not tight.
It distorts when you then undo it.
Too clever, doesn't work, don't buy this one.
2 Feb 2016