Input the model number of your tool in the "Search Box" located in the top right corner of the page. You will be taken to the product detail page of the model entered. If you cannot find the information you need, please contact the Makita U.S.A., Inc. National Call Center, located in Buford, Georgia, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. EST at (800)462-5482.
Please contact the Makita U.S.A., Inc. National Call Center, located in Buford, Georgia, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. EST at (800)462-5482. You can also search for a local dealer in your area by choosing the "Buy Local" button at the top of the Makita web page or "Buy Online" for a link to our online dealers.
Find your closest FSC or ASC by choosing the "Service" tab at the top of the page and then click on Service Centers. You can input your zip code to find an ASC in your area or click on the "Factory Service Center" check box to pull up all of the FSC's by state.
You can register your tool at: https://www.makitatools.com/account/login?returnUrl=/utility/register-makita-tools.
Input the model number of your tool in the "Search Box" located in the top right corner of the page. You will be taken to the product detail page of the model entered. Go to "Resources & Media" section towards the bottom fo the page. PDF files of the Instruction Manual or Parts Breakdown can be downloaded here. If the Instruction Manual or Parts Breakdown is not listed please contact the National Call center, located in Buford, Georgia, at (800)462-5482.
No. Makita designed every aspect of the 18V LXT® Lithium-Ion and 18V Compact Lithium-Ion line of tools to deliver four promises to the pro user: More Power, Less Weight, Better Fit and More Work. LXT® and Compact tools are not just existing tools with a new Lithium-Ion battery; they are completely re-designed with the most advanced power tool Lithium-Ion battery and charging system available on the market. Makita designed and built the LXT® tool platform from the ground up to complement the lightweight LXT® and Compact battery platform.
Most likely the problem will be the battery in this scenario. You can go to www.makitatools.com to find a service center nearest you. You can also contact the Makita Call Center, located in Buford, Georgia, at (800)4-MAKITA for further assistance.
Yes. Once you notice the performance of the tool diminishing (i.e. it starts to slow down and is not useful), stop using the tool and charge the battery. To continue discharging the battery below the level that it will not power the tool may result in damaging the battery and decreased run times and cycle life.
No. Makita recommends simply charging a brand new battery to a full charge before using it.
No, Makita chargers are designed so that they will not overcharge a Lithium-Ion battery. For example, the Makita Rapid Optimum Charger (DC18RC) communicates with Makita 18V Lithium-Ion batteries to detect its charge level. Upon reaching a full charge, the charger goes into a maintenance mode and actively monitors the battery's charge level to keep it fully charged
Each Makita Lithium-Ion Power Tool, Battery and Charger is warranted to be free of defects from workmanship and materials for the period of THREE YEARS from the date of original purchase. For more information on warranties for Makita Tools, go to the WARRANTY link at makitatools.com, or contact the Makita Call Center, located in Buford, Georgia, at (800)4-MAKITA.
No, the use of a converter or power inverter may cause damage to the charger and will void the warranty.
No. None of Makita's job site radios are equipped to charge batteries. The job site radios include an AC adaptor and can also run on pod style or slide style Makita batteries, from 9.6V to 18V.
No. Makita 7.2V, 12V max, and 36V Lithium-Ion batteries require different chargers. For the full line-up of Makita Lithium-Ion battery chargers, go to the ACCESSORIES link at makitatools.com
Yes. The arbor size of Makita 18V LXT Metal Cutting Saws (including models BCS550 and XSC01 with a 5-3/8” blade, and the XSC02 with a 5-7/8” blade) is 5/8". Makita makes several replacement blades that fit the saw for a range of metal cutting applications. For more information, contact the Makita Call Center, located in Buford, Georgia, at (800)4-MAKITA.
No -- only use genuine Makita batteries and chargers. Makita Lithium-Ion batteries are manufactured to strict standards, and are engineered with internal electronic circuitry to monitor the battery conditions when in use with Makita tools and chargers. By using a non-genuine Makita "knock-off" battery or batteries that have been altered, the sophisticated electronic communication system between the battery and charger as well as between the battery and the tool may be defeated. This will result in:
- Voiding the Makita Warranty for the Makita tool and charger
- Voiding the UL/CSA Standards approval of the tool
When using non-genuine Makita batteries, there is also a risk of:
- The battery bursting that may result in personal injury and/or property damage
- Possible fire damage to the tool, the battery and/or the charger
- Unknown tool performance
Makita bears no liability for accidents, personal injury or property damage (or damage to batteries, tools or chargers) that occurs as a result of the use of "knock-off" batteries, or batteries that have been repaired or altered in any way. Always use genuine Makita.
You can dispose of a Makita battery at any Makita Factory Service Center or a local recycling facility. To find a facility in your region, contact Call2Recycle®: call2recycle.org or 800.822.8837.
No, Makita chargers are designed so that they will not overcharge a Lithium-Ion battery. For example, the Makita Rapid Optimum Charger (DC18RC) communicates with Makita 18V Lithium-Ion batteries to detect its charge level. Upon reaching a full charge, the charger goes into a maintenance mode and actively monitors the battery's charge level to keep it fully charged.
You can find the description in the Owner Manual of DC18RC.
Flashing Green Light – Ready to charge
Solid red light – Charging (Battery is below 80% charge)
Solid red and green light – Charging (Battery is above 80% charge)
Solid green light - Charging complete
Flashing red light - Delay in charging (Battery is cooling or the battery is too cold to charge)
Flashing red and green light – Defective battery
Flashing yellow light - Cooling abnormality
Solid yellow light - Conditioning
Makita batteries are compatible within each respective battery platform (example: LXT batteries are compatible only with LXT products). Makita battery-powered products are engineered so the motor and battery work together for optimum performance. Here is a summary of the Makita Systems and compatible batteries for each:
Every Makita® Lithium-Ion Tool, Battery, and Charger is warranted to be free of defects from workmanship and materials for the period of THREE YEARS from the date of original purchase, excluding the Makita ConnectX™ Portable backpack Power Supply. Every Makita® ConnectX™ Portable Backpack Power Supply is warranted to be free of defects from workmanship and materials for the period of TWO YEARS from the date of original purchase.
For more information on warranties for Makita Products, go to the SUPPORT link on the main navigation bar and click on "Warranty", or click here. You may also contact the Makita Call Center; Agents are located in Flowery Branch, GA and Reno, NV, and are ready to help during business hours: (800)4-MAKITA.
Makita battery-powered products are engineered so the motor and battery work together for optimum performance. Here is a summary of batteries and amp hours in the Makita Systems:
Makita recommends simply charging a brand new battery to a full charge before using it. The charge time for the batteries are as follows:
1.5ah = 15 mins, 2.0ah = 20 mins, 3.0ah = 30 mins, 4.0ah = 40 mins, 5.0ah = 45 mins, 6.0ah = 60 mins.
No, do not disassemble battery cartridge.
BL1815 and BL1820B - .85lbs
BL1830B-BL1860B – 1.35lbs
Yes proof of purchase is needed.
At this time, only tools can be registered.
A typical 12" Miter Saw will deliver more cutting capacity in both crosscut and vertical cutting height compared to a 10" miter saw. With its smaller blade, a 10" saw typically has less blade run out and deflection, and is frequently more accurate and ideal for making specialty cuts.
Slide compound miter saws typically deliver larger cross-cutting capacity over comparable non-slide compound miter saws.
Makita 2-cycle power cutters require a 50:1 mixture with synthetic oil (part numbers T-00739 6.4 oz., or T-00745 2.6 oz.). Please refer to the Instruction Manual to confirm the proper grade of oil.
Makita power cutters come with a five-stage filter system with Advanced Directional Air Flow for increased performance and easy maintenance. The foam pre-filter should be checked and cleaned daily or at least every four operating hours when cutting with high dust amounts. When cutting wet or when cutting steel, the foam pre-filter should be cleaned weekly or every 25 operating hours (never use compressed air to clean the filters). The smaller inner filter can be washed in lukewarm soapy water with regular dishwashing liquid or Makita filter cleaner, and allowed to air dry. The paper air filter insert can be slightly opened and tapped against a clean surface, but should never be washed. For part numbers on specific replacement filter parts, go to the specific product page on the Makita website.
Hammer drills receive their hammering action from two cams striking each other. A rotary hammer is electro-pneumatic, getting its hammering energy from air pressure. Hammer drills are best used for setting small anchors in unreinforced concrete, as well as stucco, masonry, and block wall. Rotary hammers are engineered for use on both reinforced and unreinforced concrete, as well as stucco, masonry, and block wall.
Some rotary hammers can do light demolition work, like chipping tile. But for heavy or extended demolition work, a demolition hammer is the better tool for the job.
AVT® (Anti-Vibration Technology) is Makita's exclusive counterbalance system that reduces vibration up to 3-times less than competitive models. With AVT®, the hammering energy is focused on the work surface and less vibration is directed at the tool and the tool user.
The arrow on the piston should be pointing towards the muffler. For service on your Makita power cut saw, you can find the closest Makita FSC or ASC by choosing the "Service" tab at the top of the web page and then click on "Authorized and Factory Service Centers." You can input your zip code to find an ASC in your area or click on the "Factory Service Center List" link to pull up all of the FSC's by state.
Makita makes a range of drywall screwdrivers with a variety of features for different applications. In general, a lower RPM setting will deliver higher torque which is often best for fastening screws into wood studs. However, it ultimately comes down to user preference.
Impact drivers are engineered to deliver more speed and more torque in a smaller package. The combination of speed and torque is a perfect combination for all fastening applications, including long screws for building a deck. Another option is a high torque corded screwdriver, with 2500 RPM being best for deck screws. Makita offers a range of impact driver and screwdriver solutions.
No, it can only be used on the DA4000LR and the 6304LR.
In order to use a cut-off wheel, the Makita grinder must be equipped with an approved cut-off wheel guard for the particular grinder. Consult the grinder's Instruction Manual to determine the proper guard. Also, grinder accessories must be rated for at least the speed recommended on the tool warning label.
Select Makita grinders can be used as a disc sander. Consult the tool's Instruction Manual for confirmation of the proper accessories and their use.
Hubbed grinding wheels are made with the inner flange and lock nut mounted on the wheel. On a depressed center wheel the inner flange and lock nut are not attached to the wheel, and must be fastened separately with the lock-nut wrench during installation. Consult the grinder's Instruction Manual for confirmation of the proper accessories and their use.
Makita has one of the largest assortments of angle grinders, ranging in size from 4" to 9". The grinder model best for you depends on several factors based on your application. As a result, Makita manufactures angle grinders at different sizes with different types of grips, switch configurations as well as RPMs to best handle your application.
SJS® (Super Joint System) is an innovation from Makita engineering where the motor armature and spiral bevel gear are linked by a coil spring. If the grinding wheel catches or binds, the coil spring relaxes and disengages the gears from the motor. As the grinding wheel stops, the gears and motor are protected. Click on the video (right) for a descriptive video of this innovative technology.
Pull the starter rope three times with the decompression valve out.
Compression should be between 130 PSI and 150 PSI.
Makita offers 2-cycle engine oil for use in its products equipped with 2-cycle engines. But any TC3-grade 2-cycle oil is formulated for use in these products. Please refer to the Instruction Manual to confirm the proper grade of oil on your particular model.
You should never use motor oil in place of chain bar oil because most motor oils have detergents in them.
The models that end in an "R" are brushless self-exciting two pole single phase revolving field. The models that end in an "L" have brushes in the motor.
Yes, each model has a separate part number for the engine.
4-cycle equipment is engineered for better fuel economy and is up to 60% more efficient than 2-cycle equipment. In addition, 4-cycle equipment has reduced exhaust emissions over 2-cycle equipment. Also, 4-cycle uses unleaded fuel and does not require fuel-oil mixture.
Yes. Makita 4-cycle equipment does not require fuel-oil mixture, but it does require a small amount of motor oil in the motor (SAE 10W-30 of API classification, class SF or higher). Please refer to the Instruction Manual for a recommended maintenance schedule.
Makita offers a range of reciprocating saw blades that are engineered for residential, commercial and industrial applications. Most common reciprocal blades are compatible for use on Makita reciprocal saws, but verify in your tool's Instruction Manual prior to use.
Hypoid gears, like those in the Makita 5377MG 7-1/4" Magnesium Hypoid Circular Saw, are engineered with heat-treated hypoid steel gears designed to last longer and prevent premature wear often found in traditional bronze-alloy worm-drive gears. The hypoid gears also have greater surface contact and deliver more power.
Makita's JR3070CT is equipped with Anti-Vibration Technology (AVT), Makita’s exclusive counterbalance system that reduces vibration up to 3-times less than competitive models. With less vibration, the JR3070CT cuts more efficiently for increased cutting performance. Makita’s AVT is also available in select Makita rotary and demolition hammers.
If applied properly, both types of sanders can be effective per their specific applications. Random orbit sanders typically remove more material in less time, as the sanding base moves in an orbital and rotating random motion. Refer to the Instruction Manual for proper use and applications for your specific sander.
Yes. All Makita belts have a directional arrow marking which is visible on the inside and on the outside to follow for proper belt installation. Follow the installation procedure outlined in the Instruction Manual.
Yes. Makita offers a PSA pad (part 743056-7) which will allow you to use PSA paper.
Check the sand paper, and make sure that your punched holes are in line with the punch plate provided with the tool.
No. Please refer to the Instruction Manual for proper use and accessories for your Makita planer.
It is not necessary to use a straight guide on your router when using a ball bearing pilot bit, because the bearing on the bit acts as your guide. Always refer to your Instruction Manual for proper usage.
Yes, Makita's RD1101/ RF1101, RP1800 and RP2301FC routers can be equipped to use your Porter Cable® template guides by using the compatible guide adaptor.
Porter-Cable® is a registered trademark of Porter-Cable Corporation®.
This trademark is being used without the permission of the trademark owners for informational purposes only.
Sync Lock™ is a programmable system for batteries consisting of a battery terminal and a battery that enables the user to set date and time intervals to disable the battery and prevent unauthorized use of battery-powered products. For more details see our product detail page.
If you use Makita cordless tools and batteries are a major part of your tool budget -- and you are concerned about battery theft -- then Sync Lock™ is for you. The Sync Lock™ is a theft-deterrent system that creates a strong incentive for your workers not to take batteries off the job site.
After your initial investment in the hardware, there is no cost. Simply purchase the terminal and set up the software (included) on a computer or laptop -- that's all you need to start using Sync Lock™. It's worth noting that there is no added cost for Makita batteries compatible with Sync Lock™. Unlike some competitor theft-deterrent systems (which require a newly-Bluetooth-enabled battery that costs more, or needs an adaptor for existing batteries), all Makita batteries in the field with L.E.D. charge-level indicators are ready to use with Sync Lock™.
Sync Lock™ works with Makita 18V Lithium-Ion 2.0Ah, 3.0Ah, 4.0Ah, 5.0Ah and 6.0Ah batteries equipped with L.E.D. charge-level indicators. The following battery model numbers are compatible: BL1802B, BL1830B, BL1840B, BL1850B, BL1860B.
No, Sync Lock™ does not require a mobile app for installation or operation. This is consistent with our job site research which indicates that the use of mobile apps on job sites is not commonly accepted. In fact, many job sites consider use of mobile devices a distraction and are creating guidelines to restrict their use during working hours. Sync Lock™ provides a strong theft-deterrent without the use of mobile devices.
Research indicates that an average Makita contractor-user has up to 4 batteries for every Makita cordless tool. Research also indicates that the battery investment meet and exceed the investment in tools. Makita Sync Lock™ provides a strong theft deterrent for any contractor invested in the Makita LXT system.
You will require a computer or laptop with a USB port running Windows 7 or 8 series operating system. The Sync Lock™ Terminal Kit has everything else you'll need including the Sync Lock™ terminal, operating software and micro-USB cable. Note that the Sync Lock™ operating software is included on a flash drive but can also be downloaded at here.
No. At this time Sync Lock™ can be used only with a computer or laptop with a Windows 7 or 8 series operating system.
No. You will require an internet connection only if you choose to download the Sync Lock™ operating software at www.makitatools.com. Note that the Sync Lock™ operating software is included in a flash drive inside the kit .
No. An internet connection is not required to operate Sync Lock™ on your job site.
Refer to the Quick Start Guide, which can be found inside the box. It can also be found in PDF format on the installation flash drive, and at makitatools.com/sync lock. The Quick Start Guide has clear step-by-step instructions for installation and set-up so you can put Sync Lock™ to work on your job site.
Be sure that your computer or laptop is using Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 operating system (OS). When loading, be sure that the cord is connected properly between the Terminal and the computer or laptop. Note that Sync Lock™ software is not compatible with Macintosh computers. Note also that the software will not operate on tablets or mobile devices of any kind. For more information, contact the Makita Call Center at (800)4-MAKITA.
When you plug in your terminal (by connecting it to your laptop or computer with the connector USB cable) be sure that the Terminal side-switch is in the middle position: Communication Mode. Be sure that your software is open on your desktop. In the Sync Lock™ window on screen be sure that the USB icon at the top-right is lit (see image at right). For more information, contact the Makita Call Center at (800)4-MAKITA.
Check that the cord is connected properly between the Terminal and your computer or laptop. Also, be sure that the Terminal side-switch is in the middle position: Communication Mode. For more information, contact the Makita Call Center at (800)4-MAKITA.
Yes. Each terminal includes a CR2450 3-Volt Lithium Coin Cell Battery already installed. It is recommended that you keep extra battery cells on hand as you will not be able to unlock your batteries on the Terminal if the battery is dead. Note that your Terminal will show a warning light when the battery is low (image at right). It is also a good practice to keep an extra Terminal on the job site as a back-up in the event of a dead battery -- this precaution will help prevent down time during battery changes.
There are three light-indicators on your Sync Lock™ Terminal:
1. Registration: When this is lit and the side-switch is set on Registration, your terminal will allow you to set new PIN numbers for your batteries and/or Terminal.
2. Timer: When this is lit and the side switch is set on Timer mode, you may assign lock-out schedules to your batteries. Note that the PIN must be assigned to each battery before you can set the lock-out schedule.
3. Warning: The Warning light indicates that the Terminal and battery PIN do not match. The Warning light also signals a low battery -- this is your signal to replace your battery with a new CR2450 3V Lithium Coin Cell Battery. Note that with a dead battery, you will not be able to unlock your batteries, so it is advised to keep extra batteries on-hand, and also to keep one extra Terminal with battery as back-up.
When connected to your computer or laptop with the connector cable, the side-switch settings (image at right) allow you to do a number of functions:
1. Registration: Set new PIN numbers for your batteries and/or Terminal.
2. Timer: Assign lock-out schedules to your batteries. Note that the PIN must be assigned to each battery before you can set the lock-out schedule.
Once a PIN has been assigned to the Terminal while connected to your computer or laptop, the Terminal is ready to program your batteries. With the Terminal connected or un-connected to your computer or laptop -- and with the side-switch on Registration -- simply slide on an un-programmed battery onto the Terminal. When the tone sounds and the Registration light blinks, the PIN has been assigned to that battery. From there, if the timer has already been set to the Terminal, you can switch the setting to Timer mode, which will also set the Lock-Out Time.
A User Name can further identify the Terminal to the particular person or project.
Always click "OK". The Registration Data PIN you just entered prior to seeing this message must be the same as the Timer Cross PIN when setting battery lock-out times. Note that if the Registration Cross PIN is still set at the default setting of four zeroes (0 0 0 0), it will ensure that you are able to program new batteries simply by sliding them onto the Terminal (note: side switch must be set at Registration).
With your Terminal connected to a computer or laptop equipped with the Sync Lock™ software, go to Registration Setting to set up a new Registration Data Setting PIN and User Name. See the Quick Start Guide for additional information.
If you changed the Registration Cross PIN from the default setting of four zeroes (0 0 0 0), you will need to change it back to the default PIN. With your Terminal connected to your computer or laptop, change your Registration Cross PIN to four zeroes (0 0 0 0) and hit "Transmit". Wait for the tone, then unplug your Terminal. Now, with the side-switch set at "Registration', slide the battery onto the Terminal, wait for the tone and the Registration light to flash. The battery is now programmed and can be removed. To change your Registration Cross PIN back to your previous setting, connect your Terminal with a computer or laptop and change your Registration Cross PIN. As mentioned, we recommend that you leave the Registration Cross Pin at the default setting of four zeroes for ease-of-use.
Leave the Registration Cross PIN at the default setting of four zeroes (0 0 0 0). Your Terminal will arrive with this setting.
Keep an extra Terminal on the job site as a back-up in the event of a dead battery -- this precaution will help prevent down time during battery changes.
Have extra battery cells on hand in your job box or job site. You will not be able to unlock your batteries on the Terminal if the battery is dead. Note that your Terminal will show a warning light when the battery is low. This precaution will help prevent down time during battery changes.
On the job site, keep your Terminal(s) on Timer Mode. This is the most common setting for everyday use. If it is not set on Timer Mode, the Terminal will not read your batteries.
If you have a large job site, it is recommended to have multiple Terminals (example: one Terminal per floor). This ensures faster processing of multiple batteries.
To un-program a battery, it is best to have a Sync Lock™ on-hand set at the Timer-Cancel setting in order to quickly clear batteries. It may be convenient to have your tool crib manager have a Terminal on this setting so batteries can be quickly swiped to remove the current timing settings.
Remember to first de-program all of your batteries by setting the Timer Cross Pin to the default setting of four zeroes (0 0 0 0), and swiping all batteries. You can return your Sync Lock™ to your Dealer.
Sync Lock™ (and all Makita lithium-ion tools, batteries and chargers) are backed by a limited 3-Year Warranty.
Makita U.S.A., Inc. is based in La Mirada, California with a manufacturing, distribution and training center in Buford, GA, a distribution and training center in the City of Wilmer, TX, and a distribution center in Mt. Prospect, IL. If you do not find the information you are looking for within the FAQs, please contact our customer service team based in Buford, GA at: (800)4-MAKITA for further assistance.