Frequently Asked Questions

Common

Please contact the Makita U.S.A., Inc. National Call Center 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 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 "Shop" tab at the top of the Makita web page and click on "Where to Buy." You can input your zip code to find a distributor in your area or click on the links to our online dealers.

You can find your closest dealer by choosing the "Shop" tab at the top of the Makita web page and click on "Where to Buy." You can input your zip code to find a distributor in your area or click on the links to our online dealers.

You can find your closest FSC or ASC by choosing the "Service" tab at the top of the 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.

You can 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 page for the model number you entered, then given an option to click on a PDF file of the Instruction Manual or Parts Breakdown. If the Instruction Manual or Parts Breakdown it not listed please contact the National Call center at (800)462-5482. If the Instruction Manual or Parts Breakdown is available we can send the information via email, fax, or through the mail.

Benchtop

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.

The new 2705 10" table saw has a new "tool-less" modular blade guard system with an adjustable riving knife. The new system provides two independent stow-able anti-kick back pawls and two adjustable dual side guards that allow for easy measurements from both sides of the blade. The new riving knife also offers three positions: through, non-through and dado cuts.

Concrete

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. Click on the video (right) for a descriptive video of this innovative technology.

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

Cordless

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 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 SERVICE link at makitatools.com, or contact the Makita Call Center 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 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

Drilling and Fastening

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.

Metalworking

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.

Power Equipment

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.

No. Even though the tool has a cover on the housing where the starter would mount, it would need a different flywheel and control box. In addition, the starter does not come as an assembly.

No. Makita generators must run on unleaded fuel only. Makita does not sell any type of conversion kits.

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.

Saws

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.

Woodworking

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 bearing feed 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.

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