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Common
How do I have a product or technical support question answered?

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.

How can I order parts for my Makita products?

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.

How do I find my nearest Makita Distributor?

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.

How do I find my nearest Factory Service Center or Authorized Service Center?

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.

How can I obtain an Instruction Manual or Parts Breakdown for my tool?

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
What is the advantage in buying a 12" slide compound miter saw over a 10" slide compound miter saw?

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.

What is the advantage in buying a slide compound saw over a regular compound saw?

Slide compound miter saws typically deliver larger cross-cutting capacity over comparable non-slide compound miter saws.

What is the difference between Makita's old table saw guard system, and the new guard system on the 2705?

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
I have a Makita gas power cutter. What is the proper fuel mixture?

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.

How often should I change or clean the air filter on my power cut saw?

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.

When drilling into concrete what is the difference between a hammer drill and a rotary hammer?

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.

Is it possible to do demolition work with a rotary hammer?

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.

What is AVT?

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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.

When replacing the piston/cylinder of my power cut saw, where should the directional arrow be facing?

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
Will Makita Lithium-Ion tools ever be compatible with Makita Ni-Cd or Ni-MH batteries?

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.

If the rapid charger is flashing "red – green" is it definitely the battery or could it possibly be the charger?

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. Bring your battery and charger to a Makita Factory Service Center (FSC) or an Authorized Service Center (ASC) for diagnostic tests to pinpoint the issue.

Does "over discharging" have a negative affect on the battery?

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.

Do you have to condition a brand new Makita Lithium-Ion battery before using it?

No. Makita recommends charging a brand new battery to a full charge before using it.

Can Makita Lithium-Ion batteries "over charge"?

No, Makita chargers are designed so that they will not overcharge a Lithium-Ion battery. For example, the DC18RA communicates with slide type 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.

What is the warranty on Makita Lithium-Ion cordless tools?

All Makita Lithium-Ion cordless tools come with a 3-year warranty from original date of purchase, and the batteries and chargers come with a 1-year warranty from original date of purchase.

Can I use my battery charger with a power inverter?

No, the use of a converter or power inverter may cause damage to the charger and will void the warranty.

Will my BMR100W Makita Job Site Radio charge my batteries?

No. None of Makita's job site radios – including the BMR100 and BMR100W – 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.

Can I use my Makita 18V Lithium-Ion battery charger (model DC18RA) to charge the new Makita 10.8V Lithium-Ion or 36V Lithium-Ion batteries?

No. While the same battery and charger is compatible with a full range of Makita 18V Lithium-Ion tools, the Makita 10.8V and Makita 36V Lithium-Ion batteries require different chargers. The 10.8V battery requires the DC10WA battery charger and the 36V battery requires the DC36RA battery charger.

Does my cordless metal cutting saw (model BCS550) require a special metal cutting blade?

Yes. The arbor size of the metal cutting saw is 5/8". Makita makes two replacement blades that fit the saw. A 30-tooth blade that comes with the purchase of the saw is part A-94518 and a 50-tooth blade is part A-94524.

Drilling and Fastening
When choosing a drywall screwdriver to be used in wood studs, which is the best one to use, high RPM or low RPM?

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.

I am going to be putting down new deck boards using 4" screws. Which would be better to use, a driver-drill with adjustable clutch or an impact driver?

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.

Can the right angle attachment for the DA4000LR be used on all Makita ½" Drills?

No, it can only be used on the DA4000LR and the 6304LR.

Metalworking
Can I use a cut-off wheel on any of the Makita grinders?

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.

Can I use any Makita grinder as a disc sander?

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.

What is the difference between a hubbed grinding wheel and a depressed center grinding wheel?

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.

What size Makita grinder should I 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.

What is SJS?

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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
When doing a compression test on my tool how many times should I pull the starter rope?

Pull the starter rope three times with the decompression valve out.

What should the compression be on my Makita chain saw and power cut saw?

Compression should be between 130 PSI and 150 PSI.

Do I have to use only Makita oil mix in my 2-cycle tool?

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.

Can I use motor oil in my chain saw instead of bar oil?

You should never use motor oil in place of chain bar oil because most motor oils have detergents in them.

I have a Makita generator, model G6100R. Is it possible to put an electric start on this model?

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.

Does Makita sell a kit to convert my generator over to propane gas?

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

Do Makita generators have brushes in the motor?

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.

Can I get the engine complete for Makita generators?

Yes, each model has a separate part number for the engine.

What advantage would I gain in purchasing a 4-cycle blower versus a 2-cycle model?

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.

Does Makita 4-cycle equipment require oil?

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
Can I use any brand reciprocal saw blade in my Makita reciprocal saw?

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.

What is the difference between "hypoid" gears and "worm drive" gears?

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.

How does the JR3070CT recip saw reduce vibration?

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
Is a random orbit sander better than a regular finishing sander?

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.

On my Makita belt sander does it matter how I install the belt?

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.

I have a model BO5030 sander and want to use PSA Paper – is this possible?

Yes. Makita offers a PSA pad (part 743056-7) which will allow you to use PSA paper.

I have a model BO4556 sander and my dust bag is not collecting the dust. What could be causing this?

Check the sand paper, and make sure that your punched holes are in line with the punch plate provided with the tool.

Can I install blades in my Makita planer to make decorative molding?

No. Please refer to the Instruction Manual for proper use and accessories for your Makita planer.

When using a bearing feed router bit do I need to use a straight guide on my router?

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.

I have a set of Porter Cable® template guides – can I use them with my Makita router?

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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