20 Most Recent Makita 18V 1/2"CRDLS Drill Kit Questions & Answers

WOW! Count yourself very lucky. Most batteries don't last half that time. The newer battery probably has a lower amp hour rating than the first one. When replacing the battery (and you must replace it) look for the one with the HIGHEST amp hours - which is usually written on the battery or packaging. You can also ask at a Batteries Plus store if they can re-build the original battery for you- since the unit is so old, and Makita might not make replacements for your drill. You could rebuild the battery yourself,it is only 12 AA or C batteries wired together, but ni-cads can be dangerous when soldering and can explode if you slip up. Best bet is to get a new or rebuilt battery.

Makita 18V... | Answered on Jul 02, 2017

Clutch is part of the transmission assy - yes it is about the only thing that it can be causing your issue. It is a fairly inexpensive and easy fix on Makita - the worst part is removing the chuck.

Makita 18V... | Answered on Apr 17, 2014

You can either order necessary parts, or keep the expensive battery and buy a new drill that takes the same battery, and you'll be saving lots of time and headaches.

Makita 18V... | Answered on Jul 01, 2010

leave the battery in the charger when you are not using the drill to fully charge them.
Try to use the batteries often like in the light or some other means to occasionaly dischage the batteries for the best battery life.

Makita 18V... | Answered on Jun 16, 2010

you have to disassemble the tool completely. Remove chuck, remove battery, remove all screws holding body parts together, remove one side of body. Now you can see motor and gear box. Pull out both of them and twist gearbox a bit (just few degrees or millimeters) if it goes, then just pull gear away from the motor. Be carefull, some gear parts may drop of, so hold gearbox down and motor up. Juraj

Makita 18V... | Answered on Jun 08, 2010

Sounds like the battery never fully charged and lost all capacity to do so. You can get on ebay and get one or find an interstate battery distributor. Sears.com also has access to these batteries.

Makita 18V... | Answered on Jun 08, 2010

This link is for makita parts and you will need your model number off the drill.


Makita 18V... | Answered on Jun 06, 2010

get gear box checked common fault on this model

Makita 18V... | Answered on Jan 31, 2010

Your selector slide for the gears may be broken. If it is broken you will have to replace the transmission unit cause they don't sell the individual parts. Or it could be that your selector slide is off a little, try shifting the selector into the different positions. If it is not locking you are missing the little retention spring that rides along the side of the selector. In this case all you need to replace is the spring. Any questions please post back.

Makita 18V... | Answered on Nov 16, 2009

you can try clicking on my name and then my profile and on the left hand side under tips is the written instructions. Let me know if this doesn't work and I will reprint.

Makita 18V... | Answered on Oct 18, 2009

the lithium batteries are not like nicad you can cahrge them whenever you want and will not get a memory. Just put them on the charger and when the ready light is on they are done.

Makita 18V... | Answered on Oct 05, 2009

If this is a Makita tool I would go to Makitausa.com and type in your model number to look at or download a parts diagram for this tool. Let me know if you need further help.

Makita 18V... | Answered on Jan 31, 2009

What type of battery pack Ni-Cad? if not then you don't have to dis-charge it, only Nicad's need to be run flat.

Makita 18V... | Answered on Nov 08, 2008

you can buy the part
exploded view says part 6
look simple ..?.the way in is undo the top casing
leave the motor section in place if possible
Makita 3700B Trimmer Parts

Makita Drills | Answered on Aug 24, 2019

7.2V LITHIUM-ION 1.0AH (BL0710)
The Makita 1.0Ah battery with a 30 minute charge time.

Lithium-ion (LXT) - Makita


Makita Drills | Answered on Aug 15, 2019

The brushes are probably wearing out. They can also smoke if they get dirt or something on them. You can take the drill apart and replace the brushes, but if they are just burned some, take some fine sand paper or emery cloth and polish the armature where they run and clean the brushes and reinstall.

Makita Drills | Answered on Aug 15, 2019

On the Makita 18-V DC18RA charger, the flashing red light means that the battery is not at the correct temperature for safe charging. If the battery is hot (from use or being in direct sunlight), charging will begin when the battery cools down. If the battery is cold, then charging will start when the battery warms up. (Note: the cold battery could have moisture condensation issues. This could delay the start of the charging cycle.) Home Depot has the manual for this charger here: https://images.homedepot-static.com/catalog/pdfimages/35/35393127-7c0b-4668-8609-9104ae7cc187.pdf . I suspect that Makita uses the same "code" on all of their chargers.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells

Makita Drills | Answered on Jun 25, 2019

You can try to recharge batteries and see if they work by placing them in tool. If you are using Ni cad batteries and charger, you would better served by going lithium ion batteries.

Makita Drills | Answered on Jun 07, 2019

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