Simple as that. this drill is a little over 2 years old, and I have to pull the battery to shut it off. it stuck for a second or two the first couple times, and now it's stuck permentantly. Squirted some WD40 around it, did some typical banging on it, tried to futz with the direction switches, the speed, etc. nothing.
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Re: Stuck ON! trigger is stuck
The only time I have seen a persistant problem like this before is when there has been a slight defect in the housing or switch. It works ok for a while, and then gets a bit scored up and that is when it usually starts to stick. You could try a bit of emery cloth/fine glass paper on the housing area that the switch button slides through. Also, when cleaning, a good thing to use is brake/carb cleaner as it evapourates quickly and is generally non conductive. It will get rid of a lot of grease, but most switches have a small amount of grease inside to stop the contacts furring up, so always make sure you spray a bit of wd-40 or someting down the switch slider shaft afterwards.
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The battery will no longer take a charge. Time for a new one. I had 2 like this in the last month. The batteries where 5 years old and been charge for over 800 cycles each. Age and cycles will wear them out.
If the tools is still good jsut get new batteries. But check the prices. I just bought a new drill and saw set for $90 and 2 new batteries were $60. I got a new set, since the drill was 8 years old and worn out.
I had the same problem on my 8444, it was out of warranty (just over 2 years old) so I stripped it and found the plastic gear selector ring worn out. Was livid at this as these drills are marketed on the strength of the "all metal" MXT gearbox! Makita UK, to their credit, sent me a replacement gearbox free of charge when I pointed this out to them.
A year on and the replacement gearbox has now started doing the same in 3rd (high) gear. Doubt I can get another free 'box out of Makita (they would probably say I fitted it incorrectly) so am looking at buying just the drill body, which comes out at around £60 and will work with my existing batteries. Just not sure if I would trust the replacement not to fail, but a similarly powerful drill with 2 batteries would cost me wel over £200.
Even if you don't use it, it will die in 2 years. It is the battery, I have piles of batteries and piles of old drill motors that we don't buy batteries for anymore, because it is cheaper to buy a new gun with fresh batteries than it is to buy 2 batteries. There is no better, best , they are all the same. We have every brand made in the junk pile. Hope this helps.
If it is over a year old considering replacing it, they are not that expensive. You will be getting hit for batteries etc in the next few months, and by the time you purchase them you can buy another unit and have spare batteries. Good luck, Gilshultz
How old is the battery? They have a service life and require replacing after they no longer hold a charge. This could be 2 years or 8 years depending on how often it is used and how regularly it is charged etc.
If it is a new battery, then take it back as it could be defective.
Possibly could also be the charger but you could verify that by charging a different battery and seeing if it charges that second battery ok, or not.