Question about Makita Drills

1 Answer

Why does my Auto Feed Screwdriver not screw deep enough?

Despite setting the bit to protrude at its maximum (7mm) the screws do not drill through plasterboard and into the timber flush, but stand proud. How can this be remedied?

Posted by on

  • mrs_lindamar
    mrs_lindamar Feb 19, 2012

    Turned out that the machine was set on reverse! Every other drill or screwdriver I have used which has the "reverse" button on the handle like this, you press in the left hand part of the switch and pop out the right hand side to drive forward, and vice versa. With this Makita you need to press in the RIGHT hand side of the switch and pop out the left to drive forward. BEWARE - THE REVERSE SWITCH IS OPPOSITE WAY AROUND TO NORMAL DRILLS!

  • mrs_lindamar
    mrs_lindamar Feb 19, 2012

    Many thanks for the attempt to help me solve the problem - but it was something other than setting the depth wrong, etc.. Just a machine which has its reverse action opposite was to all other machines!


1 Answer

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points


    An expert that got 10 achievements.


    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    Vice President:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 100 times.

  • Makita Master
  • 885 Answers

What model auto-feed screwdriver do you have? All of the auto-feed drivers I have worked on have an adjustable nose peice that has to be set to the length of the screw so they will start properly and drive correctly. They also have a fine tune adjustment wheel somehwere on the tool so you can set the screw to be anywhere from just below the surface (dimpled) or flush or slightly above the surface (proud). This is all in relation to the surface the nose peice is touching. The driver is designed to release the bit when the screw has reached the depth set by the adjustment wheel so it doesn't strip out the head of the screw. I don't know of any that would let you set it so the screw would go through the plasterboard (drywall) and end up flush in the wood.

Posted on Feb 17, 2012

1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

Cannot open side panel screw is just spinning

Use manual screwdriver (not powered one). force edge of sharp knife under edge of screw head so as to 'lift' the screw up (out) and turn with screwdriver. The pressure exerted by the knife should lift the screw enough so the threads 'catch' allowing the screw to be removed. Once you get it out, throw the screw away.
If that doesn't work, then, assuming it is a phillips screw, it is easy to drill it out. Just use a drill that is smaller than the screw head, but larger than screw shaft. Be EXTRA CAREFUL to not get metal filings in the machine. I usually have a powerful shop vac right at the drill bit to suck away the metal filings.
Good Luck

Jan 13, 2014 | HEWLETT-PACKARD Hewlett Packard Pavilion...

1 Answer

Can someone explain how to get the drill bit in and how to load the screws. The drill bit goes all the way down and doesnt seem to lock in place?

homie depot is where this unit comes from. when da drill bit is set; and set right, it will screw any screw u fit in it,. the unit is fairly simple but maybe u need to take it back to homie deport. when u r there the contracxtors part of the store will brief u on it . l.o.l.chuck pays to do a show an tell first!

Jun 13, 2012 | Senco Corded Collated Screwdriver

1 Answer

How do i remove old screws from woodwork - i am restoring an old ottoman and need to remove old hinges - the screws seem set like rock. How do i remove them without damaging the wood? Damsel in distress.

If the screw is not stripped, i.e. You correctly matched screwdriver fits in the hole and will allow you to turn the screww if sufficient force were available, then there are a few tricks.
One is to simply spray some WD 40 (oil) onto the screw and let it soak in a couple hours. (Make sure the oil stain isn't visible, or touches fabric which will wick it up an into an area you don't want a stain to be on.
Second, if you are simply not strong enough (i.e female) you can buy an 18V drill/screwdriver, which will give you plenty of force to back out the unstripped screw.

Lastly, if the screw is stripped, you will need to buy a screw extractor set. Any woodworking store will stock these little sets. You chuck a bit into your drill and it taps its way into the stripped screw, giving you a new means to pull it out.

Suggestion: when replacing the screws... use stainless steel. Expensive, but top quality and they don't rust.

Sep 29, 2011 | Delta Woodworking Delta Rockwell 14 Inch...

2 Answers

What setting on the clutch to use on sheetrock?

The best idea is to simply experiment. Adjust the clutch to a lower setting. Drive some screws through the material into a stud to see how deep the screw is driven and adjust each subsequent attempt accordingly. The screw should finish just deep enough to be filled for sanding and painting. If the screw doesn't seat deep enough you wont be able to patch or fill to cover the screw. Over tightening can actually weaken the effect of the screw and be less effective at securing the panel.

May 25, 2011 | Dewalt 1/2" 18v Cordless Drill/driver Kit...

1 Answer

How do I drill a screw into a dry wall with a DeWalt 12v?

You need to set the clutch low an the gun. Sheet rock is olny so strong try to stay away from the edges at least an inch and you want the screw to counter sink just enough so when you have to apply joint copound the screw dosn't contact the knife when applying but not so deep into the sheet rock that is not sucure because its to deep and the sheet rock isn't strong enough to secure the peice to the stud to deep the peice will move in when force is applyed and come back out when force is released

Dec 13, 2010 | Drills

1 Answer

Removing centre screw from chuck

Drill a hole in the top of the phillips head screw with a 3/16 th's bit. Don't drill the head of the screw off, just drill deep enough for a torx bit to hold. Take a T-30 torx bit and tap in into the hole you have drilled. Then turn the screw clockwise and it should come out fairly easily.

Mar 26, 2010 | Dewalt Drills

2 Answers

Tool to open fuji finepix j150w

where did you buy the replacement screen? I just broke mine :(

Sep 22, 2009 | Cameras

1 Answer

How do you load screws in Dewalt DW272WT VSR

You definitely need a hex-bottomed screwdriver bit. Please rate me

Jun 09, 2009 | Dewalt Drills

1 Answer

When you push the trigger turning on the drill it pulsates.

The tool has an 'impuls' function that is very handy for starting bits into hard metal with out walking, or driving or removing screws with damaged heads. The pulse allows the drill bit to penetrate the metal and the screw driver bit to find its' best seat in the screw head.

There is a switch on the rear of the tool. Flip the switch one way to turn on the impuls feature, the other way to turn it off!

Dec 03, 2008 | Metabo BSP15.6PLUS 15.6 Volt Cordless...

Not finding what you are looking for?
Drills Logo

Related Topics:

121 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Makita Drills Experts

Doctor PC
Doctor PC

Level 3 Expert

7733 Answers

John Trevino

Level 3 Expert

1383 Answers


Level 3 Expert

75197 Answers

Are you a Makita Drill Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides