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Makita 6410 Review

Feb 6, 2008
Makita has a well-deserved reputation for building outstanding quality power tools. Makita is one of the largest power tools manufacturers in the world with a line of over 350 high quality innovative tools. From impact wrenches and reciprocating saw to tools as humble as a drill drivers and jigsaws. Many builders, or tradesmen and they will all tell you that Makita make great tools. However, we are here to find out if this is true.

As a trade professional, I use a drill more often and harder than most. I personally know that for durability, reliability and portability, Makita cannot be beat. However, I have only ever used Makita's higher end machines. Last week I ordered a Makita 6410 corded Rotary Drill. While I do acknowledge that Cordless tools are the way forward. I wanted to see how well Makita's lower end 'budget' tools perform, hence the 6410.

The Makita 6410 has low weight, good power and good balance. I set of to tive the little Makita a good test. Firstly I gave the machine a good run for its money drilling some High Density Fibre Board, performed much as I expected, seemed to work through the board with ease.

I then gave the Makita 6410 a try on a brick. Now I know its not got hammer action. But a powerful drill should at least be able to drill into a brick, with a little bit of effort. The Makita did ok, but struggled greatly, cooking the bit a little. So if you may be performing the occasional bit of masonry drilling, treat yourself and buy a real hammer drill.

The trigger is very smooth and enables easy speed control. The trigger lock machinery is in a very suitable location and allows for easy one-handed locking. The recessed lock also keeps it from getting in the way when changing had positions. The high-speed motor allows for a wide variety of uses and aids in drilling through steel and high tensile substances. This is also an added bonus when using the drill for no-so traditional uses such as with wire brushes for stripping or 4" buffing cloths for polishing. With other drills, the speed was just too slow to perform the task.

The Drill is an excellent piece of machinery for the money. However I would hesitate to recommend one. Personally I'm that used to High end machines, I found that the Makita 6410 just didn't really have the power too perform as well as I hoped. I think if you will be using this drill often and frequently if would soon wear down the bearings.

I think the 6410 is a great DIY tool but I would not go any father than that. If you are a tradesman or a professional, stick to Makita's higher end specialist equipment, like its new lithium range.

In summary I would have to say that the Makita 6410 Drill is a great little machine. It would probably make a good emergency drill for the tradesman, or an excellent high quality drill for the avid DIY'er, However, if you intend drill any brick work save yourself a lot of effort and look a buying a hammer drill.
About the Author
Johan Nickson is a Makita Tool expert, who uses the Makita 6410 and Snickers Workwear
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