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Makita Hammer Drill Phase Repaired

By on November 10, 2014
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I was given a cordless Makita hammer drill that had an intermittent fault. It would work sometimes and other times it would give very weak movement and would only start again if you tapped the side of the drill.

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After pulling the side covers off, I tested the switch operation and worked toward the motor. This is a brushless design and to be honest, I hadn’t had much to do with these before. After some time researching on the internet, I was able to do further testing with confidence. Rather than having a typical stator and a rotor made up of an electromagnet, the brushless design has the electro magnet in the stator position. To gain the rotation and torque required, an electronic controller is responsible for the process of commutation using a 3 phases. This creates current that is staggered, timed precisely generally using Hall Effect sensors to gain the most torque possible.

Armed with this knowledge, I continued by repair. I noticed that when the drill would not rotate, it would still try and give the typical hum noise. After looking closer at the controller, I noticed a slight burn mark on one of the phases.  After checking for the security of the wire, the terminal came completely out of the controller!

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I carefully examined the terminal and was surprised at its design. Rather than being secured into the controller, it was merely pushed in with a barb design and then held in with the insulating resin. After removing a large amount of the resin to access the terminal base on the circuit board, I was able, with much difficulty, to solder the terminal back onto the board. After this a layer of Araldite to insulate the joint was used as I did not have the correct resin available. I checked the melting point and this appeared within range.

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After further testing and use I was able to give the drill back to the customer with the confidence that a successful repair had been accomplished.

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This article was prepared for you by Mark Rabone from Australia.

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  1. Corriete

    November 11, 2014 at 4:49 am

    great to know this could be saved from the dump .congratuations. i have a drill with a capacitor number AC175 SH40/100/56 and it spins faster than usual. can anyone share if the cap is the cause of the faster than usual spin of the rotor OR Something else? thanks

    • sudarshan

      November 16, 2014 at 2:38 am

      I would have thought that the variable resister in the switch would be worn out or shorting. Assuming that the switch has variable resister in it when pressed.

      I am just guessing this, but hope that you will get some answers from some where and repair your drill.

  2. Andre Gopee

    November 11, 2014 at 5:46 am

    Good Work Mark and keep it up.

  3. biruk aweke

    November 11, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Good repair have a nice day.

  4. Humberto

    November 11, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    Good job, keep up

  5. Abdul

    November 12, 2014 at 8:57 am

    Good work.
    Have a nice day.
    Abdul (Singapore)

  6. Robert

    November 12, 2014 at 10:49 am

    Good job Mark. Thanks for sharing the repair with us.

    • Henrry Were

      November 12, 2014 at 4:10 pm

      pat on the back good job

  7. Joshua Oloo

    November 12, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    Good job and keep it up!!


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