Makita 6281DWPLE Review

Makita 6281DWPLE

Makita 6281DWPLE Makita
6281DWPLE

14.4V w Flashlight
Drill Driver
3/8" Chuck
Price Level: $$
Torque

260

Max In-Lbs
Speed

1300

Max RPM
Weight

3.6

Lbs w Batt
Battery

1.3

Ah Capacity
Warranty

1

Year

Ratings Guide   Best Better Good FairPoor



KEY STRENGTHS & WEAKNESSES
POWER The 6281DWPLE is 27% less powerful than average and ranks in the bottom 20% of 14.4V-class drills for torque and power. It generates 92 in-lbs less maximum torque than the average 352 in-lbs drill in its class.  
SPEED This Makita cordless drill is 11% slower than average and ranks in the bottom 40% of 14.4V-class drills for maximum RPM. It can only run at top speeds that are 159 RPM less than the average 1459 RPM drill in its class.  
WEIGHT It is 22% lighter than average and ranks in the top 20% of 14.4V-class drills for lower weight. It weighs 1 lbs less than the average 4.6 lb cordless drill in this class and should decrease operator fatigue.
BATTERY This Nickel Cadmium (NiCd) battery has a 39% lower than average run-time with an amp-hour (Ah) rating that ranks in the bottom 20% of 14.4V-class drills. It has 0.8 Ah less capacity than the average 2.1 Ah battery in this class.  
WARRANTY Makita's 1-year limited tool warranty is shorter than the cordless drill industry standard but is typical for many manufacturers. Shorter warranties can sometimes be an indicator of lower quality and reliability.  


Makita 6281DWPLE Cordless Drill


PERFORMANCE RATINGS
Power 260 in-lbs - The 6281DWPLE is 27% less powerful than average and ranks in the bottom 20% of 14.4V-class drills for torque and power. It generates 92 in-lbs less maximum torque than the average 352 in-lbs drill in its class.  
Speed
Settings
2 Settings 0-400 / 0-1,300 RPM - Fitted with both Low and High speed settings that come standard on most cordless drills. Speed selection is an important feature to match drilling or driving RPM to each unique job.
Max
Speed
1300 RPM - This Makita cordless drill is 11% slower than average and ranks in the bottom 40% of 14.4V-class drills for maximum RPM. It can only run at top speeds that are 159 RPM less than the average 1459 RPM drill in its class.  
Clutch 16 Settings - The Makita 6281DWPLE has a below average number of clutch settings, but is probably still adequate for many DIY jobs. The clutch helps you to avoid stripping a screw with too much torque.  
Power
Ratio
72 P/W - The Makita 6281DWPLE is designed with an average power-to-weight ratio that is standard for mid-range 14.4V-class cordless drills. The average P/W ratio is about 77 for cordless drills in this voltage class.  
Hammer This cordless drill is not equipped with a hammer function that can deliver several thousand impacts per minute. Hammer drill drivers are usually a little heavier and costlier, but they are effective on tougher jobs such as drilling into concrete.  


DURABILITY RATINGS
Gear
Case
All-Metal - The Makita 6281DWPLE transmission has all-metal gears that provide superior durability compared to nylon gears found in many drills. Gears spin at high RPMs and are susceptible to material break-down.
Chuck Plastic Sleeve - Chuck sleeves made of tough plastic materials save on weight, but they are more prone to cracking than metal sleeves. It generally won't withstand repeated drops onto hard surfaces.  
Motor No Brush Access - The entire drill usually has to be taken apart in order to access the motor brushes. Motor brushes wear-out and must be replaced periodically, but repair costs can sometimes be prohibitive.  
Warranty 1-Year - Makita's 1-year limited tool warranty is shorter than the cordless drill industry standard but is typical for many manufacturers. Shorter warranties can sometimes be an indicator of lower quality and reliability.  


BATTERY RATINGS
Type Nickel Cadmium (NiCd) PA14 - The oldest and original cordless drill battery that is still found on many drills, but is significantly larger and heavier than the newer high-capacity Lithium-Ion batteries.  
Capacity 1.3 Ah - This Nickel Cadmium (NiCd) battery has a 39% lower than average run-time with an amp-hour (Ah) rating that ranks in the bottom 20% of 14.4V-class drills. It has 0.8 Ah less capacity than the average 2.1 Ah battery in this class.  
Charge
Time
60 min DC1414 Charger - Battery charge-time is about average for this class battery. If you only have one battery, or you go through multiple batteries on the job-site, charge-time is an important consideration.  
Fuel
Gauge
No Battery Fuel Gauge - Not equipped with a battery charge indicator that alerts you to remaining battery life or if the batteries are running low. Sudden battery failure during the job is a common frustration.  
Backup 2 Batteries Included - It's important to have a second back-up battery for the Makita 6281DWPLE that's charged and ready to go. Makes it easy to swap-out batteries during the job with minimal down-time.


CONVENIENCE RATINGS
Weight 3.6 lbs Tool Plus Battery - It is 22% lighter than average and ranks in the top 20% of 14.4V-class drills for lower weight. It weighs 1 lbs less than the average 4.6 lb cordless drill in this class and should decrease operator fatigue.
Length 7-9/16 in - Cordless drill length is a personal preference, but shorter is generally better to help you in close quarters such as under a sink, or drilling in-between studs. Torque is harder to handle if the drill is too short though.  
Spindle
Lock
No Spindle Lock - The double-sleeve chuck requires two hands to unlock and change the bit. It is significantly more cumbersome than spindle-lock drills. Most cordless drills now have one-hand bit change.  
LED
Light
No LED Light - The Makita 6281DWPLE does not have an integrated LED light that Illuminates your work area. This feature is extremely useful, but is obviously not essential if you have secondary lighting available.  
Belt
Hook
No Belt Hook - There is no provision to hang the drill on your belt and free-up both hands to perform other tasks. You may be able to purchase a separate belt clip that can be attached to the drill.  
Side
Handle
No Side Handle - Side handles are a great safety feature and should be considered if you plan to drive at higher torque levels. They can help prevent injury by providing increased stability and control.  
Bubble
Level
No Bubble Level - This feature is only available on a few drills and can be helpful in situations where precision holes are critical for alignment. Most projects can be performed with just visual sighting.  
Keyless Keyless Chuck - Nearly all cordless drills are now equipped with keyless chucks that can be tightened with both hands (double-sleeve) or just one hand (single-sleeve) without the use of a key.
VSR VSR - Most cordless drills are equipped with variable speed capability that can be controlled with simple trigger pressure. Reverse is usually performed with the push of a side-to-side button.


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