Makita 6349DWDE Review

Makita 6349DWDE

Makita 6349DWDE Makita
6349DWDE

18V MXT Cordless
Drill Driver
1/2" Chuck
Price Level: $$
Torque

560

Max In-Lbs
Speed

1700

Max RPM
Weight

5.7

Lbs w Batt
Battery

2.6

Ah Capacity
Warranty

1

Year

Ratings Guide   Best Better Good FairPoor



KEY STRENGTHS & WEAKNESSES
POWER The 6349DWDE is 20% more powerful than average and ranks in the top 40% of 18V-class drills for torque and power. It generates 92 in-lbs more maximum torque than the average 468 in-lbs drill in its class.
SPEED This Makita cordless drill is 8% faster than average and ranks in the top 40% of 18V-class drills for maximum RPM. It can run at speeds that achieve 116 RPM more than the average 1584 RPM drill in its class.
WEIGHT It is 22% heavier than average and ranks in the bottom 40% of 18V-class drills for higher weight. It weighs 1 lbs more than the average 4.7 lb cordless drill in this class and may increase operator fatigue.  
BATTERY This Nickel-Metal Hydride (NiMH) battery has a 19% higher than average run-time with an amp hour (Ah) rating that ranks in the top 40% of 18V-class drills. It has 0.4 Ah more capacity than the average 2.2 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 6349DWDE Cordless Drill


PERFORMANCE RATINGS
Power 560 in-lbs - The 6349DWDE is 20% more powerful than average and ranks in the top 40% of 18V-class drills for torque and power. It generates 92 in-lbs more maximum torque than the average 468 in-lbs drill in its class.
Speed
Settings
3 Settings 0-300 / 0-600 / 0-1,700 RPM - Above average number of no-load speed settings that provides greater versatility in matching the correct speed range to the task. The standard for most drills is a 2-speed High and Low.
Max
Speed
1700 RPM - This Makita cordless drill is 8% faster than average and ranks in the top 40% of 18V-class drills for maximum RPM. It can run at speeds that achieve 116 RPM more than the average 1584 RPM drill in its class.
Clutch 22 Settings - The Makita 6349DWDE has an above average number of clutch settings that provide a wide range of protection for almost any job. The clutch acts like a brake and helps prevent stripping screws.
Power
Ratio
98 P/W - The Makita 6349DWDE is designed with an average power-to-weight ratio that is standard for mid-range 18V-class cordless drills. The average P/W ratio is about 100 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 6349DWDE 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 External Access Brushes - Motor brushes must be replaced periodically and external access makes the job a much easier DIY task. No need to take your drill into the repair shop for complete disassembly.
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-Metal Hydride (NiMH) 1834 - Older rechargeable technology with higher capacity than NiCd batteries, but shorter shelf life. Inferior to Lithium Ion due to heavier weight and shorter run-times.  
Capacity 2.6 Ah - This Nickel-Metal Hydride (NiMH) battery has a 19% higher than average run-time with an amp hour (Ah) rating that ranks in the top 40% of 18V-class drills. It has 0.4 Ah more capacity than the average 2.2 Ah battery in this class.
Charge
Time
60 min Universal 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 6349DWDE that's charged and ready to go. Makes it easy to swap-out batteries during the job with minimal down-time.


CONVENIENCE RATINGS
Weight 5.7 lbs Tool Plus Battery - It is 22% heavier than average and ranks in the bottom 40% of 18V-class drills for higher weight. It weighs 1 lbs more than the average 4.7 lb cordless drill in this class and may increase operator fatigue.  
Length 9-7/8 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
One-Hand Bit Change - This single-sleeve chuck has auto spindle lock. The drill bit can be changed with only one hand by simply spinning the chuck open to release the bit, and counter-spinning it to tighten.
LED
Light
No LED Light - The Makita 6349DWDE 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
Integrated Belt Hook - Includes a belt hook or clip that allows you to temporarily hang the drill from your belt or a ladder while you're performing other job tasks. Helps prevent dropped and damaged drills.
Side
Handle
Side Handle Included - Higher torque levels can cause injury if a bit suddenly binds or the drill slips. A side handle is essential to handle more powerful drills and provides additional 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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