Makita 6408K Review

Makita 6408K

Makita 6408K Makita
6408K

3/8" Keyless
Power Drill
3/8" Keyless Chuck
Price Level: $
Power

4.9

Amps
Speed

2500

Max RPM
Weight

3.1

Pounds
Capacity

1

In. Wood Bit
Warranty

1

Year

Ratings Guide   Best Better Good FairPoor



KEY STRENGTHS & WEAKNESSES
POWER The 6408K is 32% less powerful than average and ranks in the bottom 20% of power drills for amperage. The motor carries 2.3 amps less electrical current load than the average 7.2 amp corded drill.  
SPEED This Makita drill is 130% faster than average and ranks in the top 20% of power drills for maximum RPM. It can run at speeds that achieve 1410 RPM more than the average 1090 RPM corded drill.
WEIGHT It is 33% lighter than average and ranks in the top 20% of power drills for lower weight. It weighs 1.5 lbs less than the average 4.6 lb corded drill and should decrease operator fatigue.
CAPACITY This power drill ranks about average for wood bit capacity with a hole diameter that is considered standard for corded drills. The average wood bit capacity for corded drills is about 1" to 1-1/4".  
WARRANTY Makita's 1-year limited tool warranty is shorter than the drill industry standard but is typical for many manufacturers. Shorter warranties can sometimes be an indicator of lower quality and reliability.  


Makita 6408K Cordless Drill


PERFORMANCE RATINGS
Power 4.9 amps - The 6408K is 32% less powerful than average and ranks in the bottom 20% of power drills for amperage. The motor carries 2.3 amps less electrical current load than the average 7.2 amp corded drill.  
Capacity
Wood
1" Hole - This power drill ranks about average for wood bit capacity with a hole diameter that is considered standard for corded drills. The average wood bit capacity for corded drills is about 1" to 1-1/4".  
Speed 0-2500 RPM - This Makita drill is 130% faster than average and ranks in the top 20% of power drills for maximum RPM. It can run at speeds that achieve 1410 RPM more than the average 1090 RPM corded drill.
Capacity
Steel
0.375" Hole - This power drill ranks about average for bit capacity in steel with a hole diameter that is considered standard for corded drills. The average bit capacity in steel for corded drills is 3/8".  
Power
Ratio
1.6 P/W - The Makita 6408K is designed with an average power-to-weight ratio that is standard for mid-range power drills. The average P/W ratio is about 1.6 for corded drills.  
Gear
Reduction
Double - Gear systems with double reduction generally provide more torque for a given amperage. They operate more efficiently at lower speeds than single gear systems, which extends the life of the drill.


DURABILITY RATINGS
Gear
Housing
Non-Metal - The Makita 6408K gear housing is made from non-metal materials that may not protect the drill or transmission from repeated drops onto hard surfaces. Metal housings are more durable but add weight.  
Gears Non-Metal Parts - Some of the transmission components are made of non-metal materials that are more susceptible to failure. Gears spin at high RPMs and experience large rotational forces.  
Warranty 1-Year - Makita's 1-year limited tool warranty is shorter than the drill industry standard but is typical for many manufacturers. Shorter warranties can sometimes be an indicator of lower quality and reliability.  


CONVENIENCE RATINGS
Weight 3.1 lbs - It is 33% lighter than average and ranks in the top 20% of power drills for lower weight. It weighs 1.5 lbs less than the average 4.6 lb corded drill and should decrease operator fatigue.
Length 10-9/32 in - Power 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 keyless chucks now have one-hand bit change.  
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
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.  
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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