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  1. Since yesterday, my old and trusty P720 started turning on automatically when I insert a battery. The on/off button no longer works. The only way to "turn it off" is to physically remove the battery. Annoying, but I can live with that. At least the LED still works. However, when I connect it to an extension cord, it starts flashing on and off every second... so using AC is no longer an option. 😕 Someone kindly suggested me (since the item is out of warranty) to hack in a secondary on/off switch. In YouTube I've found at least some one who installed a remote-controlled dimmer switch. All that is very cool, and worth exploring (since I'm out of warranty), but I don't know if just replacing the switch would actually help with my problem, or if it's something deeper. Of course, the only way for me to know is trying it myself, but I wondered if anyone has experienced this also, and whether they managed to fix it. Regards, Ed
  2. So, using air may do more harm than good then, pushing the dirt forcefully inside INTO the gears and motor (and probably getting stuck on the grease inside), instead of doing any actual cleaning? Makes sense. Thanks for the link, and for the idea of using a toothbrush to clean the vents. It was one of those "why I didn't think of that" moments.
  3. The Makita didn't come with a grease tube, but after checking the manual again, it does mention lubricating the bit shaft, but that's it. The "maintenance" section limits itself to saying that "any... maintenance or adjustment should be performed by Makita Authorized or Factory Service Centers." So I guess I'm technically limited only to greasing the bits and probably (?) blowing compressed air through the vents before putting it away (even if the manual doesn't say anything about that). The machine still works fine, but I wanted to know of ways of extending its life as much as possible. Thanks for all the suggestions.
  4. Not a pro, just a home user that uses hand and power tools to to make fixes and upgrades around the house. I was looking for a forum where I could ask people who know more about tools than I ever will. Also, one that doesn't rely extremely on AJAX JavaScript that apparently eschew navigation by page numbers. Pages that endlessly load and don't allow me to navigate the old-fashioned way are kind of a pain, especially if I want to bookmark or find a certain page in particular. I also like that it is well organized into sections, instead of those fancy sites that are very loose in their categories and feels more like endless instant messaging than an actual forum. This forum seems to cover all those pet peeves of mine. Regards, Ed
  5. Hi, first post here. I have seen some rotary hammers that come with grease for the occasional maintenance. Does the Makita HR2641 require maintenance (oiling, etc), apart from cleaning the outer surface after a job? Or is one just supposed to run it until it breaks down and toss it away? I remember that when I first bough it, It was a pleasant surprise to me as a newbie home user was the rather sweet smell coming from, I assume, the grease inside the power tool. I can't say I've come across grease that smells like that, but I digress. I have never found out what kind of grease they used, nor if one is supposed to maintain/grease/clean the insides. After all, there is always the risk of having concrete dust, etc. getting inside through the vents. That can't be good for the life of the tool. Apologies if this is one of those "stupid questions everyone know about," except me 🙂 Refards, Ed
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