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06-02-2013 01:53 AM

Topic tags/keywords: cordless drill repair question

I have a DeWalt DW959 18v cordless drill that just started sparking and smoking from the vents at the back of the drill. I blew air through the vents to be sure there was no dirt/dust inside and that did not help. Does this sound like something that can be easily repaired or should I start looking for another drill? Any and all comments/suggestions would be appreciated.

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#1 posted 06-02-2013 01:57 AM

May need new brushes. Take out the old ones and inspect.

Unless you need to build decks, I’d look at 12v lithium
drill systems. Bosch is good and so are the other major


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#2 posted 06-02-2013 02:00 AM

brushes may be a pain in the patootie to change:

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#3 posted 06-02-2013 02:27 AM

I’d be tempted to speak with a certified Dewalt service/shop and see what they say. Might be worth a fix, or might not. How old is the drill?

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#4 posted 06-02-2013 04:50 PM

once you let the smoke out of them, its hard to put it back in. sounds like brushes but if you ran it too long once the brushes want bad then the armature could be hit. you wont know until you get it apart.

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