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Thread: 18v DeWalt Driver -- Clutch Slipping

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    18v DeWalt Driver -- Clutch Slipping

    I was using my hammer drill today to drill a hole with a spade bit -- it caught in the hole like they always do -- but the clutch slipped.

    Thinking it was just on one of the driver settings I moved the clutch around - but quickly found out it is not working.

    Anyone have the same problem -- and solve it.

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    I have on occassion used my DeWalt drill/driver in tight quarters and halfway through a hole, it would begin to slip. I found that in the tight quarters, i scraped the torque switch on the top of the drill and it was in between 1 and 2.

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    I should have used Google -- I see a few places selling the clutch -- so this must be a common failure.


    Anybody ever get parts for Dewalt small tools?


    It looks like the drill just comes apart - so I hope an easy fix.

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    The clutch is the achillies (sp) heel on these drivers. I have 2 of them and have replaced the clutch on both of them.

    Fortunately for me there's a Dewalt service center here in town that actually keeps a good supply of parts for most of DeWalt's products.

    I was told by one of there repair techs that if you have the clutch all the way tight and it ever slips.... the clutch is gone. I have in fact found that to be the case. I now run the drivers two clicks off of full tight and once the driver binds up I just reverse it out and go back in.

    Since I've started doing that I've not had any further clutch issues. But today is a new day!

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