How to distinguish Makita original from fake: detailed instructions
Thanks to their excellent quality, power tools made by the Japanese brand Makita are highly rated by connoisseurs. This leads to an undesirable effect. there is a large number of low-quality copies of popular screwdrivers and peorators on the market. Purchasers of Makita products need to know how to distinguish the original from the fake.
Fake products have many features by which they can be distinguished from the genuine product, but not all of them are obvious and clearly visible. Specialists, engaged in sales, and the masters who are intensively using the power tool can unmistakably identify a fake. For ordinary customers, look closely at the machine, the packing case and the accompanying documents.
What are the signs that you are facing a fake
People who have already used an original Makita power tool have no problem spotting a fake. Except that ordinary users can easily run into a low-quality product, you need to pay attention to the following points:
- Price. Genuine Makita products cannot be cheap. If the price for the product is not decently low, it means there is a counterfeit.
- Manufacturer and Label. The company has plants in different countries. China, Japan, Romania, UK. Also in the U.S. and Brazil, but we do not supply products from these countries. Regardless of the country of manufacture, the quality of the tool is unquestionable, it is very high. Always check the serial number. It should be different from similar models.
- Build quality. There should be no defects or other flaws on the body. Quality raw materials are used in the manufacturing process, so there should not be any unpleasant odors.
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The external differences of the body are not obvious, you should look closely. You can unmistakably tell a counterfeit by the two-coupling chuck and the tool’s gray power control scale. The original has the scale on a black background.
The tag on a genuine Makita electric screwdriver is metal, contains manufacturer information, and the serial number and date of manufacture are embossed on the metal. On the replica you will find a plain sticker.
The hook for attaching the tool to your belt is worth paying attention to. On the fake electric screwdriver, you can hang it in a certain place, but on the original, it’s on both sides.
And how to tell the difference between a Makita Original and a fake?
You can tell a fake Makita 2450, 2470 peorator by external inspection
You just need to know what to pay special attention to
A fake is most often indicated by the low price for tools of this class.
Makita torches are not available in a variety of kits.
How to spot a fake from the outside of the case
The main differences begin when you examine the appearance of the Makita 2450, 2470 carrying and storage case.
The original case is sure to have embossed and stamped inscriptions. The fake Makita case has a sticker or hand-applied lettering. The fake name is easily smashed with a fingernail.
The inscription on the original case
The name of the instrument is embossed, extruded on the latches of the original case. Fake pectoral box usually has no such inscriptions on the latches.
Type of latches on original case and fakes
When externally inspecting the storage and shipping case, carefully observe the gaps between the lids of the case. The original suitcase has either no gaps or the same gap around the perimeter of contact between the parts.
The gaps between the original and the counterfeit
Inspect the back of the case. The original case is necessarily marked with the word Makita in white squeezed-in letters. The counterfeit cases have no such inscription.
Determining fake on the exterior inspection of a Makita 2450, 2470 peorator body
A fake can easily be distinguished from an original by a visual inspection of the tool body. The fake has a bluer color for the stator housing while the original has a greener color.
The name on the body of the Makita 2450 is cast on the original. The inscription on the stator cover is convex, the inscription on the rotor cover is pressed in.
The Makita 2450 knockoff has the inscription on the green housing glued on, and can easily be removed with a fingernail. And there is no inscription on the black case at all.
Fake and original
You can tell a counterfeit by looking closely at the side handle of the Makita 2450. The inscription on the handle of the original at the point where the handle is clamped is pressed in. The fake has no inscription on the side handle at all.
Look closely on the outside and look at the plastic molding of the parts. A fake has a low-quality casting with ragged edges and traces of chipping
Look closely at the icons in the area of the mode switch. The originals have convex and neatly shaped badges. A fake has an uneven and torn marking with obvious defects.
Original and fake Makita peorator
The original Makita 2470 has the lettering cast on the stator housing and extruded on the rotor housing.
The inscription on the body of a fake Makita 2470 is made in the form of a sticker, or made separately in glued letters. It is easy to spot by tweaking the edge of a sticker or lettering with your fingernail.
The extra handle on the original Makita 2470 has two markings. One by casting, the other by extrusion. Fakes come with no inscriptions at all.
There are original models of Makita peorators 2450, 2470, which have a self-adhesive inscription on the green rotor body, but underneath it is a squeeze-out inscription.
Original and fake Makita rotor case
The original Makita peorator has two types of lettering on the side additional handle. One inscription is white plastic, the other is pressed. The inscription of white color is made separately by molding and then painted white. Fakes don’t have any lettering on the side handle at all.
The inscription on the handle of the original and the lack of it on the fake
You can find Makita torches that have a self-adhesive sticker on the housing. But if you look closely, you can see the indentation of Makita under the sticker.
A photo of the self-adhesive sticker and the indentation on the original
How to distinguish a Bosch torch from a fake
The first thing you should do is to examine the tool case and housing in detail. The first thing to look for when you inspect the carrying case of your torch is the latches. The Bosch logo is pressed into the case and the imitation is not.
The original case also has the following distinctive features:
- molded inscriptions (in a fake they are glued);
- the seal is located at the joint and torn off in the presence of the buyer (in a fake seal is under the line of adjacency of the lid and bottom);
- The surface is flat, the lid fits tightly without any gaps;
- On the back of the case there is a logo and the Bosch lettering is stamped.
Then you should inspect the body of the tool. You should pay special attention to the following points
- The original peorator has a molded inscription on the case, while the fake one has an adhesive one.
- The unit has a plate with the item number, serial number, “Made in Germany” and the month and year of manufacture. fakes have the same plaque, but without the month of manufacture.
- Additional handles have a rubberized coating (a fake plastic coating).
- The fake has a blue mode selection circle, while the original has a red one.
If the tool was purchased from an official representative, it is not recommended to disassemble it, as there is a risk to lose the possibility of warranty service.
In the filling of the original Makita electric screwdriver and the fake one, you can detect differences in the following details:
- the switch. in the replica, it has the simplest design and sharp corners, similar to those installed on Chinese-made tools;
- Motor. has some constructional differences. The original can also be identified by the markings applied by laser. In the replica, the engraving of the motor is made by spraying and corresponds to the class of products installed on Chinese-made tools.
Fake tools can serve for a long time in case of careful use. However, when you buy an original Makita electric screwdriver, you can be sure of the reliability of the device, as well as getting warranty repairs if necessary.
Screwdrivers. come in a variety of accessories.
It can be equipped with one battery or two.
In this case, necessarily with them in the kit will go battery charger and case.
Two batteries, a case and a charger, this is standard equipment.
Sometimes kits are sold that include an impact and impactless screwdriver.
Such kits are packed in a nice and roomy backpack or briefcase.
Together, it turns out cheaper, this option will suit both the beginner builder, and the professional in his work.
The set gives the possibility to have the necessary electric screwdriver always at hand.
Some kits include a flashlight for those who like to stay up late into the night.
But there is a need to work in dimly lit places, when the standard backlight of an electric screwdriver is not enough.
And then there is a set that includes a radio.
The mains screwdrivers come in cases or boxes, depending on the model.
Several bits are possible, which are qualitatively different from competitors’ bits.