makita DHR263 Cordless Combination Hammer Instruction Manual
makita DHR263 Cordless Combination Hammer


Model DHR263 DHR264
Capacities Concrete 26 mm (1″) 26 mm (1″)
Steel 13 mm (1/2″) 13 mm (1/2″)
Wood 32 mm (1-1/4″) 32 mm (1-1/4″)
No load speed (RPM) 0 – 1,250 /min 0 – 1,250 /min
Blows per minute 0 – 5,000 0 – 5,000
Overall length 350 mm (13-3/4″) 374 mm (14-3/4″)
Net weight 4.6 kg (10.1 lbs) 4.7 kg (10.3 lbs)
Rated voltage D.C. 36 V
Standard battery cartridge(s) Warning: Use only the battery(ies) described. BL1830 / BL1840
  • Due to our continuing program of research and development, the specifications herein are subject to change without notice.
  • Note: Specifications and battery cartridge may differ from country to country.
  • Weight, with battery cartridge, according to EPTA-Procedure 01/2003

General Power Tool Safety



Warning Icon WARNING Read all safety warnings and all instructions. Failure to follow the warnings and instructions may result in electric shock, fire and/or serious injury.

Save all warnings and instructions for future reference.

The term “power tool” in the warnings refers to your mains-operated (corded) power tool or battery-operated (cordless) power tool.

Work area safety

  1. Keep work area clean and well lit. Cluttered or dark areas invite accidents.
  2. Do not operate power tools in explosive atmospheres, such as in the presence of flammable liquids, gases or dust. Power tools create sparks which may ignite the dust or fumes.
  3. Keep children and bystanders away while operating a power tool. Distractions can cause you to lose control.
    Electrical Safety
  4. Power tool plugs must match the outlet. Never modify the plug in any way. Do not use any adapter plugs with earthed (grounded) power tools. Unmodified plugs and matching outlets will reduce risk of electric shock.
  5. Avoid body contact with earthed or grounded surfaces such as pipes, radiators, ranges and refrigerators. There is an increased risk of electric shock if your body is earthed or grounded.
  6. Do not expose power tools to rain or wet conditions. Water entering a power tool will increase the risk of electric shock.
  7. Do not abuse the cord. Never use the cord for carrying, pulling or unplugging the power tool. Keep cord away from heat, oil, sharp edges or moving parts. Damaged or entangled cords increase the risk of electric shock.
  8. When operating a power tool outdoors, use an extension cord suitable for outdoor use. Use of a cord suitable for outdoor use reduces the risk of electric shock.
  9. If operating a power tool in a damp location is unavoidable, use a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protected supply. Use of an GFCI reduces the risk of electric shock.
    Personal Safety
  10. Stay alert, watch what you are doing and use common sense when operating a power tool. Do not use a power tool while you are tired or under the influence of drugs, alcohol or medication. A moment of inattention while operating power tools may result in serious personal injury.
  11. Use personal protective equipment. Always wear eye protection. Protective equipment such as dust mask, non-skid safety shoes, hard hat, or hearing protection used for appropriate conditions will reduce personal injuries.
  12. Prevent unintentional starting. Ensure the switch is in the off-position before connecting to power source and/or battery pack, picking up or carrying the tool. Carrying power tools with your finger on the switch or energising power tools that have the switch on invites accidents.
  13. Remove any adjusting key or wrench before turning the power tool on. A wrench or a key left attached to a rotating part of the power tool may result in personal injury.
  14. Do not overreach. Keep proper footing and balance at all times. This enables better control of the power tool in unexpected situations.
  15. Dress properly. Do not wear loose clothing or jewellery. Keep your hair, clothing, and gloves away from moving parts. Loose clothes, jewellery or long hair can be caught in moving parts.
  16. If devices are provided for the connection of dust extraction and collection facilities, ensure these are connected and properly used. Use of dust collection can reduce dustrelated hazards.
    Power tool use and care
  17. Do not force the power tool. Use the correct power tool for your application. The correct power tool will do the job better and safer at the rate for which it was designed.
  18. Do not use the power tool if the switch does not turn it on and off. Any power tool that cannot be controlled with the switch is dangerous and must be repaired.
  19. Disconnect the plug from the power source and/or the battery pack from the power tool before making any adjustments, changing accessories, or storing power tools. Such preventive safety measures reduce the risk of starting the power tool accidentally.
  20. Store idle power tools out of the reach of children and do not allow persons unfamiliar with the power tool or these instructions to operate the power tool. Power tools are dangerous in the hands of untrained users.
  21. Maintain power tools. Check for misalignment or binding of moving parts, breakage of parts and any other condition that may affect the power tool’s operation. If damaged, have the power tool repaired before use. Many accidents are caused by poorly maintained power tools.
  22. Keep cutting tools sharp and clean. Properly maintained cutting tools with sharp cutting edges are less likely to bind and are easier to control.
  23. Use the power tool, accessories and tool bits etc. in accordance with these instructions, taking into account the working conditions and the work to be performed. Use of the power tool for operations different from those intended could result in a hazardous situation.
    Battery tool use and care
  24. Recharge only with the charger specified by the manufacturer. A charger that is suitable for one type of battery pack may create a risk of fire when used with another battery pack.
  25. Use power tools only with specifically designated battery packs. Use of any other battery packs may create a risk of injury and fire.
  26. When battery pack is not in use, keep it away from other metal objects, like paper clips, coins, keys, nails, screws or other small metal objects, that can make a connection from one terminal to another. Shorting the battery terminals together may cause burns or a fire.
  27. Under abusive conditions, liquid may be ejected from the battery; avoid contact. If contact accidentally occurs, flush with water. If liquid contacts eyes, additionally seek medical help. Liquid ejected from the battery may cause irritation or burns.
  28. Have your power tool serviced by a qualified repair person using only identical replacement parts. This will ensure that the safety of the power tool is maintained.
  29. Follow instruction for lubricating and changing accessories.
  30. Keep handles dry, clean and free from oil and grease.
  1. Wear ear protectors. Exposure to noise can cause hearing loss.
  2. Use auxiliary handle(s), if supplied with the tool. Loss of control can cause personal injury.
  3. Hold power tool by insulated gripping surfaces, when performing an operation where the cutting accessory may contact hidden wiring. Cutting accessory contacting a “live” wire may make exposed metal parts of the power tool “live” and could give the operator an electric shock.
  4. Wear a hard hat (safety helmet), safety glasses and/or face shield. Ordinary eye or sun glasses are NOT safety glasses. It is also highly recommended that you wear a dust mask and thickly padded gloves.
  5. Be sure the bit is secured in place before operation.
  6. Under normal operation, the tool is designed to produce vibration. The screws can come loose easily, causing a breakdown or accident. Check tightness of screws carefully before operation.
  7. In cold weather or when the tool has not been used for a long time, let the tool warm up for a while by operating it under no load. This will loosen up the lubrication. Without proper warm-up, hammering operation is difficult.
  8. Always be sure you have a firm footing.
    Be sure no one is below when using the tool in high locations.
  9. Hold the tool firmly with both hands.
  10. Keep hands away from moving parts.
  11. Do not leave the tool running. Operate the tool only when hand-held.
  12. Do not point the tool at any one in the area when operating. The bit could fly out and injure someone seriously.
  13. Do not touch the bit or parts close to the bit immediately after operation; they may be extremely hot and could burn your skin.
  14. Some material contains chemicals which may be toxic. Take caution to prevent dust inhalation and skin contact. Follow material supplier safety data.


Warning Icon WARNING:

DO NOT let comfort or familiarity with product (gained from repeated use) replace strict adherence to safety rules for the subject product. MISUSE or failure to follow the safety rules stated in this instruction manual may cause serious personal injury.


The followings show the symbols used for tool.

  • V: volts
  • Icon: direct current
  • Icon :no load speed
  • …/min/r/min :revolutions or reciprocation per minute
  • Icon: number of blow


  1. Before using battery cartridge, read all instructions and cautionary markings on (1) battery charger, (2) battery, and (3) product using battery.
  2. Do not disassemble battery cartridge.
  3. If operating time has become excessively shorter, stop operating immediately. It may result in a risk of overheating, possible burns and even an explosion.
  4. If electrolyte gets into your eyes, rinse them out with clear water and seek medical attention right away. It may result in loss of your eyesight.
  5. Do not short the battery cartridge:
    1. Do not touch the terminals with any conductive material.
    2. Avoid storing battery cartridge in a container with other metal objects such as nails, coins, etc.
    3. Do not expose battery cartridge to water or rain. A battery short can cause a large current flow, overheating, possible burns and even a breakdown.
  6. Do not store the tool and battery cartridge in locations where the temperature may reach or exceed 50 ゚ C (122 ゚ F).
  7. Do not incinerate the battery cartridge even if it is severely damaged or is completely worn out. The battery cartridge can explode in a fire.
  8. Be careful not to drop or strike battery.
  9. Do not use a damaged battery.
  10. Follow your local regulations relating to disposal of battery.


Tips for maintaining maximum battery life

  1. Charge the battery cartridge before completely discharged. Always stop tool operation and charge the battery cartridge when you notice less tool power.
  2. Never recharge a fully charged battery cartridge. Overcharging shortens the battery service life.
  3. Charge the battery cartridge with room temperature at 10 ゚ C – 40 ゚ C (50 ゚ F – 104 ゚ F). Let a hot battery cartridge cool down before charging it.
  4. Charge the battery cartridge once in every six months if you do not use it for a long period of time.


Warning Icon CAUTION: Always be sure that the tool is switched off and the battery cartridge is removed before adjusting or checking function on the tool.

Installing or removing battery cartridge
Installing Battery

  1. Red indicator
  2. Button
  3. Battery cartridge


Warning Icon CAUTION

  • Always switch off the tool before installing or removing of the battery cartridge.
  • Hold the tool and the battery cartridge firmly when installing or removing battery cartridge.
    Failure to hold the tool and the battery cartridge firmly may cause them to slip off your hands and result in damage to the tool and battery cartridge and a personal injury.

To remove the battery cartridge, slide it from the tool while sliding the button on the front of the cartridge. To install the battery cartridge, align the tongue on the battery cartridge with the groove in the housing and slip it into place. Insert it all the way until it locks in place with a little click. If you can see the red indicator on the upper side of the button, it is not locked completely.

Warning Icon CAUTION

  • Always install the battery cartridge fully until the red indicator cannot be seen. If not, it may accidentally fall out of the tool, causing injury to you or someone around you.
  • Do not install the battery cartridge forcibly. If the cartridge does not slide in easily, it is not being inserted correctly.

NOTE: The tool does not work with only one battery cartridge.

Tool / battery protection system

The tool is equipped with a tool/battery protection system. This system automatically cuts off power to the motor to extend tool and battery life. The tool will automatically stop during operation if the tool or battery are placed under one of the following conditions. In some conditions, the indicators light up.

Overload protection

When the tool is operated in a manner that causes it to draw an abnormally high current, the tool automatically stops without any indication. In this situation, turn the tool off and stop the application that caused the tool to become overloaded. Then turn the tool on to restart.

Overheat protection for battery

When the battery is overheated, the tool stops automatically without any indication. The tool does not start even if pulling the switch trigger. In this situation, let the battery cool before turning the tool on again.

The battery overheat protection works only with a battery cartridge with a star marking.

  1. Star marking
    Overheat protection

Overdischarge protection

  1. Battery indicator
    Battery indicator

When the remaining battery capacity gets low, the battery indicator blinks on the applicable battery side. By further use, the tool stops and the battery indicator lights up about 10 seconds. In this situation, charge the battery cartridge.

Switch action

  1. Switch trigger
    Switch action

Warning Icon CAUTION

  • Before inserting the battery cartridge into the tool, always check to see that the switch trigger actuates properly and returns to the “OFF” position when released.

To start the tool, simply pull the switch trigger. Tool speed is increased by increasing pressure on the switch trigger. Release the switch trigger to stop.

Lighting up the lamp

Lighting up the lamp

Warning Icon CAUTION

  • Do not look in the light or see the source of light directly.

Pull the switch trigger to light up the lamp. The lamp keeps on lighting while the switch trigger is being pulled. The light automatically goes out 10 – 15 seconds after the switch trigger is released.


  • Use a dry cloth to wipe the dirt off the lens of lamp. Be careful not to scratch the lens of lamp, or it may lower the illumination.
  • Do not use thinner or gasoline to clean the lamp. Such solvents may damage it.

Reversing switch action

  1. Reversing switch lever
    Reversing switch lever

This tool has a reversing switch to change the direction of rotation. Depress the reversing switch lever from the A side for clockwise rotation or from the B side for counterclockwise rotation.

When the reversing switch lever is in the neutral position, the switch trigger cannot be pulled.

Warning Icon CAUTION:

  • Always check the direction of rotation before operation.
  • Use the reversing switch only after the tool comes to a complete stop. Changing the direction of rotation before the tool stops may damage the tool.
  • When not operating the tool, always set the reversing switch lever to the neutral position.

Changing the quick change chuck for SDSplus

For Model DHR264

The quick change chuck for SDS-plus can be easily exchanged for the quick change drill chuck.

Removing the quick change chuck for SDS-plus
Quick change

  1. Quick change chuck for SDSplus
  2. Change cover line
  3. Change cover

Warning Icon CAUTION

  • Before removing the quick change chuck for SDSplus, always remove the bit.

Grasp the change cover of the quick change chuck for SDS-plus and turn in the direction of the arrow until the change cover line moves from the Icon symbol to the Icon symbol. Pull forcefully in the direction of the arrow.

Attaching the quick change drill chuck
Quick change

  1. Spindle
  2. Quick change drill chuck
  3. Change cover line
  4. Change cover

Check the line of the quick change drill chuck shows the Icon symbol. Grasp the change cover of the quick change drill chuck and set the line to the Icon symbol. Place the quick change drill chuck on the spindle of the tool.

Grasp the change cover of the quick change drill chuck and turn the change cover line to the Icon symbol until a click can clearly be heard.

Selecting the action mode Rotation with hammering

  1. Rotation with hammering
    Rotation with hammering

For drilling in concrete, masonry, etc., depress the lock button and rotate the action mode changing knob to the Icon symbol. Use a tungsten-carbide tipped bit.

Rotation only
Rotation only

For drilling in wood, metal or plastic materials, depress the lock button and rotate the action mode changing knob to the symbol. Use a twist drill bit or wood bit.

Hammering only
Hammering only

For chipping, scaling or demolition operations, depress the lock button and rotate the action mode changing knob to the Icon symbol. Use a bull point, cold chisel, scaling chisel, etc.

Warning Icon CAUTION

  • Do not rotate the action mode changing knob when the tool is running. The tool will be damaged.
  • To avoid rapid wear on the mode change mechanism, be sure that the action mode changing knob is always positively located in one of the three action mode positions.

Torque limiter

The torque limiter will actuate when a certain torque level is reached. The motor will disengage from the output shaft. When this happens, the bit will stop turning.

Warning Icon CAUTION

  • As soon as the torque limiter actuates, switch off the tool immediately. This will help prevent premature wear of the tool.
  • Hole saws cannot be used with this tool. They tend to pinch or catch easily in the hole. This will cause the torque limiter to actuate too frequently.


Warning Icon CAUTION: Always be sure that the tool is switched off and the battery cartridge is removed before carrying out any work on the tool.

Side grip (auxiliary handle)
Side grip

  1. Grip base
  2. Teeth
  3. L:oosen
  4. Tighten
  5. Side grip
  6. Protrusion

Warning Icon CAUTION: Always use the side grip to ensure operating safety.

Install the side grip so that the teeth on the grip fit in between the protrusions on the tool barrel. Then tighten the grip by turning clockwise at the desired position. It may be swung 360° so as to be secured at any position.

Bit grease

Coat the bit shank head beforehand with a small amount of bit grease (about 0.5 -1 g; 0.02 – 0.04 oz.). This chuck lubrication assures smooth action and longer service life.

Installing or removing the bit

Clean the bit shank and apply bit grease before installing the bit.

  1. Bit shank
  2. Bit grease

Insert the bit into the tool. Turn the bit and push it in until it engages.
Inserting Tools

  1. Bit
  2. Chuck cover

If the bit cannot be pushed in, remove the bit. Pull the chuck cover down a couple of times. Then insert the bit again. Turn the bit and push it in until it engages. After installing, always make sure that the bit is securely held in place by trying to pull it out.
To remove the bit, pull the chuck cover down all the way and pull the bit out.
Inserting Tools

  1. Bit
  2. Chuck cover
Bit angle (when chipping, scaling or demolishing)
  1. O symbol
  2. Action mode changing knob
    Bit angle

The bit can be secured at the desired angle. To change the bit angle, depress the lock button and rotate the action mode changing knob to the O symbol. Turn the bit to the desired angle.

Depress the lock button and rotate the action mode changing knob to the symbol. Then make sure that the bit is securely held in place by turning it slightly.
Bit angle

Depth gauge

Depth gauge

The depth gauge is convenient for drilling holes of uniform depth. Loosen the side grip and insert the depth gauge into the hole in the side grip. Adjust the depth gauge to the desired depth and tighten the side grip.


  • The depth gauge cannot be used at the position where the depth gauge strikes against the gear housing.
Dust cup

Dust cup

Use the dust cup to prevent dust from falling over the tool and on yourself when performing overhead drilling operations. Attach the dust cup to the bit as shown in the figure. The size of bits which the dust cup can be attached to is as follows.

Bit diameter
Dust cup 5 6 mm (1/4″) – 14.5 mm (9/16″)
Dust cup 9 12 mm (15/32″) – 16 mm (5/8″)


Hammer drilling operation
Hammer drilling operation

Set the action mode changing knob to the Icon symbol. Position the bit at the desired location for the hole, then pull the switch trigger.

Do not force the tool. Light pressure gives best results. Keep the tool in position and prevent it from slipping away from the hole.

Do not apply more pressure when the hole becomes clogged with chips or particles. Instead, run the tool at an idle, then remove the bit partially from the hole. By repeating this several times, the hole will be cleaned out and normal drilling may be resumed.

Warning Icon CAUTION:

  • There is a tremendous and sudden twisting force exerted on the tool/bit at the time of hole breakthrough, when the hole becomes clogged with chips and particles, or when striking reinforcing rods embedded in the concrete. Always use the side grip (auxiliary handle) and firmly hold the tool by both side grip and switch handle during operations. Failure to do so may result in the loss of control of the tool and potentially severe injury.

Eccentricity in the bit rotation may occur while operating the tool with no load. The tool automatically centers itself during operation. This does not affect the drilling precision.

Blow-out bulb (optional accessory)
  1. Blow-out bulb
    Blow-out bulb

After drilling the hole, use the blow-out bulb to clean the dust out of the hole.



Set the action mode changing knob to the Icon symbol. Hold the tool firmly with both hands. Turn the tool on and apply slight pressure on the tool so that the tool will not bounce around, uncontrolled. Pressing very hard on the tool will not increase the efficiency.

Drilling in wood or metal

For Model DHR263
For Model DHR263

  1. Chuck adapter
  2. Drill chuck

Use the optional drill chuck assembly. When installing it, refer to “Installing or removing the bit” described on the previous page.
Set the action mode changing knob so that the pointer points to the symbol.
Drilling in wood

  1. Tighten
  2. Drill chuck
For Model DHR264

Drilling in wood

  1. Sleeve
  2. Ring
  3. Quick change drill chuck

Use the quick change drill chuck as standard equipment. When installing it, refer to “changing the quick change chuck for SDS-plus” described on the previous page. Hold the ring and turn the sleeve counterclockwise to open the chuck jaws. Place the bit in the chuck as far as it will go. Hold the ring firmly and turn the sleeve clockwise to tighten the chuck. To remove the bit, hold the ring and turn the sleeve counterclockwise. Set the action mode changing knob to the symbol. You can drill up to 13 mm diameter in metal and up to 32 mm diameter in wood.

Warning Icon CAUTION

  • Never use “rotation with hammering” when the drill chuck assembly is installed on the tool. The drill chuck assembly may be damaged. Also, the drill chuck will come off when reversing the tool.
  • Pressing excessively on the tool will not speed up the drilling. In fact, this excessive pressure will only serve to damage the tip of your bit, decrease the tool performance and shorten the service life of the tool.
  • There is a tremendous twisting force exerted on the tool/bit at the time of hole breakthrough. Hold the tool firmly and exert care when the bit begins to break through the workpiece.
  • A stuck bit can be removed simply by setting the reversing switch to reverse rotation in order to back out. However, the tool may back out abruptly if you do not hold it firmly.
  • Always secure small workpieces in a vise or similar hold-down device.


Warning Icon CAUTION:

  • Always be sure that the tool is switched off and the battery cartridge is removed before attempting to perform inspection or maintenance.
  • Never use gasoline, benzine, thinner, alcohol or the like. Discoloration, deformation or cracks may result.

Replacing carbon brushes

  1. Limit mark
    Limit mark

Remove and check the carbon brushes regularly. Replace when they wear down to the limit mark. Keep the carbon brushes clean and free to slip in the holders. Both carbon brushes should be replaced at the same time. Use only identical carbon brushes. Use a screwdriver to remove the brush holder caps. Take out the worn carbon brushes, insert the new ones and secure the brush holder caps.

  1. Brush holder cap
  2. Screwdriver
    Limit mark

Remount the holder cap covers on the tool. To maintain product SAFETY and RELIABILITY, repairs, any other maintenance or adjustment should be performed by Makita Authorized or Factory Service Centers, always using Makita replacement parts.


Warning Icon CAUTION:

  • These accessories or attachments are recommended for use with your Makita tool specified in this manual. The use of any other accessories or attachments might present a risk of injury to persons. Only use accessory or attachment for its stated purpose.

If you need any assistance for more details regarding these accessories, ask your local Makita Service Center.

  • SDS-Plus Carbide-tipped bits
  • Bull point
  • Cold chisel
  • Scaling chisel
  • Grooving chisel
  • Drill chuck assembly
  • Drill chuck S13
  • Chuck adapter
  • Chuck key S13
  • Bit grease
  • Side grip
  • Depth gauge
  • Blow-out bulb
  • Dust cup
  • Dust extractor attachment
  • Safety goggles
  • Plastic carrying case
  • Keyless drill chuck
  • Makita genuine battery and charger


  • Some items in the list may be included in the tool package as standard accessories. They may differ from country to country.


Warranty Policy

Every Makita tool is thoroughly inspected and tested before leaving the factory. It is warranted to be free of defects from workmanship and materials for the period of ONE YEAR from the date of original purchase. Should any trouble develop during this one year period, return the COMPLETE tool, freight prepaid, to one of Makita’s Factory or Authorized Service Centers. If inspection shows the trouble is caused by defective workmanship or material, Makita will repair (or at our option, replace) without charge.

This Warranty does not apply where:

  • repairs have been made or attempted by others:
  • repairs are required because of normal wear and tear:
  • the tool has been abused, misused or improperly maintained:
  • alterations have been made to the tool



This Warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state. Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you. Some states do not allow limitation on how long an implied warranty lasts, so the above limitation may not apply to you.


Some dust created by power sanding, sawing, grinding, drilling, and other construction activities contains chemicals known to the State of Californi
to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. Some examples of these chemicals are:

  • lead from lead-based paints,
  • crystalline silica from bricks and cement and other masonry products, and
  • arsenic and chromium from chemically-treated lumber.

Your risk from these exposures varies, depending on how often you do this type of work. To reduce your exposure to these chemicals: work in a well ventilated area, and work with approved safety equipment, such as those dust masks that are specially designed to filter out microscopic particles.

Makita Corporation
3-11-8, Sumiyoshi-cho,
Anjo, Aichi 446-8502 Japan


Documents / Resources

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