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How To Fit D Handles and Push Plates – Makita BDF452 Combi Drill

Posted by Toolstop on 21st Nov 2013

It’s great when one tool can help you quickly, safely and efficiently complete a job. In this #DIYTradetips how-to guide, we’re going to show you how to fit D handles and push plates to a door.

We’ve even got a handy video where Makita’s Martin talks you through the process.

Our guide below shows you the drill and driver bit you’ll need, plus the torque and gear settings you should be using.

In this instance we’ll be using a Makita BDF452 cordless combi drill, which is a fantastic professional offering from Makita, and is without doubt one of the market leaders in the 189v lithium-ion combi-drill market.

However it isn’t the only player in town, so we’ve reproducing the following table to help inform you of the other combi-drills we recommend.

And if you click here, you’ll be able to read our guide to buying the right drill, whether combi, impact or driver, for your day-to-day job site needs.

Makita BDF452 Li-ion 18v Cordless
Bosch GSR18-2-LI 18V Cordless 2-Speed
Metabo PowerMaxx maX 12 10.8V Li PRO
Dewalt DCD980L2 18V XR li-ion Premium 3-Speed XRP
Max in steel: 13mm
Max. in wood: 38mm
Max. torque (soft/hard): 32/50
Max in steel: 10mm
Max. in wood: 29mm
Max. torque: 45
Max in steel: 10mm
Max. in wood: 22mm
Max. torque (soft/hard): 14/28
Max in steel: 13mm
Max. in wood: 50mm
Max. torque: 55
Variable speed trigger
Electronic brake
Job light
Electronic Cell Protection
Shock absobent and water resistant
160 screws per battery charge
Quick Change Angle attachment as an optional extra
Job light
Electronic single cell protection system
Features 3 speeds
22 torque positions
XR Lithium Ion Series
Job light

How to Fit D Handles and Push Plates to a Door

Step 1

Measure the distance between the threads of the D handle and mark this onto the door, using a combination square to transfer this to the other side of the door. The mark the distance in from the edge of the door where you want your D handle to start.

Step 2

Fit a spade bit into your drill driver and drill at the above marked point just a few millimetres into the door to allow the screw head to be countersunk. Your drill driver should be set to rotary only and Gear/Speed 2.

Step 3

Fit a 3mm bit to your drill driver and pilot drill the door from both sides. Switch up to a 10mm bit to drill through the door for the D handle’s bolts. Remember, have the drill driver in rotrary mode only.

Step 4

Insert the bolt through the hole and hand tighten into the D handle.

Step 5

Fit a Pozi bit, switch to gear 1 with a torque setting of 4 and in gear 1, tighten the bolt into the D handle.

Step 6

Place the push plate against the door (the bolt should be nicely countersunk and meaning the push plate will sit flush over it) and mark it centre. Mark the first of the 4 holes, then using your 3mm bit drill a pilot hole, as above.

Step 7

Switch back to your Pozi bit and drill the first screw into the push plate’s hole. Repeat this for the other 3 screws with your drill driver in torque setting 4, gear 1. While doing so, use the combination square to make sure the D handle is nice and straight.

Step 8

Stand back and admire your work, before retiring for a cup of tea.

You can watch our video walkthrough here.

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