New Industry Milestones from Makita in 2015

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New year to mark 100 year anniversary, 100 18V cordless tools, and more

NOVEMBER 2014 – Charlotte, NC – Two more industry milestones for Makita are fast approaching in 2015 with the company’s 100 year anniversary as well as the planned release of the 100th tool in the 18V LXT® line-up, the world’s largest cordless tool line-up powered by an 18V slide-style battery.

2015 will mark the 100 Year Anniversary of Makita.

The 100 Year Anniversary will be celebrated worldwide by Makita’s subsidiary offices and manufacturing/assembly plants, including Makita USA and the manufacturing facility in Buford, Georgia. More details on the Makita 100 Year Anniversary will be announced soon.

Makita 100 years Innovation

Industry Leadership

Since 1915, Makita has been a leading power tool innovator. Today, Makita continues to lead the industry and meet the demands of the construction world with tools and accessories engineered to help make professional users more productive and meet high efficiency standards. Makita Tools deliver more power and more speed, with cordless tools that deliver longer run time and faster battery charge time.

Additionally, ergonomics means more today than ever, so Makita delivers tools that are more compact with less weight and have lower vibration. Makita is focused on providing solutions never before seen in the industry, like 18V LXT® cordless tools with the power, speed and run time for the freedom to unplug the cord. It’s all about “NO LIMITS”.

“Raising productivity and reducing labor are driving forces in the construction world,” said Ken Hefley, Senior Vice President, Marketing. “As 2015 approaches, Makita will continue to lead, and meet this demand with tools and accessories that help professional users solve problems and make them more efficient.”

2014 marked continued expansion and innovation with new Makita 18V and 18V brushless solutions, the world’s first cordless 7-1/4″ circular saw powered by two 18V batteries, expanded Outdoor Power Equipment solutions (including cordless), the long anticipated release of the 2.0Ah and 4.0Ah batteries, enhanced Anti-Vibration Technology for select rotary hammers, and more.

New Solutions Previewed at STAFDA

On the floor at the annual the Specialty Tools and Fasteners Distributors Association (STAFDA) Trade Show in Charlotte, NC, Makita demonstrated its unrivaled industry leadership to the nation’s independent dealers and industry press with a range of new solutions for contractors. Here is a preview of new innovation on the way:

18V LXT® Lithium-Ion 5.0Ah Battery (BL1850)

Makita knows that the most expensive asset on a jobsite is labor, so the less time a battery sits on the charger, the more time it’s powering the tool. This means more work and less downtime. The new 5.0Ah battery provides 65% more run time than the Makita 3.0Ah (BL1830) battery, yet delivers a category-leading charge time of only 45 minutes (twice as fast as a competitor’s 5.0Ah battery, which reaches a full charge in about 1 hour and 30 minutes).
(December 2014)

Makita 5.0ah Battery


The new 18V LXT Lithium-Ion 5.0Ah battery reaches a full charge in only 45 minutes.

18V LXT® Lithium-Ion Brushless ½” Hammer Driver-Drill Kit with 5.0Ah Battery (XPH07T)

With a jaw-dropping 1,090 in.lbs. of torque, the Makita XPH07 is the undisputed king of the hammer driver-drill category. Now it’s available in a kit with the new 18V LXT® 5.0Ah battery for even longer run time for extended category-leading performance. (December 2014)

18V Lithium-Ion Dual Port Charger (DC18RD)

The new 18V Lithium-IonDual Port Rapid Optimum Charger (DC18RD) charges two batteries simultaneously, giving tool users unparalleled charging efficiency so their batteries spend more time working and less time sitting on the charger. Charge times for the new dual-port charger match the industry-leading 18V single-port charger: two 3.0Ah batteries charge in 30 minutes; two 4.0Ah batteries in 40 minutes; two 5.0Ah batteries in 45 minutes. Also features a USB port for charging electronic devices. (December 2014)

Makita Dual Port Charger

The new Makita 18V Lithium-Ion Dual Port Charger offers the same category-leading charge times when charging two batteries at a time, and also has a USB port.

18V LXT® Lithium-Ion Brushless 6-1/2″ Circular Saw (XSH03M/Z)

Makita is the innovation leader in brushless motor technology, and the new 18V LXT® Brushless 6-1/2″ Circular Saw combines power and run-time for faster cutting and ripping – without the cord. The XSH03M is equipped with Automatic Speed Change™ Technology, which adjusts speed and torque during operation for optimum performance. The XSH03M Kit includes the category-leading 18V 4.0Ah battery. (January 2015)

17 lb. AVT Demolition Hammer (HM1111C)

Makita’s exclusive Anti-Vibration Technology (AVT®) is more than just a padded or spring-loaded handle. AVT® is an internal counterbalance system engineered into the tool that greatly reduces vibration for increased user comfort and productivity. With the addition of the new 17 lb. Demolition Hammer, powered by a 14 AMP motor with 12.7 ft.lbs. of impact energy, Makita offers an AVT® solution in every major hammer class, from 1″ rotary hammers to a 70 lb. breaker hammer. (December 2014)

18V LXT® Lithium-Ion Oil Impulse Brushless Impact Driver (XST01Z, tool only)

The 18V LXT® Lithium-Ion Oil Impulse Brushless Cordless 3-Speed Impact Driver (XST01Z) changes the game in fastening with all the speed and ergonomic advantages that contractors demand while significantly decreasing noise level during operation. Oil Impulse™ Technology utilizes oil viscosity to hydraulically drive the impact mechanism for up to 30% less noise. In addition, the 3-speed selector with Quick Shift Mode™ provides the user with precise fastening control for a wide range of applications. (winter 2015)

INOX Grinding Wheels (A-95956 4″, A-95962 5″, A-95978 6″)

Makita is the leader in the grinder category, and Makita grinder accessories are demanded by top pros. Makita is releasing a line of INOX Grinding wheels that deliver improved material removal with less noise and vibration for improved efficiency and user experience. Ideal for grinding ferrous metals including stainless steel.  (December 2014)

18V LXT® Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless Quick-Shift Mode™ Impact Driver (XDT09M/Z)

Makita created new standards in the impact driver category with Quick-Shift Mode™, an automatic electronic controller that downshifts and reduces rotation and impact speed prior to driving screw into place, and is engineered to minimize screw thread stripping, screw breakage and damage to work. The new XDT09 is the next generation in total fastening control with Quick-Shift Mode and 3 speed settings for unmatched precision, and both the most power and compact size of any impact driver Makita has ever created. (winter 2015)

5.5 HP Big Bore™ Gas Air Compressor (MAC5501G), and Compact Air Compressor (AC001)

Compressors are workhorse tools on the jobsite, and Makita compressors are contractor favorites for their faster recovery time, lower noise, longer tool life, and consistent jobsite performance. Makita is adding two models to its best-in-class compressor line-up. The new 5.5 HP Big Bore™ Gas Air Compressor (MAC5501G, left) has a powerful Honda GX160 4-stroke engine for increased performance and superior reliability, with a “V” Twin style pump that runs cooler and provides up to 12.5 CFM at 100 PSI for faster recovery. For increased portability, the new Compact Air Compressor (AC001, right) is powered by an induction motor for reliable performance and durability, and weighs only 23.1 lbs. The AC001 also has lower noise (72dBA) so it’s ideal for indoor use. (winter 2015)

Makita 5.5 HP Compressor

The new 5.5 HP Gas Air Compressor has a “V” Twin style pump that runs cooler and provides up to 12.5 CFM at 100 PSI for faster recovery.

Hollow Sockets

Overhead fastening applications can be a drag on efficiency. Makita has responded with new impact- and drill-ready Hollow Sockets. The new 12-point Hollow Sockets are designed to save time and speed up fastening applications over threaded rod. Available in sizes 9/16″ and 3/4″, in lengths from 3″ to 24″ (winter 2015)

About Makita U.S.A.

Makita® is a worldwide manufacturer of industrial quality power tools and outdoor power equipment, and offers a wide range of industrial accessories. Makita utilizes leading-edge technology and innovation to engineer tools that are more compact with less weight yet deliver industrial power and results. Makita’s extensive line of cordless lithium-ion tools includes 18V LXT® Brushless Lithium-Ion, 18V Compact Lithium-Ion, and 12V max Lithium-Ion. Other best-in-class products include rotary and demolition hammers and saws equipped with Anti-Vibration Technology (AVT®), MM4® 4-Stroke engine power equipment, Super Joint System – SJS® grinders, miter saws engineered with Deep and Exact Cutting Technology (DXT®), Impact GOLD®, the New Gold Standard in Impact Driving, and more. Makita U.S.A., Inc. is located in La Mirada, California, and operates an extensive distribution network located throughout the U.S. For more information, call 800/4-MAKITA (800/462-5482) or go to makitatools.com. Follow Makita: facebook.com/makitatoolspage, twitter.com/makitatools, youtube.com/makitapowertools, instagram.com/makitatools. The MAKITA TEAL COLOR is the trade dress of Makita Corporation and is protected under common law and registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The Makita Black & White color combination is the trade dress of Makita Corporation and is protected under common laws and registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

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