Makita

Japanese company Makita is now over 100 years old which means they were there at the very  beginning of electric motors.

They are an interesting company, debt free like JCB, they finance everything out of sales. They have come a long way since they were formed but enough of the history, the question is ‘How have they managed to become the No1 U.K seller  in cordless drills?’ It isn’t like they don’t have any competition.

In a word ‘engineering’. It is all well made kit but they are not perfect, they have blind spots.  It took them years, and several attempts, to come up with a decent stand for their mitre saw and it held their sales back while the likes of DeWalt cleaned up. They also have a tendency to dilute their brand by selling bumper cases of cheap Chinese accessories which are not worthy of their brand.

Where they do score over the competition is in servicing and after-sales. They also tend to have a ‘good attitude’ towards warranty claims and will often give customers the benefit of the doubt in cases of wear and tear. This has helped Makita power tools build a loyal customer base. We get loads of positive comments on our Youtube test videos.

We have visited Makita’s factory in Telford and witnessed the quality control in their engineering. It costs a little more to put every armature onto a lathe and balance it but it produces a smoother running motor, less wobble = less wear and it feels oh so good in the hand. You know you are using quality kit. Could you tell with your eyes closed that you are using a Makita drill? We will try that test.

Makita power tools

Makita DLS110Z Review – Cordless Slide Mitre Saw

Makita DLS110Z review

In this Makita DLS110Z review Roger unboxes and reviews the Makita DLS110Z Twin 18v Cordless LXT BL Slide Compound Mitre Saw. DLS110 is a 260mm (10-1/4″) cordless slide compound mitre saw powered by two 18V Li-ion batteries in series. It has been designed based on the LS1019 mains machine. User benefits include: • Brushless motor • Electric brake • Soft …

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Impact Driver Showdown! UPDATED 8 top drivers reviewed

best impact driver

We had an amazing response to our impact driver test released last week but there was also a consistent question mark over whether the solid oak we used was a fair torque test for the drivers so we decided to update the test and add a comparison of the drivers on concrete. So here it is – our updated showdown …

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Makita adds new versions of 18v lithium-ion brushless LXT tools

DGA463

Makita has introduced new versions of its 18v lithium-ion brushless LXT tools. Reciprocating Saw The new Makita DJR188Z 18v Brushless LXT Reciprocating Saw will run up to 3,000spm, and with a maximum stroke of 20mm, provides a cutting capacity of 255mm in wood and 130mm in pipe. This new compact and lightweight reciprocating saw (just 2.9 kg) has a tool-less …

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Why did we make an impact driver test?

impact driver test

On Friday 9th February we released our showdown of eight of the big players in the impact driver arena to help you identify the best impact driver for your needs. Roger Bisby put drivers from Bosch, Dewalt, Hitachi, Hilti, Makita, Metabo, Milwaukee and Panasonic through their paces. Explaining the thinking behind the latest test, Roger comments: “We set this test …

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Makita introduces heavy duty cordless angle grinders

cordless angle grinders

Makita has introduced two heavy duty cordless angle grinders to its industrial range powered by twin 18v batteries to give 36v power to the brushless, high performance motor. These new cordless grinders deliver  mains machine type performance with the added benefit of total manoeuvrability. A host of new features, especially in the machine electronics, ensures maximum operating productivity and at …

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Makita Impact Driver Review

Makita Impact Driver Review

Makita Impact Driver Review: In the fourth part of the Skill Builder super impact driver roundup, we look at the Makita DLX2211TJ 18v 2 Piece Combo Kit LXT containing the Makita DTD170 & DTS141 Impact Drivers. Makita DTD170 New impact mode (A-mode): helps to eliminate “screw cam-out” and “cross threading“ by driving at low speed until the start of tightening …

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Makita adds two new SDS+ rotary hammer drills to expanding inventory of cordless tools

Makita DHR171

Makita has added two new SDS+ rotary hammer drills to its expanding inventory of cordless tools. The new 10.8v model will generate 4,900 impacts per minute whilst the 18v model will punch a 17mm hole into concrete. Makita HR140D rotary hammer drill The new Makita HR140D rotary hammer drill extends the popular 10.8v cordless range of tools.  This new 14mm …

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Makita introduces two new versions of the 10.8v brushless CXT Jigsaw

Makita JV102D

Expansion of the Makita 10.8v cordless range continues with the introduction of two CXT jigsaws, both with Brushless motors and 90mm cutting capacity in wood. Makita says these models will challenge higher voltage cordless products within the current market. The new Makita JV102D features the barrel grip with raised front pommel which allows two-handed control of the machine, whilst the …

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Powerful pencil drivers

Makita TD022DSE 7.2v

The latest versions of Makita’s 7.2v pencil drill driver and impact driver have a host of enhanced features including more rpm, more tightening torque and enhanced controls. The pencil screwdrivers weigh just over half a kilo and can be used in either pistol grip mode or as “in-line long handle” powered screwdrivers. The impact driver is said to be popular …

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Makita expands 10.8v range

Makita HR166D 10.8v BL

Makita is expanding its popular 10.8v range of power tools which couples machine power performance with compact physical size – useful for those working in confined spaces or for prolonged periods of use where a full size machine would prove cumbersome. Additions include the new Makita HR166D 10.8v BL rotary hammer drill, which features Makita Brushless motor technology, has the …

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