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 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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Makita improves M-class dust extractor

Makita VC4210M

Makita has introduced a new version of its 447M M-Class extractor – the Makita VC4210M which is designed to improve dust extraction at an affordable price. The updated design has moved the motor, control module and main filter higher up into the upper body housing which increases the tank working capacity. This enables a 30 litre disposable bag to be …

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Makita DVC863 Dust Extractor features increased suction

Makita DVC863 Dust Extractor

Makita has introduced a new cordless 36-v L-Class dust extractor and 18v vacuum which feature increased suction power over the combi model.   The new Makita twin 18v DVC863 LXT L-Class Dust Extractor is exclusively cordless whereas the DVC861 model can be run on mains or similar twin 18v batteries. The Makita DVC863 Dust Extractor has maximum sealed suction power …

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Makita introduces new cordless drywall screwdriver including a TEK version

cordless drywall screwdriver

Makita has launched a new version of its 18v cordless drywall screwdriver which runs up to 2500rpm – lower than its predecessor –  but delivers greater driving torque thanks to its Brushless motor. A TEK screwdriver version is also now available for the first time from Makita which the company says will appeal to cladding contractors. The new Makita DFS250 …

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Makita chainsaws used in Star Wars commission

Makita 79cc

Darth Vader is a core character in George Lucas’ Star Wars films franchise appearing in all the key films in recent years and has been portrayed by numerous actors.  In the most recent Rogue One film this villainous part starred Welsh sporting hero, turned-actor, Spencer Wilding.  In taking this role Spencer had to maintain a contractual silence, even being unable …

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Makita refines Cosmos Diamond range and adds vacuum brazed wheels

Cosmos Diamond range

Makita’s diamond blade accessory range has been refined by reducing the number of options available in the Cosmos range but expanding the cutting performance of the diamond wheels to handle a greater range of materials. The Makita Cosmos series now features the Quasar, Comet and Nebula diamond wheels, in total providing 56 alternative cutting wheels. Top of the range Quasar …

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New version of Makita Dab Jobsite radio

Makita Dab Jobsite radio

The latest version of Makita’s jobsite radio features the DAB digital broadcast system and with twin large 76mm diameter speakers will generates 3.5watts from each speaker when powered by a Makita 18v Lithium-Ion battery. This radio can be mains powered with the AC adaptor jack built in, but most practically for site use, will operate on most of the Makita …

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