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 marks 45 years in the UK with market leadership

makita market leader

2017 will mark the 45th anniversary of the establishment of the UK sales, training and distribution centre for global power tool manufacturer Makita Corporation.  An unbroken record of annual sales growth confirms that today the Makita brand is one of the market leaders in the UK’s competitive professional power tool league.  Just two years ago Makita worldwide celebrated a century …

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Makita introduces ‘unique’ drywall cutter

Makita DSD180 LXT Drywall Cutter

The new Makita DSD180 LXT Drywall Cutter is a cordless drywall cutter that uses the orbiting blade principal from a jigsaw while achieving a far superior straight line accuracy for cutting plasterboard or wood panels, either as loose stock or when installed to create access apertures for electrical switches or water system connections. Makita says it is unaware of any …

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Makita launches LXT 18V & 14.4V 10mm staplers

Makita DST112

Makita has introduced two new 10mm battery powered staplers, which replace existing models, offering a host of new technical features. The new Makita DST112 is powered by the Makita 18v Lithium-Ion battery while the DST111 model is a 14.4v version which will deliver 5,000 shots from the 3.0Ah battery whereas the 18v 3.0Ah version generates 6000 shots. Both new staplers …

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Makita extends 18v range with new multi tool & 2 piece kit

Makita TM30D CXT Multi Tool

Makita has added a slim, lightweight, powerful multi-tool to its 10.8v range of cordless tools. Makita says the 10.8v tools are proving popular for kitchen and bathroom installations and interior fit-out, where the power of its 18v Lithium-Ion tools is not essential. The new Makita TM30D CXT Multi Tool uses the OIS adaptor with 12 posts to take the many …

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Makita introduces new 18v Brushless motor LXT drills

Makita DDF483 13mm drill driver

Makita has launched two new 18v Brushless motor LXT drills: the Makita DDF483 13mm drill driver and the Makita DHP483 combi drill.  Both new products are notable for their compact size: the drill driver has an overall body length of 162mm and the combi drill has a  176mm overall length. Both are ideally suited for tight space installation work, such …

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New Makita dust extractor removes 99.9% of dust

Makita Dust Extractor

The new Makita Dust Extractor, the VC3012M M-Class Dust Extractor removes 99.9% of dust with Limit Value for occupational exposure >0.1mg/m³.  This means that the Makita dust extractor achieves performance levels better than the minimum legal limit for dust extraction when working with hazardous materials including silica sand in brick, masonry, concrete, gypsum and wood dusts and plastic composites. The …

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Slow start mode on new Makita DTD170 impact driver

new Makita DTD170

Makita has introduced a new operating mode with the launch of its latest 18v Brushless motor impact driver. The new Makita DTD170 impact driver is technically a 6-function impact driver, with four speeds and matched impact power. T-Mode is used for tightening self-drilling Tek screws and when in the new A-Mode (Assist mode) rotation is started slowly allowing maximum control …

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Revamp for Makita reciprocating saw range

Makita reciprocating saw

Makita has redesigned the drive mechanism of its cordless reciprocating saws by aligning the drive crank and con-rod with the motor shaft and blade holder. The new layout is designed to deliver greater stroke performance and reduce vibration in operation. The range has also expanded with the launch of the new Makita DJR360Z 36v reciprocating saw powered by two standard …

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Makita adds trolley to MAKPAC range

Makita trolley

Makita has introduced a two-wheeled folding trolley to compliment its MAKPAC tool storage system. The TR000000001 Makita trolley will carry a variety of MAKPAC cases, with their contents, to a maximum load of 125kg. It is recommended that this is limited to 60kg if stairs are to be negotiated. The handle pushes down into the frame and the forward carry …

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Makita DVC260Z backpack vacuum cleaner launched

Makita DVC260Z backpack vacuum cleaner

Power tool manufacturer Makita has added two new vacuum cleaning machines to its range of mains and cordless dust extraction units, cordless vacuum cleaners and air blowers suitable for a wide range of industries from construction to grounds care and property maintenance. Makita says its extensive knowledge of air flow and vacuum science, coupled with its proven Lithium-Ion battery platform, …

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