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 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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Makita extends 10.8v CXT power tool range

Makita TD111D

Makita says its 10.8v CXT tool range is growing in popularity, thanks to its compact size and low weight combined with performance and durability. For example, the new Makita TD111D impact driver with Brushless motor delivers 135Nm of tightening torque yet weighs just 1.1kgs with an overall length of only 135mm from chuck to back of body.  More new products …

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Makita expands brushless 18v power tool range

Makita DHP484 combi drill

Makita has added a number of models to its 18v Lithium-Ion powered power tool range, including: Makita DTW285 LXT impact wrench The new Makita DTW285 LXT impact wrench includes a reverse rotation auto stop mode.  If you need to undo a substantial fixing, such as a scaffold clamp or steel structure fastening several floors above street level, switching the DTW285 …

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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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