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

Greater battery choice and bluetooth speaker for Bluetooth’ Makita DMR108 radios

Bluetooth’ Makita DMR108

With the release of two new models, Makita’s Job Site radios can now be powered by the full range of Lithium-Ion batteries found in the Makita power tool range. This capability includes the 7.2v and 10.8v stick type batteries; the new 10.8v CXT slide type batteries and the 14.4v and 18v CXT slide type Li-Ion batteries. The new Makita DMR200 …

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Makita HP332D 10.8V Brushless combi drill is one of five 10.8V tools added to its range

      A new combi drill, drill driver, brushless motor impact driver, CXT jigsaw and 85mm tile cutter are the latest 10.8V tool offerings from Makita all of which feature Makita’s new 10.8V slide-type Li-Ion battery for easier removal. Makita HP332D 10.8V Brushless combi drill The new Makita HP332D 10.8V Brushless combi drill will drive an 8mm bit through …

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Makita saw review: Tungsten Carbide Tipped Holesaw

Makita saw

In this Makita saw video Skill Builder reviews the Makita D-51297 9 Piece TCT Universal Holesaw Kit. The Makita saw kit can be used to cut a wide variety of materials including, vitrified ceramic, bricks, plaster board, plastics, melamine, hard woods, chipboard and MDF. It is robust and durable with strong TCT teeth which produce excellent results. Features include: The …

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The best drill test on Youtube or a waste of time? You decide

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Roger Bisby takes us behind the scenes of the latest Skill-builder 18 volt drill test  which puts drills from Makita, Bosch, Dewalt, Milwaukee, Metabo, Festool, Hitachi and Panasonic through their paces. The Skill-builder 18 volt drill test has proved to be our single most successful YouTube video ever with over 3/4 of a million views and rising. It has also …

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Which 18v drill is best?

Which 18v drill is best?

If you’re thinking of buying an 18v drill and you’re wondering which 18v drill is best, Skill Builder has some useful resources that might help you to make a decsision. In our series of three YouTube videos we put drills from Makita, Bosch, Dewalt, Milwaukee, Metabo, Festool, Hitachi and Panasonic through their paces. You can view these videos via the …

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Makita adds brushless metal saw and new drills to 18v cordless range

The latest tools to be added to Makita‘s expanding 18V Lithium-Ion powered product range include the new LXT 150mm Brushless metal saw with a cutting capacity of 57.5mm at 0° , as well as two improved versions of the 13mm combi drill and drill driver version. The new Makita DCS551ZJ metal saw promises to enhance productivity for cladding installers, metal workers …

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Makita CA5000XJ aluminium groove cutter

Makita CA5000XJ

Lightweight decorative materials such as aluminium sandwich panel systems are becoming ever more popular in interior décor, shop fitting and external aluminium cladding operations. But how do you work with them? How do you cut and bend them in the fast and accurate method designed to appeal to modern offices, hotels and schools and even domestic architecture? Makita has researched this …

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Makita expands laser measuring range

Makita has added a laser distance measure and an additional cross line laser to its laser measuring range. There are now three laser distance measures in the range providing operational capacity for 30, 50 and 80 metres reach. The new cross line laser extends this sector. For indoor applications The new Makita LD030P laser distance measure is designed for indoor …

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Makita introduces sander with fine and coarse sanding modes

The new Makita BO6050J random orbit sander has two modes of operation. In the traditional random orbit mode for fine finish sanding and buffing the motion of the pad is orbital action plus random action or free-rotation. This stops when firm hand pressure is exerted on the tool. The alternative roto-orbit mode is ideal for stock removal, coarse sanding and …

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Makita slide battery for 10.8v range including Makita DF031D drill driver

Makita DF031D drill driver

Makita has launched a fresh ‘CXT’ range of 10.8V tools featuring a new slide battery as an addition to the current 10.8V tools featuring the cluster style batteries. The new 10.8V Lithium-Ion slide battery has multi-contact terminals to ensure stable contact even under extreme work vibration conditions. The slide battery is said to fit easily into the tools and new …

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