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 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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Product review: Makita DCS5121 18″ 50cc petrol chainsaw

After 25 years of Stihl, Roger gets to grips with his first chainsaw from Makita, the Makita DCS5121 18″ 50cc. The chainsaw features Easy Start, Spring-Assisted Starter for Quick Starting with Less Force and  a number of other unique features. Watch the product test to see Roger’s verdict. Features of the Makita DCS5121 18″ 50cc include: – Compact design with less …

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Product test: Makita LXT Brushless review. Drill DHP481 & Impact Driver

Here Skill Builder tests two of Makita’s LXT brushless 18v tools; the Makita LXT Brushless Drill DHP481 and the Impact Driver BTD129 Roger takes the DHP481 and the BTD129 out of their neat stackable box to see what they’re capable of.  

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