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May 7, 2021

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Makita Adopts PTI Torque Procedure for Testing

PTI torque procedure testing

Makita adopted the new PTI Torque Procedure to measure torque in cordless drills, including driver-drills and hammer driver-drills in driver-drill mode. The new PTI torque testing method, agreed upon by all major power tool companies in the Power Tool Institute, is the industry’s first standard to measure torque in drills. Torque is one of the best means to measure the performance of cordless professional drills, a product used by pro tradesmen that accounts for a significant share of all power tool sales.



“Since Makita introduced and commercialized the cordless market nearly 30 years ago, there has been no single standard for measuring torque in cordless drills, and manufacturers have published figures derived from a range of different testing methodologies,” said Stan Rodrigues, Manager, Regulatory and Compliance Department at Makita. “A single standard with a consistent methodology will produce more accurate measurements for comparison, and is a true win for dealers and end-users of driver-drills.”

Prior to PTI’s new torque testing standard, power tool manufacturers conducted their own torque measurement in-house or with third party testing labs. Some manufacturers even chose to not publish torque, going instead with the max watts out specification. Given the variances in methods, most manufacturers’ torque numbers are not very useful for comparison since the testing hardware and methodologies aren’t standard. That’s changing now that the PTI membership is recognizing this and working together to create and promote this new standard.

Editor’s Note: PTI was also at the center of the Petition Drive to the CPSC to Stop SawStop and is a big reason why the SawStop Lawsuit Against Table Saw Makers was dismissed.

“Makita supports the new standard,” said Ken Hefley, Makita Senior Vice President, Marketing. “For tradesmen, torque is an important factor in the performance of a drill and a single standard guideline will produce consistent data so professional users can make informed purchasing decisions.”

“Makita is the first to publish torque numbers based on the new PTI Torque Procedure,” added Brad Wheeler, Senior Product Manager for Cordless Products. “Just as Makita is the innovation leader in the cordless category, we are the first to adopt this important standard.”

Current members of PTI include:

  • STANLEY BLACK & DECKER
  • BOSCH POWER TOOLS
  • DELTA | PORTER-CABLE
  • DEWALT
  • DREMEL
  • HILTI, INC.
  • HITACHI KOKI, U.S.A., LTD
  • JET EQUIPMENT & TOOLS/WMH TOOL GROUP
  • MAKITA USA, INC.
  • METABO CORPORATION
  • MILWAUKEE ELECTRIC TOOL CORPORATION
  • ROBERT BOSCH TOOL CORP.
  • ROTOZIP POWER TOOLS
  • RYOBI TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
  • SKIL POWER TOOLS
  • TECHTRONIC INDUSTRIES CO., LTD.

To learn more about the new PTI Torque Procedure, including the testing hardware and methodology, visit powertoolinstitute.com

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