100 Year Anniversary To Be Marked By New Makita Tools and Innvoation in 2015
This year at STAFDA in Charlotte, we were privileged to see may of the new Makita tools that are coming out at the end of the this year and for 2015. The company will be celebrating 100 years of Makita tools and are continuing to innovate along the way. This year already resulted in some outstanding products, including the Makita 7-1/4″ 18V X2 Circular Saw, 18V LXT Brushless expansion, and AVT Technology that has reduced vibration in some very aggressive tools.
“Raising productivity and reducing labor are driving forces in the construction world,” said Ken Hefley, Senior Vice President, Marketing. “As 2015 approaches, Makita will continue to lead, and meet this demand with tools and accessories that help professional users solve problems and make them more efficient.”
Here’s a brief look at what Makita tools and innovation we can expect to see in the coming year.
Makita has been behind everyone else in getting the 4.0 and 5.0 hour batteries to the market. In our experience, this has a whole lot more to do with getting it right as opposed to getting it done. Makita batteries tend to be some of the best in their voltage/amp hour class. Look for these new batteries to be available beginning in December.
18V LXT Lithium-Ion Brushless 6-1/2″ Circular Saw (XSH03M/Z)
Aside from being brushless, the XSH03M/Z has Automatic Speed Change Technology. This will allow the saw to adjust speed and torque during use to optimize performance. This single battery system will be kitted with Makita’s 4.0 amp hour battery. Look for this one in January 2015
I had the opportunity to see this one on display at STAFDA and I’m really excited about having a dual port charger for the 18V X2 tools we’ve got. This will basically act like two independent chargers. Batteries that take 30 minutes to charge on their own will still take 30 minutes. You’ll just be able to charge two at a time. The new 5.0 amp hour batteries will charge on this system in 45 minutes. It also features a USB port to charge your personal electronics. Available in December 2014
17 lb. AVT Demolition Hammer (HM1111C)
Expanding the concrete application family of Makita tools is the 17lb AVT Demolition Hammer. This 14 amp demo hammer delivers 12.7 foot pounds of impact energy while preserving the user with AVT anti-vibration technology. Check out your favorite retailer of Makita tools in December 2014 for this model.
Oil pulse technology has been around for a while, but tends to stay on the outside of the residential construction arena. This design reduces noise levels by some 30% over traditional impact drivers. The Makita XST01Z will be a three speed unit and will be available in the winter of 2015.
INOX Grinding Wheels (A-95956 4″, A-95962 5″, A-95978 6″)
Makita also has some new accessories on the horizon with their new INOX Grinding Wheels. The goal with the 4″, 5″, and 6″ accessories is to improve material removal while reducing noise levels. Designed to handle ferrous metals, these should hit store shelves in December 2014.
18V LXT Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless Quick-Shift Mode Impact Driver (XDT09M/Z)
Coming in the Winter of 2015 is the newest Quick-Shift Mode Impact Driver. This technology reduces speed and impact just prior to completing the drive of the screw. It helps to eliminate thread stripping, screw breakage, and damage to the work surface. The XDT09 will be a 3 speed impact driver that promises to be both the most powerful and most compact impact driver that Makita has ever developed.
Among the many Makita tools on display in Charlotte were some very impressive compressors. Makita teamed up with Honda for the 4 stroke engine on the MAC5501G. Controls have been moved to the side to prevent damage and the V-Twin style helps keep engine components cooler. At 100 PSI, the Big Bore compressor delivers up to 12.5 CFM.
As a compact option, the 23.1 pound AC001 is a great option for indoor use. Its induction motor produces just 72 decibels and is ideal for a single user doing finish work. Both compressors are due in Winter 2015.
Makita’s Hollow Sockets are sure to be a hit with overhead installers. These range in length from 3 inches to 24 inches and are drill and impact driver rated. These 12 point Hollow Sockets will come in 9/16″ and 3/4″ sizes.
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