Makita Corporation was founded in Japan in 1915 as an electric motor sales and repair company. Today it is a global brand operating in over 40 countries with 10 manufacturing plants – those in Europe being located in Germany and in Telford, UK - home to the Makita LXT Combi Drill.
Makita LXT Brushless Combi Drill
Makita’s unmatched quality and durability is driven by the company’s commitment to R&D and product reliability which have earned their tools a worldwide reputation for quality.
On jobsites around the world, Makita power tools deliver the power, performance and durability that professional users demand - they are more compact, have less vibration and just feel better.
Makita KP0800 Planer
A great example is Makita’s KP0800 Heavy Duty Planer - the original Makita Portable Electric Planer was released in 1958 and was the predecessor to today’s KP0800 model, which can be found on job sites across the UK and around the world.
In 1962 Makita introduced their first electric circular saw and that tradition continues to this day in the form of the Makita 5604R Circular Saw with 165mm Blade Diameter.
Makita 5604R Circular Saw
After 10 years of design and testing to ensure quality, Makita introduced its first 7.2V battery powered Cordless Drill in 1978. Significant investments in research and development resulted in increased power and run time, shortened charging time and longer tool life. These same attributes can be found in todays Makita DF010DSE 7.2 Volt LXT Pencil Drill Driver.
Makita DF010DSE Pencil Driver
Next came Makita’s development of brushless motor fastening tools in 2004 - initially for the defence and aerospace industries - but was then made available for the contractors market in 2009 and featured Makita’s first 18V Impact Driver which has since been superceded by the Makita DTD146Z 18 Volt LXT Impact Driver.
Makita DTD146Z Impact Driver
Makita created the 18V Lithium-Ion category in 2005, and today offers the world’s largest cordless tool line-up powered by an 18V slide-style battery. Makita’s expanding 18V line-up – typified by the Makita DGA504RML 18 Volt LXT 115mm Angle Grinder - is giving tool users more power, longer run time and superior ergonomics.
Makita DGA504RML Angle Grinder
Central to Makita’s manufacturing process is the belief that to produce a good tool you need a good motor, and Makita makes every effort to make sure their motors are of the best quality.
They use premium grade steel for the armature shafts and gears whilst high grade magnetic copper wire is used for superior current flow whilst withstanding extreme temperatures.