Makita STAFDA Releases – Press Release

While we did not attend STAFDA this year, we wanted to share the press release that Makita shared regarding the releases they made this year.   We are excited to see them in February when we attend the World of Concrete so be sure to check back on the site as well as our social media pages for all of our thoughts and updates!


Makita Press Release:

NOVEMBER 9, 2015 – Phoenix, AZ – Makita is closing its 100th Anniversary Year with the announcement of over 40 innovative new tools and accessories, including:

  • An 18V X2 LXT® Reciprocating Saw powered by two 18V Lithium-Ion batteries
  • Three 18V LXT® high torque impact wrenches with category-leading torque
  • The next generation in 12V max Lithium-Ion cordless tools with slide-style batteries
  • An expanding line of laser instruments
  • A range of accessories engineered for increased productivity
The new releases come at the end of a very big year for Makita. 2015 marked the company’s 100 year anniversary, and earlier this year Makita released the 100th tool in the 18V LXT® line-up, the world’s largest cordless tool line-up powered by an 18V slide-style battery. This fall, the number will reach 125 18V Lithium-Ion cordless tools – and more tools are on the way.
New Solutions Previewed at STAFDA

On the floor at the annual Specialty Tools and Fasteners Distributors Association (STAFDA) Trade Show, which opened today in Phoenix, Makita demonstrated its industry leadership to the nation’s independent dealers and industry press with a range of new solutions for contractors. Here is a portion of the new innovation revealed at the STAFDA trade show:

18V LXT® Lithium-Ion 6.0Ah Battery with L.E.D. Charge Level Indicator (BL1860)The less time a battery sits on the charger, the more time it’s powering the tool. Makita offers the industry’s most efficient 18V Lithium-Ion batteries with the fastest charge times in their categories. The new 6.0Ah battery reaches a full charge in only 55 minutes, provides 100% more run time than the Makita 3.0Ah battery, and has an on-board L.E.D. charge level indicator. (available February 2016)

18V X2 LXT® Lithium-Ion Brushless Recipro Saw (XRJ06M/Z) What can your 18V Lithium-Ion battery do for you? How about delivering corded power and run time? Makita 18V X2 technology is powered by two 18V Lithium-Ion batteries, so users can unplug the cord with an 18V X2 rotary hammer, circular saw, chain saw, miter saw and more. The latest addition to the 18V X2 line-up is the XRJ06M/Z Recipro Saw, which has an efficient brushless motor and an industry-leading 1-1/4” stroke length for faster cutting. Users benefit with 36V power and run-time, but without leaving the 18V platform. (available Summer 2016)

18V LXT® Lithium-Ion Brushless Recipro Saw (XRJ05M/Z) Makita is a leading innovator in the brushless category, and among the latest wave of new brushless tool releases is a new 18V brushless recipro saw, model XRJ05M. Like the 18V X2 recipro saw (model XRJ06M/Z), the XRJ05M/Z has a category-leading 1-1/4” stroke length. Also available in a non-brushless model (XRJ04M/Z). (available Spring 2016)

Three New 18V LXT Lithium-Ion High Torque Impact Wrenches Makita is a leading innovator in cordless impact tools, and Makita is releasing three new 18V Brushless Impact Wrenches that go straight to the top of their class. Attendees at STAFDA were the first to try out three new 18V LXT® Brushless High Torque Impact Wrenches with ¾” Square Drive (XWT07M/Z, with 780 ft.lbs. of torque), ½” Square Drive (XWT08M/Z, 740 ft.lbs. of torque, pictured at top-right) and 7/16” Hex Chuck (XWT09T/Z, 740 ft.lbs. of torque). All three tools have the highest torque in their categories, and feature 3-speed power selection and an electric brake for added precision and convenience. (available February 2016)

18V X2 LXT® Lithium-Ion (36V) Brushless 7-1/2” Dual Slide Compound Miter Saw (XSL02Z) Makita’s leadership in powerful and precise miter saws is further extended into the cordless category with the new XSL02Z, which is powered by two 18V Lithium-Ion batteries for performance that rivals a corded saw. The efficient brushless motor delivers a full 5,700 RPM, highest in the category, for more speed and faster, smoother cutting. Users also benefit with 36V power and run time, but without leaving the 18V battery platform. (available December 2015)

18V X2 LXT® Lithium-Ion Cordless HEPA Vacuum (XCV04Z) Makita is expanding its groundbreaking line-up of 18V X2 solutions with a new HEPA Vacuum. Powered by two 18V Lithium-Ion batteries, users can cut the cord for fast and convenient wet or dry clean-ups, with up to 65 minutes of run time when using two 18V 5.0Ah batteries. Also available without the HEPA filter (model XCV03Z). Users benefit with 36V power and run-time, but without leaving the 18V platform. For added versatility, both the XCV04Z and XCV03Z also offer corded operation. (available March 2016)

New 12V max CXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Tool Line-up The next generation of 12V max cordless tools combine performance with superior ergonomics in a compact size. The introductory 12V max CXT combo kit (CT226) is available now and includes a 12V max CXT drill and impact driver. In January 2016 the CXT line expands with more 12V max tools including a ¼” hex driver-drill, 3/8” hammer driver-drill, recipro saw, 3-3/8” circular saw, and impact driver available in single-tool kits and combo kit configurations (including the CT226RX, pictured at mid-right) – and more 12V max CXT tools will be added in 2016. The line-up features slide-style 12V max CXT Lithium-Ion batteries in 2.0Ah and 4.0Ah with on-board L.E.D. charge level indicators. (January 2016)

Impact GOLD® 26 Pc. Torsion Bit Set Makita raised the bar in fastening with Impact GOLD®, a new line of insert bits, bit holders, double-ended power bits, nutsetters and socket adapters engineered exclusively for use with high-torque impact drivers. This new Impact GOLD® 26 piece set gives contractors an assortment of fastening solutions that are engineered to last up to 10-times longer than standard insert bits. (Available now)

Impact GOLD® 3 Pc. Assorted (2-1/2”) Double-Ended Power Bits For contractors, stripped screws and “cam-outs” are a waste of time. Makita Impact GOLD® insert bits have superior fitment and are engineered to last up to 10-times longer than standard insert bits. This new Impact GOLD® 3-Piece set of double-ended power bits gives users one bit with two magnetic tips for quick bit changes. (Available now)

Impact GOLD® 9 Pc. 3/8” Drive metric Socket Set with 15° Tilt Socket AdapterFastening applications often take contractors and their impact drivers into tight spaces. The Makita Impact GOLD® ¼” hex to 3/8” square drive socket adapter tilts up to 15 degrees, or can be used in the straight position. The sockets are made from heat-treated alloy steel for extreme torque applications with an impact driver. (Available now)

½” Drive Deep Well Impact Sockets Makita delivers another fastening solution for use with a high-torque impact tool. The Chromium-Molybdenum Steel (CRMO) construction is engineered for added durability and longer life, and the 3-3/16” deep sockets are built for longer reach and fastening over longer threads. Available in sizes ranging from 3/8” to 1-1/4”. (Available now)

5-7-8” Carbide-Tipped Metal Cutting Saw Blades Makita is offering a more efficient metal cutting solution with a series of 5-7/8” blades, the ideal accessories for the 18V LXT® Lithium-Ion Brushless 5-7/8” Metal Cutting Saw (XSC02). When used with the XSC02, the blades are engineered for fast and efficient metal cutting without the cord, and are ideal for electrical contractors since they will cut 2” conduit in one pass – a huge time saver. Makita is the first in the industry with a cordless metal cutting saw with a 5-7/8” blade, and there are four optimum blade options: 32T carbide tipped for metal and general purpose; 52T for thin metal; 52T for aluminum; and 60T for stainless steel.

6” Random Orbit Sander (BO6050J) The new 6” Random Orbit Sander with variable speed has a two-mode switch for random orbit action (finish sanding and buffing) and random orbit with forced rotation (aggressive sanding and polishing) providing leading wood sanding performance in Douglas-Fir and SPF. This model offers a variable speed control dial with an increased range of random orbits (1,600-6,800 opm) and sanding strokes (3,200-13,600) allowing users to match the speed to the application. Ideal for woodworking, as well as automotive and marine polishing applications. (available April 2016)

14” Cut-Off Saw with Tool-Less Wheel Change (LW1400) Makita knows metalworking, and the new LW1400 delivers the ultimate in ease of operation and increased productivity. Wheel changes, fence angle adjustments, fence position and clamping vice can be adjusted without the need of an adjustment tool or wrench for added convenience and productivity. (March 2016)

New Laser Instruments There is a constant effort to raise productivity on jobsites, and Makita is giving contractors solutions for various stages of construction with four precision laser instruments engineered for increased efficiency. New laser instruments include the Self-Leveling Combination Cross-Line/Point Laser (model SK103PZ), the Self-Leveling Horizontal/Vertical Cross Line Laser (SK104Z), as well as the Laser Distance Measure 164’ (LD050P) and Laser Distance Measure 262’ (LD080P). (Available now)