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Sunday, August 10, 2008

Wayne Hart
Communications Manager
Makita U.S.A.
(714) 522-8088 x 4410

(800) 4-MAKITA

Sunday, August 10, 2008


Combo Kit includes Compact Driver-Drill and Impact Driver

JULY 18, 2008 – La Mirada, Calif. – Makita U.S.A., Inc., manufacturer of high quality industrial power tools and accessories, is proud to announce the release of its new 10.8V Lithium-Ion Compact Cordless Driver-Drill Kit (DF030DW) and Impact Driver Kit (TD090DW). The new compact tools combine pro power and pro speed with an ultra-compact design, and are powered by a new 10.8V Lithium-Ion battery.   The two new tools are also available together in a 2-piece combo kit (LCT203W).
The DF030DW and TD090DW are the latest additions to Makita’s growing line of cordless tools powered by Makita’s Lithium-Ion battery technology, delivering more power, less weight and better engineering.
“The TD090DW and DF030DW have more power and less weight in an ultra-compact design,” said Brad Wheeler, product manager – cordless products. “Makita’s new driver-drill and impact driver are both engineered for a wide range of fastening and drilling tasks, and are the perfect addition to the tool box of any pro tradesman.”
These powerful yet compact cordless tools are built for maintenance professionals, repairmen, remodelers, electricians, cabinet installers, and any general contractor seeking a compact cordless driver-drill and impact driver with pro power and pro speed.
10.8V Lithium-Ion Compact Driver-Drill Kit (DF030DW)
The 10.8V Lithium-Ion Compact Driver-Drill Kit (DF030DW) has a ¼” hex driving shank for a range of fastening and drilling tasks. The Makita-built motor delivers 200 in.lbs. of torque with two speed settings (0-350/0-1,300 RPM), variable speed and 18 clutch stages. This versatile and compact driver-drill weighs just 1.9 pounds, and includes an L.E.D. light to illuminate the drilling surface, and an ergonomic grip that fits like a glove for even pressure and easy control. Each DF030DW kit includes the Compact Driver-Drill, two 10.8V Lithium-Ion Batteries, charger and hard case.
10.8V Lithium-Ion Compact Impact Driver Kit (TD090DW)
The 10.8V Lithium-Ion Compact Impact Driver Kit (TD090DW) has 0-3,000 impacts per minute, with a durable and long-lasting hammer/anvil design. The Makita-built variable speed motor delivers 800 in.lbs. of torque and a no load speed of 0-2,400 RPM. The compact impact driver weighs just 2 pounds, and also has an L.E.D. light and ergonomic grip that fits like a glove for even pressure and easy control. Each TD090DW kit includes the Compact Impact Driver, two 10.8V Lithium-Ion Batteries, charger and hard case.
LCT203W Compact Combo Kit
The 10.8V Lithium-Ion 2-piece Combo Kit (LCT203W) includes the 10.8V Driver-Drill, 10.8V Impact Driver, one battery charger, two 10.8V Compact Lithium-Ion batteries, a double-ended Phillips bit and a metallic hard case. 

Model number
10.8V Compact Lithium-Ion Cordless Driver-Drill
10.8V Compact Lithium-Ion Cordless Impact Driver
10.8V Compact Lithium-Ion Combo Kit
Driving Shank
¼” hex
¼” hex
Speed Settings
2, variable
No Load Speed RPM
Max Torque


200 in.lbs.
800 in.lbs.


Impacts/Min (IPM)
Battery Voltage
Battery Type
Battery Capacity
Charge Time
50 minutes
50 minutes
L.E.D. Light
Overall Length
Net Weight (w/ battery)
1.9 lbs.
2.0. lbs.
Driver-Drill, (2) 10.8V Lithium-Ion batteries, charger, hard case
Impact Driver, (2) 10.8V Lithium-Ion batteries, charger, hard case
DF030D Compact Driver-Drill, TD090D Compact Impact Driver, (2) 10.8V Lithium-Ion Batteries, charger, double-ended Phillips bit, metallic hard case
Makita’s 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Tool Series
Since its introduction on October 3, 2005, Makita’s LXT Series featuring 18V Lithium-Ion Battery Technology has been providing the professional end-user with more work solutions. The 18V Lithium-Ion battery is a breakthrough in cordless with more power, less weight and better engineering, and Makita is proud to be the first to bring it to jobsites across America.
"Makita did not just design a longer run time battery; we designed a complete tool solution to redefine the way pro users work,” said Ken Hefley, senior vice president marketing, Makita USA. “The LXT solution is all muscle and no fat, with 18 volt power at 12 volt weight.  LXT allows the pro user to work longer with a better engineered tool solution."
Makita\'s new LXT Series has been designed specifically for Lithium-Ion battery technology with less weight in a more compact size. LXT is 40% less weight and more compact. The ergonomic shape fits like a glove with even pressure while adding more control. The LXT Series is also equipped with built-in L.E.D. lights that operate independently from the tool to illuminate the work area.
Makita LXT Lithium-Ion Batteries and Optimum Charging System produce 430% total lifetime work with two-and-a-half times more battery cycles than the traditional Ni-Cd batteries. The Optimum Charging System is ENERGY STAR rated for its efficient charging process. Makita\'s LXT Lithium-Ion batteries provide the pro user with many benefits, including 1,400 battery life cycles, longer run time, 40% less weight, five-times lower self-discharge to keep cells active and ready to use any time, a built-in memory chip to communicate with the Optimum Charger for more work, built-in shock absorbing features to protect the battery, and sixteen firm-holding contact terminals for constant high power. The battery works in conjunction with the Optimum Charger during the charging process for a more efficient charge and maximum battery life.
The new Rapid Optimum Charger communicates with the LXT battery throughout the charge cycle using the built-in memory chip in the battery and the built-in CPU chip in the charger to recognize the history and battery condition to select the optimal charging method. The optimal charging method uses Active 3 Controls for current control, thermal control and voltage control. The charger has a built-in fan to cool the battery to produce more lifetime work.
Makita has better technology with a new smart Battery Diagnostic System (sold separately) that enables users to understand the battery condition to maximize battery life. This new system is ideal for large pro and industrial users with many batteries. This system is able to indicate how the battery was used and can optimally refresh each cell for more lifetime work, determine the battery life expectancy based on how many times the battery has been charged or gone through a cycle and can log each battery to keep a permanent record.
Makita has also added compact cordless power tools to its line of Lithium-Ion products, and they are unique in both appearance and performance: The 18V Compact Lithium-Ion (1.5Ah) battery weighs just .85 lbs. and reaches a full charge in only 15 minutes, four times faster than the competition. The compact battery combined with the compact design of the tools delivers a superior power-to-weight ratio. These compact tools – including the ½” Compact Driver Drill (BDF452HW) – feature a new black and white exterior design, distinguishing these compact cordless models from Makita’s familiar teal-colored top-of-the-line cordless product in the LXT Series. 
Makita’s newest compact products are powered by a 10.8V Lithium-Ion battery. These lower-voltage products clearly have a place in Makita’s series of Lithium-Ion cordless tools. 
“Makita’s Lithium-Ion platform is not solely focused on 18V power, as evidenced by the recent launch of our 10.8V Lithium-Ion ultra-compact tools,” said Brad Wheeler, product manager – cordless products. “Makita applies power, precision and compact design to every tool it makes, and these same qualities have been built into the new 10.8V Lithium-Ion 2-speed driver-drill and impact driver. These ultra-compact tools have been engineered for trades that require professional power and quality in a convenient size.”
The new 10.8V products fill a need for Lithium-Ion battery power in an ultra-compact size. They are positioned as a first step into the Lithium-Ion battery platform from older battery technologies.
“For those pros using 9.6 and 12 volt tools every day - and there are many of them - Makita’s new ultra-compact 10.8V Lithium-Ion line of tools is a great way to step into Makita and into the superior advantages of Makita Lithium-Ion power.” said Wheeler. “These tools come in handy for so many lighter duty jobs out there. Every tool box should have one.”
Makita LXT Lithium-Ion is backed by Makita’s new Three-Year Warranty which covers repair due to defective materials or workmanship up to three years from the purchase date.

About Makita USA
Makita is a leading manufacturer of over 450 professional, industrial quality power tools and has over 2,000 industrial accessories. Makita’s new, innovative 18V Lithium-Ion Cordless Power Tool Series has a three-year limited warranty and all Makita tools are covered by a one-year limited warranty against defects in materials or workmanship and may be serviced at any of our 25 factory service centers or by more than 1,000 authorized service centers nationwide. Makita USA, Inc.’s home office is located in La Mirada, California and operates an extensive distribution network located throughout the U.S. For more information, please contact us at 1-800-4-MAKITA (1-800-462-5482) or visit the website at



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