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Wednesday, November 26, 2008
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NEW CORDLESS COMBO KIT PACKS PRO POWER AND PRO SPEED IN AN ULTRA-COMPACT DESIGN

New LCT302W includes new 10.8V flashlight

NOVEMBER 25, 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 3-Piece Cordless Combo Kit (model LCT302W). The new combo kit features a new 10.8V Flashlight, as well as the 10.8V Compact Lithium-Ion Driver-Drill and 10.8V Compact Lithium-Ion Impact Driver. The combo kit also includes an ENERGY STAR rated battery charger, two Lithium-Ion batteries, and a metallic case. 
 
 The new compact tools are powered by a new 10.8V Lithium-Ion battery, combining pro power and pro speed with an ultra-compact design.  
 
The Compact Driver Drill (DF030D) and Compact Impact Driver (TD090D) 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.
 
“Makita’s new 10.8V Compact Driver-Drill and Impact Driver have more power and less weight in an ultra-compact design,” said Brad Wheeler, product manager – cordless products. “The new compact products 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. The addition of the new 10.8V Compact Flashlight completes this versatile combo kit.” 
 
The newly added Compact Flashlight (ML100W) offers 540 minutes of continuous light on one charge, and weighs just over one-half pound (.55 lbs.). 
 
The 10.8V Lithium-Ion Compact Driver-Drill (DF030D) 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. 
 
The 10.8V Lithium-Ion Compact Impact Driver Kit (TD090D) 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. 
 
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.
 
The 10.8V Lithium-Ion 3-piece Combo Kit (LCT302W) includes the 10.8V Driver-Drill, 10.8V Impact Driver, 10.8V Flashlight, one battery charger, two 10.8V Compact Lithium-Ion batteries and a metallic hard case. The LCT302W will be available in January 2009. The LCT203W 10.8V Compact Lithium-Ion 2-piece combo kit, which does not include the 10.8V flashlight, is available now.
 
Specifications:
Name
10.8V Compact Lithium-Ion Cordless Driver-Drill     (DF030D)
10.8V Compact Lithium-Ion Cordless Impact Driver (TD090D)
10.8V Compact Lithium-Ion            3-Piece Combo Kit           (LCT302W)
Driving Shank
¼” hex
¼” hex
 
Speed Settings
2, variable
Variable
 
No Load Speed RPM
0-350/0-1,300
0-2,400
 
Max Torque
200 in.lbs.
800 in.lbs.
 
Impacts/Min (IPM)
n/a
0-3,000
(SEE SPECS
Battery Voltage
10.8V
10.8V
AT LEFT)
Battery Type
Lithium-Ion
Lithium-Ion
 
Battery Capacity
1.3Ah
1.3Ah
 
Charge Time
50 minutes
50 minutes
 
L.E.D. Light
Yes
Yes
 
Overall Length
6-3/16”
6-1/8”
 
Net Weight (w/ battery)
1.9 lbs.
2.0. lbs.
 
Includes
 
 
DF030D Compact Driver-Drill, TD090D Compact Impact Driver, ML100W Compact Flashlight,          (2) 10.8V Lithium-Ion Batteries, Charger, Metallic Hard Case
RETAIL PRICE
 
 
$209
RELEASE DATE
 
 
Mid-January 2009
 
 
OVERVIEW: Makita’s 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Tool Series
Makita\'s LXT Series has been designed specifically for Lithium-Ion battery technology with less weight in a more compact size. The ergonomic shape fits comfortably in the user’s hand 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 when compared to traditional 18V 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 2,000 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.
 
Compact Lithium-Ion Products
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 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), compact impact driver (BTD142HW) and various combo kits – feature a black and white trade dress, distinguishing these compact cordless models from Makita’s familiar teal-colored cordless product in the LXT Series. 
 
Makita’s newest cordless 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, like pro service applications – while our LXT Series targets top construction applications.”
  
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 experience the superior advantages of Makita Lithium-Ion power.” said Wheeler. “While our LXT Series targets top construction applications, Makita’s new 10.8V Compact tools are ideal for professional service applications. Every tool box should have one.”
 
Warranty
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 makitatools.com.

 

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