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Thursday, October 15, 2009
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MAKITA EXPANDS 18V COMPACT LITHIUM-ION LINE-UP WITH NEW CORDLESS VACUUM

BCL180W delivers fast and efficient cleaning, without the cord

OCTOBER 15, 2009 – 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 18V Compact Lithium-Ion Cordless Vacuum (BCL180W). The new cordless vacuum adds to Makita’s growing line of cordless tools featuring 18V Lithium-Ion Battery Technology, a breakthrough in cordless that delivers more power, less weight and better engineering. The new vacuum combines the convenience of cordless with the superior power-to-weight ratio of Makita’s 18V Compact Lithium-Ion battery.
 
“Makita’s 18 Volt Lithium-Ion battery technology has been on jobsites since 2005, and we continue to add more trade solutions to our line-up,” said Ethan Haughawout, product manager – cordless products. “The new BCL180W vacuum is ideal for dry clean-up applications, and is the perfect add-on to any pro contractor’s tool bag.”
 
This compact yet powerful cordless vacuum has strong suction power for fast and efficient cleaning, for use with or without the floor nozzle extension. At just 18-3/4” in length, the compact and lightweight design provides extra comfort with reduced operator fatigue, and the angled design provides strong suction for fast and efficient cleaning. The floor extension and redesigned swivel floor nozzle attaches easily, and includes a crevice nozzle for improved cleaning in tight spaces.
 
The BCL180W delivers up to 10 minutes of continuous use from a single fully-charged 18V Compact Lithium-Ion battery. The improved filter has two locking tabs on each side to remain in place, and the bagless 2-stage cloth filtration system allows for easier cleaning and quicker debris disposal. The BCL180W weighs just 2.7 lbs. (with battery), with a soft ergonomic grip handle that provides increased comfort on the job.
 
The BCL180W is powered by Makita’s 18V Compact Lithium-Ion battery. For extended run time of up to 20 minutes of continuous use, the BCL180W can also be powered by a Makita 18V LXT Lithium-Ion battery. This versatile cordless vacuum is engineered for almost any dry clean-up application, and is ideal for service, finish installation, maintenance, and janitorial trades. 
Specifications
Model Number
BCL180W
BCL180ZW
Name
18V Compact Lithium-Ion Cordless Vacuum
18V Compact Lithium-Ion Cordless Vacuum (tool only)
Capacity
1.3 pints
1.3 pints
Continuous use
(with 18V Compact Lithium-Ion battery)
10 minutes
10 minutes
(battery sold separately)
Battery
18VDC
18VDC
(battery sold separately)
Overall length
18-3/4”
18-3/4”
Net Weight (with battery)
2.7 lbs.
2.7 lbs.
Includes
Vacuum, 18V Compact Lithium-Ion battery, 1 Rapid Optimum Battery Charger, Extension, Floor Nozzle, Crevice Nozzle, Filter, Cloth Filter
Vacuum, Extension, Floor Nozzle, Crevice Nozzle, Filter, Cloth Filter
Suggested Retail:
$149
$89
 
Makita’s Lithium-Ion Cordless Tool Series
As one of the pioneers driving the cordless tool revolution, Makita changed the game with its breakthrough 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Series. Four years after its debut, Makita’s LXT Series has grown from seven to over 35 tools, providing a wide range of cordless solutions for professional tradesmen. Makita also added 18V Compact Lithium-Ion for cordless power in a more compact size. 
 
Makita\'s 18V Lithium-Ion batteries and ENERGY STAR rated Rapid Optimum Charger provide several benefits over old battery technology. When compared to traditional 18V Ni-Cd batteries, Makita’s 18V Lithium-Ion batteries have 40% less weight, longer run time, and five-times lower self-discharge to keep cells active and ready to use at any time. Makita’s 18V Lithium-Ion battery delivers 2,000 cycles – two-and-a-half times more than Ni-Cd. In addition, built-in shock absorbing features help protect the battery, and sixteen firm-holding contact terminals deliver constant high power. During the charging process, a built-in memory chip in the battery communicates with the Optimum Charger for a more efficient charge, extending the battery life. Makita’s Optimum Charger is also faster: it will charge an 18V LXT Lithium-Ion battery in just 30 minutes and an 18V Compact Lithium-Ion battery in only 15 minutes. 
 
Makita also offers an Optimum Automotive Charger for 18V LXT and 18V Compact Lithium-Ion batteries, which plugs into 12V DC sockets equipped in most automobiles and trucks for added mobility.
 
Makita’s growing line of LXT cordless tool solutions features a wide range of industrial-quality power tools, including driver-drills, impact drivers, impact wrenches, saws, grinders, screwguns, rotary hammers, and more. The LXT Series also offers a jobsite radio, rechargeable flashlights, and several different combo kits.
 
Makita now offers 10.8V Ultra-Compact Lithium-Ion and 7.2V Lithium-Ion cordless power tools. These cordless tools deliver pro power and pro speed in an ultra-compact size. The battery chargers for the 10.8V and 7.2V Lithium-Ion batteries are ENERGY STAR rated for their efficient charging performance. Makita’s growing line of ultra-compact cordless tool solutions includes driver-drills and impact drivers, as well as rechargeable flashlights and several different combo kits. Makita also offers a 36V Lithium-Ion cordless rotary hammer for faster drilling.
 
About Makita
Makita is a worldwide manufacturer of industrial quality power tools and offers a wide range of industrial accessories. Makita applies leading-edge technology and innovation to engineer tools that are more compact with less weight yet deliver industrial strength power and results. Makita’s extensive line of cordless lithium-ion tools includes 18V LXT® Lithium-Ion, 18V Compact Lithium-Ion®, and 10.8V Ultra-Compact Lithium-Ion®. Other best-in-class products include rotary and demolition hammers and saws equipped with Anti-Vibration Technology™ (AVT™), 4-Cycle outdoor power equipment, Super Joint System (SJS) grinders, miter saws engineered with Deep and Exact Cutting Technology (DXT), and more. Makita U.S.A., Inc. is located in La Mirada, California, and operates an extensive distribution network located throughout the U.S. For more information, please call 800/4-MAKITA (800/462-5482) or visit the website at makitatools.com. You can follow Makita at facebook.com/makitatools and twitter.com/makitatools. Makita is Best in Class Engineering.
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