MAKITA Second-Generation 18V Compact Lithium-Ion Cordless Driver-Drill


New compact cordless driver-drill is successor to the category-leader BDF452HW

NOVEMBER 24, 2010La Mirada, Calif. – Makita, a worldwide manufacturer of technologically advanced power tools that are more compact with less weight yet deliver industrial strength power and results, has released the new 18V Compact Lithium-Ion Cordless ½” Driver-Drill, model LXFD01CW. The new LXFD01CW, the latest release in Makita’s 18V Compact Lithium-Ion platform created by Makita in 2006, delivers more power with less weight and improved ergonomics for a range of drilling, driving and fastening tasks.

“Four years ago Makita created the 18V Compact Lithium-Ion category with model BDF452HW, and Makita has been dominating the 18V Lithium-Ion market ever since,” said Ethan Haughawout, Makita product manager, cordless products. “When the BDF452HW first arrived, it sent shockwaves though the power tool market because no one had ever felt a tool that was so comfortable and lightweight, but with plenty of power for professional applications. It was groundbreaking technology, and the competition has been playing catch-up ever since.”

“The new LXFD01CW,” continued Haughawout, “takes compact 18V Lithium-Ion power to an even higher level with more power, improved ergonomics, less weight, and the fastest charge-time on the market at only 15 minutes. Just as it was in 2006, there’s nothing like it on the market right now.”

Improved Power-to-Weight Ratio

The LXFD01CW is powered by a Makita-built 2-piece 4-pole motor with bigger and stronger front end ball bearings, and heavy gauge copper winding on the armature. The advanced engineering delivers 480 in.lbs. of Max Torque and 290 in.lbs. of PTI Torque for 30 in.lbs. more power than the BDF452HW. The new planetary gear system and transmission has been redesigned for increased durability in a more compact size, so the LXFD01CW is 7/16″ smaller and weighs only 3.3 lbs.

The LXFD01CW has 16 clutch settings and an all-metal 2-speed transmission (0-400/0-1,500 RPM) to cover a wide range of drilling and driving applications. The improved ergonomic design with a new rubberized soft grip delivers increased comfort on the job, and the built-in L.E.D. light illuminates the job area for applications in dark spaces and close quarters.

“Pro tradesman on commercial jobsites across the country use 18V tools all day, everyday,” said Haughawout. “They are constantly demanding more power and less weight from 18V tools, and Makita delivers again by taking the market-leading half-inch compact driver-drill and making it even better.”

Makita 18V Lithium-Ion

The LXFD01CW is Makita’s latest release in the 18V Compact Lithium-Ion platform, with more solutions on the way. Makita, the innovator in cordless with the industry’s first 18V Lithium-Ion line-up in 2005 and the first 18V Compact Lithium-Ion battery in 2006, has engineered the new LXFD01CW to accept both the Makita 18V Compact Lithium-Ion battery and the full size 18V LXT Lithium-Ion battery. Similar to the rest of Makita’s groundbreaking battery technology, the 18V Compact Lithium-Ion battery charges on Makita’s ENERGY STAR qualified Rapid Optimum Charger for maximum efficiency. The compact battery will reach a full charge in only 15 minutes for more work and less downtime.

“This powerful, fastest-charging half-inch driver-drill combines the industry’s best-in-class Lithium-Ion battery technology with a lightweight, compact design,” said Haughawout. “Once again, Makita takes the leadership position in 18V Lithium-Ion, and we will continue to drive the category with more new products in 2011.”

Engineered for a Range of Applications

The LXFD01CW 18V Compact Lithium-Ion ½” Driver-Drill is engineered for a wide range of drilling and driving applications, and is ideal for electricians, plumbers, mobile installers, HVAC. woodworking, fencing and decking, MRO, remodelers, service and repair, and general contractors who require a best-in-class engineered compact cordless driver-drill. The LXFD01CW is a kit and includes the Driver-Drill, two 18V Compact Lithium-Ion batteries, one ENERGY STAR qualified Rapid Optimum Charger, tool belt clip, and tool case.

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Todd Fratzel

Todd Fratzel is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Tool Box Buzz, and the President of Front Steps Media, LLC, a web based media company focused on the Home Improvement and Construction Industry.He is also the Principal Engineer for United Construction Corp., located in Newport, NH. In his capacity at United he oversees the Residential and Commercial Building Division along with all Design-Build projects.He is also the editor of Home Construction & Improvement.

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