Makita Unveils New Products at STAFDA


Makita’s New Solutions revealed at STAFDA

Makita will be attending Specialty Tools and Fasteners Distributors Association (STAFDA) with a lot to show off.  With this being Makita’s 100th year anniversary they were able to promote their 100th tool in 18V LXT line.  They have the world’s largest cordless tool line powered by 18V batteries. This fall their 18V Lithium-Ion cordless tools line-up will reach 125 with more tools on the way.  Makita will also be promoting over 40 innovative new tools and accessories.  Here is just a small portion of new solutions Makita has come out with for us to be more productive in the field.

One of their newest tools I am excited about to promote is the 18V X2 LXT Lithium-Ion Brush-less Recipro saw model XRJ06M/Z.  This new saw is brush-less, has 1 ¼’ stroke for fast cutting and will be available in the summer of 2016.  Another benefit of this cordless tool is the capability of 36V of power.  You can use two of your 18V batteries to get this power and run time without leaving your 18V platform.    With users being able to unplug the cord with Makita’s new X2 Technology using 2- 18V Lithium-Ion batteries.  The current lineup of X2 Technology is rotary hammer, circular saw, chain saw, and miter saw just to name a few.

Mobile contractors will be able to reduce extension cords on a jobsite with Makita’s new cordless miter saw.  Available in December 2015 is the Makita 18V X2 LXT Lithium-Ion (36V) Brush-less 7 ½’ Dual Slide Compound Miter Saw (XSL02Z).  This saw delivers power and precise in the cordless category.  The efficient brush-less motor delivers 5,700 RPM, highest in category, for faster but smooth cutting. Users will benefit with 36V power and run time without leaving the 18V platform.

18V X2 LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless HEPA Vacuum (Xcv04Z) Makita is giving us the ability to cut the cord even further with 2 different models of cordless vacuums.  You will be able to purchase with or without HEPA filter model XCV03Z. Both models are wet dry clean ups, up to 65 minutes of run time using two 18V 5.0ah batteries and offer cord option if needed. Users will benefit with 36V power and run time without leaving the 18V platform. These will be available in March 2016.

If you are able to attend STAFDA in Phoenix this year you could have been one of the first to try out Makita’s new Impact Wenches.  Three new 18V LXT Lithium-Ion High Torque Impact Wrenches.   First is model XWT07M/Z, with 780ft Lbs of torque and has a ¾’ Square Drive. Next is the ½’ Square Drive model XWT08M/Z with 740 ft Lbs of torque.  Lastly there is a 7/16’ Hex Chuck model XWT09T/Z with 740 ft Lbs of torque. All three tools have the highest torque in their categories, 3- speed power selection with an electric brake for added precision and convenience.  Impacts will be available in February 2016.

Besides all the new cordless tools coming out Makita also has 6.0ah batteries available in February 2016.  18V LXT Lithium-Ion 6.0ah Battery with L.E.D Charge Level Indicator (BL1860).  Now with an on board LED charge level indicator, full charge in only 55 minutes and 100% more run time than their 3.0ah batteries.  Makita is offering the industry’s most efficient 18V lithium-Ion battery with the fastest charge times in its categories.

Lets talk about the new 12V line up Makita just came out with.  The new 12V Max CXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Tool Line up.  The 12V line up will feature slide style batteries, 2.0 & 4.0ah with on board LED charge level indicators, available in January 2016 with more tools to come.  Makita’s 12V line will provide performance with superior ergonomics in a compact size.  To start off with the 12V system the CXT Drill and Impact driver 12V max combo kit CT226 is currently available.  The line will further expand in January 2016 with ¼’ impact driver-drill, 3/8” hammer driver-drill, Recipro saw, 3-3/8 circular saw, and impact driver. Single tool kits and combo kits will be available.

Makita will have you covered for metal cutting with their new 14” Cut Off Saw with Tool –Less Wheel Change (LW1400).  They have increased your productivity with tool less wheel changes, fence angle adjustments, fence position and clamping vice without the need of a wrenches or adjustment tools. Availability is March 2016

New Laser Instruments from Makita is giving contractors solutions in the field.  There are four models to choose from and all are available now.  Self-Leveling Combination Cross-Line/Point Laser model SK103PZ, Self Leveling Horizontal/Vertical Cross Line Laser model SK104Z, Laser Distance Measure 164’ model LD050P and Laser Distance Measure 262’ model LD080P.

6” Random Orbit Sander (B06050J) Makita’s new random orbit sander with variable speed, control dial with random orbits 1,600 -6,800 opm, sanding and strokes from 3,200-13,600.  This sander is ideal for woodworkers, automotive and marine polishing applications. The sander can be switched from finish sanding and buffing to aggressive sanding and polishing.  Sander will be available in April 2016.

Makita did not hold at just tools, they provide a full line of accessories. The Impact Gold accessories are 10 times stronger and geared for contractors. Available now is the 26 pc Torsion Bit Set, 3pc Assorted 2 1/2” Double Ended Power Bits, 9 pc 3/8” Drive metric Socket Set with 15 degree Tilt Socket adaptor, ½” Drive Deep Well Impact Sockets,  They are also offering a more efficient way to cut metal with their 5 7/8” Carbide Tipped Metal Cutting Saw Blades.  Makita is the first in the industry to offer a 5 7/8” blade in the cordless category and has four optimum blades, carbide tipped for metal and general purpose, thin metal or aluminum and one for stainless steel.

Unable to attend the Makita booth at STAFDA in Phoenix. Then contact your local distributor or go to for further information.  You can also follow Makita on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube.


About the author

Michael Hopp

Michael Hopp is a registered contractor in the State of Rhode Island. He has been registered for the last 16 years specializing in interior and exterior remodeling, doors and windows.Mike began practicing his trade 25 years ago at William M. Davies Career and Technical High School in carpentry shop. This gave him the opportunity to become an apprentice at Brodeur Window Distributors. Mike continued working at the company for 10 years. During this time he was in charge of the specialty door shop and assisted on service calls.For the last 16 years, Mike has been working as a general contractor in Rhode Island with his company MJH Construction LLC. Even though his background is in doors and windows, his passion is for remodel work.

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