LA MIRADA, Calif., Nov. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Makita® has created a new class in cordless tools with the release of 18V LXT® Sub-Compact Brushless. The new 18V LXT Sub-Compact Brushless are the most compact and lightest weight tools in the 18V category, giving contractors the size and handling of a 12-volt tool with the performance, power and compatibility of 18 volt.
The Latest in a Series of Cordless Milestones
"When nickel-cadmium and nickel-metal hydride batteries dominated cordless tools in 2005, Makita dumped this old battery technology and created the world's first lithium-ion tool system with 18-volt slide batteries," said Wayne Hart, Communications Manager, Makita USA. "Makita followed up with the first 18-volt Compact category, brushless motor technology for power tools, and 18V X2 LXT, the industry's first tools powered by two 18-volt batteries. With the new 18V LXT Sub-Compact, Makita has created another new class in cordless with the most compact and lightest weight tools in the category – and they carry a new black trade dress to mark this new innovation and to distinguish them from similarly-sized Makita 12-volt tools."
It's all part of Makita's expanding 18V LXT system. With over 150 solutions, LXT is the world's largest cordless tool system powered by 18-volt lithium-ion slide-style batteries.
Do More with Less in One Battery Platform
The new 18V Sub-Compact driver-drill and impact driver are a welcome solution to contractors managing both 12-volt and 18-volt battery platforms, or for anyone seeking less bulk and weight in cordless tools for drilling, driving and fastening.
"Research on commercial and residential job sites showed us that many contractors own both 12-volt and 18-volt tools, and if a job requires the power of a 12-volt tool then they'll definitely reach for the most compact tool first," said Carlos Quintana, Sr. Product Manager, Cordless, Makita USA. "18V LXT Sub-Compact Brushless tools give contractors the compact size of a 12-volt tool while remaining in the 18-volt battery platform, and they deliver the performance to cover most applications on the job site. The expansive breadth-of-line of the Makita LXT System means an 18-volt battery from any LXT tool will power the 18-volt Sub-Compact driver-drill and impact driver."
Purpose-Built Brushless Motors
Both tools feature brushless motors purpose-built for the product and related applications, combining power and efficiency in a more compact size. Makita brushless motors are engineered for up to 50% longer run time, increased power and speed, and longer tool life.
18V LXT Sub-Compact Brushless ½" Driver-Drill (XFD11ZB)
At only 6-3/8 in. and 2.8 lbs. (with 2.0Ah battery) the 18V LXT Sub-Compact Brushless Driver-Drill offers superior comfort and handling, and is built for a broad range of applications. For users running drill bits, spade bits, and fastening bits – or for electricians running the commonly-used 1-3/8" hole saw – the XFD11ZB is a more compact solution for these widely-used applications. The XFD11ZB has a mechanical variable 2-speed transmission (0-500 & 0-1,700 RPM) and dual L.E.D. lights to illuminate the work area.
18V LXT Sub-Compact Brushless Impact Driver (XDT15ZB)
The 18V LXT Sub-Compact Brushless Impact Driver has two speed settings and 1,240 in.lbs. of Max Torque for a full range of fastening applications. The new Assist Mode (A-mode) setting helps eliminate "screw cam-out" and "cross threading" by driving at low speed until tightening begins, and is ideal for driving longer fasteners. At only 5-5/16 in. and 2.6 lbs. (with 2.0Ah battery) it is an ultra-compact fastening solution with superior comfort and handling.
The 18V Sub-Compact Driver-Drill and Impact Driver available as a tool-only and also in a combo kit (CX200RB) that includes two 18V LXT Lithium-Ion 2.0Ah batteries, Rapid Optimum Charger, and tool bag.
Makita® is a worldwide manufacturer of industrial quality power tools and outdoor power equipment, and offers a wide range of industrial accessories. Makita utilizes leading-edge technology and innovation to engineer tools that are more compact with less weight yet deliver industrial power and results. Makita U.S.A., Inc. is located in La Mirada, California, and operates an extensive distribution network located throughout the U.S.A. Contact Makita: 800/4-MAKITA (800/462-5482) or makitatools.com. Follow Makita: facebook.com/makitatoolspage, twitter.com/makitatools, youtube.com/makitapowertools, instagram.com/makitatools.
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