Makita opened up its tool box to the power equipment market at GIE+EXPO with an expanding range of solutions for landscaping, hardscape applications, forestry and related maintenance. Included were efficient MM4 4-stroke engine products, easy-starting MM2 2-stroke chain saws, and the world’s largest cordless equipment/tool lineup powered by an 18V lithium-ion slide-style battery. GIE+EXPO also marked the re-integration of Makita U.S.A. and DOLMAR power equipment.
“Raising productivity and efficiency is a driving force in the construction world, and it’s also a major factor in power equipment in the green industry,” said Dennis Stauch, vice president and general manager, outdoor power equipment, Makita U.S.A. “Makita is giving landscapers, hardscape contractors and forestry professionals more solutions than any other manufacturer with efficient 4-stroke and 2-stroke engines, corded and cordless power equipment, and a range of accessories that help professional landscapers and contractors solve problems and be more efficient.”
Makita’s GIE+EXPO highlights included:
* Makita and DOLMAR: Since 1991, DOLMAR has been a wholly owned subsidiary of the Makita Corporation, and Makita has successfully sold Makita-branded power equipment, including power cutters, chain saws, blowers, trimmers and other models. As of Oct. 1, 2015, Makita U.S.A., Inc. became fully responsible for DOLMAR products throughout the U.S. This integration gives users a combination of DOLMAR professional 2-stroke chain saws, Makita MM4 4-stroke engine products, and more than 100 18V LXT and 18V X2 LXT (36V) solutions, including a growing range of cordless power equipment. Makita is committed to supporting the independent servicing dealer with expanded service and parts support.
* MM4 4-stroke engine technology: Engine seizure due to improper fuel and oil mixing is one of the most common failures of 2-stroke power equipment. Makita believes that it is delivering a better solution with MM4 4-stroke engine power equipment, including backpack and handheld blowers, a mist blower, string trimmers, brush trimmers, hedge trimmers, edgers, telescoping pole pruners and couple-shafted products. For hardscape applications, Makita created the world’s first 4-stroke engine power cutter with the 14-inch EK7651H. These efficient 4-stroke engine solutions go beyond tool performance, as they require no fuel mixing so users require only one gas can for all their power equipment. In addition, Makita MM4 4-stroke engines run quieter, idle smoother, have lower emissions, and give users quicker and easier starts.
* MM2 2-stroke engine power equipment: The integration of DOLMAR power equipment will result in an expanded range of durable 2-stroke engine gas-powered chain saws, including entry-level 32-cc saws, 45- to 50-cc mid-range and larger saws for the forestry professional, as well as an expanded line of 2-stroke concrete-cutting saws. Select models feature Easy Start technology, which is a spring-assisted starter combined with a low-spark ignition coil to significantly reduce pull-starting force for easier starts. Users and dealers will also benefit from Makita’s expanding parts and service support for power equipment.
* More 18V LXT lithium-ion cordless power equipment: Makita created the 18V lithium-ion cordless tool category in 2005. Now, with more than 100 tools, Makita has the world’s largest 18V cordless tool lineup powered by 18V lithium-ion slide-style batteries — and the lineup includes a growing range of solutions for landscape contractors. Makita 18V X2 LXT (36V) tools are powered by two 18V lithium-ion batteries, so users get 36V power, speed and runtime without leaving the 18V battery platform. Makita offers 18V X2 (36V) blowers, as well as a hedge trimmer, string trimmer and two chain saws, with more solutions are on the way.
Makita also offers several cordless power equipment solutions that run on single 18V LXT lithium-ion batteries, including 18V 2.0 Ah, 3.0 Ah and 4.0 Ah batteries, as well as the 18V 5.0 Ah battery that gives users 65 percent more runtime than 3.0 Ah batteries. Makita 18V batteries also have the fastest charge times in their categories, so they spend more time working and less time sitting on the charger.
GIE+EXPO attendees also saw Makita 18V cordless solutions for on and off the jobsite — including 18V cordless flashlights, radios, vacuums, work lights, heated jackets, and even a coffee maker — as well as a range of 18V tools for maintenance, including drills, impact drivers, impact wrenches, recip saws, and more. With the world’s largest 18V cordless tool lineup, Makita is expanding the tool box with more 18V cordless tools and power equipment, giving contractors more opportunities than ever to unplug the cord.
* Anti-vibration technology for less vibration: Makita’s exclusive Anti-Vibration Technology (AVT) is more than just a padded or spring-loaded handle. AVT is an internal counterbalance system engineered into the tool that greatly reduces vibration for increased user comfort and productivity. Makita offers an AVT solution in every major hammer class, from 1-inch rotary hammers to a 70-pound breaker hammer. At GIE+EXPO, Makita showed select hammer solutions, including the 27-pound AVT Demolition Hammer, ideal for hardscape applications and breaking concrete.
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