Thursday, January 8, 2009

Makita 18v LXT, a List of Qualities and the Tool’s Origins

LXT is international power tool manufacturer Makita Corporation’s line of Lithium Ion powered batteries. These innovative power cells are utilized on Makita 18v LXT cordless electric power tools such as driver drills, hammer drills, impact drivers, impact wrenches; auto feed screwdrivers, circular saws, jigsaws, metal cutters, percussion drills, portable band saws, disc and orbit sanders, angle grinders, concrete vibrators. Makita has other products aside from these tools mentioned here. They also produce and market other electric power tools, household tools, garden tools, air tools, and stationary woodworking machines.

The Lithium Ion used in the Makita 18v LXT cordless power tools are of the newest technology. The LXT Lithium Ion provides these tools with tremendous stamina. A lifetime work volume of 430% is achieved here, as opposed to the older technology of NiMH and NiCad battery cells that only can deliver up to 130% and 100% work volumes respectively. Purchasing a Makita 18v LXT cordless power tool automatically makes you the owner of two Makita 18v LXT batteries and a state of the art battery charger. This smart charger uses Makita technology for an optimum charging system. The system maximizes a tools cycle life and its work volume. This is not the traditional charging method of other battery packs. It is an improved system that includes a built in memory chip that can communicate with a battery to recognize its ID and its history of use. A battery’s condition can then be analyzed by the charger. This allows the battery and charger to work together to achieve maximum performance. One of the advantages of using a Makita 18v cordless drill model is that less time will be used for charging the power cells, as a quicker charging time of 22minutes is provided, as opposed to the NiCad and NiMH models which are about 4 hrs minimum. The charger has a specialized cooling system that allows a Makita 18v LXT battery to cool down from the inside.

All these technological innovations are in line with Makita Corporation’s policy of excellent design. Years of perfecting their methods have made Makita a very reliable industrial tool designer and manufacturer. The name itself is a guarantee for many power tool users such as woodworkers, contractors, craftsmen, do-it-yourselfers, and furniture makers. Makita’s history spans close to a century with its founding on 1915. The company was incorporated in 1938. It actually started out in Japan as a sale and repair shop for electric motors. They then expanded to the making and selling of electric planers. In 1969 they launched their first rechargeable power tool, the 6500D model of a battery powered drill. In 1978, they launched the first NiCad Nickel Cadmium battery tool, a 6010D model rechargeable drill. In 1997, the first NiMH nickel hydride battery tool, again a rechargeable driver drill, was exhibited at a hardware show. On February 2005, the 1st Lithium ion battery tool was launched. The tools are now used worldwide. Makita factories operate in about 9 countries. And so on and so forth. Therein is the timeline history of the Makita 18v LXT.

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