Makita's approach to powering its outdoor tools is by utilizing two of its 18V X2 LXT lithium-ion batteries for 36 volts of power. There's no need to leave their 18V platform just because you're moving to outdoor tools.
Most power tool manufacturers that produce cordless outdoor power equipment have opted to place those tools on a high voltage battery platform since blowers and string trimmers draw a lot of power. That means you need to have another charger and another set of batteries to go along with the 18V batteries that power your cordless drills, circular saw, and impact driver.
Makita's solution lets homeowners and DIYers use their existing 18V LXT batteries to power their outdoor tools. Less batteries to charge equals less hassle.
Makita builds pro tools and expect their outdoor power equipment to perform at a commercial level. Their 18V X2 (36V) String Trimmer model XRU07Z and 18V X2 (36V) Blower model XBU02Z both combine an efficient brushless motor with the extended run time of two 18V (36V) batteries.
The new Makita string trimmer will run up to 60 minutes on a single charge of two Makita 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Ah batteries. It can also run with two 18V Ah, Ah, or Ah batteries. It features a full /4-inch diameter of cutting swath. For more versatility, the trimmer has two speed options (5, and 6, RPM), weighs pounds with batteries, and has a 3-stage LED battery fuel indicator.
The Makita blower is a powerhouse that delivers up to MPH air velocity and CFM air volume. It has a variable speed control trigger and offers 29 minutes of run time at 15, RPM using two 18V Ah batteries (sold separately). Like the string trimmer, it can also run on two 18V Ah, Ah, or Ah batteries. The lock-on button helps with finger fatigue and a telescoping nozzle can direct air over a broad or targeted area.
If you've already invested in the broad Makita 18V LXT battery platform—which powers more than tools—then these two tools are a no-brainer.
Timothy DahlDIY EditorTimothy is a lifelong DIY enthusiast who is fixated on smart home tech, beautiful tools, and wrenching on his FJ62 Land Cruiser.
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Makita XGT 40v Cordless Tools
New Makita XGT 40v Tools for
With the arrival of the new decade, Makitas 18v LXT Lithium Ion battery platform is now 15 years old, having been introduced back in Over that time it has become a firm favourite amongst industry professionals the world over, and has grown to become one of the largest cordless power tool ranges available. But Makita have announced that the LXT system will soon be joined by a bigger brother a more powerful cordless platform which utilizes a new 40v XGT lithium ion battery. Makita XGT 40v tools are due to start shipping in and well go over what to expect in this blog post.
The 18v lithium ion battery has proved to offer a winning combination of power and portability on the jobsite, and these days every power tool manufacturer has an 18v cordless battery platform. Recently though, as battery technology has improved, we have seen an increased demand for ever more powerful cordless tools as manufacturers have begun to push the envelope of whats possible. Back in , you would have had trouble replacing all your power tools with cordless alternatives but this is fast becoming a much more realistic proposal and the new Makita GXT 40v tools are sure to bring us a step further towards the truly cordless jobsite. As well as providing a launchpad for a new heavy duty range of tools, creating a new battery platform from the ground up has also enabled Makita to integrate a new overhauled two-way communication system between tool and battery to ensure optimum performance and reliability.
Does the 40v Range Replace the 18v Range?
No. The LXT range will continue to exist alongside the new GXT range, and as one of the most successful cordless platforms in the world, the 18v LXT range is sure to be developed and supported long into the future.
Are the XGT and LXT Ranges Compatible?
The new Makita XGT 40v tools wont be compatible with 18v LXT batteries (and vice versa) but a charging adaptor has been developed which will enable users to recharge both types of battery from the same charger, so youll be able to keep clutter down to a minimum when using both ranges simultaneously.
Advantages of the New Makita 40v XGT Batteries
Makita describe this new range as a genuine solution for high demand industrial applications and theyve taken several steps to ensure long term durability in challenging environments. The batteries are encased in heavy duty housings with an interior layer of shock absorbing padding, and the terminals have been beefed up to ensure a reliable, long lasting connection. Makita aim to have the batteries IPX4 accredited for water protection, meaning they are designed to repel water spraying or splashing onto them from any direction. As briefly mentioned above, Makita have also developed a new battery interface for the XGT range, by which the battery communicates essential performance data to the tool, ie to avoid critical overheating or discharge. This new Smart system has been designed with future proofing in mind, so that updates can be easily introduced further down the line.
Fast charging has long been a jewel in Makitas crown and the XGT batteries continue this tradition. Makita claim it will take as little as 28 minutes to recharge a XGT battery so it is ready for use again.
Advantages of the New Makita 40v XGT Tools
The tools themselves are also built for tough conditions. Selected models have also been designed with water resistance in mind and Makita aim to have these IPX4 certified by time of release as well. So far in the pipeline theres a drill driver, combi drill, impact driver, impact wrench, reciprocating saw, circular saw, two angle grinders and two SDS rotary hammers. At this stage the stats are impressive: for instance, the new 3/4 impact wrench can deliver up to 2,Nm of nut busting torque and the two SDS machines are claimed to run 30% faster than comparable corded tools.
The first batch of Makita XGT 40v tools are available for purchase now and weve set up a Makita 40 XGT Range Page on the Tooled Up site which will contain all the tools and batteries as they get released. Keep an eye on Tooled Up and the Makita UK website for more updates as we get more info on this new range.
In the meantime, check out this video of some of the first batch of Makita 40v tools, courtesy of Sydney Tools in Australia.
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Makita Corporation (株式会社マキタ, kabushiki gaisha Makita) (TYO: ) is a Japanese manufacturer of power tools. Founded on March 21, , it is based in Anjō, Japan and operates factories in Brazil, China, Japan, Mexico, Romania, the United Kingdom, Germany, Dubai, Thailand and the United States. Annual sales were equivalent to $ billion in 
In March , Mosaburo Makita (b. ) founded Makita Electric Works in Nagoya, Aichi, Japan and began selling and repairing lighting equipment, motors and transformers. In , Makita marketed a portable electrical planer in Japan and became a manufacturer of power tools the following year. In April , they introduced the D battery-powered drill (the first rechargeable power tool). In December , they launched the D rechargeable drill (the first nickel cadmium battery tool). In August , the D rechargeable driver-drill was exhibited at the Chicago Hardware Show (the first nickel hydride battery tool). In February , the TDD (the first lithium-ion battery tool) was made available.
Makita ships many of its power tools in Systainer-compatible stacking boxes. In Makita registered a design for its own "Makpac" variant in the names of Yuji Yamamoto and Kiyozumi Kokawa.
The products sold by Makita around the world can be subdivided into the following categories.
Makita offers many products in this area. In addition to cordless screwdrivers, cordless impact wrenches, cordless rotary hammers drills and cordless jigsaws, Makita offers various other tools such as battery saws, cordless angle grinders, cordless planers, cordless metal shears, battery-powered screwdrivers and cordless slot mills.
In the field of power tools, Makita offers classic tools (drilling and stemming hammers, drills, planers, saws, cutting and angle grinders), gardening equipment (electric lawnmowers, high-pressure cleaners, blowers), and measuring tools (rangefinders, rotating lasers).
Makita develops cutters, power generators, chainsaws, scythes, lawnmowers and blowers in this division.
Cordless tool batteries
Makita created the 18V Lithium-Ion cordless tool category in 
Makita manufactures many accessories for their tools like batteries and chargers for cordless tools. Blades and tables are manufactured for sawing tools. Moreover, carrying cases are also manufactured by Makita to easily carry tools to the worksite.
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With over 40 years in designing, engineering, and manufacturing cordless products, Makita gives you cordless convenience for all applications. As the innovation leader, Makita leads the industry with best-in-class quality cordless products. Makita’s cordless products deliver the power, speed, and run-time to handle any project from wood and metalworking to concrete and dust extraction. From the job site to your home, Makita offers a wide range of cordless products ready to use anytime, anywhere.
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Makita is a global innovation leader with best-in-class products found in 50 countries. Makita operates 10 manufacturing facilities in 8 nations, including a facility in the USA. With over years of experience in motor engineering and over 40 years in cordless technology, Makita continues to innovate and perfect products that work as hard as you do. The result is expertly engineered products with the power and performance needed for the application at hand. This drive has also led to the development of cordless products that perform to the same exacting standards as their corded counterparts.
Introduced the first cordless tool
Introduced 18V LXT® Lithium-Ion System
Introduced the industry's first 18V brushless motor impact driver
Released the first cordless tool powered by two 18V Lithium-Ion batteries
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We recently wrote about two of the most significant battery upgrades the tool industry has seen in recent years: Milwaukees realization of the amp hour High Demand battery pack and the DeWalt FlexVolt system. What fans of Teal already know, but many may still be in the dark about, is that there has been a high capacity and flexible voltage system on the market for a couple of years already in the form of Makita 18V X2 LXT cordless tools and the 18V LXT cordless tools that run on the same batteries.
Multiple Voltages, One Battery System
Makita 18V X2 LXT cordless tools take advantage of a more simplistic design. By connecting two batteries with a series connection, you add the voltages together. Rather than creating a 36V platform, Makita found a way to create a series connection between two 18V batteries to get there. That happens on the tool itself with no adapters required.
When Makita first launched the X2 system, Pros and enthusiasts alike questioned if an onboard series connection is the best way to move to a more powerful tool. After all, some companies developed their 36V platforms to great success with more powerful cordless tools. Still, others remained committed to their 18V platforms, citing the benefit of keeping their users on one battery system.
Makita plugged along, bringing out new 18V X2 LXT tools when it made sense but still focusing on expanding their 18V LXT system, which is the workhorse of their cordless lineup. The initial advantage of the Makita 18V X2 LXT system is in its inherent design that gives users the ability to purchase more powerful 36V tools while using the batteries they already own.
The advantage has become greater over the past couple of years on two fronts. First, brushless motors have become more prevalent. This has opened up new classes of tools and solidified others that were borderline. Makita has been positioned to handle both thanks to their 18V LXT and 18V X2 LXT platforms. The technology has even afforded the ability to go smaller with the 18V LXT Brushless Sub-Compact tools.
Second, battery capacity has expanded. Most brands now offer 5 amp hour batteries and a few – including Makita – have 6 amp-hours. Milwaukee pushed the limit with their amp hour battery. On the 36V front, most stop at a amp hour battery. By taking two 18V LXT batteries to an 18V X2 LXT tool, you can step up to 36 volts with 6 amp-hours.
So whats the big deal?
Its not as obvious until you look at watt hours, which it the total amount of energy available to do work in a battery system. You get it from the equation:
Nominal Volts x Amp Hours = Watt Hours
For Milwaukees amp hour battery and DeWalts FlexVolt / amp hour battery, you get a solid watt-hours. With Makita 18V X2 LXT tools, you can take it to a total of watt-hours – a full 33% more capacity than those two options. Compared to the 36V, 4 amp-hour options, its an additional 50% capacity.
Is There a Continued Need for the Makita 18V X2 LXT Line?
As brushless motor and battery technology has improved, more cordless tools are able to operate on the 18V platform quite effectively. Tools like Makitas XWT07 18V LXT Impact Wrench are powerful FOOTpounds of torque powerful! So does that mean the 36V platform is on its way out?
Not hardly. Aside from the fact that there are always new tools to bring into the cordless realm on the construction side, Makita has also expanded well into outdoor power equipment. With a full line of cordless OPE to supplement their 4-stroke gas options, Makita has offered their users an incredible amount of versatility all without stepping away from the 18V LXT battery.
With tons of potential left in both Makita 18V X2 LXT cordless tools and the 18V LXT line, dont expect to see Makita changing direction anytime soon.
Makita Teal VS White 18V Power tools Whats the difference?
There seems to be lots of confusion between Makitas teal blue and white/black cordless power tools here in the USA. Namely the 18V LXT drills and impact drivers. Many people seem to think the white and black 18V LXT drills and impact drivers are their homeowner DIY versions as Ive heard many people say they are the budget and less powered versions.
Before we come to a conclusion lets inspect the facts while focusing on the different white and black versions. The obvious difference is the color scheme with a bold white as the main color and black as the accent . This is boldly different here in the USA as the theme of Makita power tools is teal blue (fact: different color scheme). A closer look at the white and black 18V Makita power tools reveals a smaller compact battery with a capacity of ah. This is in contrast to the standard ah batteries (many kits are being replaced with larger and even ah batteries) included on the vast majority of their cordless lineup. These larger capacity batteries are roughly twice the physical size and are also offer twice the runtime than compact ah batteries (longer runtime if they are and ah) (fact: different battery form factor and capacity). The next difference is the price, the price for either the white and black drill (XFD01CW) or impact driver (XDT04CW) in kit form is $ each and $ for the drill and impact driver combo kit (CTRW). Similar Makita drill and impact driver kits are priced at $+ and drill and impact driver combo kit at $ (XT) (fact: price difference). Another closer look at the description for each tool reveals that the white & black 18v drill and impact driver are designated as the compact versions.
Differences between Teal and White & Black Makita 18V cordless power tools:
- Color scheme
- Battery form factor
- Battery capacity
Now lets take a look at the similarities- other than the color scheme they look the same. If you look at the model numbers listed above you will see that the models listed for the white & black and teal counterparts share the same model number except for the CW designation. This means that they are in essence the same model or variant of the same model. They even spec out the same, regardless of color scheme, the XFD01 drill has the same torque, rpm numbers, and even the same features. The same goes with the XDT04 impact driver.
I spoke with Wayne H. the communications manager for Makita and asked him what the differences were between the white and teal 18v models. His response was that Makita makes only heavy duty tools and the white models were their compact models with compactness and lightweight in mind. This backs up the fact that the white 18V LXT models are essentially the same model as the teal blue variant and the small compact battery keeps the tool lighter and compact. Compact depending on how you look at it as the size and capacity of the battery does nothing to shorten the length. Length is usually the determining factor for compact tools but the compact battery does shorten the tools overall height when used with the compact battery.
So the fact is that the white versions are deemed their compact versions with a compact form factor in mind and have a slightly lower weight which is due to the lighter battery pack when attached. I would even go as far as to say that the white versions are repackaged teal blue models as the XFD01CW drill (white version) is identical to the XFD01 (teal version) and the XDT04CW (white version) is identical to the XDT04 (teal version) in all aspects (features, specs, appearance, build quality) except for the color and included batteries.
So back to peoples assumptions, are the white versions Makitas homeowner DIY power tools? No. Are they Makitas budget versions? This answer can be argued as yes and no. Yes because they are priced a bit lower than similar models with larger higher capacity batteries, but no because the pricing is similar to competing pro brand offerings. Are the white versions less powered? No. While the white versions are not their most featured and it is true that Makita offers 18V drill and impact driver models with more power and features, the white versions are essentially repackaged teal versions of their most basic drill and impact driver models.
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