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Makita introduces new 12VMAX

Makita introduces new 12VMAX: Among a series of new product launches, Makita has added two 12Vmax CXT multi-line lasers to its extensive range of site equipment. The multi-line lasers project one horizontal and two vertical 360° lines and include a precise self-levelling feature to enable simple setup, layout and alignment.

The 12Vmax CXT Red Multi-Line Laser (SK700DZ) and 12Vmax CXT Green Multi-Line Laser (SK700GDZ) are versatile and durable with a range of features to make work on site as simple as possible. The Red Multi-Line Laser has a range of 25 metres in each direction (50 m diameter) while the green lasers of the SK700GDZ provide an increased range of 35m (70m diameter) and better line visibility in brighter conditions. The robust units are IP54 (dust and splash water) rated, have an operating temperature range of -10 to 50 ºC and feature a ¼ inch tripod thread for easy mounting.

Makita introduces new 12VMAX

Makita introduces new 12VMAX

Each vertical and horizontal laser emitter on the tool projects four lines to create up to three 360-degree laser lines. Depending on what is required, users can choose various combinations of the laser lines in addition to the full three line configuration. Single horizontal or vertical lines, vertical and horizontal combined or both vertical lines (front to back and side to side) are available. It also includes three brightness settings for optimum visibility depending on the environment.

The multi-line laser units feature a rotary base with eccentric rotation mechanism, which reduces set up time, by enabling the laser body to rotate without changing the position of the defined plumb point. With a dial for fine adjustment, the vertical laser lines can also rotate around the defined plumb point by up to 10° left and right.

In addition, the pendulum operated self-levelling system, which is accurate to ± 4º, makes it simple to ensure the lasers are level, even on uneven ground. The units also feature a pendulum lock where self-levelling is not required and to protect the laser when in transit.

Part of the Makita CXT platform, the compact 12Vmax batteries used in the multi-line lasers provide excellent runtimes, with up to 22 and 14 hours from a 4.0ah battery for the new red and green multi-line lasers respectively.

The operational range of both multi-line lasers can be increased to 70 metres (140m diameter) with the use of the Makita LDX1 Line Laser Receiver Set (sold separately), which also enables effective, accurate use of the laser line in bright natural light.

Kevin Brannigan, Marketing Manager at Makita UK said: “The new 12Vmax CXT Multi-Line Lasers have been designed for use on a range of site layout, first- and second-fix tasks. The multi-line configuration and self-levelling mechanism makes it simple to align and layout everything from doors and windows, floors, pipework and electrical installations to tiling, lighting and kitchen and bathroom installations.”

To find out more about the Makita range of laser levels visit:  https://makitauk.com/products/measuring

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Putting service first with Makita

Putting service first with Makita: In a move that reaffirms its commitment to delivering outstanding customer service, leading power tool manufacturer, Makita UK is delighted to unveil its new Factory Service Centre (FSC) in Blakelands, Milton Keynes.

Makita UK has relocated its Milton Keynes Factory Service Centre site (located at the company’s headquarters), to a new, larger location to house regional servicing activity. The new 20,000-sqft premises in Blakelands, which is scheduled to officially open on April 6th, will enable Makita to bolster its customer repair and service support commitments and completes a portfolio of three dedicated centres in London, Glasgow and Milton Keynes.

Putting service first with Makita

Putting service first with Makita

Makita’s Factory Service Centres deliver an exceptional service and repair offering for end-users. Products covered under the company’s warranty agreement can be posted (by arranging a collection) or dropped off (with prior booking), at each FSC for Makita’s technical experts and engineers to perform product servicing, detailed diagnostics and high standards of repair work when needed.

With a focus on improving levels of technical knowledge across the construction sector, the new larger premises in Blakelands will also be used to host Makita UK accredited service training, as well as Authorised Service Agents (ASA) workshops and seminars. Furthermore, Makita will use the new site to host apprenticeship training sessions focusing on the electrical and mechanical service requirements of Makita tools.

Speaking on the FSC opening, Tony Coleman, Technical Manager at Makita UK commented: “Opening this new, larger site is testament to the growing popularity of our tools, as well as our long-lasting commitment to delivering exceptional customer support. We’re now in a better position than ever to deal with service and repair demands, as well as to promote high-quality industry training. The spacious new centre also provides us with ample opportunity to continue growing our operations as we look to develop into new sectors and industries.”

All three of Makita’s FSC sites are currently following COVID-19 guidelines and customers are advised to follow the most up-to date guidance on arranging servicing or repairs, published on the company’s website.

For more information about Makita’s FSC sites, services and procedures please visit: www.makitauk.com/factory-service-centres

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Makita expands XGT 40VMAX

Makita expands XGT 40VMAX: Leading power tool manufacturer Makita has expanded its outdoor power equipment range with a selection of new XGT 40VMax machines – including the UR002G 40VMax Brushless Brush Cutter and UH004G, UH005G, UH006G and UH007G 40VMax Brushless Hedge Trimmers.

Makita understands that when it comes to working outdoors in the unpredictable British weather, professional landscapers and groundskeepers need a variety of reliable, powerful machines.  With its XGT 40VMax range, professionals are equipped with the power and performance to make outdoor projects even easier and achieve top results quickly and efficiently.

Makita expands XGT 40VMAX

Makita expands XGT 40VMAX

UR002G XGT 40VMax Brush Cutter

The UR002G Brush Cutter includes three speed settings and can deliver output up to 6,500rpm for maximum productivity. Makita’s innovative Automatic Torque Drive Technology (ADT) works to change the cutting speed according to the load conditions, so users can trust that the machine is always working at its optimum. What’s more, the UR002G has Active Feedback Sensing Technology (AFT) that shuts down the tool if the rotation speed suddenly slows to prevent kickback and protect the user. For ease of use, the UR002G features a reverse switch to easily remove any material that gets stuck in the blade.

The UR002G is also compatible with Makita’s PDC01 and PDC1200 backpack batteries, so users can extend machine run time and reduce downtime to maximise time on site. The UR002G is also compatible with a selection of nylon heads and blades depending on the task.

XGT 40VMax Hedge Trimmers

The new UH004G and UH005G Hedge Trimmers deliver a no-load speed of up to 5,000rpm and feature an asymmetric, double sided, curved, sharp-edged blade for easy trimming. The curved teeth reduce friction resistance to suppress energy loss and extend run time. What’s more, the inclined tooth edge enables the blade to easily catch, firmly hold and sharply cut twigs or thin branches up to 23.5mm for maximum efficiency.

Completing the new hedge trimmer collection, the UH006G and UH007G have been designed for trimming overgrown hedges and thick branches thanks to the non-curved, sharp-edged blade. These machines can cut thicker branches up to 25mm in diameter and are ideal for rough cutting.

For improved user safety all of the new hedge trimmers are low vibration machines and for comfort, include a rubberised soft grip. The UH004G, UH005G, UH006G and UH007G all also feature a reverse switch to easily free the blade when jammed in thick branches.

Kevin Brannigan, Marketing Manager at Makita said: “As with all XGT 40VMax machines, the UR002G, UH004G, UH005G, UH006G and UH007G are designed to deliver the high output and durability professionals need for regular, heavy-duty use on site. All machines in our XGT range have an IPX4 rating, which means that they are splash and shower proof and protected against water ingress – which is ideal for those working outside in unpredictable weather.”

To find out more about Makita and its range of 40VMax and 80VMax XGT products, please visit: www.makitauk.com

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Makita tools create new gardens

Makita tools create new gardens: Landscape and garden specialist, Landform Consultants has used a wide range of Makita tools on the creation of three new gardens at RHS Garden Wisley, which surround the new state-of-the-art RHS Hilltop – The Home of Gardening Science, the UK’s first dedicated horticultural scientific centre of excellence.

The new Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) facility, RHS Hilltop, is the UK’s first scientific centre of excellence dedicated to horticulture. The three gardens, which form an integral part of the new centre, have been developed by leading and award winning garden designers Matt Keightley and Ann-Marie Powell.

Makita tools create new gardens

Makita tools create new gardens

The ‘Wellbeing Garden’ designed by Matt Keightley was the first to be built. It consists of a series of garden rooms that showcase the role of gardens in health and wellbeing including how they can provide physical and psychological therapy as well as natural healthcare. This area also aims to inform young people about the importance of plants in health.

The Wildlife Garden, designed by Ann-Marie Powell, demonstrates the link between gardens and nature in the British Isles and highlights the importance of plant diversity in supporting wildlife, especially declining species. Also designed by Ann-Marie, the World Food Garden aims to provide a ‘plot to plate’ experience for visitors. Adding a contemporary and innovative angle to a traditional kitchen garden, it aims to inspire and educate with features such as an outdoor demonstration kitchen and ‘edible maze’.

Mark Gregory, Managing Director at Landform Consultants, who began his career at RHS Garden Wisley, explained: “This multi-million pound project spans all the disciplines we offer as a business and encompasses a wide range of different elements. The task of bringing these inspirational garden concepts to life required everything from preparing the nearly four acre site to creating paths, ponds, walkways and seating in addition to the extensive planting and landscaping.

“Having the right tools for the job was essential and the Makita range of both mains-powered and cordless machines provided exactly what we needed. On this highly demanding project we have used everything from drills, impact wrenches and impact drivers to breakers, angle grinders, masonry cutters, wood saws and multi-tools.”

By removing the need for cables, cordless tools offer improved safety by eliminating a potential trip and snagging hazard. Cordless power also provides greater flexibility and freedom for users – something that was important on this project. To minimise disruption to the team on site and help boost productivity, Landform Consultants utilised Makita’s PDC01 Pack Battery power units. The pack, which can be free-standing or backpack-mounted, contains four Makita 18V LXT batteries to provide two to four times longer runtimes for cordless tools. The batteries in the pack can also be changed quickly when the charge levels are low to further minimise lost time.

Mark Gregory added: “One of the big advantages of Makita cordless machines is the ability to use the same 18V batteries across a wide variety of tools and other cordless products. This includes the Twin 18V machines that offer 36v power for the tasks that need it.”

All Makita cordless power tools are driven by one of three battery platforms: the 12VMax CXT, 18V LXT or 40VMax XGT. The LXT batteries can be used on more than 270 different products, which includes lights and job-site radios as well as power tools and garden machinery.

“Having worked at RHS Garden Wisley at the start of my career I understand its horticultural and educational importance, especially with the creation of the new research and learning facilities.” Mark commented. “It has been a privilege to have worked on such a high profile and prestigious project as this. The Makita tools, as well as the support from the Makita team, have really contributed to our success on this project.”

Mark Earles, Business Development Manager for Outdoor Power Equipment at Makita said: “We have worked with Mark and the Landform team for many years now and we are always keen to help them find the right tools for any job. The RHS Garden Wisley project truly demonstrates the strength and versatility of cordless technology. I’m proud to say our tools played a part in creating these remarkable gardens.”

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Makita launches new cordless pressure washer

Makita launches new cordless pressure washer: Makita UK has expanded its cordless power tool range with the new 36V LXT Cordless Brushless Pressure Washer. The first of its kind from Makita, the new high Pressure Washer features a 50L storage tank enabling users to tackle dirt and grime anywhere.

Featuring a self-priming function to extract water from an external water source such as a rainwater tank, the new 2x18V (36V) LXT Pressure Washer can be supplied with water not only from a tap, tank or bucket, but features a storage case that doubles up as a 50-litre capacity water tank to create a functional pressure washer without the need for a mains water supply.

Makita launches new cordless pressure washer

Makita launches new cordless pressure washer

Powered by two 18V LXT batteries in series to supply energy to a powerful 36V brushless motor, this cordless pressure washer offers up to 34-minutes run time when used with two 6.0Ah LXT batteries. With two pressure selections, the solution delivers an impressive pump speed of up to 3,450rpm and a maximum water flow of 380L per hour.

Perfect for outdoor stairwells, patios, washing down vehicles, or cleaning off tools at the end of the day. As well as the standard accessories supplied with the DHW080, a wide range of useful accessories are also available (sold separately) such as the curved under-body spray lance, extension pipe set, wash brush and foam nozzle perfect for cleaning vehicles. The rotating brush head accessory is ideal for cleaning smooth surfaces such as glass or garage doors.

Kevin Brannigan, Marketing Manager at Makita UK said: “We are pleased to launch this useful addition to our growing cordless line up, enabling those working outdoors to work flexibly, without the constraint of cables. What’s more, as the DHW080 Pressure Washer can be used without needing to be connected to a tap, users can work with total freedom on site with the power to tackle dirt and grime in places never previously accessible.”

To find out more about Makita and the new LXT Cordless Pressure Washer DHW080, please visit www.makitauk.com

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Book a demo with Makita

Book a demo with Makita: Makita has relaunched its popular product demonstrations of its 40VMax and 80VMax XGT power tool range and for the first time, users are also able to get hands on with the range of cordless garden machinery products.

This fantastic opportunity allows professionals to trial a wide range of Makita tools to test how they perform when users are considering new equipment.

Book a demo with Makita

Book a demo with Makita

Professionals are now able to arrange COVID-Secure appointments locally with an experienced Makita team member to get the most out of its wide range of cordless power equipment. Demos are available for either its 40VMax or 80VMax XGT range or the cordless Outdoor Power Equipment (OPE) range, with both offering guidance on tool and accessory selection, as well as hands-on testing with the tools of your choice.

OPE

With summer ahead it is the ideal time to test out Makita’s outdoor equipment. Cordless 18V and 36V LXT and 40VMax and 80VMax XGT garden tools, lawnmowers, linetrimmers, hedge trimmers, blowers, chainsaws, will all be available to test, as well as many more. With many people considering the change from petrol engine machines to cordless equivalents, this is a perfect opportunity for contractors to see first-hand how the range performs.

XGT

Launched in 2020, the 40VMax and 80VMax XGT system of cordless tools have been designed to offer the power and performance needed to tackle high-demand applications without compromising battery run times. With extensions to the range coming in 2021, these cordless tools are the most durable and powerful of the Makita line-up that are available to test. This hassle-free opportunity is the perfect time to test out the Makita tools you need before they get put to work.

The product demonstrations will be organised locally with COVID safety protocols in place, so Makita staff will arrange to visit you on a mutually convenient date where you can test selected machines. Each tool will be cleaned before and after use and our staff will be wearing masks and implementing social distancing.

On the demonstration days, Kevin Brannigan, Marketing Manager at Makita UK said: “We are pleased to reignite our hands-on product demonstration service after a year of restrictions imposed by COVID-19. As part of our ongoing commitment to training, the product demo’s offer end users the opportunity to stay up to date with the latest product innovations, put our products to the test and discover the possibilities that cordless offers.”

To book a demo, fill out the on-line form available on: www.makitauk.com.

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Makita expands LXT range

Makita expands LXT range: Makita UK is dedicated to offering professionals a wide range of power tools and garden machinery products that they can rely on across any task. As part of the company’s ongoing mission to expand its cordless offering, Makita has launched the LM001CZ 36V LXT Brushless Lawnmower.

For professional landscapers and groundskeepers, having the freedom to move around the work area without restriction is key to achieving quality results. The LM001CZ is powered by Makita’s leading LXT cordless technology so it offers maximum flexibility and increased safety, as there is no need to transport fuel and no emissions are released during operation.

Makita expands LXT range

Makita expands LXT range

The LM001CZ is powered by a 36V high power drive system using Makita’s portable power packs (backpack battery systems) for long, continuous mowing. Operators can choose between the PDC01 that utilises four replaceable 18V LXT batteries or the PDC1200 33Ah solid state battery. To maximise productivity further, the LM001CZ can deliver high no load speeds of up to 2,800rpm. With three cutting modes to choose from and the ability to adjust the cutting height (20mm – 100mm) to suit the terrain, users can ensure the machine is optimised to suit its working environment.

Mark Earles, Business Development Manager for garden machinery at Makita said: “The LM001CZ is a durable machine, meaning users do not have to worry about expensive ongoing maintenance costs. We know that when working outdoors, machines need to be able to withstand the unpredictable British weather, which is why the LM001CZ has been designed with IPX4 rating for improved water resistance. It also features a robust steel cutting deck and built-in ball bearings on the axels for added durability.”

The LM001CZ has been designed to ensure operator comfort and control with two stage handle height adjustment and soft start technology. The self-propelled function also minimises user fatigue – and it can be easily turned on using a switch lever. For ease, the grass box has a grass level indicator to signal the correct time for emptying.

The LM001CZ joins Makita’s extensive range of over 270 LXT cordless products, enabling users to easily swap between tasks and tools on site. To find out more about Makita and its LXT machines visit: www.makitauk.com

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Be blown away by Makita 40V

Be blown away by Makita 40V: Leading power tool manufacturer Makita UK has expanded its range of powerful XGT cordless machines with the launch of the UB001G XGT 40VMax Brushless Blower. The UB001G delivers the high output professionals need to tackle more demanding applications with ease.

The UB001G makes light work of high-demand tasks thanks to its brushless motor that means it can deliver high no load speeds (up to 23,000rpm) and air volume (up to 16.0m3min). In boost mode the UB001G also has a maximum blowing force of 17N, which is more than enough to handle larger quantities of garden debris.

Be blown away by Makita 40V

Be blown away by Makita 40V

For optimal operation, the UB001G features variable speed control that allows users to adjust the output depending on the task. In addition, the cruise control function enables users to lock the variable speed control trigger at the desired output level. Constant speed control also works to maintain output and maximise efficiency.

The UB001G has a three-stage telescopic long nozzle, making it suitable for a wide range of projects. Like all XGT machines, it has also been designed so that it is resistant to water splashes, which is ideal for those working outside in unpredictable weather.

The UB001G is lightweight and compact, keeping user fatigue to a minimum and enabling single-handed operation. To improve user safety, the UB001G produces low noise emissions.

Mark Earles, Business Development Manager for garden machinery at Makita said: “This is an exciting product launch for Makita, as it marks the further expansion of our XGT 40VMax range. The UB001G joins a growing range of XGT models directly suited to the landscaping and outdoor maintenance sectors. We are delighted to be able to offer professionals a selection of powerful machines that they can use to tackle more demanding outdoor tasks.”

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Makita expands XGT range

Makita expands XGT range: Leading power tool manufacturer Makita UK has expanded its powerful XGT 40V Max range of machines with the launch of the UX01G Brushless Split-Shaft and UR003GZ Brushless Linetrimmer.

The new machines are the first XGT models directly suited to soft-landscaping applications – and offer professionals a high output, durable solution to tackle any task.

Makita expands XGT range

Makita expands XGT range

XGT is the most powerful battery platform in the Makita range, delivering the output needed for high demand applications. Every machine is designed with durable design features to minimise damage and withstand tough environments. For example, each battery has a heavy-duty outer casing and shock absorbing housing to protect it if dropped – as well as an IPX4 rating, which means that it is splash and shower proof, and water ingress is limited, which is ideal for those working outside in unpredictable weather.

The UX01G Brushless Split Shaft delivers an impressive no-load speed of up to 9,700rpm (depending on the setting chosen), maximising user productivity. To further this, Makita has designed the UX01G with overload protection and Active Feedback Sensing Technology (AFT), which shuts the machine down if the rotation speed suddenly slows – keeping the machine working at optimum efficiency and preventing damage.

Depending on the task at hand, professionals can choose from a range of versatile attachments from pole saws and brush cutters, to hedge trimmers and sweepers – and the tool-less installation makes changing between tasks quick and effortless, reducing down time. To improve ease of use and operator comfort, the machine utilises soft start technology and constant speed control – and the loop handle design gives users maximum control.

Also added to the range is the UR003GZ Brushless Linetrimmer. With three speed settings to choose from, operators can easily adjust the output depending on the task. In addition, Automatic Torque Drive Technology means that the cutting speed will automatically change in line with the load condition – offering additional reassurance that the machine is always performing at its optimum.

For added efficiency and user protection, the UR003GZ also includes AFT. In addition, it produces extremely low noise levels which is ideal when using the machine for longer periods of time.

The UX01G and UR003GZ also benefit from Makita’s brushless motor. As there are no moving parts within the motor causing friction, wear and tear and ongoing maintenance costs are minimised. No friction also means that no energy is lost through heat production, which increases run times and keeps users working for longer – as they do not have to regularly stop to replace or recharge the batteries.

For optimum battery performance and charge times, XGT machines feature Makita’s unique smart system technology. This in-built programme allows digital communication between the battery and the charger, as well as the battery and the tool, to provide protection against issues such over discharge and overheating. For example, if the battery has overheated, the charger will cool it down before charging begins. This significantly speeds up the charging process and minimises downtime.

Mark Earles, Business Development Manager for garden machinery at Makita said: “We are thrilled to announce the expansion of our cordless offering for the soft-landscaping sector with the launch of two new XGT machines. The UX01G and UR003GZ will deliver the high-output that professionals need to tackle more demanding applications – without compromising on battery run times. With our existing LXT 18V and Twin 18V (36V) systems and the new XGT 40V platform, professionals have even more battery-powered solutions for a truly cordless job site.”

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Makita: powering the Eden Project

Makita: powering the Eden Project: Makita UK has been appointed as the dedicated outdoor equipment supplier to the Eden Project.

The leading power tool manufacturer has been awarded the prestigious contract to exclusively supply its cordless garden machinery and power tools to assist with maintenance and redevelopment work at the home of the famous Biomes near St Austell in Cornwall.

Makita: powering the Eden Project

Makita: powering the Eden Project

With its wide range of cordless machinery offering a reliable and powerful alternative to petrol powered equipment and a one battery fits all solution for cordless construction and grounds maintenance tools, Makita was the ideal choice to help Eden meet its sustainable vision and ecological ethos. The partnership will see the Eden Project team replace its existing petrol and corded machines with Makita’s battery-powered products.

Si Bellamy, Interim Chief Operating Officer at the Eden Project, said: “Eden is dedicated to using sustainable methods and we wanted to update our grounds equipment with more environmentally friendly kit without compromising on power or performance.

“With Makita’s extensive range of cordless power tools and garden machinery, we can make the transition over to cordless incredibly easily. Makita’s cordless range will enable us to complete day-to-day maintenance tasks and larger projects in a safer, quieter, more efficient way.

“The use of battery power as fuel completely eliminates the need for our team to transport and handle petrol and as no fumes are omitted during operation there are zero gas emissions – which is fantastic for reducing our carbon footprint further. What’s more, there is no need to consider the safe placement of cables as with corded machines. As a result, we will be able to safely carry out work when visitors are on site.”

Makita’s innovative cordless technology also means that the machines work for long periods of time without needing to be charged. As a result, Eden team can work on large areas and tasks without needing to stop to replace or recharge the batteries, improving productivity further.

Mark Earles, Business Development Manager for garden machinery at Makita said: “The Eden Project is an educational charity and visitor attraction focused on showcasing the power of nature and inspiring visitors to think more sustainably. We are thrilled to be working with the team, as part of its efforts to improve environmental efficiency, by delivering cordless solutions to help the team work more efficiently on site.

“With over 270 cordless products in our LXT portfolio, we can ensure that the Eden Project have access to the machines they need, no matter the task. Our battery platforms also mean that the team can switch between tools and tasks effortlessly, reducing downtime and improving productivity.”

Makita’s product range is designed to work in tough outdoor environments, making the partnership an ideal backdrop for the Eden Project team to put the kit through its paces in unique settings, such as the heat of the Eden Project’s Rainforest Biome. Makita will be using this as a long-term opportunity to gain user feedback on the performance of the machines, to assist with research and development into new models and tool technologies.

Si Bellamy added: “We are really excited to kick off our partnership with Makita and see what we can achieve together over the next five years and beyond. It is really important for us to develop a strong partnership with Makita and work collaboratively with them to further our capabilities here at the Eden Project.”

To find out more about Makita and its range of cordless machines visit: www.makitauk.com

For more information about the Eden Project visit: www.edenproject.com

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