Makita tools are global. Rarely can you be on a job site for very long before you see the turquoise color of their tools. That’s because for more than 95 years, they have been designing and building advanced technology motors for their professional power tools and have evolved into one of the leading manufacturers of a durable, powerful line of tools on the technological edge.
Beginning in 1915 with simple repair and sales of electric motors, they expanded their business services by exporting electric motors and generators to the Soviet Union by 1935.
13 years after moving the entire business to Sumiyoshi-Cho, Anjo-City in 1945 to evade air raids of Allied bombers, Makita Tools started making and selling their first power tool and the first of its kind in all of Japan, the hand held electric planer in 1958, which is still produced by the company as the KP0810 7.5 amp 3 1/4” Planer and led them to change their business focus into the manufacturer of electric power tools that they are today.
Many companies that we find who make quality tools and have great customer service reach one impressive and significant milestone and that is becoming a debt free company. Makita Tools achieved this momentous goal in 1963, just two years before their 50th anniversary. This, and the choice to use an internal sales team as opposed to a traditional sales network is a large reason for the company’s success.
brought the first of many innovations that changed the whole of the
construction industry (and therefore the world) with the first rechargeable
power tool, the 6500D battery powered drill. While not entirely cordless (it
had a short cord connecting it to the battery pack), it did free it from the
constraints of being attached to the wall for its power.
Eight years after establishing the company’s first
presence in the United States in 1970, Makita Tools introduced what is arguably
the most productive innovation in the construction and home improvement
industry and the beginning of the line of Makita cordless tools with their first
nickel cadmium battery powered tool, the 6010D Makita cordless drill in 1978.
You can still
get batteries for these cordless
drills; my dad even still has one in his shop which is a good place for it, in a home shop. While being fine for the
home user, these early model cordless drills lacked the power and run time to
be much use in a professionals hands. But, for $40 (2015) you can keep that old drill running and making all the holes you need without having to buy a whole new set.
Makita begins their first overseas tool production in Canada
From 1977 until present day, Makita has pushed a major expansion effort from Singapore west to Brazil and North into Canada with over 37 countries holding Makita offices. Power tool production in the United States began in 1985 and has expanded to a total of seven different countries worldwide. Some of the highest quality tools, an independent sales force and global expansion have made Makita a leader in the powered hand tool market and Japans leading manufacturer and exporter with over 8300 employees worldwide and more than 1.5 billion dollars in sales with over 350 items focused in four different areas;
Portable General Purpose Tools
Portable Woodworking Tools
Stationary Woodworking Tools
Household Consumer Tools
The early days saw the 6500D battery powered drill begin the cordless power tool market with very heavy metal housings and by today’s measure, inefficient motors and low capacity batteries. The introduction of NiCad battery technology, light weight plastics and ever more efficient motors have led to today’s lithium-ion batteries, high impact plastic and brushless motors with electronic control to give us Makita cordless tools that...
Makita Launches Their First Lithium-Ion Battery Powered Tool, The TD130D
1- Brushless Motors
Makita 18V LXT Brushless tools give you...
You get up to 50% longer run time per charge with Makita Tools' electronically controlled motors.
Their control technology continuously watches for the demand while you work and pulls just the energy needed from the battery and supplies just the amount of current as you need it. Now here’s where your purchase starts to become more of an investment, which is what we’re all about here… with no brushes there is no contact so there is no resistance which means the motor runs cooler and more efficiently so your tool will last longer, there are no brushes to buy and no time spent on maintenance.
2- Quality control
There are 19 quality checks on just the motor
Makita’s stringent testing standards include…
3- Heat Treated Shafts and Gears
4- Premium-Grade steel armature shafts and gears
5- Thicker Armature Shaft and Pole
6- 97% Pure magnetic copper wire for superior current flow and to withstand extreme temperatures
7- High-Grade Refined Rare Earth Magnet
8- Dual Sealed Ball Bearings
From the Makita web site;
9- Armature and Field Core Design
Armature Shaft with Gear
Precision Ball Bearings
Crimped and Welded
Slot Liner Material
Motor Field Wire
Have you ever tried to get a tool serviced? If you don’t fix it yourself, you’re either trying to deal with the place you purchased it from who likely has no training on the tools and certainly will not be using the same quality of parts or having to deal with shipping to some other company.
has over 600 service centers throughout the United States to get any Makita
tool back up and running like new, usually within 3 days and they offer:
14930 Northam St.
La Mirada, CA
Makita is a registered trademark of the Makita Corporation.
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