Wednesday 11 February 2015
Makita UK is celebrating 100 years of global business and marking this benchmark occasion with a portfolio of 100 different cordless power tools that all use the same 18 volt Lithium-Ion battery. This means that if a Makita power tool owner has only one 18v Makita Lithium-Ion battery he could still power 100 different products with that single battery! This is confidently believed to be the largest inventory of power tools ever manufactured by one company that fits one single battery format.
Since 2005, when Makita became the pioneering tool manufacturer to launch Lithium-Ion powered cordless tools, the company's market share has risen consistently to become Britain's number 1 professional power tool manufacturer. The Makita 18v Lithium-Ion platform has featured increasing torque outputs from tools continually reducing in overall weight and size with consistently longer battery life and the fastest charge time of any power tool battery in its class. Tools in the range are powered by 2.0Ah, 3.0Ah, 4.0Ah and now 5.0Ah variants. The latest development in this rich saga is the twin-18v concept where two 18v Lithium-Ion batteries are employed to power one tool and deliver a mighty 36v of power.
This ubiquitous 18v Lithium-Ion battery has delivered its many attributes to win the Watercraft Makita Cordless Canoe Challenge for battery powered river craft; it has been used to power the fastest UK motorbike travelling at up to 186mph in just seven seconds; to deliver added power to a unique Makita branded bicycle and even power the smallest vehicle in the world built for Top Gear's tiny Richard Hammond!
(PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF MAKITA)
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