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Monday, April 28, 2008
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MAKITA’S NEW 18V LXT LITHIUM-ION CORDLESS IMPACT DRIVER PROVIDES MORE TORQUE, WITH 18V POWER AND 12V WEIGHT New "one-touch" chuck added for ease-of-use

April 28, 2008 – La Mirada, Calif. – Makita U.S.A., Inc., manufacturer of high quality industrial power tools and accessories, is proud to announce the release of its new 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Impact Driver, model BTD141. This powerful impact driver delivers more work (1,330 in. lbs. of max. torque) yet weighs just 3.4 lbs. The BTD141 is another example of Makita’s commitment to innovative technology and best-in-class engineering.
 
“The BTD140, our previous 18 volt Lithium-Ion cordless impact driver, became the industry standard,” said Brad Wheeler, Makita product manager.  “With the new BTD141 we’ve added more power and made it easier to use with a “one-touch” chuck, yet we kept the weight and the price the same. The BTD141 will become the new industry standard.”
 
The Makita built, 4-pole maximum torque motor with variable speed delivers 1,330 in. lbs. of torque, 3,200 impacts per minute, and 2,300 RPM’s for a wide range of fastening tasks.  The BTD141 also has an excellent power-to-weight ratio, with a more compact design (5-3/4” long) and less weight (just 3.4 lbs., with battery).


The BTD141 is equipped with a “one-touch” chuck. With no need to pull the sleeve for bit installation, this new chuck provides faster, easier bit changes. It also has a built-in L.E.D. light that helps illuminate the work surface. Ergonomically-shaped for comfort, this impact driver is essential for anyone working a full day on the job site.  
 
Due to their versatility, impact drivers are gaining broader acceptance for a wide range of fastening tasks. The BTD141 impact driver is perfect for fastening screws, tightening down lag bolts, and drilling holes.  For woodworkers, plumbers, HVAC, automotive mechanics, and many more, the BTD141 is capable of an assortment of applications.
 
The BTD141 is powered by Makita’s 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Battery Technology and Rapid Optimum Charging System, a breakthrough in cordless technology producing 430% total lifetime work with two-and-a-half times more battery cycles than the traditional Ni-Cd batteries.  The Rapid Optimum Charger helps reduce downtime on the job site, charging a Makita 3.0 Ah Lithium-Ion battery in just 30 minutes.
 
Model BTD141 is a kit that includes two 18V LXT Lithium-Ion (3.0 Ah) batteries, 30-minute Rapid Optimum Charger, and a case.
Specifications
 
BTD141
BTD141Z
Capacity (bit shank)
¼” hex
¼” hex
No Load Speed (RPM)
0-2,300
0-2,300
Impacts/Min (IPM)
0-3,200
0-3,200
Max. Torque (in-lbs.)
1,330
1,330
Lithium-Ion battery
18V DC (3.0Ah)
18V DC (3.0Ah)
Overall length
5-3/4”
5-3/4”
Net Weight (with battery)
3.4 lbs.
3.4. lbs.
Includes
Tool; 2 ea. Lithium-Ion (3.0Ah) Batteries; Rapid Optimum Charger; Tool Case
Tool Only
Suggested Retail
$329.00
TBD
 
Makita’s 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Tool Series
Since its introduction on October 3, 2005, Makita’s LXT Series featuring 18V Lithium-Ion Battery Technology has been providing the professional end-user with more work solutions.  The 18V Lithium-Ion battery is a breakthrough in cordless with more power, less weight and better engineering, and Makita is proud to be the first to bring it to jobsites across America.
 
"Makita did not just design a longer run time battery; we designed a complete tool solution to redefine the way pro users work,” said Ken Hefley, senior vice president marketing, Makita USA. “The LXT solution is all muscle and no fat, with 18 volt power at 12 volt weight.  LXT allows the pro user to work longer with a better engineered tool solution."
 
Makita\'s new LXT Series has been designed specifically for Lithium-Ion battery technology with less weight in a more compact size. LXT is 40% less weight and more compact. The ergonomic shape fits like a glove with even pressure while adding more control. The LXT series is also equipped with built-in L.E.D. lights that operate independently from the tool to illuminate the work area.
 
Makita LXT Lithium-Ion Batteries and Optimum Charging System produce 430% total lifetime work with two-and-a-half times more battery cycles than the traditional Ni-Cd batteries. Makita\'s LXT Lithium-Ion batteries provide the pro user with many benefits, including 1,400 battery life cycles, longer run time, 40% less weight, five-times lower self-discharge to keep cells active and ready to use any time, a built-in memory chip to communicate with the Optimum Charger for more work, built-in shock absorbing features to protect the battery, and sixteen firm-holding contact terminals for constant high power. The battery works in conjunction with the Optimum Charger during the charging process for a more efficient charge and maximum battery life.

 

The new 30-minute Rapid Optimum Charger communicates with the LXT battery throughout the charge cycle using the built-in memory chip in the battery and the built-in CPU chip in the charger to recognize the history and battery condition to select the optimal charging method. The optimal charging method uses Active 3 Controls for current control, thermal control and voltage control. The charger also has a built-in fan to cool the battery to produce more lifetime work.

 
Makita has better technology with a new smart Battery Diagnostic System (sold separately) that enables users to understand the battery condition to maximize battery life. This new system is ideal for large pro and industrial users with many batteries. This system is able to indicate how the battery was used and can optimally refresh each cell for more lifetime work, determine the battery life expectancy based on how many times the battery has been charged or gone through a cycle and can log each battery to keep a permanent record.
 
Warranty
Makita LXT Lithium-Ion is backed by Makita’s new Three-Year Warranty which covers repair due to defective materials or workmanship up to three years from the purchase date.

About Makita USA
Makita is a leading manufacturer of over 450 professional, industrial quality power tools and has over 5,000 industrial accessories. Makita’s new, innovative 18V Lithium-Ion Cordless Power Tool Series has a three-year limited warranty and all Makita tools are covered by a one-year limited warranty against defects in materials or workmanship and may be serviced at any of our 25 factory service centers or by more than 1,000 authorized service centers nationwide. Makita USA, Inc.’s home office is located in La Mirada, California and operates an extensive distribution network located throughout the U.S. For more information, please contact us at
1-800-4-MAKITA (1-800-462-5482) or visit the website at makitatools.com.
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