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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The new LXPK01 is the latest addition to Makita's growing line-up of 40+ cordless tools powered by ONE 18V Lithium-Ion battery.

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NEW MAKITA 18V LITHIUM-ION CORDLESS PLANER DELIVERS SPEED, CAPACITY AND PORTABILITY

New LXPK01 is latest addition to Makita's 18V Lithium-Ion cordless line-up

NOVEMBER 9, 2011 La Mirada, Calif. – Makita, a worldwide manufacturer of technologically advanced power tools that are more compact with less weight yet deliver industrial strength power and results, announced the release of its new 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 3-1/4" Planer, model LXPK01.  The new LXPK01 is the latest addition to Makita’s growing 18V Lithium-Ion line-up, and combines the speed and capacity of a corded planer with the convenience of cordless.

18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 3-1/4" Planer Kit (model LXPK01)

 

"The LXPK01 3-1/4" Planer is engineered for door and window installers, finish carpenters, deck installers and remodelers," said Ethan Haughawout, Makita product manager, cordless tools. "While other power tool manufacturers have switched battery platforms and changed their Lithium-Ion batteries three different times over the past six years, Makita got it right from the beginning in 2005. Get ready for a huge 2012 as we will soon have over 50 different tools that will be powered by our 18 volt LXT Lithium-Ion battery."
 
Speed, Capacity and Ergonomics
The LXPK01 delivers 14,000 RPM and is engineered for fast stock removal. It will plane up to 3-1/4" wide and 5/64" deep in a single pass, with a 2-blade cuter head and double-edge carbide blades for added performance and a smooth finish. The click depth adjustment knob has an easy-to-read scale with settings from 0" to 5/64" for precise depth adjustment. In addition, the precision machined aluminum base is engineered for increased planning accuracy. 
 
Comfort and ease-of-use features include a spring loaded stand to elevate the base and protect the blades and work piece. Weighing only 7.4 pounds, the LXPK01 has a high power-to-weight ratio and has an ergonomically-centered balanced design, with rubberized soft grip on the front and rear handles for increased comfort on the job. The blade setting system is engineered for fast blade installation, with an electric brake for maximum productivity.
 
Makita 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Battery Technology
The new LXPK01 is powered by Makita’s 18V LXT Lithium-Ion battery and the ENERGY STAR qualified Makita Rapid Optimum Charger. Makita’s 18V Lithium-Ion battery delivers 3X more cycles, and the Rapid Optimum Charger will charge an 18V LXT Lithium-Ion battery in only 30 minutes for less downtime on the jobsite. 
 
Model LXPK01 is a kit that includes two 18V LXT Lithium-Ion batteries, a 30-minute Rapid Optimum Charger, Blade Set, Blade Gauge Assembly, Wrench, and Contractor Bag. The LXPK01Z includes the tool only.
 
 
Specifications

 
LXPK01
LXPK01Z
Planing Width
3-¼"
3-¼"
Planing Depth
5/64"
5/64"
No Load Speed
14,000 RPM
14,000 RPM
Battery
18V LXT Lithium-Ion
18V LXT Lithium-Ion
Overall length
13-1/8"
13-1/8"
Net Weight
7.4 lbs. (with battery)
7.4 lbs. (with battery, sold separately)
Includes
Tool, 2 ea. 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Batteries, Rapid Optimum Charger, Blade Set, Blade Gauge Assembly, Wrench, Contractor Bag
Tool only

 
 
About Makita’s 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Tool Series
As one of the pioneers driving the cordless tool revolution, Makita changed the game in 2005 with its industry’s first 18V Lithium-Ion line-up. Today, Makita’s 18V Lithium-Ion Cordless Series has grown from seven to over 40 tools, with more on the way: the 18V LXT line-up will provide over 50 tools in 2012. Makita also created the industry’s 18V Compact Lithium-Ion battery in 2006 for cordless power in a more compact size. 
 
Makita's 18V Lithium-Ion batteries and ENERGY STAR qualified Rapid Optimum Charger provide several benefits over old battery technology. When compared to traditional 18V Ni-Cd batteries, Makita’s 18V Lithium-Ion batteries have 40% less weight, longer run time, and lower self-discharge to keep cells active and ready to use at any time. Makita’s 18V Lithium-Ion battery delivers three-times more cycles than Ni-Cd. 
In addition, built-in shock absorbing features help protect the battery, and sixteen firm-holding contact terminals deliver constant high power. During the charging process, a built-in memory chip in the battery communicates with the Optimum Charger for a more efficient charge, extending the battery life. Makita’s Optimum Charger is also faster: it will charge an 18V LXT Lithium-Ion battery in just 30 minutes and an 18V Compact Lithium-Ion battery in only 15 minutes. 
 
Makita also offers an Optimum Automotive Charger for 18V LXT and 18V Compact Lithium-Ion batteries, which plugs into 12V DC sockets equipped in most automobiles and trucks for added mobility.
 
Makita’s growing line of LXT cordless tool solutions features a wide range of industrial-quality power tools, including driver-drills, impact drivers, impact wrenches, saws, grinders, screwguns, rotary hammers, and more. The LXT Series also offers a jobsite radio, rechargeable flashlights, and several different combo kits.
 
Makita now offers 12V max Lithium-Ion for pro power and pro speed in an ultra-compact size. The battery charger for the 12V max Lithium-Ion batteries are ENERGY STAR qualified for its efficient charging performance. Makita’s growing line of ultra-compact cordless tool solutions includes driver-drills, impact drivers, an impact wrench and circular saw, as well as rechargeable flashlights, a vacuum, and several different combo kits. Makita also offers a 36V LXT Lithium-Ion cordless rotary hammer for faster drilling.
 
About Makita USA
Makita is a worldwide manufacturer of industrial quality power tools and offers a wide range of industrial accessories. Makita utilizes leading-edge technology and innovation to engineer tools that are more compact with less weight yet deliver industrial strength power and results. Makita’s extensive line of cordless lithium-ion tools includes 18V LXT® Lithium-Ion, 18V Compact Lithium-Ion®, and 12V max Lithium-Ion Other best-in-class products include rotary and demolition hammers and saws equipped with Anti-Vibration Technology™ (AVT™), 4-Cycle outdoor power equipment, Super Joint System (SJS) grinders, miter saws engineered with Deep and Exact Cutting Technology (DXT), and more. Makita U.S.A., Inc. is located in La Mirada, California, and operates an extensive distribution network located throughout the U.S. For more information, please call 800/4-MAKITA (800/462-5482) or visit the website at makitatools.com. You can follow Makita at facebook.com/makitatoolspage, twitter.com/makitatools, and youtube.com/makitapowertools. The Makita Teal color is the trade dress of Makita Corporation and is protected under common law and registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Makita is Best in Class Engineering.
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