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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

MAKITA 18V LXT LITHIUM-ION AUTOFEED SCREWDRIVER DELIVERS CORDLESS SOLUTION FOR DECKING, SUB-FLOOR, AND MORE

JULY 11, 2008 – La Mirada, CA   Makita USA, Inc., manufacturer of high quality industrial power tools and accessories, is proud to announce the release of its new 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Autofeed Screwdriver Kit, model BFR750. The Makita-built motor delivers 4,000 RPM in a compact, lightweight design, with an integrated autofeed design for less weight and more power. In addition, the extension handle makes it ideal for decking and sub-floor applications.
 
“The integrated autofeed design makes the tool lighter, more powerful and compact than other brands,” said Brad Wheeler, Makita Product Manager for Cordless Products. “This is a best-in-class solution for decking, sub-floor applications, and more.”
 
The BFR750 has a powerful Makita-built 4-pole motor that delivers 4,000 RPM, with a high capacity range of 1-3/4” to 2-15/16” for collated screws. The new silent clutch design uses higher durability materials, increasing operation efficiency and decreasing driver noise. The rugged aluminum dust-proof autofeed housing ensures smooth sliding action, while the screw guide prevents the screw strip from tangling and can fold against the autofeed housing for storing and carrying. 
 
The integrated autofeed design reduces the weight, yet makes it more powerful and more compact than other brands: it weighs just five pounds and has an ergonomic shape that fits like a glove with even pressure and easy control. The BFR750 is designed for driving screws into decking and sub-floor.
 
The BFR750 is powered by Makita’s 18V LXT Lithium-Ion battery technology, a breakthrough in cordless that produces 430% total lifetime work with an increase of 2 to 3 times the number of battery cycles than the traditional Ni-Cd batteries. The kit includes a Rapid Optimum Charger, which charges a Makita 3.0Ah Lithium-Ion battery two-times faster in only 30 minutes. 
 
To achieve maximum efficiency, the Rapid Optimum Charger and battery communicate throughout the charging process using the built-in chip in the battery and built-in CPU chip in the charger. The charger also uses “Active 3 Control” for current control, thermal control and voltage control, with a built-in fan to cool the battery, extending the life of the product and producing more lifetime work. Makita’s Rapid Optimum Charger carries the Energy Star label for its efficient charging process.
 
 
 
Specifications
 
BFR750
Collated Screw Capacity:
1-3/4” to 2-15/16”
Bit Shank
¼” hex
No Load Speed (RPM)
0-4,000
Voltage
18 volt
L.E.D. light
Yes
Battery (Amp-hours)
3.0
Length
16-3/4”
Net Weight (lbs. with battery)
5.0
Retail Price: Kit (includes 2 bits, Rapid Optimum Charger, two 18V Lithium-Ion 3.0Ah batteries, Contractor Bag, Belt Hook, Extension Handle)
$389
                               (also available as BFR750Z, tool only)
 
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. The Optimum Charging System is Energy Star rated for its efficient charging process. 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 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 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 2,000 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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