Las Vegas, NV -- World of Concrete, the concrete and masonry industries' biggest annual trade show, opened today in Las Vegas and Makita is here with more concrete solutions, a hands-on booth expeience, and a major new product announcement.
Product Announcement: A World’s First
At WOC Makita announced the new 18V X2 LXT Lithium Ion (36V) Brushless Cordless Rear Handle 7-1/4" Circular Saw, model XSR01Z. It is the world’s first cordless rear-handle 7-1/4” circular saw powered by two 18V lithium-ion batteries. The new saw will be available in Spring 2017.
“For users of corded blade-left rear-handle saws, the new XSR01Z offers true freedom from the cord for formwork, framing and more,” said Andrew Camp, Product Manager, Makita USA. “The XSR01Z cuts faster than both corded and leading brushless cordless saws when cutting 2x10 SPF. In early testing this cordless saw put up big numbers in run-time tests with up to 558 cross cuts of 2x4 SPF and up to 291 cross cuts of 2x10 SPF with two fully-chrged 18V LXT 5.0 amp-hour batteries. Another key point of difference is capacity: With a full 2-9/16” maximum cutting depth the XSR01Z cuts 3x lumber in a single pass, an application that leading saws the category can’t do.”
The release of this groundbreaking saw was announced at the Makita booth at 4 p.m. (Pacific) on Monday afternoon, January 16, with a Facebook Live broadcast on the Makita Facebook Page @MakitaTools. The live broadcast is archived on the Makita Facebook page for additional viewing. Attendees at World of Concrete will be the first to run the XSR01Z, with demonstrations that include ripping ¾” plywood and OSB, as well as 3x and 2x10 lumber.
The new XSR01Z is part of Makita’s continuing drive to address the demands of pro users.
“Right now there is increased awareness of the importance of dust management and vibration reduction,” said Wayne Hart, Communications Manager, Makita USA. “At the same time, there is more demand for cordless, especially for work away from a power source. Makita is meeting demand across the board with more industrial solutions for concrete forming, drilling, surfacing, chipping, breaking, and clean-ups with less noise, lower vibration and better dust extraction. And Makita continues to expand the LXT system with more cordless options including dust management and a ‘world’s first’ for formwork with the new 18V X2 LXT Lithium Ion Brushless Rear Handle 7-1/4" Circular Saw.”
Additional Makita highlights at World of Concrete include the following:
More Dust Management Solutions
Makita will highlight its expanding dust management system with solutions engineered to assist in reducing respirable crystalline silica and dust on the job site. At the heart of the Makita dust extraction system is the 12 Gallon Xtract Vac® Wet/Dry Vacuum (VC4710), which meets the EPA (RRP) rule for HEPA vacuums when the optional main HEPA filter is installed. Makita offers an array of attachments and shrouds that assist in improved dust management during concrete drilling, breaking, chipping, surfacing, and tuck-pointing applications. Makita will also demonstrate new cordless dust management solutions including two 18V X2 LXT (36V) vacuums powered by two 18V lithium-ion batteries.
Advanced Anti-Vibration Technology (AVT®)
For reduced vibration, a padded handle just doesn’t cut it. Makita Advanced Anti-Vibration Technology (AVT®) is a synchronized three-component system that includes an internal counterbalance to reduce vibration, giving users the industry’s lowest vibration levels without sacrificing performance. Makita’s expanding AVT® line-up includes a solution in every major concrete hammer category – from 1” to 70 lb. – and attendees will have the opportunity to experience the difference for themselves. One demonstration will allow attendees to run the Advanced AVT 70 lb. Breaker (HM1812) against a 60 lb. pneumatic hammer.
Freedom from the Cord with 18V LXT
With over 150 solutions, Makita has the world's largest cordless tool system powered by 18V Lithium-Ion slide-style batteries – and the line-up continues to expand with a growing range of solutions for concrete applications like formwork, fastening, drilling, cutting, surfacing, lighting, and clean-up. For the most demanding applications, select Makita 18V X2 LXT® (36V) tools are powered by two 18V Lithium-Ion batteries for maximum power and run time without leaving the 18V battery platform. A range of 18V cordless solutions will be on demonstration for attendees to try for themselves, including the “Tilt-Up Challenge” where users can test their concrete drilling and fastening skills – without the cord.
Cordless Solutions for OPE and Clean-Ups
Contractors and landscapers alike are seeking more cordless alternatives to corded and gas-powered outdoor power equipment, like chain saws and blowers. Makita is meeting demand with an expanding line of cordless OPE and more solutions for cutting, trimming, and clean-ups. At World of Concrete, Makita will demonstrate the 18V X2 LXT (36V) Blower and the new 18V X2 LXT (36V) Chain Saw (XCU03Z). Both are powered by two 18V batteries, with Makita-built brushless motors for maximum performance and run time. With Makita’s expanding line of cordless OPE, users benefit with zero emissions, lower noise, and less maintenance.
MM4 4-Stroke Engine Technology
Engine seizure due to improper fuel and oil mixing is one of the most common failures of 2-stroke power equipment. Makita is delivering a better solution with MM4® 4-stroke engine power equipment, and for contractors the line-up includes the world’s first 4-stroke engine power cutter (EK7651H), as well as backpack and handheld blowers. These efficient 4-stroke engine solutions go beyond exceptional tool performance, as they require no fuel mixing so users require only one gas can for all their power equipment in the truck. In addition, Makita MM4® 4-stroke engines run quieter, idle smoother, have lower emissions, and give users quicker and easier starts. WOC attendees will be invited to try out MM4® 4-Stroke Engine solutions at the Makita booth, as well as the range of Makita 2-stroke 14” and 16” power cutters.
The Right Accessories for the Job
Makita has a deep line-up of accessories for concrete applications that are engineered to help contractors work more efficiently. At World of Concrete, Makita will demonstrate new and existing accessories for concrete drilling, chipping, cutting, surfacing, dust extraction and more including its line of optimum diamond blades.
Additional hands-on Makita demonstrations at World of Concrete will include concrete chipping, surfacing, demolition, tuck pointing with a range of dust extraction solutions, as well as cordless solutions for rebar cutting and demolition/cutting applications.
About Makita U.S.A.
Makita® is a worldwide manufacturer of industrial quality power tools and outdoor power equipment, 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 power and results. Makita's extensive line of cordless lithium-ion tools includes 18V LXT® Brushless 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®), MM4® 4-Stroke engine power equipment, Super Joint System - SJS® grinders, miter saws engineered with Deep and Exact Cutting Technology (DXT®), Impact GOLD®, the New Gold Standard in Impact Driving, and more. Makita U.S.A., Inc. is located in La Mirada, California, and operates an extensive distribution and service network located throughout the U.S. For more information, call 800/4-MAKITA (800/462-5482) or go to makitatools.com. Follow Makita: facebook.com/makitatoolspage, twitter.com/makitatools, youtube.com/makitapowertools, instagram.com/makitatools. 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. The Makita Black & White color combination is the trade dress of Makita Corporation and is protected under common laws and registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.