Toolstop Podcast #64 - John Stark and Makita's New Tools

Neil is joined by Makita's John Stark to talk about the new range of Makita tools for 2011.

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Makita now have 39 tools in their lithium-ion range, thanks to some new and improved offerings;

BHP456 the replacement to the hugely popular BHP452 combi drill. The BHP456 promises to be a better all-round combi drill than the BHP452, which is saying something; the latter is one of our best selling products, so you guys obviously love it.

Makita are reporting that the BHP456 boasts a more compact and lighter design, married to a more ergonomic grip. It's carrying 16 torque settings, plus drill, and will give you up to 22,500 blows per minute on high speed.

Makita, as before, are offering their new tools in naked versions, so you're going to be able to upgrade according to your budget, keeping your existing lithium-ion batteries, simply slotting them into your brand new Makita power tools.

One of the exceptions to this in the new range is the BVC350Z which is only available in a naked version.

However, if you're already packing 18v Makita lithium-ion batteries you'll be able to use get full advantage of its 3 litre dust bag capacity, plus high/low air volume settings.

It's worth noting that the BHP456 comes in an option that supplies 3 lithium-ion batteries with the kit. Therefore, you would be well equipped to power up the BVC350Z.

The guys chat about Makita's unique 18v cordless slide compound mitre saw, the BLS713RFE. Featuring a 190mm blade that will allow you cuts of up to 300mm, 4 linear ball bearings supporting the 4 sliding poles, Makita are confident this is going to be a top seller.

John explains Makita's thinking behind the brand new 10.8v lithium-ion powered circular sawsHS300DZ &HS300DWE. No surprise, confined spaces factor highly!

They also cover something that's unique to Makita, an 18v mitre saw. There are four in the range; LS1016L & LS1016 each with 260mm blades. Then we have the LS1216 and LS1216L, with 305mm blades.

The signature features of these saws is the "deep cutting" and "exact cutting". John explains what these mean, but basically we're talking greater cutting capacities with greater stability.

The guys also cover off the new range of outdoor power and gardening tools, including a blower, pressure washers and line trimmers!

Next time on the podcast we'll bring you part 2 of our trip to Leuven to visit RIDGID tools where we'll meet Walter and the SeeSnakes.

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