Makita’s launch of it’s re-imagined 10.8v battery platform is half a year old, and the Japanese firm hasn’t wasted time expanding on the range of tools that are available for the LXT-style slide on packs. Read more about the launch here.
In this post we’re taking a look at 3 of the 10.8v CXT tools that we think you should be adding to your kit in 2017:
- Makita JR103DZ Reciprocating Saw 10.8V CXT Cordless Li-ion (Body Only)
- Makita DF331DWAE Drill Driver 10.8V CXT Cordless Li-ion (2 x 2.0Ah Batteries)
- Makita TM30DZ Multi-Tool 10.8V Cordless CXT li-ion (Body Only)
With a battery footprint that’s smaller than a credit card, and a total weight of just over a kilo, the JR103DZ is the sort of recip saw you can carry with you all day every day, and not even notice it’s there. Until you need to use it, that is, at which point you’ll have an ultra-compact tool that’s ideal for cutting through timber, window frames, etc.
The 2 switch set up you a choice of grip positions by using trigger or paddle. With a single LED job light which has pre-glow and after-glow functions handy for working in dark conditions.
It’s body-only, meaning you need to use one of your existing 10.8v CXT batteries and charger, but that helps keep the cost of the unit down.
Housed in an ergonomic, compact body, the DF331WAE is a drill driver that’s light enough to wear clipped onto your belt all day, but powerful enough to handle your screw driving jobs when you’re fitting a kitchen, for example.
A single LED job light has pre-glow and after-glow functions handy for working in dark conditions, such as when you’re fitting cupboard doors.
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Available body-only, this is an incredibly affordable cordless multi-tool, compatible with all of the main accessories available, such as the ones from Smart that we stock (see them all here).
It has a 3.2º angle of oscillation (1.6º left/right) which is fairly large sweep for such a compact tool, meaning that it’ll handle fairly heavy duty cutting applications. You can hook it up to a dust extractor to keep your work environment clean (and safe) while you’re working.
The oscillations are controlled via a dial, allowing you to select the right speed for the job you’re working on, from 6000 to 20,000 oscillations per minute. The motor is soft start, and there’s a bright LED light to make it easier to work in dark corners.