Makita has created a new class in cordless tools with the release of 18V LXT Sub-Compact Brushless. The new 18V LXT Sub-Compact Brushless includes the most compact and lightest weight tools in the 18V category, giving contractors the size and handling of a 12-volt tool with the performance, power and compatibility of 18 volt.

The Latest in a Series of Cordless Milestones
When NiCD and NiMH batteries dominated cordless tools, Makita dumped old battery technology and created the world's first 18-volt lithium-ion system with 18V slide batteries. Makita soon followed with the 18V Compact category, giving contractors superior power-to-weight ratios, less bulk, and the industry’s fastest charge time. Makita also created brushless motor technology for power tools to deliver longer run time, increased power and speed, and longer tool life. Recently Makita delivered maximum power and run time with 18V X2 LXT and the industry’s first tools powered by two 18V batteries. With the new 18V LXT Sub-Compact, Makita has created yet another new class in cordless with the most compact and lightest weight tools in the category – and they carry a new black trade dress to mark this new innovation and to distinguish them from similarly-sized Makita 12-volt tools.
It’s all part of Makita’s expanding 18V LXT system. With over 150 solutions, LXT is the world’s largest cordless tool system powered by 18-volt lithium-ion slide-style batteries

Do More with Less in One Battery Platform
The new 18V Sub-Compact driver-drill and impact driver are a welcome solution to contractors managing both 12-volt and 18-volt battery platforms, or for anyone seeking less bulk and weight in cordless tools for drilling, driving and fastening.

“Research on commercial and residential job sites showed us that many contractors own both 12-volt and 18-volt tools, and if a job requires the power of a 12-volt tool then they’ll definitely reach for the most compact tool first,” said Carlos Quintana, Sr. Product Manager, Cordless, Makita USA. “18V LXT Sub-Compact Brushless tools give contractors the compact size of a 12-volt tool while remaining in the 18-volt battery platform, and they deliver the performance to cover most applications on the job site. The expansive breadth-of-line of the Makita LXT System means an 18-volt battery from any LXT tool will power the 18-volt Sub-Compact driver-drill and impact driver.”

Purpose-Built Brushless Motors
Both tools feature brushless motors purpose-built for the product and related applications, combining power and efficiency in a more compact size. Makita brushless motors run contact-free and are engineered for up to 50% longer run time, increased power and speed, and longer tool life.

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