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The DSP601ZJU plunge saw can be paired wirelessly to a dust extractor.

Today’s technology

Makita continues to develop its power tool range. EHN reports on some of the manufacturer’s latest products for cutting and sawing tasks.

Given the steady influx of cheap imported equipment on to the UK market over the years, many have predicted the decline of power tools in hire fleets, with users tempted to buy products and then, in some cases, simply throw them away after completing their task. However, this has proved to be a false prophecy as demand has remained for soundly built, durable tools that get jobs done with greater speed, productivity and environmental friendliness, as well as products for new or niche applications.

Makita is typical of the companies that have continued to develop new machines for the hire market. Indeed, the manufacturer set itself (and met) the target of having 100 cordless power tools available on its 18V Lithium-ion battery platform by the time it celebrated its 100th anniversary in January 2015, and Kevin Brannigan, Marketing Manager with Makita (UK), says that the number has now risen to more than 160. “Today’s tools incorporate technological developments to help make work faster and more efficient. The increasing use of brushless 4-pole motors, for example, enables products to be smaller and lighter while offering more power, greater torque, reduced maintenance and longer life. Cordless tools reduce noise and eliminate trip hazards associated with cables, as well as facilitating work in sites without a convenient power supply, while battery technology continues to advance with increased power so that, in many cases, cordless tools give the same performance as mains equivalents, or greater.”

Wireless connectivity

Amongst Makita’s latest products is the DSP601ZJU brushless plunge saw powered by two 18V batteries. This is a version of the DSP600 launched last year but benefits from having a chip inside enabling it to be paired wirelessly to a compatible dust extractor, such as the new DVC864LZ twin 18V L-class model, using an Auto-Start Wireless System (AWS). The saw is said to deliver as much power as the equivalent AC machine, being able to

drive the 165mm blade up to 6,300rpm to a maximum vertical depth of 56mm. Bevel range is -1° to +48°C and the position of the cutting line is maintained regardless of the blade angle.

Another 18V cordless addition is the DJR188Z reciprocating saw which incorporates tool-less blade change and weighs 2.9kg. The motor is mounted vertically within the body, rather than horizontally, making it very short and compact which facilitates work in confined spaces. Maximum cutting capacity is 255mm in wood and 130mm in pipe.

The DJR188Z reciprocating saw has very compact dimensions.

The DLS110Z is a 36V 260mm-diameter slide compound mitre saw driven by two 18V batteries. The rail-forward slide design allows the rear of the machine to be placed close to a wall or in locations like narrow corridors to avoid inconvenience to passers-by, whilst the

twin slide rails are mounted in the machine body for smooth operation. Two dust collection points are also incorporated. The maximum mitre range is 60° to 60° (L-R) and the bevel range is between 48° and 48° (L-R).

Makita has also introduced the cordless DLS600Z mitre saw which has a blade diameter of 165mm and weighs in at 6.6kg. It again has very compact dimensions. The mitre range extends between 52°L to 52°R and the bevel range is 46°L to 46°R.

The DGA700 and DGA900 are two recently introduced 36V angle grinders that use twin 18V batteries and have wheel diameters of 180mm and 230mm respectively.

The design of the DLS110Z slide compound mitre saw facilitates work close to walls.

The 4100KB is a corded, dustless disc cutter which has a single 125mm- diameter blade that can be used on concrete. It is a very compact 1,300W unit weighing in at 3.0kg and Makita

believes it offers a convenient alternative to larger disc cutters for light-duty tasks. Maximum cutting capacity is 40mm.


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