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Makita overhauls 18-volt drill/driver

Makita recently debuted its 18-volt lithium-ion-powered drill/driver, model LXFD01CW, designed to accommodate a full range of drilling, driving and fastening tasks. An update of a 2006 model, this new drill is smaller and lighter on the outside, but even more powerful on the inside, says the company.

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“To make this new drill so compact, we created a new planetary gear system and transmission that made it 20 percent more compact from a previous model,” says Ethan Haughawout, Makita’s product manager for cordless products.

The previous model weighed 3.5 .lbs. and offered 450 in.-lbs. of torque. The new model weighs 3.3 lbs. and offers up to 480 in.-lbs. for an improved power-to-weight ratio. Haughawout emphasized that the lithium-ion battery chemistry, which is the overall cutting-edge aspect of the drill, has not been altered.

The drill features 16 clutch settings and a two-speed transmission that can reach up to 400 rpm in low gear and up to 1,500 rpm in high gear.

Overall ergonomics of the tool have also been modified. There’s a new rubber grip on the handle for more comfort, while the overall length has been shortened to 7-9/16".

The Makita 18-volt drill/driver is well-suited for installation tasks, says Haughawout. “It’s great for installing hardware, such as sliding tracks for drawers, due to built-in LED lighting that helps illuminate the work area.”

The drill/driver sells for $219 with two batteries and a charger.

Contact: Makita USA, 14930 Northam St., La Mirada, CA 90638. Tel: 714-522-8088.

This article originally appeared in the June 2011 issue.

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