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MAKITA'S NEW 18V LXT LITHIUM-ION HAMMER DRIVER-DRILL DELIVERS MORE FEATURES AND MORE WORK

May 16, 2008  La Mirada, CA – Makita U.S.A., Inc., manufacturer of high quality industrial power tools and accessories, is proud to announce the release of its new 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Hammer Driver-Drill Kit, model BHP452.  The BHP452 provides the user with more versatility as it can be used as a driver-drill or a hammer-drill.  This tool is just another example of Makita’s commitment to innovative technology and best in class engineering.
 
“Makita is excited about the launch of the BHP452 because it will appeal to the pro-user’s needs,” said Brad Wheeler, Makita product manager. “This tool’s percussive hammer and driver-drill capabilities fit the niche for the pro that wants more features.”
 
The Makita built 4-pole maximum torque motor delivers 450 in. lbs. of efficient torque in a compact size.  At only 4.2 lbs. and with an ergonomic shape that fits like a glove, the BHP452 is designed for reduced operator fatigue.  The BHP452 Is also equipped with a built in L.E.D. light that illuminates the work area for safer and more efficient work.
 

The BHP452 has a Shift-Lock™ drive system sleeve that quickly shifts from “hammer drill” to “driver” mode.  Its 2-speed design covers a wide range of drilling and driving applications allowing the user to carry one tool on the job instead of two. Due to its versatility, the BHP452 is a great replacement for the standard driver-drill on the job site.  

Some of this tool’s many applications include fastening medium sized anchors, drilling into masonry, and even setting small sized anchors into concrete.  This hammer driver-drill can be utilized in many different areas such as HVAC, woodworking, plumbing, electrical, and more.  It’s ideal for any pro contractor who requires a best-in-class engineered cordless hammer driver-drill.

The BHP452 is powered by Makita’s 18V Lithium-Ion Battery Technology and Rapid Optimum Charging System, a breakthrough in cordless technology producing 430% total lifetime work with two-and-a-half times more battery cycles than the traditional Ni-Cd batteries. The Rapid Optimum Charger is Energy Star rated for its charging efficiency, and will charge a Makita 3.0Ah Lithium-Ion battery in just 30 minutes.
 
Model BHP452 is a kit that includes two 18V LXT Lithium-ion (3.0 Ah) batteries, 30 minute Rapid Optimum Charger, and a case. The BHP452Z includes the tool only.
 
 
Specifications
 
BHP452
BHP452Z
Chuck (Metal)
1/2"
1/2"
No Load Speed (RPM):
 
 
1st
0 – 400
0 – 400
2nd
0 – 1,500
0 – 1,500
Blows Per Minute (BPM):
 
 
1st
0 – 6,000
0 – 6,000
2nd
0 – 22,500
0 – 22,500
Max. Torque (in.lbs.)
450
450
Lithium-Ion battery
18V DC (3.0Ah)
18V DC (3.0Ah)
Overall length
9-1/2”
9-1/2”
Net Weight (with battery)
4.2 lbs.
2.9 lbs.
Includes
Tool; 2 ea. Lithium-Ion (3.0Ah) Batteries; Rapid Optimum Charger; Tool Case
Tool Only
Suggested Retail
$289.00
$115.00
   
Makita’s 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Tool Series
Since its introduction on October 3, 2005, Makita’s LXT Series featuring 18V Lithium-Ion Battery Technology has been providing the professional end-user with more work solutions. The 18V Lithium-Ion battery is a breakthrough in cordless with more power, less weight and better engineering, and Makita is proud to be the first to bring it to jobsites across America.
 
"Makita did not just design a longer run time battery; we designed a complete tool solution to redefine the way pro users work,” said Ken Hefley, senior vice president marketing, Makita USA. “The LXT solution is all muscle and no fat, with 18 volt power at 12 volt weight.  LXT allows the pro user to work longer with a better engineered tool solution."
 
Makita\'s new LXT Series has been designed specifically for Lithium-Ion battery technology with less weight in a more compact size. LXT is 40% less weight and more compact. The ergonomic shape fits like a glove with even pressure while adding more control. The LXT series is also equipped with built-in L.E.D. lights that operate independently from the tool to illuminate the work area.
 
Makita LXT Lithium-Ion Batteries and Optimum Charging System produce 430% total lifetime work with two-and-a-half times more battery cycles than the traditional Ni-Cd batteries. The Optimum Charging System is Energy Star rated for its efficient charging process. Makita\'s LXT Lithium-Ion batteries provide the pro user with many benefits, including 1,400 battery life cycles, longer run time, 40% less weight, five-times lower self-discharge to keep cells active and ready to use any time, a built-in memory chip to communicate with the Optimum Charger for more work, built-in shock absorbing features to protect the battery, and sixteen firm-holding contact terminals for constant high power. The battery works in conjunction with the Optimum Charger during the charging process for a more efficient charge and maximum battery life.
 
The new 30-minute Rapid Optimum Charger communicates with the LXT battery throughout the charge cycle using the built-in memory chip in the battery and the built-in CPU chip in the charger to recognize the history and battery condition to select the optimal charging method. The optimal charging method uses Active 3 Controls for current control, thermal control and voltage control. The charger has a built-in fan to cool the battery to produce more lifetime work.
 
Makita has better technology with a new smart Battery Diagnostic System (sold separately) that enables users to understand the battery condition to maximize battery life. This new system is ideal for large pro and industrial users with many batteries. This system is able to indicate how the battery was used and can optimally refresh each cell for more lifetime work, determine the battery life expectancy based on how many times the battery has been charged or gone through a cycle and can log each battery to keep a permanent record.
 
Warranty
Makita LXT Lithium-Ion is backed by Makita’s new Three-Year Warranty which covers repair due to defective materials or workmanship up to three years from the purchase date.

About Makita USA
Makita is a leading manufacturer of over 450 professional, industrial quality power tools and has over 2,000 industrial accessories. Makita’s new, innovative 18V Lithium-Ion Cordless Power Tool Series has a three-year limited warranty and all Makita tools are covered by a one-year limited warranty against defects in materials or workmanship and may be serviced at any of our 25 factory service centers or by more than 1,000 authorized service centers nationwide. Makita USA, Inc.’s home office is located in La Mirada, California and operates an extensive distribution network located throughout the U.S. For more information, please contact us at 1-800-4-MAKITA (1-800-462-5482) or visit the website at makitatools.com.

 

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