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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Wayne Hart
Communications Manager
Makita U.S.A.
(714) 522-8088 x 4410

(800) 4-MAKITA

Thursday, September 3, 2009


New 36V battery charges in just 30 minutes

SEPTEMBER 3, 2009  La Mirada, CA – Makita U.S.A., Inc., manufacturer of high quality industrial power tools and accessories, is proud to announce the release of the company’s first ever 36V cordless tool, the 36V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 1” Rotary Hammer Kit, model BHR261.  The new cordless rotary hammer adds to Makita’s extensive LXT Series of cordless tools featuring LXT Lithium-Ion Battery Technology, a breakthrough in cordless that delivers more power, less weight and better engineering. The new BHR261 was engineered to deliver the speed and power of a corded 1” SDS-PLUS rotary hammer, with the added flexibility of cordless operation.

 “Makita knows concrete. From corded AVT hammers to cordless 18 volt LXT hammers, Makita delivers more concrete solutions to the pro. We’ve had cordless Lithium-Ion tools on jobsites for nearly 4 years, and the new 36 volt LXT Lithium-Ion cordless rotary hammer is another example of Makita innovation and technology,” said Ethan Haughawout, Makita’s product manager – cordless products. “The new BHR261 delivers corded speed with the convenience of a cordless tool. This tool is designed for the pro who requires the speed and power of a 36 volt SDS-PLUS rotary hammer on the job, all day long.”

The new BHR261 has a Makita-built motor that delivers 0-1,200 RPM and 0-4,800 BPM for speed and power. It has 3 modes of operation for “rotation only,” “hammering with rotation,” or “hammering only.”  The built-in torque limiter ensures stable torque control. In addition, the one-touch sliding chuck enables easy bit changes, and the built-in L.E.D. light illuminates the drilling surface for improved visibility.

The hard-hitting BHR261 has enhanced durability features, so the tool beats up the work surface – not the tool or the tool user. It has an ergonomically designed vibration absorbing handle and a large 2-finger trigger for reduced operator fatigue. 
The BHR261 is ideal for concrete, mechanical, electrical, and HVAC trades, as well as general contractors who require a best-in-class engineered cordless 36V rotary hammer.
The BHR261 is powered by Makita’s 36V LXT 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 when compared to traditional 36V Ni-Cd batteries. The Rapid Optimum Charger is ENERGY STAR rated for its charging efficiency, and will charge a Makita 36V LXT Lithium-Ion battery in just 30 minutes.
Model BHR261 is a kit that includes (2) two 36V LXT Lithium-Ion batteries, 30-minute Rapid Optimum Charger, side handle, depth gauge, and tool case.
Bit Shank
No Load speed
0 – 1,200 RPM
0 – 4,800 BPM
Impact Energy (Joules)
3.0 J
Watt hours
36VDC (2.6Ah)
Overall length
Net Weight (with battery)
9.9 lbs.
Tool, depth gauge, side handle,
2 ea. 36V LXT Lithium-Ion batteries, Rapid Optimum Charger, tool case
Suggested Retail
Makita’s Lithium-Ion Cordless Tool Series
As one of the pioneers driving the cordless tool revolution, Makita changed the game with its breakthrough 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Series. Nearly four years after its debut, Makita’s LXT Series has grown from seven to over 35 tools, providing a wide range of cordless solutions for professional tradesmen. Makita also added 18V Compact Lithium-Ion for cordless power in a more compact size. 
Makita\'s 18V Lithium-Ion batteries and ENERGY STAR rated Rapid Optimum Charger provide several benefits over old battery technology. When compared to traditional 18V Ni-Cd batteries, Makita’s 18V Lithium-Ion batteries have 40% less weight, longer run time, and five-times lower self-discharge to keep cells active and ready to use at any time. Makita’s 18V Lithium-Ion battery delivers 2,000 cycles – two-and-a-half times more than Ni-Cd. In addition, built-in shock absorbing features help protect the battery, and sixteen firm-holding contact terminals deliver constant high power. During the charging process, a built-in memory chip in the battery communicates with the Optimum Charger for a more efficient charge, extending the battery life. Makita’s Optimum Charger is also faster: it will charge an 18V LXT Lithium-Ion battery in just 30 minutes and an 18V Compact Lithium-Ion battery in only 15 minutes. 

Makita also offers an Optimum Automotive Charger for 18V LXT and 18V Compact Lithium-Ion batteries, which plugs into 12V DC sockets equipped in most automobiles and trucks for added mobility.
Makita’s growing line of LXT cordless tool solutions features a wide range of industrial-quality power tools, including driver-drills, impact drivers, impact wrenches, saws, grinders, screwguns, rotary hammers, and more. The LXT Series also offers a jobsite radio, rechargeable flashlights, and several different combo kits.
Makita now offers 10.8V Ultra-Compact Lithium-Ion and 7.2V Lithium-Ion cordless power tools. These cordless tools deliver pro power and pro speed in an ultra-compact size. The battery chargers for the 10.8V and 7.2V Lithium-Ion batteries are ENERGY STAR rated for their efficient charging performance. Makita’s growing line of ultra-compact cordless tool solutions includes driver-drills and impact drivers, as well as rechargeable flashlights and several different combo kits. Makita also offers a 36V Lithium-Ion cordless rotary hammer for faster drilling.
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
Makita is a worldwide manufacturer of industrial quality power tools and offers a wide range of industrial accessories. Makita applies leading-edge technology and innovation to engineer tools that are more compact with less weight yet deliver industrial strength power and results. Makita’s extensive line of cordless lithium-ion tools includes 18V LXT® Lithium-Ion, 18V Compact Lithium-Ion®, and 10.8V Ultra-Compact Lithium-Ion®. Other best-in-class products include rotary and demolition hammers and saws equipped with Anti-Vibration Technology™ (AVT™), 4-Cycle outdoor power equipment, Super Joint System (SJS) grinders, miter saws engineered with Deep and Exact Cutting Technology (DXT), and more. Makita U.S.A., Inc. is located in La Mirada, California, and operates an extensive distribution network located throughout the U.S. For more information, please call 800/4-MAKITA (800/462-5482) or visit the website at You can also find Makita at and Makita is Best in Class Engineering.



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