Makita recently announced its second 18-volt cordless fan. The first (BCF201Z) has been out for a couple of years and is a more basic unit; this one (DCF300Z) has a number of upgraded features. The new fan has three speed settings, a 3-stage automatic timer, and the option to oscillate. Using the timer, the fan can be set to run for one, two, or four hours—after which time it will turn itself off,

The main housing is attached to a tubular metal stand and a carry handle projects from the back of the motor. A control panel on the front of the housing (directly above the slot for the battery) allows the user to turn the unit on and off, set the timer, set the speed, and decide whether or not the fan should oscillate. The blade housing pivots left-to-right when oscillating and can be manually tilted up or down.

According to its maker, the DCF300Z will run for up to 255 minutes on the low-speed setting with the company’s new 4.0 Ah battery pack. The tool is sold bare but includes an AC adaptor so it can be run from a 120-volt receptacle when power is available.

This may not be the first cordless tool a tradesman would buy but it’s a handy addition to the Makita cordless system because it allows the operator to stay cool wherever he’s working and to disperse fumes from paint and other finishes. The DCF300Z is sold bare.

DCF300Z Specs
Blade diameter: 13”
Battery compatibility: 14.4- and 18-volt Lithium-ion
Weight w. full size 18-volt pack: 10.4 pounds
Dimensions (L x W x H): 12-3/8” x 18-7/8” x 23-5/8”
Runtime L/M/H (w 3.0 Ah): 55/90/180 minutes
Runtime L/M/H (w 4.0 Ah): 75/125/255 minutes
Country of Origin: China
Includes: fan and AC adaptor (batteries sold separately)
Price: $150
Available: Now