More stories about Makita

  • Tool Test: 18-Volt Drill/Drivers

    Today's cordless drills are significantly better than the ones I used four or five years ago — they have more power and greater runtime, and take less time to charge. Many of them are lighter, too. The most obvious change has been the move from nicad to lithium-ion batteries, with lithium-ion...

  • Makita Lithium-Ion Planer

    Makita's new lithium-ion powered planer, the first of its kind, can do everything its corded brother can do.

  • Electrician's Pliers from Milwaukee

    Milwaukee's new 6-in-1 Linesman Pliers are designed specifically for the electrician.

  • Cordless Planer from Makita

    Makita's new lithium-ion powered planer, the first of its kind, can do everything its corded brother can do.

  • Tough Sledgehammers from Wilton

    Above all, a sledgehammer should be indestructible.

  • Hacking a Makita Table Saw

    Ever see one of those kits where you can take the motor and chassis of a regular car (they use to do this VW Beetles) and put a fiberglass body on it to make it look like a Porsche or Lamborghini?

  • Tool Test: 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Impact Drivers

    For this article my crew and I tested 18 lithium-ion impact-driver kits. Some companies sell the same tool in two kits – each with different batteries – and in such cases we tested both versions. We used all the drivers for several months, trading them around so that everybody had experience with...

  • Tools Up Close: Big Cordless Circular Saws

    For this article we tested four higher-voltage saws – 36-volt models from Bosch, DeWalt, and Hilti, and a 28-volt model from Milwaukee. We used them while framing and siding a house and for building a deck. Later, we performed a test to see how many cuts each saw could make per charge.

  • Launch Time 2011: Makita 18-Volt Drill/Driver

  • Launch Time 2011

    Throughout the year, the Tools of the Trade staff sees and tests hundreds of tools. We're especially busy now, because it's the season when many companies introduce new tools and unveil them at the Specialty Tools & Fasteners Distributors Association show held every November. On the following pages...