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  • Launch Time 2010: Makita Angle Grinder

    A new Paddle Switch 4-1/2-inch Angle Grinder (GA4534) features a small-diameter (2-3/16-inch) barrel grip and light weight (4.2 pounds) for reduced operator fatigue and greater control.

  • Makita AC310H Compressor and Coil Nailers

    Makita brought a couple of its Japanese-market nailers to the U.S. and paired them up with a new compressor.

  • Makita USA UL-Compliant Table Saw

    Makita's new portable table saw (2705/2705X1) meets new UL specs requiring that no tools be needed to change the blade guard.

  • TOOLS of the TRADEshow-STAFDA 2009 Edition

    Last week I attended the 33rd annual STAFDA convention and trade show in Atlanta, Georgia. Membership includes distributors, retailers, and manufacturers of light construction tools and related products. This show is always interesting for Tools of the Trade because it is where we find the latest...

  • New 18-Volt Impact Drivers

    About a year ago I tested nine 18-volt impact drivers. Since then, a few new models — Bosch's 25618-02, Makita's BTD 144, and Milwaukee's 2650-20 — have come on the market.

  • Launch Time 2009

    With the economy poised for a comeback in 2010, toolmakers are just now rolling out their latest innovations to meet the anticipated demand. Every year at this time, the

  • First Test: High-Pressure Pneumatics

    Makita is bringing its high-pressure nailer line to the U.S., and we were the first framing crew in the country to get our hands on its framing and siding coil nailers and brand-new 400-psi compressor. High-pressure nailers are more common in Japan, where the affinity for efficiency and compactness...

  • Launch Time 2009: Makita Three-Speed Cordless Impact Driver

    Makita's first brushless-motor 18-volt cordless impact driver (BTD144) has a three-speed power-selection switch.

  • Makita BTD144 Impact Driver

    Makita's new impact driver, the BTD144, has several useful features inspired by the company's extensive line of industrial drivers.

  • Driving the Brand: Ken Hefley

    Whether he's working in his woodshop, renovating his house, or riding dirt bikes in the desert, Ken Hefley brings a high-octane blend of craft, passion, and competitiveness to everything he does. His job as Makita USA's senior VP of marketing is no exception. 'I've competed in sports all my life,'...