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MAKITA'S NEW 18V LXT LITHIUM-ION CORDLESS 3/8" IMPACT WRENCH DELIVERS MORE POWER WITH LESS WEIGHT

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 Cordless 3/8” Impact Wrench Kit, model BTW253. The new cordless impact wrench adds to the already extensive Makita LXT Series of over 30 models featuring the new 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Battery Technology, a breakthrough in cordless that delivers more power, less weight and better engineering. 
 
“The cordless impact is one of Makita’s core strengths, and now we’re adding yet another piece to our impact series.” said Brad Wheeler, Makita product manager, cordless products.  “This is the eighth 18 volt impact we’ve come out with in less than a year and a half.” 
 
The BTW253 3/8” Impact Wrench delivers 155 ft. lbs of torque, and is powered by a Makita-built 4-pole motor design, which generates energy on the magnetic field every 90º (not 180º).  The result is more efficient power in a compact size. A key measure of an impact is the impacts-per-minute, and at 3,200 IPM the BTW253 delivers plenty of power for a range of fastening tasks.
 
The 3/8” square drive with detent pin provides quick release, and the tool hook has been redesigned to allow the impact driver to hang with more stability on a tool belt. The phosphorescent bumper ring provides quick location in dark spaces, while the L.E.D. light illuminates the work surface for more accurate work.  It weighs just 3.4 pounds, and the ergonomic shape fits like a glove to deliver better control and less operator fatigue.  
 
This impact wrench’s compact design with less weight makes it perfect for different assembly applications, fabrication trades, installation, and especially the automotive industry specialists who require a best-in-class engineered impact wrench. 
 
“One of our objectives is to provide a great substitute to air power tools in the automotive channel”, said Wheeler. “The BTW253 is another example where the automotive technician can cut the cord.”
 
The BTW253 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 3.0 Ah Lithium-Ion battery in just 30 minutes.
 
Model BTW253 is a kit that includes (2) two 18V LXT Lithium-Ion (3.0Ah) batteries, Rapid Charger and contractor bag. Model BTW253Z includes the tool only.
 
 
Specifications
 
 
BTW253
BTW25Z
Capacity (chuck)
3/8”
3/8”
No Load RPM
0-2,100
0-2,100
Impacts/Min (IPM)
0-3,200
0-3,200
Torque (ft.lbs.)
155
155
Watt Hours
54
54
Battery (Ah)
3.0
3.0
Length
6-1/8”
6-1/8”
Net Weight  (lbs.)
3.4
2.1
Includes
Tool; 2 ea. Compact Lithium-Ion (3.0Ah) Batteries; Rapid Charger; Contractor Bag
Tool only
Suggested Retail
$379.00
$169.00
 
 
 
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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