La Mirada, CA – Makita, a worldwide manufacturer of technologically advanced power tools that are more compact with less weight yet deliver industrial strength power and results, has added to its expanding line-up metalworking solutions with the 18V LXT® Lithium-Ion Cordless Nibbler, model LXNJ01, the industry’s first 18V cordless nibbler. Makita has also released two new metal shears, the JS1602 16 Gauge Sheer and the JS3201 10 Gauge Shear.
Makita 18V LXT® Lithium-Ion Cordless
16 Gauge Nibbler Kit (model LXNJ01).
Fast and Smooth Cutting, Without the Cord
The new LXNJ01 is the latest addition to Makita’s expanding 18V LXT® Lithium-Ion line-up, with 65+ tools powered by one 18V Lithium-Ion battery that reaches a full charge in only 30 minutes. The LXNJ01 is powered by a Makita-built motor that delivers 1,900 strokes-per-minute (SPM) for fast and smooth cutting. The die holder rotates 360° to meet the demands of the cutting direction, with a cutting radius of 1-3/4" (inner edge) and 2" (outer edge). The LXNJ01’s high capacity is ideal for cutting roofing sheet metal at thicknesses up to 16 gauge.
"With the release of the new LXNJ01, Makita is continuing to provide contractors with more 18V LXT® metal cutting solutions," said Mario Lopez, Makita Product Manager, Cordless Tools. "The LXNJ01 is engineered for cutting corrugate metal roof decking, sheet metal, and stainless steel, and it will do the job without the cord. It is ideal for metal roofing and decking contractors, HVAC, and metal fab shop work."
When cutting, the metal chips are conveniently disposed below the cutting material, which helps prevent damage to the work surface. In addition, a battery capacity warning system turns on an indicator light and automatically stops the motor to notify the user when it is time to recharge the battery. An additional feature is the anti-restart function, which prevents the motor from starting up when the battery is inserted with the switch locked on. The LXNJ01 is a kit and includes the Nibbler, 2 ea. 18V LXT® Lithium-Ion battery, 30 minute Rapid Optimum Charger, wrench, and Tool Bag. Model LXNJ01Z includes the tool only (batteries, charger and tool bag not included).
18V LXT® Lithium-Ion Cordless Nibbler Kit
Capacity (Mild Steel)
10 ga. (1.6 mm)
Capacity (Stainless Steel)
18 ga. (1.2 mm)
12 ga. (2.5 mm)
No load speed
Min. Cutting Radius (inside edge)
Min. Cutting Radius (outside edge)
18V LXT® Lithium-Ion
Net Weight (w/battery)
JS3201 10 Gauge Shear and JS1602 16 Gauge Shear
The new JS1602 and the JS3201 metal shears deliver class-leading power-to-weight ratios, with performance and comfort features engineered for the most demanding applications.
"Metalworkers are seeking solutions for their toughest cutting applications, but with less weight and more ease of use features," said Adam Livingston, Makita Product Manager, Commercial. "Makita has delivered with two new shears with more power and less weight. The new JS1602 and JS3201 are engineered for production settings and are ideal for sign contractors, decking companies, roofing contractors, and more."
The new JS3201 has a powerful 6.2 AMP motor that delivers 1,600 SPM, but with less noise (only 81 dbA)) for continuous operation. It is engineered for cutting up to 10 gauge mild steel and 12 gauge stainless steel, with a tight cutting radius of 2" for greater versatility. Unlike nibblers, the new JS3201 cuts with no material loss in the kerf for greater productivity. Additional convenience features include a built-in thickness gauge, lock-on switch for continuous operation, large and easily-replaceable blades with 8 cutting edges each, and a highly visible line-of-sight for precise pattern following. It weighs only 7.4 lbs. with a rubberized soft grip for added comfort.
The new JS1602 is a more compact solution for continuous cutting in 16 gauge mild steel and 18 gauge stainless steel. It’s powered by a 3.3 AMP motor that delivers 4,000 SPM, with a tight cutting radius of 2" for greater versatility. Additional convenience features include a built-in thickness gauge, lock-on switch for continuous operation, large and easily-replaceable blades with 8 cutting edges each, and a highly visible line-of-sight for precise pattern following. It weighs only 3.4 lbs. with a small-circumference barrel grip (only 2-1/4") for added comfort.
10 Gauge Shear
16 Gauge Shear
Capacity (Mild Steel)
Capacity (Stainless Steel)
No Load Speed
Min. Cutting Radius
Latest Addtions to Expanding Metalworking Line-up
The LXNJ01, JS1602 and JS3201 are the latest additions to Makita’s expanding line-up of metalworking solutions. The line-up includes corded and 18V cordless industrial angle grinders, die grinders, metal cutting saws, portable band saws, and more. Makita also offers a full line of industrial accessories including blades, cut-off wheels, abrasives, and more.
Makita is a worldwide manufacturer of industrial quality power tools and offers a wide range of industrial accessories. Makita utilizes 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 12V max Lithium-Ion. Other best-in-class products include rotary and demolition hammers and saws equipped with Anti-Vibration Technology (AVT®), MM4™ 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 makitatools.com. You can follow Makita at facebook.com/makitatoolspage, twitter.com/makitatools, and youtube.com/makitapowertools. Makita is Best-in-Class Engineering.