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Monday, March 9, 2009

Wayne Hart
Communications Manager
Makita U.S.A.
(714) 522-8088 x 4410

(800) 4-MAKITA

Monday, March 9, 2009


Ultra-compact driver-drill with 3/8" keyless chuck and L.E.D. flashlight pack pro power

MARCH 9, 2009 – La Mirada, CA – Makita U.S.A., Inc., manufacturer of high quality industrial power tools and accessories, is proud to announce two additions to its 10.8V Ultra-Compact Lithium-Ion line: a two-speed 3/8” keyless chuck driver-drill (model DF330DW), and a cordless L.E.D. Flashlight that delivers 9 hours of run-time (model ML100W).  Both deliver pro power in an ultra-compact design.
The DF330DW and ML100W are powered by Makita’s new 10.8V Ultra-Compact Lithium-Ion battery. They join the previously released Ultra-Compact Impact Driver (TD090DW) and Driver-Drill with ¼” Hex Shank (DF030DW) in Makita’s 10.8V Ultra-Compact Lithium-Ion category. They are the latest additions to the growing line of cordless tools powered by Makita Lithium-Ion battery technology, delivering more power, less weight and better engineering.
“The new DF330DW has a 3/8” keyless chuck, and offers the user a choice between ¼” hex shank and standard smooth or straight shank bits. It’s a versatile option for a range of driving and drilling tasks,” said Ethan Haughawout, associate product manager – cordless products. “The ultra-compact flashlight delivers nine hours of light. They are both perfect additions to the tool box of any pro tradesman.”
The 10.8V Ultra-Compact Lithium-Ion Cordless 3/8” Driver-Drill Kit (DF330DW) is engineered for a range of fastening and drilling tasks. The Makita-built motor delivers 200 in.lbs. of torque with two speed settings (0-350/0-1,300 RPM), variable speed and 18 clutch stages. This versatile and ultra-compact driver-drill weighs just 2.2 pounds, and includes an L.E.D. light to illuminate the drilling surface, and an ergonomic grip that fits like a glove for even pressure and easy control. Each DF330DW kit includes the Ultra-Compact 3/8” Driver-Drill, two 10.8V Lithium-Ion batteries, charger and case.
The newly added 10.8V Ultra-Compact Lithium-Ion Cordless L.E.D. Flashlight (ML100W) offers 540 minutes of continuous light on one charge, and weighs just over one-half pound (.55 lbs.). The ultra-bright, long-lasting cordless flashlight is the first L.E.D. model offered by Makita.
Both the DF330DW 3/8” Driver-Drill and ML100W L.E.D. Flashlight are also available with the 10.8V Ultra-Compact Lithium-Ion Cordless Impact Driver as a combo kit (model LCT302W).  The battery charger for these 10.8V Ultra-Compact Lithium-Ion cordless tools is ENERGY STAR rated for its efficient charging process.
These powerful yet compact cordless tools are built for maintenance professionals, repairmen, remodelers, electricians, cabinet installers, and any general contractor seeking ultra-compact cordless solutions with pro power.
Model number
10.8V Ultra-Compact Lithium-Ion Cordless 3/8” Driver-Drill Kit
10.8V Ultra-Compact Lithium-Ion Cordless L.E.D. Flashlight
Driving Shank
3/8” chuck
Speed Settings
2, variable
No Load Speed RPM
Max Torque
200 in.lbs.
Battery Voltage
Battery Type
Battery Capacity
Charge Time
50 minutes
50 minutes
L.E.D. Light
Overall Length
Net Weight (w/ battery)
2.2 lbs.
.55 lbs.
Driver-Drill, (2) 10.8V Lithium-Ion batteries, charger, hard case
Flashlight (battery and charger sold separately)

OVERVIEW: Makita’s 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Tool Series
Makita\'s LXT Series has been designed specifically for Lithium-Ion battery technology with less weight in a more compact size. The ergonomic shape fits comfortably in the user’s hand 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 when compared to traditional 18V 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 2,000 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 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.
Compact Lithium-Ion Products
Makita has also added compact cordless power tools to its line of Lithium-Ion products, and they are unique in both appearance and performance: The 18V Compact Lithium-Ion battery weighs just .85 lbs. and reaches a full charge in only 15 minutes, four times faster than the competition. The compact battery combined with the compact design of the tools delivers a superior power-to-weight ratio. These compact tools – including the ½” Compact Driver Drill (BDF452HW), compact impact driver (BTD142HW) and various combo kits – feature a black and white trade dress, distinguishing these compact cordless models from Makita’s familiar teal-colored cordless product in the LXT Series. 

Makita’s newest cordless compact products are powered by a 10.8V Lithium-Ion battery. These lower-voltage products clearly have a place in Makita’s series of Lithium-Ion cordless tools. 
“Makita’s Lithium-Ion platform is not solely focused on 18V power, as evidenced by the recent launch of our 10.8V Lithium-Ion ultra-compact tools,” said Brad Wheeler, product manager – cordless products. “Makita applies power, precision and compact design to every tool it makes, and these same qualities have been built into the new 10.8V Lithium-Ion 2-speed driver-drill and impact driver. These ultra-compact tools have been engineered for trades that require professional power and quality in a convenient size, like pro service applications – while our LXT Series targets top construction applications.”
The new 10.8V products fill a need for Lithium-Ion battery power in an ultra-compact size. They are positioned as a first step into the Lithium-Ion battery platform from older battery technologies.
“For those pros using 9.6 and 12 volt tools every day – and there are many of them – Makita’s new ultra-compact 10.8V Lithium-Ion line of tools is a great way to step into Makita and experience the superior advantages of Makita Lithium-Ion power.” said Wheeler. “While our LXT Series targets top construction applications, Makita’s new 10.8V Compact tools are ideal for professional service applications. Every tool box should have one.”
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 worldwide manufacturer of industrial quality power tools, and offers a wide range of industrial accessories. Makita’s new, innovative Lithium-Ion Cordless Power Tool Series has a three-year warranty on the tool and a one-year warranty on the battery and charger in the U.S. All Makita tools are covered by a one-year limited warranty against defects in materials or workmanship, and may be serviced at any Makita Factory Service Center or Authorized Service Center nationwide. Makita USA, 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



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