Makita’s Versatile New 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless
March 30, 2009 by newsdesk
Once again, Makita has raised the bar in the professional cordless tool market. They have just launched the release of its new 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 3/8” Crown Stapler Kit, model BST221. The new cordless crown stapler adds to Makita’s extensive LXT Series of cordless tools featuring 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Battery Technology, a breakthrough in cordless technology that delivers more power, less weight and better engineering. The new BST221 is compact and powerful, and can drive a wide range of 3/8” crown staple lengths.
“The new BST221 is a true utility stapler and is ideal for a range of trades,” said Ethan Haughawout, associate product manager – cordless products. “It can drive 3/8” crown staples from 1/4” up to a class-leading 7/8” in length. But the true test for a cordless stapler is power, and this stapler delivers: it can drive staples flush into hardwoods like oak, maple and cherry. And like the other 34 tools in Makita’s LXT Series, this stapler has more power and less weight for wherever the job takes you.”
The BST221 will drive 1/4”, 3/8”, 1/2”, 9/16”, 5/8”, 3/4”, and 7/8” length staples (3/8” crown); and will also utilize Arrow® T50 type staples for maximum versatility. The easy-to-use depth control setting can be adjusted with a single knob. The rugged machined aluminum magazine ensuressmooth loading and feeding of staples, with a convenient window on the magazine that showsthe number of remaining staples.
The spring-loaded driving mechanism allows for a more compact tool with less weight: it weighs only 5.1 pounds at just 9-7/8” in length. The ergonomic shape fits like a glove with even pressure and easy control, and the soft grip handle provides increased comfort on the job. Applications for the BST221 include drywall, roofing, furniture, upholstery, and utility installation. It can even be used in a production environment for exterior framers to apply house wrap. This crown stapler can be utilized in many different areas such as residential construction, remodeling, woodworking, cabinetry, and more. It’s ideal for any pro contractor who requires a best-in-class engineered cordless 3/8” crown stapler.
The BST221 is powered by Makita’s 18V LXT 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 when compared to traditional 18V Ni-Cd batteries. The Rapid Optimum Charger is ENERGY STAR rated for its charging efficiency, and will charge a Makita LXT Lithium-Ion battery in just 30 minutes. Model BST221 is a kit that includes two 18V LXT Lithium-ion batteries, 30 minute Rapid Optimum Charger, tool belt clip, contractor bag, and safety glasses. The BST221Z includes the tool only.
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. Three years later, with over 30 single tool solutions in the LXT Series, Makita’s 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 when compared to traditional 18V Ni-Cd
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.
It 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. Makita has also added 18V Compact Lithium-Ion 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) – feature a new black and white exterior design, distinguishing these compact cordless models from Makita’s familiar teal-colored top-of-the-line cordless product in the LXT Series.
Makita’s newest 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. 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.
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.