21 Oct Two New Right-angle Drills from Makita
Makita U.S.A., Inc. has released two new 18 Volt brushless motor drills, a 1/2” model (XAD05Z) and the 7/16” hex version (XAD06Z) shown here. They can drill up to 5” holes with hole saws and up to 2-9/16” holes with self-feed bits. They have efficient brushless motors, and each can drill up to two hundred 7/8” diameter holes in 2X lumber (SPF) on a single charge of one of the company’s LXT 5.0Ah battery (sold separately). The two-speed transmission delivers no-load speeds of 0 to 450 RPM and 0 to 1,400 RPM. They have metal gear housing, soft start, an electric brake and dual L.E.D. lights. Each includes a retractable tool hook and a side handle that can be attached to either side of the tool.
The drills are also equipped with Extreme Protection Technology (XPT™), which is a series of integrated seals designed to improve a tool’s operation in harsh conditions. Water and solid debris that enter a tool are redirected through carefully engineered channels and ducts to prevent damage to key components such as triggers, motors, and other electronics.
Makita says that its LXT System is “the world’s largest cordless tool system powered by 18V lithium-ion slide-style batteries”, and that they have the fastest charge times in their categories. For improved tool performance and extended battery life, both driver-drills feature Star Protection Computer Controls™, which is communication technology that allows the tool and battery to exchange data in real time and monitor conditions during use, to protect against overloading, over discharging and overheating. The tools’ overall dimensions are 2-9/16” wide and 17-1/8” long. They weigh 7.6 lbs. (battery not included).