Makita has created a new class in cordless tools with the release of 18V LXT Sub-Compact Brushless.

The new 18V LXT Sub-Compact Brushless includes compact and lightweight tools in the 18V category, giving contractors the size and handling of a 12-volt tool with the performance, power and compatibility of 18 volt, according to the company.

“Research on commercial and residential job sites showed us that many contractors own both 12-volt and 18-volt tools and if a job requires the power of a 12-volt tool then they’ll definitely reach for the most compact tool first,” said Carlos Quintana, senior product manager, cordless, Makita. “18V LXT Sub-Compact Brushless tools give contractors the compact size of a 12-volt tool while remaining in the 18-volt battery platform and they deliver the performance to cover most applications on the job site. The expansive breadth-of-line of the Makita LXT System means an 18-volt battery from any LXT tool will power the 18-volt Sub-Compact driver-drill and impact driver.”

Both tools feature brushless motors purpose-built for the product and related applications, combining power and efficiency in a more compact size.

For efficient power management, 18V LXT Sub-Compact tools are equipped with Star Protection Computer Controls. Star Protection is communication technology that allows the Star Protection-equipped tool and battery to exchange data in real time and monitor conditions during use to protect against overloading, over-discharging and overheating.

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