The Home Depot Launches Cordless Power Tools
Oct 6, 2005
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The Home Depot(R), the world's largest home improvement retailer, announced the exclusive retail launch of cordless power tools that deliver the longest-lasting power available in the market. The new lines of innovative tools from Makita U.S.A. Inc. and
Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation operate with battery technology utilizing Lithium-Ion, which reportedly lasts up to 40 percent longer than an average 18-volt power tool. The tools will be available in all The Home Depot stores in the U.S. and Canada in November 2005, but will begin offering them on its Web site and through its Tool Catalog in mid-October.

"The new tools from Makita and Milwaukee offer more than just battery technology, said Tom Taylor, executive vice president, Merchandising & Marketing for The Home Depot. "They feature better ergonomics, longer cycle times and low weight-to-torque ratios that help make these tools the biggest step forward in cordless technology in years."

The two product lines will serve both professional contractors and heavy do-it-yourselfers. A selection of the tools already has been introduced through industrial channels. The tools were developed with the contractor in mind to address the heavy workload and durability needed for use on a job site. The technology will enable the tools to run longer, be durable enough to withstand the rigors of construction work, be comfortable to use for hours on end and have more than enough power to get the job done.

The power tool lines include a Milwaukee V28, four-piece, Cordless Combo Kit and Makita 18V LXT, four-piece Cordless Combo Kit, 18V LXT Cordless Hammer Driver-Drill Kit and 18V LXT Cordless Impact Driver Kit.

Taylor added, "While both tool lines offer superior power and performance, they have different features and benefits to appeal to different audiences. The V28 series from Milwaukee will be targeted to those who are seeking the most power from a cordless tool, while the LXT series from Makita is for those customers who want 18-volt power at a weight equal to most 12-volt cordless tools."

The Milwaukee V28 Lithium-Ion Battery features reportedly include increased power and up to twice the run time of traditional 18 V tools; a built-in fuel gauge to inform users how much run time is available; consistent, fade-free power throughout the discharge cycle that ensures the last job is as powerful as the first; and V28 batteries with a two-year warranty.

The Makita LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Power Tool lineup user benefits reportedly include more power with new Makita-built, four-pole motor for maximum output; unique, ergonomic compact design is 40 percent lighter yet more powerful than traditional 18 V tools LXT Lithium-Ion battery and optimum charging system that produces 280 percent more lifetime work and 40 percent longer run time.

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