Cordless tools are becoming increasingly popular on site thanks to improved capabilities from brushless technology and impressive advances in lithium-ion battery capacity and technology.
This has seen cordless become a real consideration for many applications normally reserved for corded counterparts.
However, despite this there are still plenty of heavy duty applications where corded is the preferred choice for tradies simply because it gets the job done faster and more easily, especially since traditional 36v product ranges are more limited and have required tradies to invest in and carry around another battery platform.
Enter Makita’s new dual-voltage tool platform that runs twin 18v batteries in-series to create a 36v tool and was launched with the catchphrase “cut the cord not the power”.
Dual-voltage tools are relatively new, with the Festool TSC 55 plunge saw running off multiple batteries and powers – from 15v to 36v – whil Panasonic first launched their range of 14.4v and 18v dual-voltage tools back in December 2012, but they are one or the other, not both.
Speaking of Makita’s new saw, marketing manager, Marty Coolican told TTT: “It replaces the biggest and most in-demand corded circular saw on the market, which is the 7.25 [inch], and our customers can use their existing 18v platform which is the biggest in the market.”
Coolican said that running the batteries in series meant the amp-hour remained the same but stated that runtime would still be improved because the increased power made it easier on the tool and so it drew less current.
Currently there are seven tools in the dual-18v range: the circ saw and rotary hammer in the power tool range and a chainsaw, lawn mower, brushcutter, hedge trimmer and blower in their outdoor power equipment range.
Coolican said Makita will continue to expand their offering in this range.
“We are committed to the transition from corded products to cordless without the decrease in power and efficiency,” he said.