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Celebrating 100 years of Innovation

It all started with the motor over 100 years ago. Makita Corporation was founded in 1915 as an electric motor sales and repair company. Today, as a global brand in over 40 countries. Makita is an innovation leader, manufacturing best-in-class products at 10 plants operating in 8 countries. The unmatched quality and durability of Makita products is driven by the company’s strong R&D capabilities, and have earned the trust of professional users worldwide. Every day, on jobsites around the world, Makita delivers the power, performance and durability that professional users demand with products that are more compact, have less vibration and feel better.

1915 Founded


Makita was founded in 1915 as a privately managed company offering sales and repair of motors under the name "Makita Denki Seisakusho." After years of testing and improving its technology, Makita began exporting electric motors in 1935. In 1938 the company was incorporated under the name "Makita Electric Works, Ltd."

Makita first developed brushless motor fastening tools in 2004 for the defense and aerospace industries. Engineered for extended run time, increased power and speed, and longer tool life, the Makita brushless motor was ideal for precision assembly applications. Makita extended this efficient technology to contractors in 2009 with the industry’s first 18V brushless motor impact driver.

1958 First Power Tool

2015 Industry Leader

1958 marked the release of Makita’s first power tool, a portable electric planer. Later that year Makita furthered its position as a specialized manufacturer of electric power tools with the introduction of a portable groove cutter. A Makita electric circular saw and electric drill soon followed in 1962.

The original Makita Portable Electric Planer released in 1958 was the predecessor to today’s 3-1/4” Planer, which can be found on job sites across the USA and around the world. The engineering and design contrasts between these two planers clearly demonstrate Makita’s ongoing innovation, which brings new and more efficient solutions to address ever-changing job site demands.

1978 First Cordless

2015 LXT® Reaches 100 Tools

After 10 years of design and testing to ensure quality, Makita introduced its first 7.2V Cordless Drill in 1978. Significant investments in research and development resulted in increased power and run time, shortened charging time and longer tool life. These same attributes would become hallmarks of Makita cordless tools. By 1987 Makita's line-up of 7.2V cordless consisted of 15 different tools that all used the same battery and charger. A 9.6V line-up was made up of 10 tools.

Makita created the 18V Lithium-Ion category in 2005, and today offers the world’s largest cordless tool line-up powered by an 18V slide-style battery. 2015 marks the release of the 100th Makita 18V tool – and they’re powered by the industry’s fastest-charging 18V Lithium-Ion batteries. Makita’s expanding 18V line-up is giving tool users more power, longer run time and superior ergonomics, with more opportunities than ever before to unplug the cord.

Why Choose Makita


  • 100+ Years of Experience in advanced motor design and engineering.
  • Highest Quality Raw Materials for longer-lasting motors and consistent industrial performance.
  • Advanced Battery Technology that delivers longer run time and the fastest charge times in the industry.
  • Most Rigorous Testing of all components and finished product
  • Most Reliable power tools in the industry


  • 19 Total Quality Checks on the motor alone
  • Heat Treated Shafts and Gears for more durability
  • Tightest Tolerances for long lasting performance
  • Most Rigorous Testing includes electrical resistance, surge durability and mechanical efficiency
  • 3-Minute Final Run Test under power ensures maximum performance


  • Premium-Grade steel armature shafts and gears
  • 97% Pure magnetic copper wire for superior current flow and to withstand extreme temperatures
  • Tightest Tolerances for long lasting performance
  • Most Rigorous Testing includes electrical resistance, surge durability and mechanical efficiency
  • Premium-Grade magnetic steel for efficient current flow and more power