A Brief History

Makita is a Japanese corporation founded as Makita Electric Works in 1915 to sell and repair lighting equipment, motors and transformers. The company grew steadily and reinvented itself in the late 1950s as a manufacturer of portable power tools. In 1958 it became the first company in Japan to manufacture and sell electric planers. More firsts were to come.

In 1969, Makita brought a revolutionary change to the construction industry with its 6500D battery-powered drill, the first rechargeable power tool. Nine years later, the company turned heads once again with the 6010D rechargeable drill, the first nickel-cadmium battery tool. Other breakthrough innovations include the AN5000 pneumatic nailed and the AC6001 air compressor (the first air tools), and the 6213D rechargeable driver-drill. This was the first nickel hydride battery tool.

Today,  the global company with manufacturing facilities in several countries is a world leader in the design and production of power tools.



Makita is known for reliable and user-friendly products for domestic and professional users. They have an excellent reputation for quality,  are long-lasting and are rated highly for performance. These characteristics apply to tools, equipment and accessories across their category of products.



Sample prices: Makita DHS901Z – 18Vx2 (36V) 235mm (9 1/4”) Cordless Brushless AWS Circular Saw Skin – $499; Makita 6807 – 240V 500W Two Speed Screwdriver – $599; Makita 9046 – 240V 1/2 Sheet Orbital Sander – $419.


Known For

A wide variety of powerful, durable products and for being an innovation powerhouse. Every product carries a one-year warranty from the date of purchase, while every lithium-ion tool, battery, charger and pneumatic nailer has a three-year warranty.


Types of Tools

An extensive range of  drills, nailers, staplers, impact drivers, rotary hammers, rivet guns and solutions for grinding, cutting, sanding and polishing. Notable products include Makita’s range of cordless tools and the 18V batteries that power them.


Overall Recommendation

Whether working on a job site or in the home, Makita’s tools will serve you well, capable of handling any project. Whether you want corded or cordless, the company has something for everyone.


  • Parent Company: Makita Corporation
  • Headquarters: 3-11-8, Sumiyoshi-cho, Anjo, Aichi 446-8502, Japan
  • Manufacturing Facilities: Japan, USA, China, UK, Germany, Romania, Brazil and Thailand
  • Product Focus:  Electric power tools, gardening equipment, pneumatic tools and household equipment.
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