Two big changes have been hitting the jobsite this year, we are seeing more heavy duty cordless tools taking the places of corded tools and clouds of silica dust are being eliminated. Unfortunately these 2 things don’t seem to work together as typical dust extractors turn on/off based off the tool plugged into them. Makita wireless AWS technology looks to change that, Auto-Start Wireless System (AWS), which uses Bluetooth™ technology for wireless communication between tool and vacuum/dust extractor to turn on/off makes a cordless vac system feasible from a power usage stand point. New AWS solutions announced was teased at their event last summer but fully launched last month at STAFDA including their first Cordless SDS-MAX hammer.
18V X2 LXT (36V) Brushless AVT Rotary Hammer SDS-MAX with AWS (XRH07PTU)
The new XRH07PTU is a total solution for concrete drilling and chipping, loaded with features for convenience, efficiency, and user comfort. It’s powered by two 18V batteries with an efficient brushless motor for extended run time and a full 8.4 ft.lbs. of impact energy – without the cord. Users benefit with Anti-Vibration Technology (AVT), an internal counterbalance system that significantly reduces vibration without compromise in performance. With AWS, dust extraction is more convenient with wireless power-on/off communication with an AWS-equipped dust extractor. (available January 2018)
18V LXT Brushless 5” Variable Speed Paddle Angle Grinder, with AWS (XAG17ZU)
Two new 18V LXT Cordless Grinders feature an efficient brushless motor and Automatic Speed Change Technology for corded grinder performance. Engineered for a range of applications, including concrete surfacing, the Auto-Start Wireless System (AWS) adds convenience and efficiency with wireless power-on/off communication between tool and an AWS-equipped dust extractor. (available February 2018).
18V X2 LXT (36V) Brushless HEPA Filter Dry Dust Extractor, with AWS (XCV08Z)
This is the latest addition to Makita’s range of cordless dust extractor/vacuums, and users benefit with an efficient three-stage HEPA filtration system, automatic filter cleaning, and the extended run time of 18V X2 technology powered by TWO 18V batteries. It’s equipped with AWS for wireless power-on/off communication with AWS-equipped tools, see below. (available January 2018)
18V X2 LXT (36V) Brushless 10” Dual Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw, with AWS (XSL04ZU)
The new XSL04ZU combines an efficient brushless motor and the extended run-time of 18V X2 with a range of features that includes big capacity (up to 6-5/8” crown nested), a new 2 steel rail design for operation flush against a wall, and much more. It’s equipped with AWS for wireless power-on/off communication with an AWS-equipped dust extractor. (available Winter 2018)
18V X2 LXT (36V) Brushless 6-1/2” Plunge Circular Saw, with AWS (XPS02ZU)
Contractors are turning to the Makita 18V X2 LXT plunge circular saw and rail system as a more portable option over corded plunge saws and table saws for breaking down sheet goods. With the new XPS02ZU, they benefit with the convenience of wireless power-on/off communication with an AWS-equipped dust extractor. (available Winter 2018)