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Makita Corporation
Native name
Makita Kabushiki-gaisha
TypePublic K.K.
TYO: 6586
IndustryPower tools
FoundedMarch 1915
FounderMosaburo Makita
Area served
Key people
  • Masahiko Goto (Chairman)
  • Shiho Hori (President)
Number of employees
13,845 (2015)
Makita circular saw

Makita Corporation (株式会社マキタ, kabushiki gaisha Makita) (TYO: 6586) is a Japanese manufacturer of power tools. Founded on March 21, 1915, it is based in Anjō, Japan and operates factories in Brazil, China, Japan, Mexico, Romania, the United Kingdom, Germany, United Arab Emirates, Thailand, Canada, and the United States. Annual sales were equivalent to $3.1 billion in 2012.[1][2]


In March 1915, Mosaburo Makita (b. 1893)[3] founded Makita Electric Works in Nagoya, Aichi, Japan and began selling and repairing lighting equipment, motors and transformers.[4] In 1958, Makita marketed a portable electrical planer in Japan and became a manufacturer of power tools the following year. In April 1969, they introduced the 6500D battery-powered drill (the first rechargeable power tool). In December 1978, they launched the 6010D rechargeable drill (the first nickel cadmium battery tool). In August 1997, the 6213D rechargeable driver-drill was exhibited at the Chicago Hardware Show (the first nickel hydride battery tool). In February 2005, the TD130D (the first lithium-ion battery tool) was made available.

Makita ships many of its power tools in Systainer-compatible stacking boxes. In 2011 Makita registered a design for its own "Makpac" variant in the names of Yuji Yamamoto and Kiyozumi Kokawa.[5][6]


The products sold by Makita around the world can be subdivided into the following categories.

Cordless tools[edit]

Makita offers many products in this area. In addition to cordless screwdrivers, cordless impact wrenches, cordless rotary hammers drills and cordless jigsaws, Makita offers various other tools such as battery saws, cordless angle grinders, cordless planers, cordless metal shears, battery-powered screwdrivers, cordless slot mills and even a coffee maker.

Power tools[edit]

In the field of power tools, Makita offers classic tools (drilling and stemming hammers, drills, planers, saws, cutting and angle grinders), gardening equipment (electric lawnmowers, high-pressure cleaners, blowers), and measuring tools (rangefinders, rotating lasers).

Petrol equipment[edit]

Makita develops cutters, power generators, chainsaws, scythes, lawnmowers , blowers and grass trimmers in this division.

Cordless tool batteries[edit]

Makita created the 18V lithium-ion cordless tool battery in 2005.[7]

Makita launched the XGT 40Vmax line in 2020 which runs at a nominal voltage of 36V.


Makita manufactures many accessories for their tools like batteries and chargers for cordless tools. Blades and tables are manufactured for sawing tools. Moreover, carrying cases are also manufactured by Makita to easily carry tools to the worksite.


  1. ^ "Profile". Makita. 2019-03-31. Retrieved 2019-08-14.
  2. ^ "A Global Brand". Makita. Retrieved 2019-08-14.
  3. ^ "Share holders". Makita. 2019-04-21. Retrieved 2019-11-05.
  4. ^ "History". Makita. June 2017. Retrieved 2019-08-14.
  5. ^ US D668867S1, Yamamoto, Yuji, "Tool box", issued 2012-10-16, assigned to Makita 
  6. ^ US D668869S1, Yamamoto, Yuji & Kokawa, Kiyozumi, "Tool box", issued 2012-10-16, assigned to Makita 
  7. ^ "BL1820B: 18V LXT® Lithium‑Ion Compact 2.0Ah Battery". Makita.

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