You may not know it yet, but with the acquisition of Dolmar in 1991, Makita inherited a long and wealthy expertise in the Outdoor Power Equipment market.
1927 - Emil Lerp presents the "Type A" petrol driven chainsaw.
1930 - Development of the lightweight "Type C" chainsaw which is marketed successfully in both Europe and overseas.
1938 - Thanks to its innovative design features the "Type CL" two-man petrol driven chain saw is far ahead of its time and remains in production until 1964.
1952 - The first one-man-operated petrol driven chain saw, the Dolmar "CP" enters production.
1957 - Dolmar presents the "CF" chainsaw which features a new type of all-position diaphragm carburettor.
1969 - In response to the sharp rise in demand, Dolmar relocates to new factory premises in Hamburg-Wandsbek.
1972 - Dolmar introduces the dual-mass vibration damper system.
1985 - Brushcutters and trimmers are added to the Dolmar product portfolio.
1987 - Dolmar unveils the world’s first chain saw with an injection carburettor.
1991 - The Makita Group takes over Dolmar and thus opens the door to new international markets.
1993 - Makita develops a new duplex-air-intake system with a separate inlet port for the idling mixture.
1994 - Makita responds to market demand and adds electric hedge trimmers to its product range.
1997 - Makita presents a new generation of power cutters which offer outstanding ergonomics and handling characteristics.
2000 - Makita unveils the prototype of the world’s first 4-stroke chainsaw, launches a new range of professional chainsaws with an unrivalled power-to-weight ratio and introduces the Airmaster air filter system for its new professional chainsaws.
2002 - Makita introduces professional hedge trimmers with an innovative handle system.
2004 - Makita introduces the DCS5000 with high rpm and super-fast acceleration also new: Power cutters with a completely modified air filter system.
2007 - Strengthen our foothold in gardening tools and equipment through the acquisition of Fuji Robin Industries Ltd, renamed Makita Numazu Corporation.
Makita celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2015.
Makita's products, developed over the centuries, are widely acclaimed for their excellence.
1915 - Establishment
Makita was founded in Nagoya City in Japan in 1915 under the name of "Makita Denski Seisakusho", where the business was the sale and repair of lighting fixtures, motors and transformers. After years of development and testing, Makita specializes in electric motors and started exporting them to the world in 1935. In 1938, the company was transformed into a limited company and Makita introduced the new name "Makita Electric Works, Ltd.".
1958 - The first power tool
In 1958, Makita's first power tool - a hand-operated electric planer was announced. This time has proved to be a significant turning point, determining the current trend of the company, which Makita is still pursuing this day. Later that same year, Makita strengthened its positioning as a special manufacturer of power tools by introducing a hand-held wall chaser.
After years of development, Makita's range of power tools expanded as the company obtained an electric hand-operated circular saw and drill machine in 1962. In the same year Makita was listed on the Nagoya Stock Exchange.
1970 - Early production and world conquest
Makita managed quite quickly to create opportunities for mass production and assembly that could meet the demanding and growing needs of consumers. By the 1970s, Makita had created a strong production base that enabled efficient production and advanced quality control.
At the same time, Makita's worldwide expanse started with the founding of Makita U.S.A., Inc. in the United States, which was the first overseas company. The expansion has continued throughout the 70s, 80s and 90s until the 2010s.
1978 - The first battery tool
Ultimate quality has always been a Makita priority. After 10 years of decisive design and extensive testing, Makita launched its first 7.2V battery drum in 1978. With significant investments in research and development, battery technology has been improved, enabling higher power and operating time, shorter charging time and longer life cycle of machines. Up to now, even after decades, these factors are invaluable in the development of Makita battery power tools. By 1987, Makita's 7.2V battery tool range covered 15 different battery tools, all of which could be used with the same battery and charger.
Makita has firmly adhered to this ideology for decades, which has today enabled the market to be the largest single battery charger for one and the same battery. The 9.6V battery pack followed by a 7.2V battery tool came later to cover 10 tools.
2015 - More than 150 machines in a 18V battery system
Makita made the decision to develop a fully-fledged 18V Lithium Ion line in 2005. This has proved to be one of the most important choices during Makita's history. Today, Makita offers the world's largest 18V battery tool range, powered by a slider-mount battery. The year 2015 will be important for Makita in addition to 100 years of milestone, and also because Makita broke already 150 machine boundaries in the 18V range!
The 18V range of batteries is not only the widest, but it also offers the fastest charging time on the market for power packed batteries thanks to intelligent charging technology. Makita's ever expanding 18V battery tool range offers tools which gives machine users more power, longer running time and unique ergonomics.