Stian wrote in with a heads-up that Makita is going to release a new 18V LXT brushless cordless jigsaw (model DJV181) in Europe in the summer of 2014.
Makita brushless body grip jigsaw due for release in Norway summer 2014! Just wondered whether you have heard about this. It is in the official Makita catalogue for 2013/2014 here in Norway. Picture and everything, but not on the Norwegian webpages. However, I found it here on a Finnish web page.
We know nothing else about the saw, but it gives us hope that Makita is pushing further into brushless tool territory beyond their drills and drivers division.
What’s next from Makita? A brushless oscillating multi-tool? Reciprocating saw? Circular Saw? Grinder?!
It will be a while before we know whether the DJV181 brushless cordless jigsaw will be available in the USA, but at the moment it looks like it will at least be available throughout Europe.
Thank you to Stian for the tip!
On the belgium website of Makita we can already find the exploded view and part list of this tool.
Also the one with a top handle on it. and also in 14 volts =)
I saw those too, but didn’t think they added enough value to include in the post.
That’s one thing I like about Makita – they provide easy-to-find parts breakdowns. That way, when there’s no information about the differences between two identical-looking saws, one can polk around the parts diagrams for the answer.
The Japan website also has information on Brushless 1/2″ Impact driver ( not sure how you would call it in English? If it’s still an impact ‘driver’ when it has a 1/2″ connection ).
And a small compact 2.5kg brushless circular saw is also on the japan website 🙂
Impact driver typically has a 1/4″ hex chuck for screwdriver bits.
Impact wrenches typically have 1/4″, 3/8″, 1/2″, and larger square-drive ends for use with sockets and similar accessories.
No need at all for the top handle version, so no big deal if they don’t bring it over here.
Again, the battery in in the wrong place, it should slide in from the top at 90 deg to the handle allow for a longer handle area while keeping the same overall tool length. Also seems like on this particular tool if you were to use the new 5 ah batteries that the battery would interfere with the dust collection hose.
Guess it depends on the country.
Belgium’s contractors almost always use a top hanle for soem reason 😀
Seldom ever have to sell one with the body grip =)
Why are certain tools for certain regions while others are not; aside from the receptacle plug?
Most of the time it comes down to marketing.
In some cases there are safety considerations. Certain combination miter and table saws that are available in Europe won’t receive UL certification in the USA, and without UL certification they cannot be used in OSHA-overseen worksites.
It could also be supply and demand.
Sometimes brands like to test certain tools in limited markets before bringing them worldwide.
Sometimes it depends on regional user preferences. You don’t see a lot of track saws in the USA, and modular storage products are still struggling to gain popularity.