Over at Acme Tools, they have a flash sale on Makita 40V Max XGT cordless power tools where you can save 10% off.
The Makita XGT system is brand new, having just launched in the USA after a lengthy wait, and so it’s surprising to see a 10% coupon offer so quickly, but certainly not unwelcome for Makita fans.
There are also… no restrictions? At least, I can’t seem to find any exclusions, which suggests that the 10% promo works on ANY and ALL Makita XGT products.
The sale ends today, 6/22/21, and it’s unknown as to if or when a similar promo will return.
AND, Acme Tool has bumped up the maximum discount threshold to $150.
Coupon Code: XGT10 – enter this at checkout
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I have heard that Makita XGT sales have been a bit slow out of the gate, and if that’s true and due to the higher pricing, this promo will surely help pick things up.
If you’re taking advantage of this promo to buy into the brand new XGT system, what tools are you getting?
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The one item I might’ve used this discount on is the Miter Saw, but I’m glad it is not in stock.
I am not surprised to hear sales have been slow. I am a Makita platform user and we’ve talked and discussed how their direction is confusing and the XGT differentiation from x2 (aside from lower tool weight) just isn’t there.
The XGT platform does have some exclusive unique features, interchangeable chucks on the Rotary Hammer Drills and the Drill Drivers have sensing technology which prevents twisting. IMO though, these types of features aren’t going to convince tradesman to convert. The benefits just aren’t as great at the XGT price point and better value can be had with Metabo HPT, Dewalt and Milwaukee on their relatable 36v, Flex and Fuel (although Fuel is 18v the high output capacity batteries led me to include the lineup in this discussion).
What would need to happen for Makita to abandon the XGT lineup?
Oh, the interchangeable chuck is not exclusive to XGT. More, interchangeable chucks on rotary hammers from every brand are exclusive to everywhere else but the USA. TBH, when I had one with that feature in the past, I took advantage of it approximately zero times.
Honestly, I think the only way Makita abandons the XGT lineup is LXT outselling them by a vast margin/low sales, which is probably already happening. There’s no shortage of Youtube comments and other social media posts where users are pissed that there’s no compatibility between battery platforms. Doesn’t help that DeWalt and Metabo HPT are the only similar games in town, have been around years longer, and offered that advantage right out of the gate.
Makita can talk about “rare Earth metals” and other marketing fluff for their XGT line all day long, but if they don’t give the customer what they want (which in this case is battery compatibility and reserving certain features for only their XGT products) and at a sky-high price to boot, they have nobody to blame but themselves. I generally like their products but this is a terrible look all the way around for them.
I agree with you that as far as consumer perception goes, the separate platform was not a good idea. In practice, I have Hitachi cordless and would need to buy new batteries if I want 36v. For Dewalt, I wouldn’t want to use the Flexvolt battery on 18v tools. To be honest, I really don’t think Makita are that concerned about whether or not XGT makes a splash.
Also, I should’ve noted how poorly the rollout of XGT has been. These tools were coming for so long and haven’t been readily available online or in stores. That cannot be helping sales as if I have to use a tool and its backordered or not available in store and a competitors tool is……
personally i have noticed a big difference in performance of the XGT products even though the specs are the same in LXT. MAKITA has always been conservative, never to brag, about their products. My local store sold out of XGT and they are waiting for more to come in. Seems sales in market are good
Admin Note: This commentor was discovered to be a senior manager at Makita USA.
Of course you would say that, you work for Makita USA’s marketing department.
Autsch and good catch.
Wow, maybe while they are here they will answer some questions we’ve been waiting on Stuart. As someone who has defended Makita before on here, this is pretty low.
This is pretty indefensible.
At least you don’t work in marketing….
There is maybe a 0.0001% chance that someone is impersonating a Makita USA manager, but in all the shill comments I’ve caught over the years, this has NEVER happened.
Plus, shills attempt to cover their tracks while impersonators try to get caught.
UGZh- thats disgraceful. Shame on you Makita sales rep and anyone at Makita condoning this type of behavior
It’s not a sales rep – all evidence points to a high level manager.
Comments are closed on this morning post regarding this behavior. I share your feelings and its because of your integrity that I come to this site on a daily basis and post in the Forum. We not always agree or have different points of view about a particular tool or opinion; but on this there can be no disagreement.
It is dishonest to not disclose affiliations.
Heck I even go so far, and it annoying for me to repeatedly type in my reviews or preface my comment that I am a Makita platform user and I’m sure that the regular readers know this already
Great job Stuart!
The good news is that we have a senior level marketing manager on board. Stu, didn’t you have trouble connecting with Makita? Here’s your shot. Me first:
Clos, remember when Miss Makita was a thing? Now, I work with all women, the majority of people that work at my tool dealer are women, I have a sister, a daughter, a mom. You get the picture. And you may think that plays into where I’m going, but nah. The bottom line is that I do not reward people for insulting my intelligence.
Miss Makita informed me that Makita thought I was somebody that would purchase a tool for my job based on, not anything pertinent, but whether or not Makita provided me with an erection. To that I rightfully said, “Who do you think I am?”. I refused to buy your products until your marketing department re-thought it’s life.
Finally, in 2019, Makita USA (can’t say the same for Mexico) grew a brain and I’ve bought…geez…30-50 cordless tools since. Something like 20 batteries and so on. Just imagine the $$$ sales Makita lost from me up until then. I bought a lot of Festool and Mafell, instead. I know that much. 😉
So, thank you for getting your act together, because LXT has been very good to me.
I also really appreciate how easy it is for me to get manuals and part breakdowns directly from every product page on the USA website. Georgia has been very informative, and always know whenever a part or accessory changes. Mount Prospect usually has everything in stock and ready in minutes.
Back on topic. I just imported the 125mm and 165mm XGT saw from Japan. Really good stuff. A 36 volt 6-1/2” is where it’s at. And the 125mm? I use the 120mm Mafell for EVERYTHING. So,
yes, definitely will get use. Shame the rest of the world won’t know about them. The bevel adjust locks on both sides and so no weeble wobble.
10% off the rotary hammer is helpful, but it’s also starting $550 when it’s $300 everywhere else in the world. I know I’m comparing AWS to non-aws but…I already have a dust extractor with a remote. Why am I paying a premium for an empty socket that requires a $75 chip?
I’m being all negative. The XGT stuff I have (mostly us market) is all really good.