Over at Tool Nut, they’re giving customers the heads-up that a broad Makita price increase is going to go into effect starting April 1st, 2022.
Makita’s 2022 price increase is expected to apply to more than 700 items. The marketing language suggests that prices will increase by up to 30%.
The product pages for different tools will tell you how much more expensive affected items will be.
For instance, the XGT jobsite radio is increasing in price by $5 (~3%). The 18V X2 track saw with guide rail is increasing by $20 (~4.7%). The 18V cordless multi-tool is increasing by $10 (~8.4%). Makita’s 18V brushless barrel-grip jig saw is increasing by $20 (~7.2%). The corded compact router kit is increasing by $30 (~20%).
The price increases are expected to go into effect on 4/1/2022.
This also helps to explain the new kit configurations that we’ve seen. Makita launched a new 18V cordless router kit, as well as a new 18V X2 brushless track saw kit. Both kits – and there could be more – feature 4Ah batteries instead of the 5Ah batteries that were previously bundled in now-unavailable kits.
So, it seems that Makita’s power tools all fall into 3 categories:
i) Tools that are affected by the price increase but otherwise unchanged.
ii) Tool kits that substitute 5Ah for 4Ah batteries at unchanged price points.
iii) Tools and kits that are unchanged and unaffected by the price increase.
It is what it is. At least one retailer was able to provide us with some warning.