A reader tipped us off about an upcoming price hike on Makita cordless power tools. I checked, and there is indeed another price increase coming. Tool dealers have started posting alerts on their product listings.
Makita raised prices on 700+ tools back in April of this year. They also downgrading a number of 18V and 18V X2 cordless power tool kits, replacing existing kits with new versions bundled with lower capacity batteries (4Ah instead of 5Ah), presumably to help lower costs while charging consumers the same.
There’s no comprehensive list of affected SKUs that I could find, but one retailer – Tool Nut – shows how much more specific tools will cost once Makita’s price increase goes into effect.
Here are some examples:
- Makita XGT Plunge-Cutting Track Saw Kit – (+$30) $599 → $629
- Makita 18V X2 12″ Miter Saw Kit – (+$80) $1,099 → $1,179
- Makita XGT 4pc Combo Kit – (+$50) $649 → $699
- Makita XGT 12″ Miter Saw Kit – (+$100) $1,299 → $1,399
- Makita 18V Band Saw – (+$25) $344 → $369
- Makita 18V Metal-Cutting Saw – (+$15) $239 → $254
It seems that at least some of the affected tools already increased in price in April, making this their second price hike 6 months apart.
For instance, Makita’s 18V brushless barrel-grip jig saw went from $279 to $299 in April. According to its new price alert, the jig saw will soon cost an additional $20. This means that from March to October, the price will have increased by $40, from $279 to $319.
Makita’s XGT jobsite radio went from $169 to $174 with the earlier price increase, a difference of $5. It will soon increase by another $10, to $184.
The new higher pricing is said to go into effect on 10/1/2022.