Makita cordless OPE system

Makita expands cordless OPE system

Makita continues to meet the growing demand for “greener” alternatives to gas equipment with continued expansion of its cordless outdoor power equipment (OPE) system. To increase awareness of these battery-powered alternatives to gas equipment, Makita U.S.A., Inc. launched “Rule the Outdoors,” a 360-degree national awareness campaign across media channels, from broadcast to digital platforms.

“Makita quickly recognized the movement away from gas outdoor power equipment and the demand for cordless, from professionals to homeowners,” said Brent Withey, vice president marketing, brand, Makita U.S.A., Inc. “With our Rule the Outdoors campaign, we’re telling users across America that the time is now to go cordless, without a compromise in performance.”

Makita launched its “Rule the Outdoors” national media campaign to increase awareness of cordless technology and drive demand for LXT Cordless OPE. “Rule the Outdoors” runs through mid-summer with more than 400 million total impressions across media platforms. This extensive reach includes the top television networks and sports channels, as well as 50 million digital media views. The campaign will extend to dealer partners with in-store assets and live events including the Makita Driving Innovation Tour.

The launch of “Rule the Outdoors” marks the release of the new 36V (18V X2) LXT 21” Self-Propelled Lawn Mower Kit (XML11CT1), which is featured in the campaign. The mower will cut non-stop up to one-half acre (.44 acres in self-propelled mode, .55 acres in push mode) on a single charge using the four 18V LXT 5.0Ah batteries included in the kit. For a limited time, consumers will receive two free 18V LXT 5.0Ah Batteries (a $219 value) for a total of four batteries with purchase.

The new 36V (18V X2) LXT 21” Lawn Mower (XML11CT1) is self‐propelled with long run time for efficient grass cutting without the noise and emissions of a gas mower.

Makita’s professional cordless outdoor power equipment system (powered by 18V lithium ion slide-style batteries) features more than 60 OPE products within the 18V | 36V LXT System. In sum, the LXT System offers more than 300 compatible cordless tools and OPE, as well as lighting, radios, job site apparel, and more. Makita is also expanding battery-powered OPE products in the new 40V | 80V XGT System of equipment and tools. And for all-day professional use Makita offers ConnectX, a line of outdoor power equipment that utilizes an external battery connection for extended run time with ConnectX products, as well as select LXT and XGT products with the use of an adapter. The extended run time of ConnectX gives professional users a true gas replacement.

“Over the past several years demand for cordless OPE has dramatically increased across the spectrum, from pro landscapers to homeowners, and to the dealers who serve them,” said Mario Lopez, director of product development, Makita U.S.A., Inc. “Pro landscapers are paying more for fuel while experiencing resistance to the noise and emissions of gas equipment, so they are seeking cordless equipment.”

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For more information about Makita Outdoor Power Equipment and the Rule the Outdoors campaign, visit http://www.makitatools.com/RTO.