Makita Corporation (TYO: 6586) is a Japanese manufacturer of power tools. Founded on March 21, 1915, it is based in Anjō, Japan, and operates factories in Brazil, China, Japan, Mexico, Romania, the United Kingdom, Germany, Dubai, Thailand and the United States. Annual sales were equivalent to $2.9 billion in 2012.[1][2]

Makita Corporation
Makita Kabushiki-gaisha
Public K.K.
Traded asTYO: 6586
IndustryPower tools
Area served
Key people
  • Masahiko Goto (Chairman)
  • Shiho Hori (President)
Productspower tool 
Number of employees
13,845 (2015)


In March 1915, Mosaburo Makita (1893-?)[3] founded Makita Electric Works (proprietorship) in Nagoya, Aichi, Japan and began selling and repairing lighting equipment, motors, and transformers.[4]In 1958, Makita marketed portable electrical planer in Japan and became a manufacturer of power tools the following year. In April 1969, they introduced the 6500D battery-powered drill (the first rechargeable power tool). In December 1978, they launched the 6010D re-chargeable drill (the first nickel cadmium battery tool). In August 1997, the 6213D rechargeable driver-drill was exhibited at the Chicago Hardware Show] (the first nickel hydride battery tool). In February 2005, the TD130D (the first lithium-ion battery tool) was made available.

Makita ships many of its power tools in Systainer-compatible stacking boxes. In 2011 Makita registered a design for its own "Makpac" variant in the names of Yuji Yamamoto and Kiyozumi Kokawa.[5][6]


The products sold by Makita around the world can be subdivided into the following categories.

Cordless tools

Makita offers many products in this area. In addition to cordless screwdrivers, cordless impact wrenches, cordless rotary hammers and cordless hammer drill. Makita offers various tools, such as battery saws, cordless angle grinder, cordless planer, cordless metal shears, battery-powered screwdriver and cordless slot milling.

Power tools

In the field of power tools Makita offers on the one hand the classic tools, such as drilling and stemming hammers, drills, planers, saws, cutting and angle grinder. On the other hand, however, gardening equipment (electric lawnmowers, high-pressure cleaners, blowers) and measuring tools (rangefinders, rotating lasers) are offered.

Petrol equipment

Makita develop cutters, power generators, chainsaws, scythes, lawnmowers and blowers in this division.

Cordless tool batteries

Makita created the 18V Lithium-Ion cordless tool category in 2005, and today it is the world’s largest 18V cordless tool line-up.[7]


  1. "Profile/Makita Corporation". 2019-03-31. Retrieved 2019-08-14.
  2. "Makita - A Global Brand". Retrieved 2019-08-14.
  3. "History of the Makita Group". 2019-04-21. Retrieved 2019-11-05.
  4. "History/Makita Corporation". June 2017. Retrieved 2019-08-14.}
  5. US D668867S1, Yamamoto, Yuji, "Tool box", issued 2012-10-16, assigned to Makita
  6. US D668869S1, Yamamoto, Yuji & Kiyozumi Kokawa, "Tool box", issued 2012-10-16, assigned to Makita
  7. "BL1820B: 18V LXT® Lithium‑Ion Compact 2.0Ah Battery". Makita.
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