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Makita logo with electric motors background

What started out over 100 years ago with electric motors is unplugged today

Makita Electric Works began back in 1915 selling and repairing lighting equipment, electric motors and transformers. By 1959 they had transformed the company into an electric power tool manufacturer with the introduction of the first of its kind handheld electric planer. Almost sixty years later the Makita 3-3/4 inch handheld electric planer is still being produced and used today around the jobsite for construction framing, window and door installation, and fine woodworking applications.

Makita No. 1000, the first of its kind handheld electric planer

1969

Makita introduced the first rechargeable handheld power tool in 1969, the 6500D battery-powered drill. Even though it was connected to a battery pack with a short cord, it was free from being connected to the wall for power. This would be the first of many Makita innovations that revolutionized the construction industry around the world and set the course for how we work today.

Makita 6010d Rechargable Drill

1978

Makita introduced us to turquoise and the beginning of their line of cordless tools when they launched the 6010D rechargeable drill. This was the first nickel cadmium battery-powered tool and probably one of the most important innovations in the construction and home improvement industry since the 2x4.

Nine years later Makita’s 7.2V cordless tool line-up consisted of 15 different tools that all used the same battery and charger. The ever popular 9.6V cordless tool line-up had 10 tools and if you never had one, your dad probably did.

Test Drive Makita Muscles Now archive photo

Over 100 years later what started out small has become the world’s top brand of power tools geared for the professional trades. If you are looking for durability, functionality and dependability in your next tool than visit our new Makita display at Economy Lumber. Here you’ll find the latest in engineering and technology at the tip of your fingers, plus our tool guru to answer any questions. And if you buy a Makita bare tool today we’ll throw in a battery for free.

 

Makita CX200RB 18V LXT two tool kit

2018

With a history of innovation and performance it’s no surprise that Makita created a new class of cordless tools with their line of 18V LXT sub-compact tools. After all Makita created the 18V lithium-ion tool category in 2005. Contractors now have the compact size and lightweight handling of a 12-volt tool with all the performance and power of an 18-volt platform, and compatibility with the world’s largest cordless tool line-up. No longer do you need to manage two battery systems around the jobsite.

LXT logo

Spend more time working and less time charging with the world’s largest line-up of 18V cordless tools

The LXT platform provides you the user with the most advanced, durable and dependable 18V tools on the market today. LXT batteries are fast charging and when combined with Makita’s industry leading electronically controlled brushless motors deliver up to 50% more run time.

 

Makita CX200RB two tool kit

18V Sub-compact Two Tool Combo Kit

Lightweight and compact, the CX200RB is a combo kit with two 18V sub-compact solutions for drilling, driving and fastening applications. The compact size is ideal to work in tight spaces while the lightweight, ergonomic design means less fatigue when working over head.

The electronically controlled brushless motor is super efficient and matches torque and RPM to the changing demands of the task while optimizing battery performance for up to 50% longer run times. The compact 18V LXT lithium-ion battery features an integrated L.E.D. battery charge level indicator and reaches full charge in 25 minutes or less.

Makita Sub-Compact Impact Driver in action

Great for working in tight spaces, this sub-compact Impact Driver weighs only 2.6 lbs. with battery. Assist mode helps eliminate “screw cam-out” and “cross threading” by driving at low speed until impact begins. The brushless motor delivers 1240 In-Lbs max torque while the variable speed delivers 0-1300 / 0-3000 RPM and 0-1600 / 0-3900 IPM.

The lightweight Driver-Drill weighs in with battery at 2.8 lbs. in a very compact design. Features include brushless motor and mechanical variable 2-speed transmission that delivers 0-500 and 0-1700 RPM for a wide range of drilling and driving applications.

Kit includes: 18V LXT Sub-Compact Brushless 1/2" Driver-Drill, 18V LXT Sub-Compact Brushless Impact Driver, two 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Compact 2.0Ah batteries, 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Rapid Optimum Charger and Tool Bag.

 

18V x2 Brushless Cordless 7-1/2 inch Dual Slide Compound Miter Saw

18V x2 Brushless Cordless 7-1/2" Dual Slide Compound Miter Saw

Get the freedom to move from room to room quickly without trailing a cord or untangling that long extension. This innovative cordless Dual Slide Compound Miter saw is the ideal solution for remodelers, installers, flooring contractors and anyone wanting complete portability with benchtop accuracy. Who knows, you might want to build that cabin in the woods some day.

Buy the 18V x2 Brushless Cordless 7-1/2" Dual Slide Compound Miter Saw today and get two free batteries

Two 18V LXT lithium-ion batteries provide 36V of power without leaving the Makita 18V LXT platform. The direct drive brushless motor is extremely efficient and delivers 5700 RPM for fast cutting while onboard technology adjusts cutting speed and torque for optimum performance under load. Soft start ensures smooth start-ups and longer gear life, and the electronic brake improves safety.

18V x2 Brushless Cordless 7-1/2 inch Dual Slide Compound Miter Saw

Four steel sliding rails are offset for increased rigidity and the linear ball bearing system is engineered for smooth saw head movement while delivering dead-on accurate cuts. Cross cut 2x12" lumber at 90° and 8-3/8" trim boards at 45° and miter 0-47° left and 0-57° right with bevels 0-45° left and 0-5° right.

Makita 18V X2 LXT Lithium‑Ion (36V) Brushless Cordless 7‑1/2" Dual Slide Compound Miter Saw (Bare Tool Only) includes 7-1/2" 40T Carbide-Tipped Miter Saw Blade, Vertical Vise, 2 Extension Wings and Dust Bag

 

18V x2 Brushless Cordless 7-1/2 inch Dual Slide Compound Miter Saw

18V x2 Brushless Cordless 10" Dual-Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw with Laser

If you’re the type that falls in love with their tools, then get ready for romance. This cordless 10" Dual-Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw is powered by two 18V lithium-ion batteries for 36V of power and performance while being part of Makita’s 18V LXT cordless tool platform.

The small footprint allows you to set this saw flush against a wall, while lightweight portability and no power cord gives you the convenience of having the saw where the work is.

Two vertically offset steel rails keep the saw head stable and provide a single slide-guide operation for smooth accurate cuts through 4x lumber. The brushless motor and direct drive gearbox delivers 4400 RPM for fast and efficient cutting while onboard technology adjusts cutting speed and torque under load for optimum saw performance.

18V x2 Brushless Cordless 7-1/2 inch Dual Slide Compound Miter Saw

This saw has the largest in class vertical cutting capacity of 5-1/4" and crown moulding cutting capacity of 6-5/8" when nested against the fence. You can crosscut a 4x12 at 90° and do miter cuts up to 60° left or right and bevels up to 48° on both sides. The built-in laser marks your cutline and operation visibility is improved with the see-through blade guard and dual port dust extraction system.

Makita 18V X2 LXT (36V) Brushless 10" Dual-Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw includes two 18V LXT Lithium-Ion 5.0Ah Battery, 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Dual Port Charger, Vertical Vise, Dust Bag, Triangular Rule, Hex Wrench and 10" x 5/8" 40T Micro-Polished Miter Saw Blade

Makita Tools are now available at Economy Lumber Co. and if you buy a bare tool today we’ll give you a free battery with your purchase.

Bare tool with free battery offer while supplies last

 

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We all know a professional tool is only as good as the manufacturers repair service. With over 600 service centers across the US with factory trained technicians and genuine Makita parts, should your Makita power tool ever need service or repair you can get it back-up and running in two to three days.

California Framing Hammer

We were sitting around the fire one night when suddenly the elder contractor began to tell the tale of a hammer. This was not just any hammer mind you, but a hammer with deep roots in the West, the California Framer.

It all started in the 50s with the California housing boom — you know the one where large housing developments sprang up across the state building tract homes, usering in suburbia and the strip mall. You see framing construction had been in the process of changing from a balloon framing style where the studs run from the top to the bottom of a building, to framing on the platform by using the subfloor to build the walls on. West Coast platform framing was a simpler, quicker construction method that was perfect for building the tract home.

Lakewood tract homes floor plan

Since building the burbs was all about efficiency in labor and materials for these large building projects, house designs tended to be cookie-cutter. Highly specialized crews were used to complete specific phases of construction, like framing, where framing crews moved from house to house.

Lakewood tract homes

Legend has it that framers on the West coast were using riggers hatchets for framing construction, with their heavier head and longer handle they were the right tool for the job, except for the hatchet. You see when building walls on the platform you need to use longer, heavier nails and it’s all about the swing — one whack to set the nail and one to drive it home.

Lakewood tract home

Sooner or later some clever framer’s modified their riggers hatchets by cutting off the blade and welding on rip hammer claws. Needless to say this went viral and it wasn’t long before hammer manufacturers like Vaughn took notice and borrowed the idea, thus the well balanced California framing hammer was born, with a larger striking head, rip claws and a longer, hatchet style handle — the perfect tool for framing.

Vaughan California Framing Hammer

Today’s framing hammer is a heavy duty hammer with a steel (20-30 oz.) or titanium (12 to 16 oz.) head, a large milled striking face, and a straight claw for leverage when pulling out bent over nails. The handle is longer so it’s easier to build walls on the platform, and with a slight curve at the wrist so there’s more power and less fatigue when driving larger nails (16d) into framing lumber. Check out our professional hammer display and pickup a classic.

Economy Lumber Company

Our vendor BBQ days are back again for 2018 and we are getting ready to make it the best year yet — so mark your calendar with the following dates.

BBQ calendar

April 20th   Season Opener
June 15th   Decking and Fencing
August 17th   Windows and Doors
October 19th   Season Finale

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Oakland, California 94601
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