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Makita has expanded its range of power tools with Lithium-ion battery-cell technology.

Tools added to the range include a lightweight 14.4v impact wrench that delivers 165Nm of torque, and two straight-cut metal shears that will cut 1.6mm mild steel or 1.2mm in stainless.

The Makita 14.4v Li-ion BTW152 impact driver is a 1/2in2 drive machine that will run up to 2,400rpm and delivers up to 3,200 impacts per minute and a maximum 165Nm turning torque.

Powered by a 3.0Ah Lithium-ion battery and weighing 1.5kg, the BTW152 is a powerful, compact assembly tool suitable for many types of installation and assembly operations.

Available in 14.4 and 18v versions, the Makita BJS160 and BJS161 straight-cut metal shears extend the cutting capacity of the BJS130 model.

The shears can cut up to 1.6mm in mild steel, 1.2mm in stainless steel and 2.5mm in aluminium.

The 18v model, BJS161, weighs 2.0kg, while the 14.4v model weighs 1kg.

The shears operate at up to 4,300spm and have a minimum cutting radius of 250mm.

The shear anvil blade is fully adjustable and both machines have a battery-capacity warning light.

A safety function, similar to that found on the Li-ion cordless grinder, which protects the operator and machine from restarting if a replacement battery is installed without the machine being formally switched off.

In this condition, the shear will not start until it has been switched off and then switched to restart.

The Makita Li-Ion cells take 22min to recharge.

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