MAKITA UK has announced the release of the brushless LXT 36 V DDG460 earth auger, suitable for a variety of earth-boring tasks up to 200 mm diameter.

Powered by two 18 V LXT lithium-ion batteries, the new DDG460T2X7 (with two 5 Ah batteries and twin-port fast charger) and DDG460ZX7 (body-only version) cordless earth auger is capable of producing a maximum torque of 136 Nm. The 36 V brushless motor provides users with the ability to drill approximately 155 holes with a 150 mm earth auger, and 90 holes with a 200mm earth auger all from a single charge (though figures may vary depending on ground conditions).

A number of features are included to protect the tool and battery from potential overuse, including Makita’s integrated automatic torque drive technology (ADT), which automatically changes the drilling speed according to the load condition, enabling more optimum operation.

To protect the operator, the tool also features a torque limiter that will activate if the auger binds in the ground, required due to the high torque output generated by the machine. Here, the motor will disengage from the output shaft and the machine will stop. Should an auger bit jam in soil with high resistance such as clay, the reversing switch enables the operator to extract the bit in reverse rotation. Makita has also included a handle set with a bar and auxiliary handle to assist in controlling the rotation torque generated by the powerful motor and gearbox.

With a number of convenient controls such as soft-start function, an electric brake two-speed gearbox and variable speed control, the DDG460 can easily switch between tasks with its versatile auger bit adapter, while the twin LED job light makes working in low-light environments easier.

The power unit can be fitted with a selection of 100 mm, 150 mm and 200 mm earth augers and Makita has also introduced a 540 mm extension bar to achieve greater hole depth when required.

Mark Earles, OPE business development manager at Makita UK, said: “The new DDG460 cordless earth auger is ideal for many fencing and landscaping companies, with the power and performance required to tackle a variety of soils without the constraints of petrol engine alternatives.

“Powered by a brushless motor, the tool is engineered to run more efficiently for longer life and is fuelled by our LXT battery platform for fast charging and on-site productivity.

“We are looking forward to releasing more cordless, outdoor products as part of an exciting and expanding roadmap of cordless products in 2021.”

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