Home Depot Launches Lithium-Ion Cordless Tools

October 12, 2005 by Jeff Shepard

The Home Depot Inc. (Atlanta, GA) will be the first retailer to sell the next generation of cordless power tools that use lithium-ion batteries, which last up to 40 percent longer than an average 18 V power tool. The new lines of tools from Makita USA Inc. and Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp., will be available in all Home Depot stores in the United States and Canada in November 2005. The stores will begin offering the new lines on its website, and through its Tool Catalog, in mid-October. The new power tools and combo kits will be available for approximately $350 to $750.

The two product lines will serve both professional contractors and heavy do-it-yourselfers. A selection of the tools already has been introduced through industrial channels. The new power tool lines include a Milwaukee V28, four-piece, Cordless Combo Kit; a Makita 18 V LXT, four-piece Cordless Combo Kit; 18 V LXT Cordless Hammer Driver-Drill Kit; and a 18 V LXT Cordless Impact Driver Kit.

"The Home Depot's introduction of these revolutionary, new power tools reinforces our commitment to bringing the latest innovations to our customers," said Home Depot Merchandising and Marketing Executive Vice President Tom Taylor. "The new tools from Makita and Milwaukee offer more than just battery technology. They feature better ergonomics, longer cycle times, and low weight-to-torque ratios that help make these tools the biggest step forward in cordless technology in years."