Makita created the 18V Lithium-Ion cordless tool category in 2005. Today, with over 100 tools, Makita has the world’s largest 18V cordless tool line-up powered by 18V Lithium-Ion slide-style batteries – and the line-up includes a growing range of solutions for landscape contractors. Makita 18V X2 LXT® (36V) tools are powered by two 18V Lithium-Ion batteries, so users get 36V power, speed and run-time without leaving the 18V battery platform. Makita offers 18V X2 (36V) blowers (model XBU02Z, right), as well as a hedge trimmer, string trimmer (model XRU07Z, below), and two chain saws, with more solutions are on the way. Makita also offers several cordless power equipment solutions that run on single 18V LXT® Lithium-Ion batteries including 18V 2.0Ah, 3.0Ah and 4.0Ah batteries, as well as the 18V 5.0Ah battery which gives users 65% more run time than 3.0Ah batteries. Makita 18V batteries also have the fastest charge-times in their categories, so they spend more time working and less time sitting on the charger.