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Power tool manufacturer targets contract cleaning sector

Published 16th August, 2016 by Neil Nixon

Power tool manufacturer targets contract cleaning sector

Makita, the professional power tool manufacturer, is targeting the commercial cleaning industry with two new vacuum cleaning machines which join the range of mains and cordless dust extraction units, cordless vacuum cleaners, and air blowers suitable for a wide range of industries from construction to grounds care and property maintenance.

Makita's knowledge of air flow and vacuum science, coupled with the proven Lithium-Ion battery platform, is integral in the new twin 18V backpack vacuum cleaner and the new 18V robotic vacuum cleaning machine. The technical merits of both cleaners will enhance the performance and productivity of contract cleaning operations in many commercial properties. Both machines are supplied in body only form for operators to use the batteries from their existing Makita tools. Distributors can supply 3Ah, 4Ah or 5Ah Makita batteries with respectively 22, 36, and 45 minute rapid recharging time.

The new Makita DVC260Z backpack vacuum cleaner uses two 18V Li-Ion batteries directly housed on the machine to power the 36V DC brushless motor which produces 45 watts of suction power. The HEPA filter can be easily removed for cleaning. The high/low power selection is positioned on the machine control unit and two 5.0Ah batteries give 60 minutes run time in high mode, and 90 minutes in low mode. Dust bag capacity is two litres. Weighing just 4.3kg, and supplied with a full brace harness with waist and shoulder belts for ease and comfort, this quiet-running backpack vacuum has a lightweight 28mm suction hose, telescopic straight pipe with 500-850mm length adjustment, and flexible rubber nozzle ideal for cleaning uneven surfaces. The new Makita DVC260Z is being trialled by train operators and airlines to speed passenger turn round.

In spacious commercial premises, such as restaurants, exhibition centres and museums, a robotic vacuum that can go to work when pedestrian traffic has ceased, which reduces the need for human activities, enabling labour to be more effectively deployed in other more sensitive areas. The new Makita DRC200Z 18V robotic vacuum will run for three hours and twenty minutes at a maximum speed of 0.3m/s, and cover up to 500m² in either a random pattern, or a fixed area marked out with boundary tape on the floor which effectively limits the vacuum's area of operation. The main power brush and twin side brushes give a greater sweeping area than other brands and this Makita machine has a 2.5 litre dust collection box. It can operate in vacuum and brush mode or brush-only for larger debris.

Ultrasonic detectors and bumper sensors stop the machine on close contact which then sends the machine in a different direction. A buzzer and blinking light on the machine warns nearby workers of the vacuum's approach. An LED indicates when filter cleaning is required and a cliff sensor stops it falling down stairs. A wireless remote controller can be used and it can be set to start after one, three, or five hours enabling visitors or staff to be out of the building when robotic cleaning commences.

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