Makita adds to cordless range with new earth auger
By Belinda Smart14 December 2020
Power tool manufacturer Makita UK has released a cordless auger designed for earth boring tasks up to 200mm in diameter.
The Brushless LXT 36V (18Vx2) DDG460 Earth Auger is powered by two 18V LXT lithium-ion batteries, the new DDG460T2X7 (with two 5Ah batteries and twin-port fast charger) and DDG460ZX7 (body only version). It is capable of producing a maximum torque of 136Nm.
Power from the 36V brushless motor enables the drilling of approximately 155 holes with a 150mm earth auger, and 90 holes with a 200mm earth auger, all from a single charge, although figures may vary depending on ground conditions.
Also incorporated are features to protect the tool and battery from overuse, including Makita’s integrated Automatic Torque Drive Technology (ADT) that automatically changes the drilling speed according to the load condition.
To protect the operator, the tool features a torque limiter that will activate if the auger binds in the ground, which is required due to the high torque output generated by this machine.
If needed, 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 the operator in controlling the rotation torque generated by the motor and gearbox.
Other controls include soft-start function, an electric brake two-speed gearbox and variable speed control. An auger bit adapter is included to enable the DDG460 to easily switch between tasks, while a twin LED job light facilitates working in low-light environments.
The power unit can be fitted with a selection of 100mm, 150mm and 200mm earth augers and Makita has also introduced a 540mm extension bar to achieve greater hole depth when required.
Commenting on the new release, 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,” he said.