Ever since we launched Toolmonger and started letting hundreds of thousands of other tool folks in on our tool-related conversations, we’ve tried to excise our habits of calling all tools by one manufacturer’s brand name. Just like people down here in the South call all soft drinks “a Coke” (No, really. We do), we used to call all circ saws Skilsaws, all portable band saws Porta-Bands, and all adjustable wrenches Crescent wrenches.
So you’ll have to forgive me when I think of every small, elongated, cordless vacuum as a Dustbuster. They’re not — especially when they’re completely different, like this model from Makita. This one’s clearly designed as a floor sweeper, kind of like the cheap-o model I have at home for sucking up stray cat litter in the utility room or peppercorns in the kitchen. But more importantly, it’s powered by Makita’s 10.8V tool batteries.
The specifics: Makita says you get 12 minutes of use from a single li-ion battery and if you twist it open in the middle you’ll find a two-stage cleanable cloth filter. It’s bagless, too, so you just open it and dump it.
Makita offers an 18V model as well, in case you’re invested in the 18V line but not the 10.8V line. (Which, incidentally, we could see. Makita’s 18V tools seem quite popular among our readers, especially on the West coast. But Makita’s 10.8V line meets some pretty serious challengers from Bosch, Milwaukee, and others.) But Makita says you’ll only get 10 minutes out of the 18V battery. Maybe it sucks harder.
Regardless, they run between $70 and $100 online.
By the way, Sean, being the ever-stubborn bastard* that he is (bless his heart), solved the “don’t use the brand name” rule in his usual creative way: He just buys the brand-name tools so I can’t give him crap about it. Yes, his “Skilsaw” was made by Skil. And it’s more famous than we are.
* Note for non-Southerners. “Bless his heart” is a special phrase that serves to cancel out any negativity related to the preceding epithet.