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Makita sees breaker sales rise fivefold

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TOOL giant Makita has increased sales of its redesigned hand-held road breaker fivefold, due to demand for its 'earthquake engineering' vibration technology.

The 30 kg, 1,700 Watt Tshaped breakers deliver 63 Joules of impact power and 1,000 blows a m inute, w ith a triaxial vibration output of 9.5 m/sec/sec.

The AVT system uses seismic engineering damping techniques using a counterbalance weight to provide an equal and opposite force to the force being applied by the striker bolt.

Makita technical specialist Andrew Bowden said: 'The previous version could only be used for around nine minutes a day before reaching the vibration limit value, whereas this one allows two hours 13 minutes.' The firm recently sold 300 of its HM 1810 AVT breakers to tool hirer Hire Center in a £250,000 deal.