In 1958, Makita Corporation, which was founded in 1915 as an electric motor sales and repair company, became the first company in Japan to manufacture and sell electric planers. For the 45 years since, Makita has worked to build a steady position as a manufacturer of portable power tools and, today, continues its quest forward to provide products and services that are beneficial to all types of customers engaged in housing construction. Makita's history also parallels that of the evolution of power tools and, over the course of its history, Makita has worked to dovetail its products to its customers' developing needs.

Makita designs and markets an extensive lineup of power tools. Makita's principal products include circular saws, jig saws, planers, drills, hammers, grinders, and sanders. To meet an even wider range of customer needs, Makita also markets stationary woodworking machines and pneumatic tools as well as garden tools.
The unsurpassed quality and reliability of these power tools and other products have earned Makita products the trust of customers in markets around the world.