Low-fares and holiday airline Jet2.com has given Makita a ringing endorsement by equipping all of its airlines with the Japanese firm’s BCL180Z 18V cordless vacuum cleaners. More than 60 of the Lithium-ion powered tools have been delivered to the airline, complete with 3.0Ah and DC18RA smart chargers.

Airlines can be a good barometer of tools of this ilk, as the turnaround between flights needs to be quick and efficient. Prior to its adopting the Makita tool, Jet2.com used a different brand of tool, the use of which had to be discontinued due to operational concerns. Operational trials found that another rival brand’s vacuum was too heavy, less manoeuvrable and offered only limited charging.

The Makita BCL180Z weighs a light 1.2kg, and generates a maximum airflow of 1.3cubic metres per minute and a maximum sealed suction of 3.6KPa. The filter bag canister has a capacity of 0.65 litres. Auxiliary battery covers have been provided to ensure total safety.

“These Makita cordless vacs are perfectly suited to the task,” says Chris Taylor, removal and project engineer at Jet2.com. “We were impressed with the attention from the Makita team. They assessed the task first to be certain the Makita BCL was the right machine and have given us a first class support from the initial enquiry including the negotiation of a 2 year service arrangement with a local dealer, E J Parkinson Plant & Tool Hire of Leeds, to provide back up for service, spares and accessories. The Makita vacuum is much more suitable for our on-board operations than other machines and especially the smart charger which keeps the battery cells in first class capacity in readiness for instant operation.”

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