MAKITA DEWALT HITACHI MILWAUKEE TOOL CODES FAQ`S

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A BRIEF EXPLANATION OF THE MEANING OF THE LETTERS THAT FOLLOW AFTER CORDLESS 18V POWER TOOLS FROM DEWALT, MAKITA, MILWAUKEE AND HITACHI. 

WHAT DO THE LETTERS OR NUMBERS "Z", "B", "N", "-20" OR "P4" MEAN WHEN PLACED AFTER A MODEL NUMBER FOR A MAKITA, MILWAUKEE, DEWALT OR HITACHI CORDLESS TOOL ?

THIS IS FAIRLY STRAIGHT FORWARD BUT I GET ASKED THIS A LOT SO OBVIOUSLY A LOT OF PEOPLE MUST WONDER AND HENCE IT`S MADE ME THINK I`LL SHARE THE INFO I KNOW ABOUT IT SINCE IT`S ONLY GOING TO TAKE A MINUTE AND PROBABLY HELP AT LEAST ONE PERSON NOT BUY THE WRONG THING.


OK, SO HERE IT IS, EASY ENOUGH,

CORDLESS TOOLS GET ADVERTISED IN ONE OF TWO WAYS, AS WHAT WE CALL A BARE TOOL OR "SKIN", AS IT`S BECOME TRENDY TO CALL THEM OR AS A FULL KIT / COMBO, WHICH WILL USUALLY MEAN WITH BATTERIES, PERHAPS ONE OR TWO, A CHARGER, AND SOMETIMES A CASE OR TOOLBAG TO GO WITH.

SIMPLY PUT MAKITA HAS THE LETTER "Z" AFTER ANY TOOL THAT IS A BARE TOOL / SKIN WHICH WILL NOT HAVE ANY BATTERIES CHARGER OR CASE UNLESS SPECIFIED.

Eg. BTD141Z (BARE TOOL)  BTD141   (KIT),  EASY WHEN YOU KNOW.  SO FOR ALL THOSE THINKING THE "Z" IS SOME KIND OF NEW MODEL, WELL IT`S NOT, IT`S JUST A BARE TOOL. 

EBAY SELLERS HAVE A HABIT OF NOT ADVERTISING PROPERLY SINCE QUITE A FEW HAVE NO IDEA ABOUT WHAT THEY`RE ACTUALLY SELLING THEY`VE JUST DECIDED TO JUMP ON THE E-BAY TRAIN.

SO ALWAYS LOOK AT WHAT YOUR BUYING PROPERLY OR ASK THE SELLER IF YOUR NOT SURE.  SOME PEOPLE WILL ALSO MAKE UP THEIR OWN COMBO OR HAVE A 110V U.S.A. CHARGER OR SOMETHING YOU MAY NOT WANT, SO IT`S ALWAYS BEST TO BE SURE. 

NO LETTER "Z" USUALLY MEANS IT`S A KIT, BUT ALWAYS SCROLL THE PAGE DOWN IF IT`S ON E-BAY AND CHECK THE ADVERTISEMENT PROPERLY,  IF IN DOUBT WHAT`S INCLUDED ASK THE SELLER FIRST. 

YOU`D BE SURPRISED HOW MANY PEOPLE DON`T KNOW YOU CAN SCROLL THE PAGE DOWN ON EBAY AUCTIONS.....WE KNOW FROM SOME OF THE QUESTIONS THAT WE GET ASKED, THAT AT LEAST 30% OF BUYERS DON`T LOOK OR READ EVEN THE FIRST THREE LINES, LET ALONE THE ENTIRE AUCTION PAGE.  QUITE OFTEN WE HAVE WRITTEN ON THE FIRST LINE (This is a BARE tool WITH NO BATTERY) AND STILL AT LEAST A FEW PEOPLE EACH WEEK ASK, DOES THAT COME WITH A BATTERY?  DOES IT HAVE 1 OR 2?

AND I USUALLY ASK DO YOU KNOW THE PAGE SCROLLS DOWN AND THERE`S MORE DETAILS ? 

SO I`M SURE THIS IS GOING TO HELP SOMEONE OUT THERE WHO WAS WONDERING HOW IT WORKS I HOPE.

DEWALT USE THE LETTER "B" OR "N" TO INDICATE A BARE TOOL

HITACHI USE THE LETTER & NUMBER COMBO OF "P4".

MILWAUKEE HAVE "-20" AT THE END OF THE CODE FOR A BARE TOOL.

ALL THE MAJOR COMPANIES HAVE ALL SORTS OF DIFFERENT COMBINATION'S OF KITS AND YOU WILL ALWAYS NEED TO LOOK AT EXACTLY WHAT IS ADVERTISED, AS COMING WITH THE TOOLS.

NOW FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO MIGHT BE A LITTLE NEW TO EBAY, NOT EVERYONE ADVERTISES THINGS CLEARLY SOMETIMES.  PEOPLE DON`T ALWAYS REALISE THE PAGE SCROLLS DOWN AND THERE`S MORE TO THE AUCTION. 

THIS IS WHERE PEOPLE CAN BE CAUGHT OUT AND PERHAPS BUY A KIT WITH SLIGHTLY SNEAKY ADVERTISING BY THE SELLER AND NOT NOTICE IT`S A 110v U.S.A CHARGER INCLUDED WHEN THEY WANTED 240V OR THAT THERE IS NO CASE OR BATTERY BUT THERE`S ONE IN THE PICTURE. 

REALISE THIS, YOU ARE NOT NECESSARILY BUYING WHAT`S PICTURED AND SELLERS CAN BE SNEAKY AND PUT THINGS IN FINER PRINT RIGHT AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE.  THE DESCRIPTION IS WHAT YOUR BUYING SO ALWAYS READ IT PROPERLY AND DON`T JUST LOOK AT THE PRETTY PICTURES.  A TOOL PICTURED WITH A BATTERY INSERTED MAY NOT COME WITH A BATTERY.

PERFECT EXAMPLE, OUR ADD FOR A BARE TOOL AND ANOTHER`S, (SELLER "X") LET`S SAY  BOTH BARE TOOLS WITH NO BATTERY.

   <<<OURS VERUS SELLER "X"  >>>


WE ALWAYS MAKE IT PERFECTLY CLEAR IN OUR PICTURES AND OUR DESCRIPTIONS THESE KIND OF DETAILS BUT NOT EVERYONE IS SO UPFRONT, SO IT PAYS TO CHECK.

RULE NUMBER ONE IF IN DOUBT THEN THERE`S USUALLY A REASON TO BEGIN WITH SO START ASKING QUESTIONS.  EVERY SELLER HAS A TAB TO CLICK TO ASK A QUESTION IN THE TOP RIGHT HAND CORNER OF ANY AUCTION PAGE ON EBAY.  THAT CAN SAVE YOU SOME SERIOUS HEAD ACHES LATER ON.



I HOPE THAT HELPS SOMEONE.  REMEMBER TO CLICK YES TO VOTE ,  THANK YOU. 
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