18 December 1998

Tight drilling ease

AWKWARD and confined spaces present problems even to cordless drill/screwdrivers, maintains Makita, whose new compact Marathon is described as ideal for working in situations where accessibility is at a premium.

Quoted as being 15% lighter and 40mm shorter than the companys existing 12V model, the 6314DWB-EX runs off a nickel metal hydride battery and specification includes two-speed planetary gearbox, 16-setting torque selector and 13mm (0.5in) keyless chuck.

Price £276 (01908-211678).