Makita AWS Universal Adapter Wirelessly Starts Dust Collection on Wide Range of Vacs
Makita’s Auto-Start Wireless System’s cordless dust collection is taking a huge step forward. The new Makita AWS Universal Adapter has the ability to connect corded vacs with tool activation to your AWS tools, even if it isn’t a Makita vacuum.
- Connects with the same AWS chip (included) as AWS tools and vacuums
- Plugs into tool activation outlet on any manufacturer’s vacuum
- Includes AWS chip
- Price and availability TBA
Makita AWS Universal Adapter: What it is and How it Works
If you’re not familiar with Makita’s AWS system, you can read a detailed article about it here. In a nutshell, it uses Bluetooth communication in a tool and vacuum to wireless activate suction when you pull the trigger. It reduces noise when your tools aren’t actively in use and makes more efficient use of batteries in Makita’s AWS cordless vacs.
The Makita AWS Universal Adapter lets you keep the wireless function without the need for an AWS-enabled vacuum. You can use it with Makita’s VC4710 or another dust extractor with a tool activated outlet.
It pairs essentially the same as other AWS tool/vac pairings. Makita includes a 3-channel button to find the least congested signal. The 120V pigtail plug on the end goes into the outlet on your dust extractor and sends an electrical signal to the vac when you pull the trigger on your AWS tool. Just set the vac dial to “auto” and it’s ready to go.
An adjustable strap and clip let you attach it to a vacuum. Since the cord is long enough to reach all the way around your vacuum, it opens up just about any location you want to secure it.
At the time of writing, most retailers don’t have the adapter in stock yet and the prices we’re seeing online are from less than reliable sources. We’ll give you an update as soon as we know something concrete.
Makita AWS Universal Adapter Specifications
- Model: Makita WUT02U
- Power Source: Tool-activated outlet on vac
- Dimensions: 6-1/16″ x 2-3/4″ x 2-1/4″
- Weight: 0.9 pounds
- Price: TBA (check Amazon)
Learn more at Makita’s website.