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All you need to know about Makita's Auto-Start Wireless System (AWS)

12th January 2022
Banner showing AWS logo as well as some power tools that are compatible

What is AWS and how does it work?

AWS stands for Auto-start Wireless System, which wirelessly communicates between the power tool and dust extractor via Bluetooth. This means that the dust extractor will only run when your power tool is being used, automatically powering on and off when the tool does.

This technology is designed to make your experience when using power tools as effortless and convenient as possible, as you can link up to ten AWS tools to one AWS dust extractor tool.


What are the benefits of AWS?

There are many advantages to an Auto-start Wireless System, it can really level up your experience when working on site. Benefits include:

Improved battery life

The automated on/off system means that the dust extractor is only on when power tools are in use. This can save you a huge amount of battery life as the extractor isn't running consistently, offering you even more productivity on a single charge and helping to keep your area dust-free even after a long day's work. 

Increase in productivity and convenience

You can connect up to 10 power tools to the dust extractor at any given time, so you're saving the time and effort it takes to manually connect tools and switch them on and off. 

No Wires

The auto wireless system means you can say goodbye to pesky wires, and with this goes extra trip hazards as well as grounding issues and the need to replug the cord.


How to connect an AWS System?

Setting up and pairing your AWS system is super simple and only takes a minute or two.

1) Set the dust extractor standby switch to 'auto'. 

A person switching the Makita extractor dial to 'auto'

2) On the dust extractor, press the wireless activation button for 3 seconds. After this, the activation light should show a green blinking.

A person holding down the wireless button on a Makita dust extractor

3) Press and hold the wireless activation button on the power tool for 3 seconds. 

A person holding down the wireless button on a Makita power tool

4) You're connected and ready to enjoy the benefits of an auto-start dust extractor! 

A person using a Makita saw on some wood with a Makita dust extractor next to them



Which tools are compatible with the AWS system? 

Some of the compatible products include saws, drills and more. To view the full range of Makita AWS compatible products at Box click the button below:

Green 'view the range' button takes you to the compatible Makita AWS range


Other Auto-start Wireless System FAQs

Are Makita the only brand to use AWS?

Yes, the Auto-start Wireless System is a technology exclusive to Makita

What type of connection does AWS use?

AWS works via Bluetooth connectivity from the dust extractor to the power tool.

Can AWS save/prolong my dust extractors battery life?

Yes, by automatically powering on and off when you need it, rather than staying on continuously, you can save battery life. 

How do I use AWS?

Please follow the instructions above on 'How to connect' for a step-by-step guide on how to see your AWS power tools up.


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