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October 20, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


Manufacturer: Makita

Our Makita tool reviews feature job site testing that uses real-world conditions. We test tools like the Makita X2 rear handle circular saw on both dimensional lumber and sheet goods. For products like the Makita 10″ cordless miter saw, we use 2×12 lumber to test the depth of cut and power. In terms of technology, the Makita AWS Auto-start Wireless System is among the most advanced Bluetooth control systems out there. It’s compatible with the newest Makita Track Saw, the Makita 18V X2 Brushless Angle Grinder, and their cordless vacuum. The system solves the problem of using cordless Makita tools with a cordless dust extractor. Also of note is the Makita Sync Lock system to program batteries and keep them from leaving the job site. Makita Tool Reviews with Job Site Testing The following Makita tool reviews use either in-house scientific baseline testing or we take them on-site. They might be used on a live construction site or in the PTR Shop. For great deals on Makita tools, visit here.

Mini belt sander

Makita Cordless 3/8-Inch Belt Sander Review (XSB01)

Makita made a cordless version of their mini belt sander. The Makita cordless 3/8-inch belt sander (XSB01) comes standard with 3/8 x 21-inch belts. Able to get into tight spaces, this tool can sand wood, metal, and plastics extremely fast. Pros Small and lightweight Easy to get into tight spaces Fast material removal Variable speed […]

Review9.4(out of 10)
Makita 18V Cordless Ratchet Feature

Makita 18V Cordless Ratchet Review XRW01

Makita is answering the call from mechanics to add an 18V cordless ratchet to their deep line of LXT tools. The Makita XRW01 certainly checks off a box by joining the system, but it’s more than just your everyday design. Pros Slim handle design Less than 3 pounds with battery Interchangable 1/4-inch and 3/8-inch square […]

MAkita XRM10 Charging Radio 11

Makita XRM10 18V LXT and 12V CXT Charging Radio

The Highly Anticipated Makita XRM10 18V LXT/12V CXT Charging Radio Is Now Available With options such as the Makita XRM11 Bluetooth speaker, team Teal has put out some impressive ways to rock the jobsite. However, the Makita XRM10 18V LXT and 12V CXT Charging Radio might be their most high-anticipated speaker yet. Makita XRM10 Charging […]

Makita XML08 mower future OPE

The Future of Outdoor Power Equipment: A Conversation with Makita

The Future of Outdoor Power Equipment Looks Quiet and With Fewer Emissions We jumped on the horn with a team of experts from Makita to talk about the future of outdoor power equipment. Why Makita? They’re one of the leaders in cordless technology with more than 40 years of cordless tool expertise, but they go […]

Makita XGT 8-1/2 Inch Miter Saw Feature

Makita 40V Max XGT 8 1/2-Inch Miter Saw GSL02

Makita 40V XGT Platform Kicks Off Miter Saw Line With A Compact Model Makita designed the XGT system to deliver higher power for demanding applications, letting you more effectively cut the cord for the toughest applications. Taking a closer look at the line, the Makita 40V XGT 8 1/2-inch cordless miter saw is one tool […]

Impact Driver Strength Challenge | Video Review

Torque ratings are commonly used to determine an impact driver’s strength, with that being said, we gathered 3 flagship impact drivers from industry powerhouses Milwaukee, Makita, and DeWalt, and used our tried and tested torque rig to determine who has the strongest impact driver. We’ve welded Grade 8 hardened bolts onto angle iron and fastened […]

XRH08 36V X2 rotary hammer chisel tip

Makita XRH08 18V X2 Brushless Rotary Hammer Review

The pool at my home had a major leak—losing around an inch of water per day. As I’m not well-versed in leak detection, I called up Aqua Res-Q who specializes in this kind of work. The guys at Aqua Res-Q showed up and located the problem after a few hours of fairly extensive troubleshooting. When […]

Makita 36V X2 12-in Miter Saw AWT

Makita AWS Auto-Start Wireless System

One of the benefits of having a Pro-level dust extractor is auto tool activation. It allows the extractor to start automatically when it senses power running to the tool you plug into it. But there are some limitations that come along with it on a couple of fronts. Tackling this issue with technology, the Makita […]

things not covered under power tool warranty

What Makes a Good Power Tool Warranty? The Often Overlooked Feature

When we review or preview a product here at Pro Tool Reviews, we do our best to include the details of the power tool warranty to help you in your decision-making. This is an important, yet often overlooked feature that you should carefully consider when investing your business’ or personal dollars in tools. If you’re trying […]

Review9.6(out of 10)
Makita 40V Max XGT Impact Driver Review GDT01

Makita 40V Max XGT Impact Driver Review GDT01

Makita 40V XGT Impact Driver Stays True to Its Roots Makita spent a lot of time and effort in developing compact, high-performing impact drivers on their 18V LXT line. We set out to discover if that DNA translated over to the Makita 40V Max XGT Impact Driver. Pros Improved performance and strength Compact design Four […]