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Best Makita Tools at World of Concrete 2019

Makita showed off their latest innovation in Las Vegas in one of the biggest shows of the year. Figuring out which tools make the top of the list is tough, but we’re up for the task. Makita also made our Top 10 Tools from STAFDA 2018 list. Here are our picks for the best Makita tools at World of Concrete 2019!

The Top 5

  • XDT16 18V LXT Impact Driver
  • XWL01 18V X2 LXT Cutoff Saw
  • XRT01 18V LXT Rebar Tying Tool
  • XCS06 18V LXT Steel Rod Flush Cutter
  • XRH12 18V LXT 11/16″ AWS Ready Rotary Hammer

Best Makita Tools at World of Concrete 2019

Making an Impact

Topping the list is the new Makita XDT16 18V LXT Brushless Impact Driver. It’s incredibly compact and lightweight for its class and Makita still adds power and features. For the Pro that works in both metal and wood frequently, this is as good as it gets.

  • 1600 in-lbs of torque
  • 4 standard speed modes
  • Assist Mode – starts slow and ramps up to full speed for driving screws accurately in wood
  • Quick Shift Modes – starts screws fast and slows at the end to prevent sheering screw heads in metal
  • Reverse Auto Stop Mode – loosens a nut or lug and stops immediately, so you can take it off by hand
  • Programmable mode switch above trigger
  • Price TBA

Cutoff Without the Cord

Makita’s XWL01 is the world’s first cordless cutoff saw and uses two 18V LXT batteries to power its brushless motor. It’s built on the foundation of their corded models with all the bells and whistles – including completely tool-free adjustments and wheel changes.

  • 14″ wheel diameter cuts up to 5″ round stock
  • Two 5.0 Ah batteries will make up to 100 cuts on 20-gauge stud
  • Tool-free flange makes wheel changes quick
  • Electric brake
  • Price: $299.99 bare, $499.99 kit

Rebar Tying Made Easy

The Makita XRT01 isn’t the first cordless rebar tying tool, but they’ve made some significant improvements to the design. The wire wheel sits in the center for better balance and the feed area is completely sealed off from dust and debris on the jobsite.

  • Completes rebar ties in less than 1 second
  • Brings the speed of an apprentice up to your veteran tyers instantly
  • Ties two #5 or four #4 bars in less than 1 second
  • Up to 5300 ties per charge (5.0 Ah battery on #3 x #3)
  • Up to 120 #3 x #3 ties on 1 wire wheel
  • Price: $2299.99 kit, $1899.99 bare

Cutting it Close

When it’s time to cut off rebar or other steel rods, reach for Makita’s XCS06 brushless model to cut it off close without a cord dragging behind. Makita takes a grinder design with spiral bevel gears and puts a dedicated shield on it specifically to cut steel rods just 1/8″ from the surface.

  • Cut up to #8 rebar or 1″ threaded rod
  • Cuts close at just 1/8″ from the surface
  • Leaves burr-free cuts
  • Option accessory to catch metal chips
  • $1058.82 bare, $1176.47 kit


Best Makita Tools at World of Concrete 2019


All in One Compliant Drilling

Makita is moving forward with onboard Table 1 compliant rotary hammer solutions. The new XRH12 is an 11/16″ SDS-Plus brushless model perfect for light drilling overhead on installs. With a HEPA filter and manual cleaning dial, it’s Table 1 compliant, meaning you don’t have to rely on Objective Data forms if the inspector comes to call. Rather stick with your current extractor? This model is AWS-ready so you can add the chip for wireless tool activated suction.

  • 11/16″ maximum diameter
  • Onboard dust extractor with HEPA filter and filter cleaning dial
  • Anti-Vibration Technology (AVT)
  • AWS-ready for wireless vacuum activation on an AWS dust extractor
  • Torque limiting clutch prevents gear damage in a bind up
  • Ergonomic design is perfect for overhead drilling
  • Price: $275 (bare tool), $650 (kit with dust collector)

Makita XRH12 SDS-Plus Rotary Hammer


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