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Makita LXDG01 18V 1/4″ Die Grinder Preview

Makita LXDG01 18V 1/4" Die Grinder Preview

Makita dropped a new metalworking tool into its 18V line. Their brand new one-handed Makita LXDG01 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 1/4″ Die Grinder is a compact solution for metalworking applications – and we’re talking anything from grinding, to smoothing and cutting. The tool has a convenient barrel-grip design and operates at 25,000 RPM – all off an 18 volt LXT lithium-ion battery. Makita is positioning the tool for the plumbing, automotive and service trades. The whole thing weighs just 4.4 lbs., partly due to the use of a solid aluminum housing. It also looks like it can be used in tight areas thanks to a thinly tapered top. Power is activated by a slide switch that has a lock-on function and air is directed away from the operator by the air vent design.

Makita LXDG01 18V Die Grinder Features

Like most new Makita 18V tools, the Makita LXDG01 comes with a built-in protection against overloading the motor. Makita’s take on this technology is nce in that it alerts you when this happens with a red LED that flashes to let you know a cool-off time is recommended (and you have to restart the tool). The LED also flashes when it’s time to recharge the battery – not as nice as a true multi-LED battery gauge, but at least a step in the right direction.

Makita LXDG01 18V Die Grinder

The LXDG01 18V LXT Lithium-Ion 1/4″ Die Grinder kit includes the die grinder, two 18V LXT batteries, a 30 minute charger, contractor-style tool bag, 1/4″ collet cone, and two wrenches. You can also get the tool-only if you already have plenty of 18V lithium-ion batteries from Makita LXDG01Z.


  • Model Number: Makita LXDG01
  • Name: 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 1/4″ Die Grinder Kit
  • Collet: 1/4″
  • No load speed: 25,000
  • Max wheel diameter: 1-1/2″
  • Battery: 18V LXT Lithium-Ion
  • Overall Length: 15-3/4″
  • Net Weight (w/battery): 4.4 lbs


Makita includes this tool in their 3-year Warranty which covers repair due to defective materials or workmanship up to three years from the purchase date.

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