Makita Threaded Rod Cutter Specialty Power Tool Reviews

Makita Threaded Rod Cutter 18V LXT Brushless XCS03Z

Makita Threaded Rod Cutter Simplifies Overhead Threaded Rod Cutting

Makita has come out with a brushless solution for making fast and accurate cuts on threaded rod that won’t leave you with a bunch of pesky rework to do. It differs in style from its main competition and should make overhead cuts much easier.

10-Second Summary

  • Model Number: Makita XSC03Z
  • Cuts 1/4″ and 3/8″ threaded rod
  • Spark-free, burr-free cuts
  • 7-lb, compact footprint designed with overhead cutting in mind
  • Up 1,300 cuts on a single 5.0Ah battery charge (1200 on stainless steel rod)
  • MSRP: $489


What’s The Big Deal?

The biggest talking point about the Makita threaded rod vutter revolves around the tool’s design, size, and weight. The compact design can be toted around pretty much anywhere. Considering its 7-lb weight (with the battery attached) and the angle of the handle to the cutter, this tool’s design really makes overhead cutting easier.

Makita Threaded Rod Cutter

Speaking of cutting, the Makita XCS03Z can tackle all your 1/4″ and 3/8″ course thread mild and stainless steel threaded rod using reversible, double-edged cutting dies. Like other shearing systems, this threaded rod cutter leaves your rod burr-free and nut-ready. No more deburring a bunch of shrapnel from the end of your cut rods, no sir.

Makita Threaded Rod Cutter

The battery runtime is impressive for this tool as well. On one 5.0Ah battery charge, the XCS03Z’s brushless motor will make up to 1,300 cuts on 3/8″ mild steel threaded rod or 1,200 on 3/8″ stainless steel threaded rod.

This system also features an integrated two-position rod guide to help stabilize your cuts.

After you’ve completed a cut, an automatic blade stop mechanism returns the blade to its starting position so that it’s ready to go for the next cut when you’re moving quickly from one cut tot he next or making a series of pre-fab cuts.

In the event of a jam, the XCS03Z has a reverse feature that throws the motor into reverse, similar to how it reacts at the end of a cut.

This Makita threaded rod cutter retails for $489 as a bare tool and comes with a 3-year warranty. There’s no kit option available right now.


Makita Threaded Rod Cutter Specs

  • Model Number: XCS03Z
  • Cut Capacity: 3/8″ mild steel and 3/8″ stainless steel threaded rod
  • Battery: 18V LXT Lithium-Ion
  • Weight: 7 lbs
  • Length: 7-7/8″
  • Includes: Cutter Blade Set, Depth Gauge, Hex Wrench
  • Warranty: 3-year limited
  • MSRP: $489

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