Makita 18V LXT Impact Wrench 3-Speed 1/2” Brushless Preview
More power doesn’t have to be in large packages anymore. The new Makita 18V LXT Impact Wrench 3-Speed (XWT11T/Z) delivers more than 210 ft.-lbs of torque through the 1/2” square anvil, in the frame of a tyipcal 1/4” impact driver. It seems that the powertool market may be following the market of firearms, automobiles during a gas crunch, and cell phones in the ’90s. Everywhere you turn, it’s compact, sub-compact, mini, mid-torque, etc. Manufacturers are trying to pack the most punch in the smallest package. With the market driving this, it’s hard to say it’s the wrong move.
Makita 18V LXT Impact Wrench 3-Speed Features
The XWT11Z is the model number of the tool only, while the XWT11T includes 2 18V LXT Lithium-Ion 5.0 ah batteries, charger, and a soft bag/case. The lithium-ion battery along with the brushless motor combine to provide the Makita 18V LXT impact wrench with extended run times, while delivering increased power and speed. Eliminating friction parts and better efficiency with the brushless motor and controller equate to better durability, hence a longer life of the tool.
Along with the power, Makita has also outfitted the XWT11T 18V LXT impact wrench with three speeds; 0-1,600, 0-2,100, and 0-2,800 RPM. These speeds coincide with the Impacts Per Minute (IPM) of 0-1,800, 0-2,600, and 0-3,500 respectively. Another innovative feature is the reverse rotation auto-stop mode. When a fastener is adequately loosened, the auto-stop mode will stop rotation in two seconds. This feature is a great fit for the automotive industry, especially when removing engine fasteners.
Star Protection Computer Controls created by Makita, communicates with the Star Protection-equipped tool and battery to exchange real-time data. In addition, the Star Protection also monitors in-use conditions to protect from over-discharging, overheating and overloading. Makita’s 18V 5.0 Ah battery (BL1850B) fuels more run time and has a charge time of only 45 minutes. This charge time leads the industry in this category. In short the Makita charger has fans that circulate cooler air through ports in the battery. This allows Makita to charge batteries faster without damaging heat absorption.
Makita 1/2” Impact Wrench XWT11T Specifications
- Model: XWT11T
- Title: 18V LXT® Brushless 3-Speed 1/2″ Impact Wrench
- Battery: 2 – 18V LXT® Lithium-Ion 5.0Ah Battery (BL1850B)
- Charger: 18V LXT® Lithium-Ion Rapid Optimum Charger (DC18RC)
- Case: Tool Bag (831303-9)
- Square Drive : 1/2″
- No Load Speed (var. 3 spd.) : 0 – 1,600 / 0 – 2,100 / 0 – 2,800 RPM
- Impacts Per Minute (var. 3 spd.) : 0 – 1,800 / 0 – 2,600 / 0 – 3,500 IPM
- Maximum Torque (ft.lbs./N•m) : 210 ft.lbs./280 N•m
- Battery : 18V LXT® Lithium-Ion
- Overall Length : 5-3/4″
- Net Weight (with battery) : 3.8 lbs.
- Shipping Weight : 11.7 lbs.
Ergonomics used to be something talked about only because there may not be any features to discuss. This is not the case anymore. Smarter workers as well as industry standards are driving focus to ergonomics in tools. A more comfortable tool makes for a happier worker, which in-turn should create better efficiency. The Makita 18V LXT Impact Wrench 3-Speed gives the user 210 ft-lbs of torque in the palm of their hand, literally. The XWT11T measures on 5-3/4” long and weighs only 3.8, with the 5.0 Ah battery. More importantly, better ergonomics and less weight means less fatigue.
The Makita XWT11Z bare tool can be purchased for under $200, and the XWT11T combo will run that amount to just under $500. This definitely seems to be a tool that a mechanic would like in their tool box. We will work with our in-the-field pros to put one of these XWT11T 3-speed impact wrenches to our real-world testing. We will be sure to follow up with the full review. Stay tuned!
To find out more information on the Makita XWT11T/Z 3-Speed impact wrench, click here.