Makita 18V Brushless 3-Speed ½” Impact Wrench Preview

Makita Introduces New Impact Wrench

La Mirada, CA – Makita has released a new cordless fastening solution for automotive, installation and fabrication trades with the 18V LXT® Lithium-Ion Brushless 3-Speed ½” Impact Wrench. The new XWT02M combines the extended run time of brushless motor technology with the new 18V LXT® Lithium-Ion 4.0 Ah battery, as well as 3 speed settings for unmatched performance for fastening applications with half-inch sockets.


18V LXT Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless 3-Speed 1/2″ Impact Wrench Kit (XWT02M). The new XWT02M is part of Makita’s expanding 18V Lithium-Ion series, which offers 80+ tools and is the world’s largest cordless tool line-up powered by an 18V Lithium-Ion slide-style battery. Makita 18V Lithium-Ion batteries have the fastest charge times in their categories, so they spend more time working and less time sitting on the charger.

3 Speed Settings for Precision Fastening

“The new XWT02M is the latest in Makita’s long line of expertise, innovation and leadership in cordless fastening tools,” said Mario Lopez, Makita Product Manager, Cordless Tools. “Three speeds with a reversible setting mean more control for fastening applications. And with the efficient brushless motor and the fast-charging Makita 18 volt LXT® Lithium-Ion 4.0 amp-hour battery, contractors will benefit from longer run time and increased productivity.”

Makita BL™ Brushless Motor Technology

The XWT02M is powered by Makita’s efficient BL™ Brushless motor, which is electronically controlled to optimize battery energy use for up to 50% longer run time per charge than similar non-brushless tools. Electronic controls efficiently use battery energy to match torque and RPM to the changing demands of the application for increased power and speed when needed. And since there are no carbon brushes, the BL™ Brushless motor runs cooler and more efficiently for longer life.

Precision Features for Fastening

The efficient BL™ Brushless Motor with 3-speed power selection switch gives contractors more control and convenience for a wide range of fastening tasks:

  • Low setting: 0-1,600 RPM, 0-1,800 IPM, and 59 ft.lbs. of Max Torque
  • Medium setting: 0-2,100 RPM, 0-2,600 IPM, and 129 ft.lbs. of Max Torque
  • High setting: 0-2,800 RPM, 0-3,500 IPM and 210 ft.lbs. of Max Torque

Star Protection Computer Controls™

For improved tool performance and extended battery life, the XWT02M features Star Protection Computer Controls™. Star Protection is communication technology that allows the Star Protection-equipped tool and battery to exchange data in real time and monitor conditions during use to protect against overloading, overdischarging and overheating. For increased versatility, the tool can also be powered by Makita 18V LXT® and Compact Lithium-Ion batteries with the star symbol on the battery indicating Star Protection inside.

XPT for Added Durability in Harsh Conditions

For added durability, the XWT02M features Makita Extreme Protection Technology (XPT). XPT is a protective seal inside the tool engineered for improved water resistance by channeling water and dust from the tool’s key internal components. The XPT-equipped XWT02M is engineered for improved operation in harsh jobsite conditions.

Ergonomic Design, Superior Balance

An added benefit of Makita Brushless Motor Technology is increased motor efficiency in a more compact size. The XWT02M is 5-3/4″ in length and weighs only 3.8 lbs. with an ergonomic design and superior balance. Additional features include a 3-stage L.E.D. gauge that indicates battery charge level, and the built-in L.E.D. light with independent on/off switch illuminates the work area for increased visibility. Similar to all Makita impact drivers and impact wrenches, the anvil impact mechanism in the XWT02M is engineered using the best raw materials with the highest quality steel and unique heat hardening process for maximum fastening and driving power.

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Todd Fratzel is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Tool Box Buzz, and the President of Front Steps Media, LLC, a web based media company focused on the Home Improvement and Construction Industry.He is also the Principal Engineer for United Construction Corp., located in Newport, NH. In his capacity at United he oversees the Residential and Commercial Building Division along with all Design-Build projects.He is also the editor of Home Construction & Improvement.

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1 Comment

  1. Jeff Williams

    Seems like a great tool… and it’s shipping with the 4.0 batteries. Their XFD07M LXT drill is also shipping with the new batteries. Both have a shipping time from Amazon of 2-4 weeks.

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