Back in July 2016, we posted about the new Makita DTD170 brushless impact driver that was coming out overseas. It was a 6-speed model with good torque and tiny size.
It looks like we’ll be getting something similar here in the USA and presumably Canada as well – the new Makita XDT12 18V brushless impact driver.
The new Makita XDT12 looks identical to the DTD170, at least from what I could tell, with the exception being that the USA model, XDT12M, is bundled with a 4.0Ah Li-ion battery pack, instead of the 6.0Ah pictured with the DTD170.
The Makita XDT12M features 4 speed and torque settings, plus 2 additional operating modes, an Assist mode for driving fasteners at low speeds until tightening begins, and a Quick-Shift Tightening mode, for faster tightening of self-drilling screws.
- 1550 in-lbs max torque
- 0-3,600 RPM, 0-3,800 IPM
- 0-3,200 RPM, 0-3,600 IPM
- 0-2,100 RPM, 0-2,600 IPM
- 0-1,100 RPM, 0-1,100 IPM
- Assist and Tightening modes (A and T)
- 4-5/8″ long
- Weighs 3.3 lbs with 4.0Ah battery pack
- 1/4″ hex chuck
- LED worklight
- Removable belt clip
Price: $400 for the XDT12M kit that comes with a charger, 2x 4.0Ah battery packs, and a carrying case
A bare tool version, XDT12Z, is also available, for ~
$232 under $200. We’ve seen it as low as ~$152.
Looking past the $400 price tag, which is the same as for Hitachi’s new 18V triple anvil brushless impact driver kit, this has all the makings of a best-in-class brushless impact driver.
If you already own a Makita charger and battery packs, the bare tool XDT12Z is still pricey, but $232 is a lot less than $400.
The Makita XDT12 is compact – very compact – and reasonably lightweight. Its max torque output is decent at 1550 in-lbs, and it gives you more operating modes than any other model currently on the market, except for the Milwaukee M18 One-Key impact driver which is user-customizable.
Realistically, what more could you ask for from a cordless impact driver, aside from lower pricing? I’m hoping that Makita also offers this impact with a compact battery option, which would mean a lower kit price but also even smaller size and lighter weight.
Is this everything you could want in a cordless impact driver?