Makita has just announced their new 18V LXT lithium ion 1/4″ die grinder. The new LXDG01 is designed for surface prep metalworking tasks such as grinding, smoothing, and cutting, and features a top speed of 25,000 RPM.
Makita’s product development team worked to slim down the tool for improved access in tight spaces, and it looks like they succeeded. The die grinder is relatively lightweight as well, at 4.4 lbs.
Also built into the new tool is an LED protection circuit with over-torque sensors to help protect the motor, and a low-battery indicator. The housing is made from solid aluminum for greater durability, and the tool features a slide switch with lock-on function.
You can use cut-off and other wheels up to 1-1/2″ in diameter. Total tool length is 15-3/4″.
The LXDG01 kit includes the die grinder, 2 18V LXT batteries, a 30-minute rapid optimum charger, contractor bag, 1/4″ collet cone, and 2 wrenches. If you already have an 18V battery and charger laying around, the LXDG01Z version is just the bare tool.