There are a bunch of different ways to cut rebar. You could use a manual rebar cutter, metal-cutting circular saw, or angle grinder with cut-off wheel, just to name a few.
And now, there’s this new cordless rebar cutter, from Makita, model XCS01Z.
The new Makita 18V rebar cutter essentially makes use of a drill/driver base with a specialty cutter attachment. This looks to be a 1-piece tool, though, not 2-piece. In other words, the drill portion doesn’t look like it could be removed for use as a drill or driver.
So why does it look like a cordless drill? Probably for convenient and familiar pistol-grip ergonomics. Plus, it retails for $2000 already. How much higher would the cost be if the drill-style motor and handle assembly was designed from the ground up?
There’s no indication that there will be a separate attachment you could attach to your existing drill/driver.
If you watch the promo video, embedded below, you might notice 1-3 numbering on the top of the drill, where the gearbox switch area has a dummy cover. Is this based on a previous Makita 3-speed drill (which the internet says existed, at least overseas), or a new model? Hmm…
Features & Specs
- 1/8″ to 3/4″ cutting range
- Can cut up to Grade 60 #6 sized rebar
- 6.5 second cutting speed
- Cutting head rotates full 360°
- Adjustable stopper aids smooth cutting
- Replaceable cutting blades can make up to 4,000 cuts
- Weighs 24.3 lbs, with battery
- Up to 200 #3 (3/8″) cuts, or up to 75 #6 (3/4″) cuts per 3Ah battery charge
The Makita XCS01Z is sold as a bare tool, so you’ll need a separate battery and charger.
I have absolutely zero need for a tool like this, but I’m betting there are plenty of concrete workers who will drool over it.
If you work with rebar, I have a question for you. How long does it take for you to make a cut with a saw, grinder, or whatever other tool you typically use to cut rebar?
Is 6.5 seconds per cut fast? Slow? Just about right?