Hot on the heels of Dewalt’s Atomic Series 20V Max cordless pin nailer announcement, Makita also issued a press release, announcing their own new cordless pin nailer. What are the chances this is coincidental timing?
Shown above is Makita’s latest 18V cordless pin nailer, which came out 5 years ago. We have nothing else to show, as Makita USA announced their XGT nailer without providing a single product image.
The new Makita XGT 40V Max pin nailer, model GTP01, will feature a brushless motor and will work with 23 gauge pins.
Here’s what Makita says about their new XGT cordless pin nailer:
This powerful and portable Pin Nailer delivers up to 15% faster firing than the 18V LXT model XTP02. It will drive six different lengths of 23-gauge nails, with a max magazine capacity of up to 120 pin nails.
And, that’s it. This is the extent of Makita USA’s official announcement of their GTP01 pin nailer.
There’s no product image, pricing, availability details, or information about pin nail compatibility, other than “six different lengths.”
The incomplete announcement feels rushed.
Makita also has yet to announce USA availability for their XGT brad nailer, which debuted internationally one year ago.
Makita’s XGT brad nailer looks to be an upgrade compared to their older 18V model, with claims of it being “up to 15% faster than the 18V LXT model.” Maybe the same will be true about their pin nailer.
It’s uncertain as to whether Makita has been able match or improve upon the size of their 40V Max nailer, compared to their older 18V model.
Also, keep in mind that the smallest Makita XGT battery is going to be their 10-cell 2.5Ah battery, which is the approximate size and weight of a 10-cell 18V 5.0Ah battery.
Milwaukee’s M12 cordless pin nailer is about as compact as can be, and Dewalt’s 20V Max Atomic pin nailer can make use of 5-cell battery packs or their new stacked-lithium PowerStack battery tech to help keep the weight down.
I did a comparison a while back, showing Makita’s 18V pin nailer with a 5Ah battery compared to an air pin nailer. Their 18V pinner is decent, but this is the type of tool where cordless convenience comes with significant tradeoffs.
The question is, will the size and weight tradeoffs be improved with Makita’s 40V Max XGT model, compared to their 18V?