Makita 18V Sub Compact Starlock Max Brushless MultiTool XMT04ZB

Great news as Makita has just announced a new cordless oscillating multitool featuring the amazing Starlock mount and a brushless motor! It is the Makita 18V Sub Compact Starlock Max Brushless MultiTool XMT04ZB model.

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Unlike most Makita tools, this cordless multitool is black which if you’re in the USA, it can only mean one thing. It’s a sub compact cordless power tool. However don’t let compact size fool you, this bad boy sports the Starlock Max mount.

It’s also a full featured cordless oscillating multitool, as it’s sporting the Starlock Max mount which means it has all the benefits of the Starlock mount such as lightning quick and easy tool-free blade changes. Blades literally snap in place and pop off. It also has a brushless motor which should hopefully lead to strong performance and efficient battery usage. It also has an onboard LED light at the front. So far it’s a huge upgrade from Makita’s previous 18V cordless multitool which had no LED light, had a latch and pin system, and brushed motor.

Makita also says they’ve included AVT which stands for anti-vibration technology which should lower felt vibrations thanks to an internal counterbalance system engineered to reduce vibration.

I like that Makita stayed with the tried and true slide lock switch up top and variable speed dial which is accessible at the top rear of the tool above the battery holder. What makes it a sub compact tool is the hyper thin grip in near the center of the tool. Tech specs include 10,000-20,000 OPM, an oscillating angle of 3.6 degrees, 12″ length and about 4.4 lbs weight with battery although which battery was not specified.

It’s currently up for pre-order at the time of writing at $229 baretool only.

  • Makita-built brushless motor with variable speed control dial (10,000-20,000 OPM) enables user to match the speed to the application
  • Anti-Vibration Technology (AVT) for up to 85% reduced vibration*
  • Compatible with StarlockMax, StarlockPlus, and Starlock accessories
  • 3.6° oscillation angle engineered for faster, more aggressive cutting and sanding
  • Large on/off slide switch with lock-on button for operator convenience
  • Small diameter barrel grip for improved handling and added operator comfort
  • Weighs only 3.7 lbs. with battery (battery not included) for reduced operator fatigue
  • Built-in L.E.D. light illuminates the work area
  • Soft start feature for smooth start-ups
  • Compact and ergonomic design at only 12″ long
  • Ideal for wood flooring, tile, plaster, sheetrock, wood, PVC and a variety of other applications
  • Extreme Protection Technology (XPT) is engineered for improved dust and water resistance for operation in harsh conditions
  • Equipped with Star Protection Computer Controls to protect against overloading, over-discharging and over-heating
  • Efficient Makita-built brushless motor is electronically controlled to optimize battery energy use for up to 50% longer run time per charge
  • The Makita-built brushless motor eliminates carbon brushes, enabling the motor to run cooler and more efficiently for longer life


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