Makita XRH12TW Brushless 18v 11/16” SDS Plus Rotary Hammer

Makita is adding to their ever expanding 18v battery platform with one of the most recent additions being the XRH12TW 18v brushless 11/16” SDS Plus rotary hammer drill. While the drill itself doesn’t look like anything special other than being very small and compact for a rotary hammer, it can except a dust collector attachment which doesn’t draw power from the battery but instead uses the motor cooling fan to create the suction, which is pretty neat.

My thoughts: this looks to be another solid addition to the very large Makita 18v LXT line. With several nice features such as a brushless motor, torque limiting clutch, and an LED work light.

As I said before I think the built in fan for dust extraction suction is pretty ingenious, as it eliminates the need for extra terminals that can get corroded and it may also help with runtime since the battery will be powering only one motor, as opposed to the battery powering the tool and vac. Overall it looks like an excellent option for anyone in the market for a smaller SDS Plus rotary hammer with OSHA compliant dust collection.


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Features and Specifications:

  • OSHA Table 1 compliant on-board dust extractor includes a filter cleaning mechanism designed to help maintain optimum suction efficiency during concrete drilling
  • Extractor is activated by tool and powered by motor fan blade to maintain concrete dust suction performance
  • Efficient HEPA filtration system captures 99.97% of particulates .3 microns and larger
  • The BL™ Brushless Motor eliminates carbon brushes, enabling the BL™ Motor to run cooler and more efficiently for longer life
  • Torque limiting clutch is engineered to prevent gear damage by automatically disengaging gears if the bit binds
  • Auto-Start Wireless System (AWS™) which utilizes Bluetooth® technology for wireless power-on/off communication between tool and dust extractor
  • AWS™ capable with Auto-Start Wireless Transmitter (part no. 198901-5) sold separately
  • Anti-Vibration Technology (AVT®) is engineered to reduce vibration for increased comfort
  • Constant speed control automatically applies additional power to the motor to maintain speed under load to complete the most challenging jobs
  • Electric brake allows the tool to be repositioned faster for maximum productivity
  • Built-in L.E.D. light with an independent on/off illuminates the work area
  • 3-mode operation for “Rotation Only”, “Hammering with Rotation” or “Hammering Only” for multiple applications
  • Weighs only 7.5 lbs. with dust extractor and battery for reduced operator fatigue
  • Variable speed trigger enables user to match the speed to the application
  • Equipped with Star Protection Computer Controls™ to protect against overloading, over-discharging and overheating
  • Compatible with Makita 18V Lithium-Ion batteries with a Star symbol
  • 3-year limited warranty on tool, battery and charger
  • Impact energy: 1.7 J
  • Impact energy: 1.2 ft. lbs.
  • Impacts per minute: 5,000 IPM
  • RPM: 0-1350 RPM
  • HEPA filter equipped
  • Container hole count capacity: 36 holes of dimension 3/8”x2-3/8”
  • Approximate filter life: 200 container fillings
  • Length: 11 ⅞”
  • Weight with a 5.0ah battery: 7.5 lbs.
  • Bit type: SDS Plus
  • Price at the time of writing: not yet listed
  • Warranty: 3 year limited


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