Makita XWT12RB 18V LXT Sub Compact Brushless 3/8″ Impact Wrench

Makita has another black 18V sub compact tool, the Makita XWT12RB 18V LXT Sub Compact Brushless 3/8″ Impact Wrench.

Part of their LXT 18V tool line up, the newer all black tools have the size, weight and practicality of 12V tools but since they use 18V batteries don’t require you to switch to 12V tools to get 12V convenience. The new Makita XWT12RB 18V LXT Sub Compact Brushless 3/8″ Impact Wrench is about the same size as the sub compact impact driver but slightly longer because of the added length of the 3/8″ square drive at 5-5/8 inches in length.

Just like the black impact driver, this impact wrench is also a 2 speed impact with a 3rd mode. The 3 mode is different as it’s function is a reverse rotation auto-stop mode that stops rotation and impact when the fastener is loosened adequately.

Even though a very tiny tool that weighs only 2.7 lbs with battery, it still gets some oomph with 130 ft lbs of torque. This translates to 1560 in lbs which is significantly more torque than their similar black impact driver. 130 ft lbs of torque isn’t ground breaking territory but plenty for such a small lightweight tool. The smaller size and weight means you can expect less fatigue with long use than with traditionally larger impact wrenches, even when compared to regular sized compact impact wrenches.

This impact wrench is popping up on several retail sites such as Amazon and will be available soon for a retail price of $269 in kit form with two 2.0ah batteries, tool bag and charger. In my opinion, the price seems a bit high since the black Makita sub compact drill and impact driver combo set with two 2.0 batteries, tool bag and charger retails for $229.

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  • BL Brushless motor delivers 130 ft.Lbs. Of max torque
  • Variable 2-speed (0-1, 300/0-2, 400 RPM & 0-2, 000/0-3, 600 IPM) provides fastening control for a wide range of applications
  • Reverse rotation auto-stop mode stops rotation and impact when fastener is loosened adequately
  • Ultra-compact and ergonomic design at only 5-5/8″
  • Weighs only 2.7 lbs. With battery for reduced operator fatigue

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