Makita recently launched their new 12V tool line, called the 12V max CXT. We got a glimpse of the tools at last year’s media event.  The initial lineup of Makita’s first brushless tools in the 12V category include driver-drills, a hammer driver-drill, impact driver, reciprocating saw, and 3 3/8in. circular saw.

The 12V max CXT tools are available as tool-only, as well as in kits with 2 Ah batteries. 4 Ah batteries are also available. Both batteries include onboard LED fuel gauge.

Here’s a closer look at two of the tools featured in this initial launch:

12V max CXT 1/4” Hex Driver-Drill Kit (FD06R1)
Capacity: 3/8” (steel) 13/16” (wood)
Hex Shank: 1/4”
No Load Speed: 0-450 / 0-1700 RPM
Max Torque: 250 in. lbs.
Weight (w/ battery): 2.1 lbs.
Cost: $120 online
Kit includes: (2) 12V max CXT Batteries, charger, tool case


12V max CXT 3-3/8" Circular Saw Kit (SH02R1)
Blade Dia.: 3-3/8”
Arbor: 15mm
No Load Speed: 1500 RPM
Max Cutting Capacity (90 degrees): 1”
Max Cutting Capacity (45 degrees): 5/8”
Weight (w/ battery): 3.5 lbs.
Cost: $130 online
Kit includes: (2) 12V max CXT Batteries, charger, tool case, (1) 20T saw blade


Other tools in the release include:
12V max CXT 3/8" Hammer Driver-Drill Kit (PH05R1)   $230 online
12V max CXT 3/8" Hammer Driver-Drill Kit (PH04R1)   $130 online
12V max CXT Cordless 3/8" Driver-Drill Kit (FD07R1)   $192 online
12V max CXT 3/8" Driver-Drill Kit (FD05R1)   $119 online
12V max CXT Cordless Recipro Saw Kit (RJ03R1)   $139 online
12V max CXT Impact Driver Kit (DT03R1)   $119 online
12V max CXT 2-Pc. Combo Kit (CT226RX) – Impact driver and Driver-Drill   $149 online
12V max CXT 2-Pc. Combo Kit (CT229R) – Recipro Saw and Driver-Drill   $170 online
12V max CXT 2-Pc. Combo Kit (CT227R) – Circular Saw and Driver-Drill   $205 online