In the game of cordless concrete drilling it looks like Makita has taken a big leap forward with a couple of nice improvements on this unit. First the capacity rating on this unit is 1” which is a first for an 18 volt cordless SDS-Plus hammer drill. While not the first to use brushless technology in a cordless SDS-Plus, it’s obviously a big factor in getting enough power for that capacity that still has a decent runtime. This is also the first cordless rotary hammer drill to couple the slide on HEPA vacuum with the newer brushless technology.
This is a pretty tall order for the single 18V LXT battery that powers both the brushless drill and the HEPA vac (separate motor) so just plan accordingly if you’re running this continuously. A nice feature is that the HEPA vac can easily be detached when not needed to save additional runtime but either way will not affect the power of the hammer drill itself. Check out the video below and Makita press release below that for more information.
La Mirada, CA – Makita, a worldwide manufacturer of technologically advanced power tools that are more compact with less weight yet deliver industrial strength power and results, has expanded its line-up of 18V Lithium-Ion cordless tools with the new 18V LXT® Lithium-Ion Brushless 1″ SDS-PLUS Rotary Hammer with HEPA Dust Xtraction Vacuum Attachment, model LXRH011.
Makita LXT Brushless
The LXRH011 is engineered with Makita LXT Brushless Motor Technology, optimized to deliver up to 50% longer run time, increased power and speed, and longer tool life. LXT Brushless tools are part of Makita’s 18V LXT Series, with 50+ cordless tools powered by one fast-charging 18V Lithium-Ion battery.
A Game-Changing Cordless Rotary Hammer
The release of the new LXRH011 Rotary Hammer sets new standards in the cordless tool category with a number of milestones, including:
– First 1″ capacity 18V cordless rotary hammer
– First 18V brushless rotary hammer with a built-on vacuum attachment
– Offers the same drilling capacity as the leading competitor’s 36V rotary hammers, but with up to 2.5 lbs. less weight
– Fastest, most convenient material disposal in its class
– Greatest material holding capacity in its class
“Users are demanding more performance from cordless rotary hammers and the need for concrete dust containment is becoming more and more prevalent on the jobsites,” said Adam Livingston, Makita Product Manager, Commercial Products. “By introducing the first brushless 1″ max capacity eighteen volt rotary hammer with a built-on HEPA vacuum attachment, Makita has once again set a new standard and delivered the total solution.”
Efficient BL™ Brushless Motor Delivers Speed, Power, and Run Time
The new LXRH011 has an efficient BL™ Brushless Motor with variable speed that delivers 0-950 RPM, 4,700 BPM, and 2.0 Joules with up to 50% longer run time than current Makita 18V LXT rotary hammers. The efficiency of the BL™ Brushless Motor allowed Makita engineers to power both the tool and the separate vacuum motor with a single 18V (not 36V) Lithium-Ion battery. The separate vacuum motor also increases suction efficiency without sacrificing the performance of the rotary hammer. The result is a powerful and efficient rotary hammer with vacuum attachment that delivers the same drilling capacity as the leading competitors’ 36V rotary hammers, but with up to 2.5 lbs. less weight.
HEPA Vacuum System
The HEPA Dust Xtraction Vacuum Attachment is trigger-activated for user convenience. The rubber suction gasket is engineered to provide consistent contact with the work surface, where the dust is channeled to the clear dust container with HEPA filter, which captures 99.95% of dust particles (size .3 microns). An added feature is a 2-second delay on the vacuum motor: After the trigger is released, the 2-second extended suction collects remnant dust and particles as the bit is being pulled out of the work surface, making the LXRH011 ideal for overhead drilling.
The high capacity dust container is clear and provides an accurate level indicator of collected material. The container also has the largest material holding capacity in its class with faster and more convenient disposal of material than leading competitor models for less downtime. The vacuum attachment has a quick release and can be easily detached from the rotary hammer when not needed.
Additional ease-of-use and efficiency features include 3-mode operation (rotation only, hammering with rotation and hammer only), a large 2-finger trigger for more convenience and greater comfort, and a depth adjustment guide for increased drilling depth accuracy.