Makita XPT 3-Speed Impact Wrench XWT11 – Not Too Big Not Too Small

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What's This?This post is sponsored by The Home Depot. When it comes to impact wrenches, it sometimes seems like the target buyer exclusively works on monster trucks or suspension bridges. Massive torque in the upper 3 digits to lower 4 digits is not unheard of. However, along with those massive torque figures often comes, well, massiveness. Despite their advancements, super torquey impact wrenches are downright big and heavy. If you’re doing extended work with an impact, or some tasks that require a little agility and moderate torque, a compact tool like the Makita 18V LXT Brushless Cordless XPT XWT11 3-Speed 1/2″ Impact Wrench may be just what the doctor ordered.

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This Makita impact is compact enough to not feel like you have a anvil hanging off your tool belt

The Makita XPT 3-Speed 1/2″ Impact Wrench In Action

Do you ever notice something slowly degrading on your home, but you just can’t seem to muster the motivation to deal with it? Yeah, me too. We have several wrought iron railings and a decorative wrought iron detail that covers a 2nd story window alcove. I have now spent several years watching the black paint slowly start to flake off the metal. Finally, I decided the prospect of these original home details rusting away to be too unbearable. I decided to take action.

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Makita, ready to remove this wrought iron that has been bolted into place for decades.

While the railings are relatively accessible, the wrought iron covering the window involved a mildly-perilous crawl across clay roof tiles. Once I was in position, I then needed to remove four lags bolts sunk deeply into the wall. I wanted to make this adventurous trek exactly TWO times (once to remove the wrought iron for powder coating, and once to put it back). Actually I really wanted to make the trek zero times, but that’s what led to several years of procrastination.

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Making progress. . .

The last thing I wanted was to get out to the precarious work area and discover my impact driver couldn’t quite hack the lag bolts. I also wanted to spend as little time there as possible. So, to make this long story. . . long – this seemed like an ideal task for the
Makita XPT 3-Speed 1/2″ Impact Wrench that was sent to us for review. I used the belt clip to hang the impact wrench from my fall harness (OSHA, you would have been so proud). I also grabbed a suitable assortment of sockets and then made my way across the clay tiles like a clumsy ninja.

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These lag bolts were no match whatsoever for the Makita XWT11Z impact wrench

Once in position, I had to awkwardly support the wrought iron (that stuff is heavy!), while wielding the Makita XPT 3-Speed 1/2″ Impact Wrench overhead. The light weight of the tool, (only 3.8 lbs, with battery), was very much appreciated. Had this Makita impact wrench been a 9 lb beast, the task would have been even more awkard. Aside from the light weight of the tool, it also had plenty of torque to back out those old lag bolts drama-free. Mission accomplished! All that wrought iron is headed in for powder coating in the hopes I don’t have to remove it all again anytime soon.

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Two of these bolts were awkwardly overhead, but the Makita impact was light and maneuverable while I made it a priority to NOT fall off the roof. The wrought iron, however, was not so light.

Childs Play for the Makita XPT 3-Speed 1/2″ Impact Wrench

After the heavy metal project was done (insert Metallica background music here), I tasked this spritely Makita impact wrench with a project closer to ground level. Next up, assembling a kids play set that has been sitting in various pieces in our yard for 6+ months. Maybe a year. Are you sensing a recurring theme about the pace of certain projects on my honey-do list? After seeing puppy dog eyes on the faces of my daughters as they sadly surveyed the various playground parts in the yard, it was finally time to take action. My hope – that the Makita XPT 3-Speed 1/2″ Impact Wrench would wrap up this procrastinated project blazing fast.

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My ally on the next overdue project – the Makita XPT 3 speed impact wrench made quick work of assembling a cedar play set.

The Makita XPT impact wrench features a 3 speed power selection switch. More specifically, those settings translate to 0 RPM to 1,600 RPM/0 RPM to 2,100 RPM/0 RPM to 2,800 RPM and 0 IPM to 1,800 IPM/0 IPM to 2,600 IPM/0 IPM to 3,500 IPM). The short version of all those spec’s is that whatever task you have lined up for this Makita impact wrench (not including monster trucks or suspension bridges), there’s a setting that has you covered.

There’s even a reverse rotation auto-stop mode that stops rotation and impact in 2-seconds after it detects the fastener is loosened adequately. In forward mode, the speed/power setting is intuitively changed by pressing the single button on the control pad at the base of the tool. Each button press cycles you up one level, or down to the lowest if you’re already on the highest. When the tool is in reverse mode, the first three button presses take you to max power/speed. One more press takes you to the reverse auto-stop.

makita xwt11z in action
One suggestion, use the appropriate power setting and don’t pull the trigger fully if you don’t want to tear through a 4×4 or other material not up to serious torque. Ask me how I know. . . .

More Spec’s and Features of the Makita XWT11 Impact Wrench

The brushless motor contributes to this tool’s compact size at only 5-3/4″ long. It also delivers 210 ft/lbs of max torque. It turns out that in the highest setting with a full trigger pull, that’s enough torque to over-tighten a lag bolt and tear right through the wood 4×4 I was drilling it into. I only made that mistake once, but it’s worth being aware of the potential. Despite its compact size, the Makita XWT11 still packs a punch, particularly at the higher settings.

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Mission control for battery level, speed setting, reverse auto-stop, and enabling/disabling the integrated light. One button rules them all.

Aside from the speed / power settings, the button on the control pad also controls the LED light situated just above the trigger. Pressing the button for 1 second activates or deactivates the LED light. If the light is activated, then any slight pull of the trigger will turn on the light for 10 seconds after release. If the light is deactivated, no amount of furious trigger pulling will turn on the LED. Although the LED location casts a noticeable shadow from the front of the tool, it is bright enough to help you acquire your target in a dark engine bay or other light-forsaken locale.

The XPT in the Makita XPT XWT11 Impact Wrench

According to Makita, XPT stands for Extreme Protection Technology. This Makita impact wrench is engineered to provide improved dust and water resistance. Here is what might be the quietest tool video we’ve seen in some time showing intrusion being thwarted:

Makita’s XPT 3 Speed Makes an Impact

All in all, the Makita XPT 3 Speed Impact Wrench is a great addition to the tool armory. The Makita XWT11 is small and light enough to make it easy to carry and deploy. Yet, still powerful enough to handle a broad range of applications. Between the variable speed trigger and four different settings, you can dial in just the right amount of impactfulness. Plus the ergonomics are great – a slender, rubberized soft grip is nicely balanced between the battery and the head of the tool. A 3-year limited warranty should also provide a little peace of mind that the Makita XPT 3 Speed Impact Wrench isn’t just a one-hit wonder. You can pick up the Makita XWT11 3 Speed Impact Wrench (tool only) for around $189.

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If you’re buying the bare tool, make sure you’ve got a Makita charger and battery ready to roll!

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About Marc Lyman

Marc grew up under a brave single mom who "encouraged" home improvement on the family home. Early toddler gifts included a tool set, and even a cordless Bosch drill when cordless drills first came out. In grade school (give or take a few years), Marc's mom said, "We need to cut down some trees. . . . here's a chainsaw." A father figure also involved Marc in many home improvement projects, including a summer of home remodeling in Palo Alto, CA. Toss in some Obsessive Compulsive personality traits researching everything home improvement related. The end result: a genetically pre-disposed, socially sculpted home improvement machine! For his complete profile, please visit our About page. Really, it's worth it.

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