Back in July 2016, we posted about the new Makita DTD170 brush less impact driver that was coming out overseas. It was a 6-speed model with good torque and tiny size.

It looks like we’ll be getting something similar here in the USA and presumably Canada as well – the new Makita XTD12 18V brushless impact driver.

The new Makita XDT12 looks identical to the DTD170, at least from what I could tell, with the exception being that the USA model, XDT12M, is bundled with a 4.0Ah Li-ion battery pack, instead of the 6.0Ah pictured with the DTD170.

The Makita XDT12M features 4 speed and torque settings, plus 2 additional operating modes, an Assist mode for driving fasteners at low speeds until tightening begins, and a Quick-Shift Tightening mode, for faster tightening of self-drilling screws.


  • 1550 in-lbs max torque
  • 0-3,600 RPM, 0-3,800 IPM
  • 0-3,200 RPM, 0-3,600 IPM
  • 0-2,100 RPM, 0-2,600 IPM
  • 0-1,100 RPM, 0-1,100 IPM
  • Assist and Tightening modes (A and T)
  • 4-5/8″ long
  • Weighs 3.3 lbs with 4.0Ah battery pack
  • 1/4″ hex chuck
  • LED worklight
  • Removable belt clip