Makita 18V Threaded Rod & Rebar Flush-Cut

Makita 18v Rebar Cutter XCS02

While at the 2017 Makita New Products Event this year, we got a pretty good look at the impressive new 18v Cordless Steel Rod Flush-Cutter XCS02T1 ($1295, Kit), which is a solid alternative to hydraulic rebar cutting options like the Makita cordless XCS01 ($1999, bare). It has a brushless motor (looks to be the same as the brushless grinders) and can cut #8 60 grade threaded rod and rebar from 3-8”-1”.  This is a slight step up in capacity from the Hydraulic Rebar Cutter, less expensive and leaves a cleaner cut.

The XCS02 Steel Rod Cutter uses a 4-5/16″ 24 tooth 15mm kerf carbide tipped circular blade, and looks pretty similar to any other Makita cordless grinder. The carbide tipped blade allows for spark free cutting and only generates a small amount of heat, cool enough to touch after cutting. The cutter has a flat bottom base that allows for cuts as close as 1/8” to base. This is a big advantage over the hydraulic cutter that works better in applications at odd angles due to its rotating head feature. It also has a weight advantage over the hydraulic cutter, the flush cutter weighs in at 8.8 lbs with a battery while the hydraulic cutter is nearly 3 times as heavy at 24 lbs.

The cutter has a small opening for rebar at the front of the blade that has an orange stopper that holds the rebar at a 90° angle for level cuts every time. It features a 3 position handle for comfortable use and rubberized soft grip handle. The automatic speed change feature protects the tool from overload damage and optimizes performance by adjusting speed and torque when the tool is under heavy load. This can be seen by a green light by the battery charge meter on the tool.

The brushless motor is the same as can be seen in Makita grinders, but delivers 2,200 RPM optimized for cool cutting of rebar without overheating. It comes with an optional chip collection bag that can be attached to the side outlet for clean cutting.

The Makita Cordless Steel Rod Flush-Cutter is the first cordless tool of its kind on the market, and at just over 18.5” long, it is one of the most compact and lightweight cutters available. This tool is available now at Ohio Power Tool as a kit or bare tool, and dont forget to pick up some spare blades!


Cutting Capacity (thickness) : 1″
Blade Diameter : 4-5/16″
No Load Speed : 2,200 RPM
Lock On Switch : Yes
Lock-Off : No
Switch Type : Slide
Battery : 18V LXT® Lithium-Ion
Overall Length : 18-17/32″

XCS02T1 Includes:
•18V LXT® BL™ Cordless Steel Rod Cutter, Tool Only (XCS02ZK)
•18V LXT® Lithium-Ion 5.0Ah Battery (BL1850B)
•18V LXT® Lithium-Ion Rapid Optimum Charger (DC18RC)
•Cutter Blade, XCS02 (SC19002890)
•Side Handle
•Tool Case

XCS02ZK Includes:
•Cutter Blade, XCS02 (SC19002890)
•Side Handle
•Tool Case



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  1. Shyrel says:

    Look at that! I really need one of those! Perfect tool!

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