Makita 18V cordless ratchet test report XRW01

Makita is answering the call from mechanics to add an 18v cordless ratchet to their extensive line of LXT tools. The Makita XRW01 certainly ticks a box by joining the system, but it’s more than just your everyday design.


  • Slim handle design
  • Less than 3 pounds with battery
  • Interchangeable 1/4 inch and 3/8 inch square drives
  • 800 RPM top speed runs long studs faster than competitors


  • Not as much torque as some competitors
  • Doesn’t have the benefits of a brushless motor

Makita 18V battery ratchet performance

If you wanted an 18v version of Makita’s 12v CXT ratchet, this is it. There are many similarities between the two, but this one uses a battery that’s compatible with 275+ other power tools.

Let’s set the table a little here. This is a cordless screwdriver, not a right angle impact wrench or impact wrench, so there isn’t that much power available. Its main advantage is that it eliminates the back and forth movements when using a hand wrench or ratchet and saves you time turning nuts and bolts.

The Makita XWR01 generates up to 35 ft-lbs and 800 RPM of torque to help you achieve this. There are more powerful cordless ratchets available, but we don’t expect the torque of an impact wrench here either.

Makita 18V cordless ratchet Work

The speed should be emphasized. Competing ratchets tend not to stray too far from the 200 RPM mark. Even the version of Snap-On stops at 300 RPM. If you use longer screws, Makita will do this faster than other brands.

There is no typical ratchet mechanism that makes an audible click when the drive is turned. It just snaps where it is and makes for a very low arc swing should you need to give it extra muscle to loosen or set a bolt. When you turn on the motor there is a rocking mechanism in the center of the head that moves the drive and gives your ears an audible signal for a ratchet action.

There is a forward / reverse switch at the top that allows you to select the direction you are working in, much like your hand ratchets.

Although it is battery operated, you can manually tighten or loosen it when the engine is not on. We find that no matter what brand of cordless ratchet we use, we give the bolt a manual kick to loosen or an extra little pull to tighten, and the Makita version does that just as well as any other.

Makita 18V cordless ratchet design notes

Removable drives

The biggest highlight of the feature set is the interchangeable drive design from Makita. The tool includes 1/4 “and 3/8” sizes that use a friction fit. To swap them out, take a screwdriver, insert it through the hole on the back, and push it with the heel of your hand. The replacement can be easily pressed in with the thumb.

Ergonomic handle

We love the slim design of the handle. It’s helpful when you want to get into tighter areas and it’s really comfortable in diameter.

The trigger is a two-finger style and is centered to offer multiple grip options.

height and weight

From tip to tail, the bare tool measures 13 7/8 in. The battery sticks a little and brings the total length to 14 3/4 inches.

The weight is very easy to manage – only 2.7 pounds with a 2.0 Ah battery. You can use a larger battery if you wish, but we prefer the weight and lower profile of a compact battery.

Additional functions

Makita 18V cordless ratchet price

As a mere tool, you can add this ratchet to your Makita 18V collection for $ 159. If you’d rather have a kit with a 2.0Ah battery, single port charger, and soft case, it costs $ 229.

Makita supports its 18V LXT tools, batteries and chargers with a 3-year guarantee.

The bottom line

If you’re looking for a way to save time installing and removing nuts and bolts, the Makita 18V cordless ratchet is a great way to get the job done and save your ankles a little bit of grief. Plus, it covers your 1/4 “and 3/8” sockets with one tool. However, don’t throw away your wrenches and ratchets. Even with a slim profile of this tool, there are still some areas that you may need to access even thinner.

Specifications of the Makita 18V cordless ratchet

  • Model: Makita XRW01
  • Power source: Makita 18V battery
  • Drive: 1/4-inch square and 3/8-inch square
  • Max torque: 35 ft-lbs
  • Maximum speed: 800 rpm
  • Weight: 2.7 pounds with a 2.0 Ah battery
  • Length: 14 3/4 inches with battery
  • Price: $ 159 blank, $ 229 kit
  • Guarantee: 3 years

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