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Makita 18V LXT Cordless X-Lock Angle Grinder XAG26 Review

Makita Cordless Grinder Upgrades with X-Lock Wheel Interface

We’re really excited to get out hands on the first Makita 18V LXT Cordless X-Lock Angle Grinder. Launching two other options (one cordless and one corded), it adds X-Lock’s easy-to-use wheel change system to Makita’s thoughtful design.


  • X-Lock grinder interface makes wheel changes super-easy and fast
  • Electronic brake
  • Active Feedback-sensing Technology (AFT)
  • Anti-restart protection


Makita 18V LXT Cordless X-Lock Angle Grinder Performance

The Makita XAG26 maxes out at 8500 RPM and matches up most closely with the XAG20 (or XAG21 with AWS) if you’ve been using that model. However, it’s a single-speed design, not variable speed.

We did a variety of cutting, grinding, and polishing to see what kind of work we could accomplish. The brushless motor did a nice job of keeping the RPMs high as we cut notches out of 3/8-inch angle iron and it was able to grind down problem areas effectively. Where it really shined—literally—was how quickly it cleaned up our angle iron with a wire cup brush and flap disk.

There’s definitely a difference between this and some of the higher voltage cordless grinders, but keep in mind that this is a 4 1/2 to 5-inch grinder. Of course, it’s going to have less power than 6-inch angle grinders. If you’re looking for a corded power equivalent, this one matches up well with grinders in the 8A to 9A class.

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