Makita has released the new 18V LXT® Lithium-Ion Brushless Quick-Shift Mode™ 3-Speed Impact Driver, model XDT09M. It is the most powerful and most compact impact driver ever made by Makita. It’s part of Makita’s expanding 18V Lithium-Ion series, the world’s largest cordless tool line-up powered by an 18V Lithium-Ion slide-style battery. Makita 18V Lithium-Ion batteries have the fastest charge times in their categories, so they spend more time working and less time sitting on the charger. “Makita has a legacy of innovation in cordless impact drivers, and the XDT09M sets new standards,” said Adam Livingston, Makita Product Manager, Cordless Tools. “The XDT09M has more torque and more speed than previous models, yet it has more features and the most compact size in the 18 volt category. For contractors, the XDT09M is a total fastening solution.”. The XDT09M weighs only 3.3 lbs. with the 4.0Ah battery. With a length of only 4-3/4″, it is 3/8″ more compact than the Makita XDT06 and the most compact in its category. Other features include a 3-stage battery power indicator and Makita’s Extreme Protection Technology (XPT), an interior seal inside the tool engineered for improved water and dust resistance for use in harsh jobsite conditions. Similar to all Makita impact drivers, the anvil impact mechanism in the XDT09M is engineered using the best raw materials with the highest quality steel and unique heat hardening process for maximum fastening and driving power.