This week saw the reveal of the Makita XGT 40V Max line of cordless power tools. In the U.S. market, Makita has long driven its tools using 18V batteries and, more recently, dual (X2) batteries to bring 36V performance to their tools. New Makita XGT tools appear to be turning a corner, using newer, more power-dense 21700 cells to achieve even greater power and runtimes on select tools. While the company plans to stay committed to 18V tools, the new XGT 40V tools and technology should allow for even more powerful products. SUPPORT OUR ADVERTISERSgoogletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘div-gpt-ad-1389975325257-0′); }); These batteries will NOT be backward-compatible with Makita 18V tools, meaning this is NOT a hybrid system like the Metabo HPT MultiVolt packs or the DeWalt FlexVolt. From Makita’s recent press release: Makita 40V max XGT™ is a new standalone cordless system of tools, equipment, batteries and chargers. XGT will stand side-by-side with the industry-leading 18V LXT® System, giving users more battery-powered solutions for a truly cordless job site The new Makita XGT 40V Max Batteries come IP56-rated against dust and water intrusion. Makita also i...