Makita XML03PT1 36V (18V X2) LXT Brushless 18" Lawn Mower Kit
Makita XML03 lawn mower is a cordless, brushless lawn mower powered by a pair of 18V LXT lithium batteries, ensuring output power of the corded unit, but without the cord to pull around.
Makita XML03 lawn mower can be purchased as a tool only, as a mower kit with four 4.0Ah batteries and a rapid battery charger, or as a mower kit with four 5.0Ah lithium batteries and a rapid battery charger.
Published: August 7, 2021.
Makita XML03 Lawn Mower Features and Specifications
Makita XML03 is powered by a pair of 18V LXT lithium batteries and operates at full 36 volts - the unit cannot operate using just one battery.
Makita XML03 features a steel deck, made of 14 gauge steel. Also, to make the unit even more robust, it can be used only for mowing and for mulching - a side discharge option is not available.
The deck width is 19 inches (~48.3 cm) with the cutting width of 18 inches (~45.7 cm).
Makita XML03 is suitable for lawns up to 1/3 acre (~1350 m2). although this depends very much on the capacity of the batteries, lawn/grass condition, and similar.
When the unit is ready for use, its dimensions are 66.125 x 21 x 37.75 inches (~168 x 53.4 x 95.9 cm) and it weighs 60.5 pounds (27.4 kg) without the batteries and 63.3 pounds (28.7 kg) with a pair of 18V 5.0Ah LXT lithium batteries.
The maximum blade speed is 3300 RPM (55 revolutions per second) ensuring a clean and uniform cut.
Makita XML03 is a cordless lawn mower featuring an energy-efficient brushless electric motor and generally, it is a rather quiet lawn mower.
However, in order to decrease the noise even further, Makita XML03 features Quiet mode, where the speed of the blade is decreased down to 2500 RPM (~41 revolutions per second) prolonging the mowing time on a single battery charge.
Other controls include Power On/Of Switch and Battery Check Button, which allows the user to check the remaining charge in the batteries.
Makita XML03 features a single lever for adjusting the cutting height with 10 possible settings from 13/16 (0.8125) to 2-15/16 (2.9375) inches (2 - 7.5 cm), which is more than enough for most of the users.
Grass catcher bag capacity is 1.7 bushels (~15.8 gallons, 60 liters), allowing the unit to store plenty of grass clippings before the user needs to empty the bag.
The whole Makita XML03 cordless lawn mower has been designed and built with Makita's eXtreme Protection Technology (XPT) which is basically a protective seal inside the lawn mower engineered for improved reliability in harsh and difficult conditions by channeling water, dust, dirt, etc. away from key internal components.
Hence, Makita XML03 cordless lawn mower, batteries, and charger come with a 3-year limited warranty.
Makita XML03 cordless lawn mower can be found in several versions, including:
- Makita XML03Z: bare tool only,
- Makita XML03CM1: bare tool combined with a dual rapid charger and four (4) 18V 4.0Ah LXT lithium batteries,
- Makita XML03PT1: bare tool combined with a dual rapid charger and four (4) 18V 5.0Ah LXT lithium batteries.
Since all Makita 18V LXT tools are compatible with 18V LXT lithium batteries, batteries that come with Makita XML03CM1 and/or Makita XML03PT1 models can be used to power any Makita 18V LXT compatible tool, saving a lot of money in the future.
Makita BL1850 18V 5.0Ah LXT lithium battery weighs 1.4 pounds (~0.634 kg) and is able to store ~90 Wh of energy. Also, they feature a battery charge indicator, allowing the user to easily check the remaining battery charge.
When stored at a cool place, they have a very low self-discharge rate and can be used even months after being charged.
In order to charge the batteries, Makita XML03 comes with the Makita DC18RD 18V LXT Lithium‑Ion Dual Port Rapid Optimum Battery Charger.
Makita DC18RD battery charger is able to recharge:
- two (2) 18V 2.0Ah batteries in only 25 minutes,
- two (2) 18V 3.0Ah batteries in only 30 minutes,
- two (2) 18V 4.0Ah batteries in only 40 minutes,
- two (2) 18V 5.0Ah batteries in only 45 minutes,
- two (2) 18V 6.0Ah batteries in only 55 minutes.
Makita DC18RD is an advanced battery charger that continuously monitors the battery condition and charges it accordingly. Also, it comes with a fan that cools the batteries down, preventing overheating.
Long Story Short: Makita XML03 cordless lawn mower is anything but a cheap unit, especially with four 18V 5.0Ah batteries combined with a rapid battery charger.
But, as long as the batteries are charged, Makita XML03 offers power levels of corded lawn mowers, just without the cord. And when a pair of batteries is discharged, a rapid battery charger can recharge them rather quickly.
If You are looking for a cordless lawn mower, and You don't mind paying somewhat more, go for this model. And the batteries that come with it, can be used for all Makita 18V LXT compatible tools, saving money in the long run.
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