Makita XBU02 18V X2 (36V) LXT Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless Blower
Makita XBU02 18V X2 (36V) LXT Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless Blower is low-noise, yet powerful cordless leaf blower, suitable for thorough cleaning of dry and somewhat wet leaves.
Makita XBU02 is power by a pair of 18V Makita LXT lithium-ion batteries, storing enough energy and providing enough power for gas-like performances. However, operating Makita XBU02 at the maximum power, significantly shortens the operating time on the single battery charge - common issue for all cordless tools, not just for Makita XBU02 cordless blower.
Published: March 30, 2020.
Makita XBU02 Cordless Leaf Blower Features and Specifications
Makita XBU02 is one of the most popular and valued cordless leaf blowers on the market.
As such, it comes in several versions:
- Makita XBU02Z: Bare Tool Only,
- Makita XBU02PT: Makita XBU02Z, Makita DC18RD rapid battery charger, two Makita BL1850B 18V 5.0 Ah LXT lithium-ion batteries,
- Makita XBU02PT1: Makita XBU02Z, Makita DC18RD rapid battery charger, four Makita BL1850B 18V 5.0 Ah LXT lithium-ion batteries.
For people already having Makita 18V LXT lithium-ion batteries, Makita XBU02Z cordless leaf blower (tool only) may come at very affordable price.
People having the need for Makita XBU02 cordless leaf blower and Makita 18V batteries should opt for either Makita XBU02PT (charger + 2 batteries) or Makita XBU02PT1 (charger + 4 batteries).
Since Makita BL1850B batteries may be used for powering other Makita 18V LXT tools, Makita XBU02PT (charger + 2 batteries) is the most popular model.
Makita XBU02 cordless leaf blower is 36 volts tool, being power by a pair of 18V LXT 5.0 Ah lithium ion batteries, being able to store ~180 Wh (~90 Wh per fully charged battery) of energy. Thanks to such setup, Makita XBU02 achieves performances that are close to corded/gas powered leaf blowers.
Single Makita BL1850B battery weighs 1.4 pounds (~635 grams), which isn't much for the battery featuring rather strong and durable casing, LED battery charge meter and built-in protective electronics.
Unit comes with 6-stage air velocity/volume selection dial with variable speed control trigger, allowing the user to adjust the air speed/volume to required level and thus prolong the operating time on the single battery charge - Makita XBU02 may operate up to 25-28 minutes with the mid-range air speed/volume.
Makita XBU02 features high-efficient brushless motor, spinning its fan from 11400 to 21500 rpm.
Maximum air speed of the Makita XBU02 is 120 mph (192 km/h, 53.3 m/s) with the maximum air volume of 473 CFM (Cubic Feet per Minute) - more than enough for dry and somewhat moist leaves and smaller twigs. Despite its power, Makita XBU02 is not noisy blower with noise rating at just 61 dB.
With two batteries included, Makita XBU02 weighs 'only' 9.0 pounds (~4.1 kg). We say 'only' because 9.0 pounds makes this blower relatively heavy, when combined with other cordless leaf blowers (which are also usually weaker, or have shorter operating time).
Another feature of Makita XBU02PT and Makita XBU02PT1 is their Makita DC18RD 18V Lithium-Ion Dual Port Rapid Optimum Charger.
Makita DC18RD is able to charge:
- two Makita 18V Compact Lithium-Ion 2.0Ah batteries in 25 minutes,
- two 18V LXT Lithium-Ion 3.0Ah batteries in 30 minutes,
- two 18V LXT Lithium-Ion 4.0Ah batteries in 40 minutes,
- two 18V LXT Lithium-Ion 5.0Ah batteries in 45 minutes,
- two 18V LXT Lithium-Ion 6.0Ah batteries in 55 minutes.
Makita DC18RD features fan for direct cooling of batteries during the charging and built-in USB port for charging various portable electronics.
Also, during the charging process, Makita DC18RD communicates with the batteries' onboard electronics, adjusting the charging process according to the batteries' conditions.
Long Story Short: Makita XBU02 18V X2 (36V) LXT Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless Blower is strong and durable cordless leaf blower, offering performances very close to those of corded electric and gas powered leaf blowers.
Also, with ~25 minutes of constant operation at medium power, it can clean a large surface and collect a lot of leaves and other debris.
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