Makita XRU15PT Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless 18V 5.0Ah x2 (36V) LXT String Trimmer
Makita XRU15PT is a lightweight and rather convenient cordless string trimmer, powered with a pair of Maxita's very popular 18V 5.0Ah LXT lithium-ion, power fade-free batteries.
Makita XRU15PT is a very simple string trimmer to use and much easier to maintain when compared with gas-powered units. Also, a direct-drive brushless motor in combination with Automatic Torque Drive Technology extends the operating time, allowing the user to do more in less time.
Published: February 16, 2021.
Makita XRU15PT Cordless String Trimmer Features and Specifications
Makita XRU15PT is a cordless string trimmer kit that contains a Makita XRU15Z cordless string trimmer, a pair of BL1850B 18V 5.0Ah LXT Makita lithium-ion batteries, an 18V LXT Lithium-ion Dual-Port Rapid Battery Charger (DC18RD), and one Bump & Feed Trimmer Head (M10 x 1.25 LH, 197296-3).
Makita XRU15Z cordless string trimmer can be also purchased as a tool-only and as a kit containing 4 (four) 5.0Ah 18V batteries (combined with DC18RD rapid charger), allowing practically non-stop operation.
But, for most users, the Makita XRU15PT model (2x batteries + rapid charger) is the most preferred model.
Without batteries, Makita XRU15PT weighs 7.6 pounds (~3.5 kg) and with a pair of 18V 5.0Ah LXT batteries, the unit weighs 10.4 pounds (~4.71 kg), with an overall length of 69.25 inches (~176 cm).
Although 10.4 pounds is far from being lightweight, Makita XRU15PT is carried and used using both hands AND in combination with a shoulder strap - this is a strong and durable tool, intended for frequent use at home gardens and backyards.
Note: although Makita XRU15PT is simple to use and maintain, when it arrives, before the very first use, be sure to read the manual thoroughly, especially safety features. Also, be sure to charge the batteries completely.
Makita XRU15PT comes with a direct-drive brushless motor with combined controls - if required, the user can change line speeds, but also, thanks to the Automatic Torque Drive Technology, the unit can automatically change line speed in order to provide more power or to extend the batteries runtime.
No-load speed is 3500, 5300, and 6500 RPM - unit features 3-speed settings.
Another very interesting feature is 'reverse' speed, which helps the user to quickly clear trimmer head of entangled grass and weeds.
Makita XRU15PT features 15 inches (~38 cm) cutting swath and an M10 x 1.25H arbor shaft.
Also, units comes with bump&feed trimmer head loaded with 0.080" (2 mm) twisted line, with capacity of up to 20’ of 0.080", 18' of 0.095", 16' of 0.105" and 13' of 0.110" trimmer line.
Makita XRU15PT comes with a pair of Makita BL1850B 18V 5.0Ah LXT batteries - both batteries (36V total) must be attached for the unit to operate.
Actual runtime depends on the grass type, amount of weed, and similar, but on average users can expect 35-40 minutes of operation, sometimes even more.
Makita BL1850B 18V 5.0Ah LXT batteries can be used to power other Makita 18V LXT tools as well.
Another feature of the Makita XRU15PT kit is 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 a fan for direct cooling of batteries during the charging and a 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.
Makita XRU15PT comes with a 3-year limited warranty on tool, battery, and charger.
Long Story Short: If You are looking for a strong and durable cordless string trimmer, consider the Makita XRU15PT model.
Makita XRU15PT comes with two powerful batteries, rapid battery charger, shoulder strap, highly efficient direct-drive brushless motor, and few more features that ensure long runtime and high power output.
Some users having tougher grass and weed complain about 0.080" standard twisted quiet trimmer line, but it can be replaced by thicker lines.
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