Makita 36V LXT Brushless Blower Kit XBU02PT1 Review
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|Pros||Plenty of strength, quiet, interchangeable batteries with other handheld cordless Makita tools||Powerful, relatively low operating volume, cruise control setting, efficient||Powerful, easy to hold||Light, powerful for 18v, good battery life||Much more affordable, exceptionally ergonomic|
|Cons||Expensive, so-so ergonomics and comfort||Not the longest battery life||So-so battery life, takes a long time to recharge||Expensive, no turbo setting, takes a long time for full recharge||Not the most powerful, very loud|
|Bottom Line||This is a solid blower on its own merits and has interchangeable batteries with handheld Makita power tools||This model is the most powerful blower we tested, helping to complete yard work more efficiently than any other tool tested||This is a powerful and well-balanced blower that will make short work of leaf-covered decks and driveways, but you'll want to have extra batteries on hand||Fans of Milwaukee's 18-volt tool line won't be disappointed with this blower, though there are better choices if you're not committed to the brand||Ideal for the budget-conscious shopper, this blower offers just enough power and battery life for the needs of most home-owners|
|Rating Categories||Makita 36V LXT Brus...||Ego Power+ 615 CFM...||Oregon 40V Leaf Blo...||Milwaukee M18 Fuel...||Ryobi 40V RY40460|
|Specs||Makita 36V LXT Brus...||Ego Power+ 615 CFM...||Oregon 40V Leaf Blo...||Milwaukee M18 Fuel...||Ryobi 40V RY40460|
|Blower Model Number||XBU02PT1||LB6150||BL300||2724-20||RY40460|
|Measured Weight w/ Battery||9.2 lbs||8.1 lbs||9.1 lbs||7.2 lbs||9 lbs|
|Variable speed||Yes, dial||Yes, trigger||Yes, trigger||Yes, button and trigger||Yes, trigger|
|Included Battery Size||5 Ah||2.5 Ah||4 Ah||8 Ah||4 Ah|
|Measured Charge Time||1 hr||45 min||2 hr 23 min||1 hr 30 min||2 hrs 45 min|
|Measured Run Time on Turbo Boost||N/A||10 min 58 sec||10 min||N/A||18 min 5 sec|
|Measured Run Time on Highest Standard Mode||14 min 37 sec||22 min 2 sec||19 min 20 sec||20 min 37 sec||26 min|
|# of Batteries Included||4||1||1||1||1|
|Nominal Voltage||36V (2 x 18V)||56V||40V||18V||40V|
|Measured Operator Sound Level Highest Setting||84 dBA||88 dBa||92 dBa||88 dBa||93.3 dBa|
|Operating Modes||Variable speeds with trigger and speed settings 1-6||Variable speed pulling trigger with turbo button||Variable speed pulling trigger with turbo button||Variable speed pulling trigger with a button for low and high||Variable speed pulling trigger with turbo button|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Makita XBU02PT1 gives a strong performance in our power and battery life metrics, using two 5 amp hour batteries to move more air and achieve a longer runtime. While Ego Power+ has an impressive battery system, it's limited to the brand's line of outdoor yard work tools, where you can employ your Makita batteries in Makita's enormous line of quality battery-powered tools.
Accounting for half of the total score for each product, power is our most significant testing metric. We rated and ranked each product based on its maximum useful range at clearing sand, how easily and quickly it can clear mixed debris and the height that it can float a beach ball in a stable configuration.
The XBU02PT1 did very well at levitating the beach ball, floating it to a height of 6' and holding it there, besting the majority of the competition.
This cordless leaf blower also has an impressive range, able to effectively move sand almost 18 feet (213 inches) away from the end of the blower, which is one of the furthest ranges that we have seen from these products.
The XBU02PT1 did exceptionally well at removing mixed debris from our parking, sending all sorts of leaves, pine needles, rocks, and soil flying. It didn't have any issues at all removing the caked-on dirt layer from the asphalt or moving small stones or pebbles. It isn't quite the best we have seen but it is a strong contender for the runner-up position.
It makes clearing leaves and pine needles an absolute breeze though it can struggle a small amount if the pine needles clump together into a giant mat. It moves small to medium piles without an issue but we did manage to stump the Makita when the pine needles stuck together enough to form a massive mat that stretched across multiple parking spaces.
Following our trio of strength tests, we next rate and compare the battery system of each cordless blower, which is responsible for one-fourth of the final score for the Makita. Points were awarded based on the runtime of each leaf blower with a fully charged battery and how long it took to recharge a dead battery. The XBU02PT1 performed respectably, earning an above-average score.
This cordless leaf blower uses a pair of 5 amp-hour, 18-volt batteries in series to get a nominal operating voltage of 36 volts. When simulating normal use by employing the turbo mode for about 30% of its runtime, the Makita expired after 14 minutes and 37 seconds of use. While this isn't a super impressive runtime, we were able to keep it running for 29 minutes when we stuck to the low power setting. This model is also often sold with a four-pack of batteries (like the package we bought), which significantly extends usage time. Additionally, if you have other Makita cordless handheld tools, you can interchange the batteries with this model to keep your blower blowing.
Fortunately, these batteries charge quite quickly. The included charger can charge both batteries simultaneously and we found that it took about an hour to completely recharge a dead battery, plus or minus five minutes or so. Not too shabby, considering some brands took over 2 hours to charge one battery.
Constituting 15% of the total score, our ergonomics metric came next in terms of significance. The Makita did about average. This score is based on how balanced the XBU02PT1 is, how its grip felt, where its air intake vent is, and how much it weighs.
The Makita is right on par for these products when it comes to how much it weighs, tipping the scales at 9.2 pounds with the pair of batteries installed.
It has an acceptable grip but it isn't quite as balanced as we would have hoped. It naturally rests at an angle that is just a bit too steep, forcing the nozzle to point right at the ground, which isn't the most optimal leaf blowing angle.
This cordless leaf blower has a dial interface to control the speed, with a cruise control setting for the max power mode. We did like that the dial is super easy to reach with your thumb while holding it compared to many other models that require you to use a second hand.
The intake vent is on the back of the Makita, so it can be prone to snagging your shirt when you are switching the XBU02PT1 from hand to hand but we never found this to be too much of an issue and didn't really stop the airflow.
Our last pair of tests scored the Makita on the amount of noise that is produced. Using an SPL meter, we measured the sound level experienced by the operator when the XBU02PT1 is on its most powerful mode and the noise felt by a bystander approximately 50' away.
The Makita only created noise levels of about 84 decibels for the operator, without any particularly irritating high-pitched tones. This dropped significantly for bystanders, with our meter only recording levels of 68.5 decibels at the measured 50 feet way.
While the Makita is an excellent cordless blower and does offer more battery compatibility than many other models, it comes at a bit of a premium price and isn't the best value. There are far better bargain options out there for the budget-conscious, but if you already have a shed full of Makita cordless tools, we doubt you'll be disappointed with the addition of this blower
The Makita XBU02PT1 is a fantastic cordless leaf blower that holds its own with the best models that we have seen. It's got plenty of power, it's ergonomic, and it isn't upsettingly loud, all while offering compatibility across the line of Makita tools.
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