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Makita 36V LXT Brushless Blower Kit XBU02PT1 Review

This is a solid blower on its own merits and has interchangeable batteries with handheld Makita power tools
Makita 36V LXT Brushless Blower Kit XBU02PT1
Credit: Jenna Ammerman
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Price:   $329 List
Pros:  Plenty of strength, quiet, interchangeable batteries with other handheld cordless Makita tools
Cons:  Expensive, so-so ergonomics and comfort
Manufacturer:   Makita
By Austin Palmer, David Wise, and Jenna Ammerman  ⋅  Oct 26, 2021
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  • Power - 50% 8
  • Battery - 25% 7
  • Ergonomics - 15% 5
  • Noise - 10% 7

Our Verdict

If you are on the hunt for a single battery system to rule them all, the Makita 36V LXT Brushless Blower Kit XBU02PT1 is a solid choice when it comes to cordless leaf blowers. This is an overall top-notch blower that utilizes interchangeable batteries with the Makita handheld power tools. This blower has tons of power to clear all sorts of debris, all while being relatively quiet and decently ergonomic. It doesn't have the most amazing battery life on a single charge, but this package comes with four batteries, effectively doubling its in-use time to almost 30 minutes, making it the most impressive in the all-important area of battery performance.

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Pros Plenty of strength, quiet, interchangeable batteries with other handheld cordless Makita toolsPowerful, relatively low operating volume, cruise control setting, efficientPowerful, easy to holdLight, powerful for 18v, good battery lifeMuch more affordable, exceptionally ergonomic
Cons Expensive, so-so ergonomics and comfortNot the longest battery lifeSo-so battery life, takes a long time to rechargeExpensive, no turbo setting, takes a long time for full rechargeNot the most powerful, very loud
Bottom Line This is a solid blower on its own merits and has interchangeable batteries with handheld Makita power toolsThis model is the most powerful blower we tested, helping to complete yard work more efficiently than any other tool testedThis 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 handFans 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 brandIdeal 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
Power (50%)
8.0
9.0
9.0
7.0
6.0
Battery (25%)
7.0
5.0
4.0
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5.0
Ergonomics (15%)
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Noise (10%)
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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
Turbo Boost? No Yes Yes No Yes
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.

Performance Comparison


The XBU02PT1 is packed with power while landing in the middle of the...
The XBU02PT1 is packed with power while landing in the middle of the pack in our noise metric.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Power


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.

The XBU02PT1 during our beachball test.
The XBU02PT1 during our beachball test.
Credit: Austin Palmer

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 had no problem clearing out playground sand in our...
The XBU02PT1 had no problem clearing out playground sand in our testing.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

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.

Battery


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.

The XBU02PT1 is unique in that it uses two, 18-volt batteries to...
The XBU02PT1 is unique in that it uses two, 18-volt batteries to equal 36-volts instead of one large battery like most other blowers.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

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.

Each battery takes about an hour to charge.
Each battery takes about an hour to charge.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Ergonomics


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.

We liked the grip on this model.
We liked the grip on this model.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

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 variable speed dial on the XBU02PT1.
The variable speed dial on the XBU02PT1.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

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.

Noise


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.

We made quick work clearing off a local bike path with the XBU02PT1.
We made quick work clearing off a local bike path with the XBU02PT1.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Value


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

We like the easy to press button to activate cruise control.
We like the easy to press button to activate cruise control.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Conclusion


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.

Austin Palmer, David Wise, and Jenna Ammerman

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