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Makita 36V LXT Brushless Blower Kit XBU02PT Review

This is a solid blower on its own merits and has interchangeable batteries with handheld Makita power tools
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Makita 36V LXT Brushless Blower Kit XBU02PT Review (The Makita is a solid leaf blower and one tool in a robust lineup of battery-sharing power tools from this manufacturer.)
The Makita is a solid leaf blower and one tool in a robust lineup of battery-sharing power tools from this manufacturer.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman
Price:  $389 List
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Manufacturer:   Makita
By Hale Milano, Austin Palmer, David Wise, and Jenna Ammerman  ⋅  Jun 22, 2023
71
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SCORE


RANKED
#4 of 8
  • Power - 50% 7.0
  • Battery - 25% 8.0
  • Ergonomics - 15% 8.0
  • Noise - 10% 4.0

Our Verdict

If you are on the hunt for a single battery system to rule them all and want a battery leaf blower as part of your power tool lineup, the Makita 36V LXT Brushless Blower Kit XBU02PT is a solid choice. It is also one of the best overall leaf blowers on the market. This is a top-notch blower that utilizes interchangeable batteries with other Makita handheld power tools. This blower has tons of power to clear all sorts of debris and is decently ergonomic. It does not have the most amazing battery life on a single charge, but standard 18V batteries that come with other Makita tools can easily change this, making it ideal for those with other products in the Makita family.
REASONS TO BUY
Plenty of strength
Ergonomic
Interchangeable batteries with other handheld cordless Makita tools
REASONS TO AVOID
Expensive
Requires two batteries
Editor's Note: This review was updated June 22, 2023, after a new bout of updated power testing alongside the rest of our lineup.

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Bottom Line If you already own some Makita tools, this blower makes a great addition to your cordless tool collectionIf you're looking for a powerful battery blower to get yard work done faster, this is your modelThis is a pack leader for power, but we recommend buying a larger batteryWith a high power output and excellent run time this heavy model can keep on goingAn inexpensive model that works for small jobs, but isn't suitable for large yardwork projects
Rating Categories Makita 36V LXT Brus... Ego Power+ 615 CFM... Ryobi 40V HP Brushl... Ego Power+ 765 CFM Ryobi 18V One+ 280...
Power (50%)
7.0
8.0
9.0
8.0
3.0
Battery (25%)
8.0
8.0
5.0
9.0
7.0
Ergonomics (15%)
8.0
9.0
8.0
6.0
8.0
Noise (10%)
4.0
6.0
10.0
7.0
6.0
Specs Makita 36V LXT Brus... Ego Power+ 615 CFM... Ryobi 40V HP Brushl... Ego Power+ 765 CFM Ryobi 18V One+ 280...
Blower Model Number XBU02PT LB6150 RY404100VNM LB7654 P21801VNM
Measured Weight w/ Battery 9.0 lb 7.8 lb 9.4 lb 12.2 lb 5.8 lb
Nominal Voltage 36V (2 x 18V) 56V 40V 56V 18V
Turbo Boost No Yes Yes Yes No
Manufacturer Battery Family Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Variable Speed Yes, dial Yes, trigger Yes, trigger Yes, dial Yes, trigger
# of Batteries Included 2 1 1 1 1
Operating Modes Variable speeds with trigger and speed settings 1-6 Variable speed pulling trigger with turbo button Variable speed pulling trigger, cruise control, low-high Variable speed dial with turbo button Variable speed pulling trigger
Included Battery Size 5 Ah 2.5 Ah 4 Ah 5 Ah 4 Ah
Measured Charge Time 60 min 45 min 60 min 70 min 55 min
Measured Run Time on Highest Standard Mode 18 min 11 sec 15 min 59 sec 12 min 42 sec 25 min 19 sec 13 min 56 sec
Measured Run Time on Turbo Boost N/A 10 min 58 sec 7 min 20 sec 15 min 18 sec N/A
Measured Operator Sound Level Highest Setting 91 dBA 85 dBA 72 dBa 83 dBa 85 dBa
Measured Air Flow on High at 5" 865 cfm 580 cfm 880 cfm 940 cfm 550 cfm
Measured Air Flow on Turbo Boost at 5" N/A 1008 cfm 1168 cfm 1090 cfm N/A
Measured Air Flow on High at 30" 450 cfm 488 cfm 426 cfm 388 cfm 321 cfm
Measured Air Flow on Turbo Boost at 30" N/A 860 cfm 512 cfm 437 cfm N/A
Measured Air Speed on High at 5" 132 mph 115 mph 118 mph 125 mph 79 mph
Measured Air Speed on Turbo Boost at 5" N/A 136 mph 158 mph 141 mph N/A
Measured Air Speed on High at 30" 66 mph 62 mph 57 mph 50 mph 45 mph
Measured Air Speed on Turbo Boost at 30" N/A 73 mph 79 mph 59 mph N/A

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Makita 36V LXT gives a strong performance across the board, using two separate five amp-hour batteries to move more air and achieve a longer runtime than most 18V battery blowers. The Makita has wonderful ergonomics, which makes yard work more pleasant. While other brands leaf blowers have a more impressive battery system or larger single batteries, the Makita shares batteries across Makita's enormous line of quality battery-powered tools.

Performance Comparison


makita 36v lxt brushless blower kit xbu02pt - the xbu02pt1 had helpful ergonomic features and enough power to pass...
The XBU02PT1 had helpful ergonomic features and enough power to pass our tests, all while leveraging Makita's standard 18V batteries.
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 measured airflow and air velocity, two crucial industry benchmarks. To do this, we purchased a specialized anemometer and pitot tube and recorded the results at various distances and power levels. Then, we used a standard real-world testing scenario to assess practical performance. We timed each blower's ability to clear a section of the yard from leaves and debris into an 8x8 foot target zone.


The Makita scored above average when we used a pitot tube and anemometer to measure the cubic feet per minute (CFM) and miles per hour (mph). It achieved 865 CFM at five inches and 132 mph airspeeds at the same distance. This was the highest recorded airspeed of any model we tested. We did notice a significant drop in performance readings when we measured at 30 inches.

This battery leaf blower also did well in our real-world testing, clearing our trash can's worth of leaves from our yard in just under one minute. Despite not feeling to have as much power as other models, the ergonomic nozzle helped push leaves and other debris efficiently.

makita 36v lxt brushless blower kit xbu02pt - the anemometer and pitot tube was used to measure airflow (cfm) and...
The anemometer and pitot tube was used to measure airflow (CFM) and air velocity (MPH) at both five inches and 30 inches on high power as well as turbo mode, if available.
Credit: Hale Milano

The Makita 36V LXT did exceptionally well removing mixed debris from the pavement, sending all sorts of leaves, pine needles, rocks, and soil flying. It had no issues removing the caked-on dirt layer from the asphalt or moving small stones or pebbles. It is not quite the best we have seen, but it is still a very strong contender.

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.

makita 36v lxt brushless blower kit xbu02pt - the adjustable length nozzle on the makita made for the perfect...
The adjustable length nozzle on the Makita made for the perfect angle to clear debris.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Battery


Following our trio of strength tests, we next rated and compared the battery system of each battery blower, which is responsible for one-fourth of the final score for the Makita. We assessed both run time and charge time. The 36V LXT Brushless performed respectably, earning an above-average score.


This cordless leaf blower uses a pair of five amp-hour, 18-volt batteries in series to get a nominal operating voltage of 36 volts. When set to high power, the Makita ran for 18 minutes and 11 seconds, a highly impressive score. This model can be purchased with a four-pack of batteries, significantly extending usage time. Additionally, if you have other Makita cordless handheld tools, you can interchange the batteries with this model to keep your blower blowing.

makita 36v lxt brushless blower kit xbu02pt - 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 two hours to charge just one battery.

makita 36v lxt brushless blower kit xbu02pt - each battery takes about an hour to charge.
Each battery takes about an hour to charge.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Ergonomics


Constituting 15 percent of the total score, our ergonomics metric came next in terms of significance. The Makita did above average here. This score is based on how balanced the 36V LXT Brushless is, how its grip feels, where its air intake vent is, and how much it weighs.


It has an acceptable grip, and although it is not quite as balanced as other models, its long nozzle compensates for this fact. When powered on, we had no issues with the nozzle angle and found it made up for its lack of raw power.

makita 36v lxt brushless blower kit xbu02pt - we liked the grip on this model.
We liked the grip on this model.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

The Makita is right on par with many of these products when it comes to how much it weighs, tipping the scales at 9.0 pounds with the pair of batteries installed.


This cordless leaf blower has a variable speed trigger and dial interface to enable cruise control at a given speed setting. We liked that the dial is super easy to reach with your thumb while holding it, compared to many other models that require a second hand. However, we wish the Makita had a turbo mode for extra stubborn debris. The intake vent is on the back of the Makita 36V LXT, so it can be prone to snagging your shirt when switching it from hand to hand. We never found this to be too much of an issue, though, and it didn't really stop the airflow.

makita 36v lxt brushless blower kit xbu02pt - the variable speed dial on the xbu02pt1.
The variable speed dial on the XBU02PT1.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Noise


Our last set of tests scored the Makita on the amount of noise produced. Using an SPL meter, we measured the sound level experienced by the operator when the 36V LXT Brushless was in its most powerful mode.


The Makita created noise levels of about 91 decibels for the operator without any particularly irritating high-pitched tones. While the pitch was fine, this was the loudest model we tested, even though it is much quieter than gas-powered leaf blowers.

makita 36v lxt brushless blower kit xbu02pt - we made quick work clearing off a local bike path with the makita...
We made quick work clearing off a local bike path with the Makita 36V LXT.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Should You Buy the Makita 36V LXT Brushless Blower Kit XBU02PT?


While the Makita is an excellent cordless blower and offers more battery compatibility than many other models, it comes at a hefty price and is not 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.

makita 36v lxt brushless blower kit xbu02pt - the 36-volt, variable speed makita xbu02pt1 leaf blower.
The 36-volt, variable speed Makita XBU02PT1 leaf blower.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

What Other Cordless Leaf Blowers Should You Consider?


If you want a leaf blower with a little more emphasis on power and performance, consider the EGO Power+ 615 CFM Blower, one of our top-scoring models that also costs significantly less. Another powerful option to consider is the Ryobi 40V HP Brushless Whisper Series 730 CFM, a top-tier model that takes airspeed to the max at a premium price point. Both of these models are part of a battery family, making them good options for folks who already own products in either line or are looking to build out a new suite of battery-operated power tools.

Hale Milano, Austin Palmer, David Wise, and Jenna Ammerman