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Makita XCU10 18V Cordless 12-Inch Top Handle Chainsaw

Makita 18V Top Handle Chainsaw Cuts Faster than 22cc Gas Power

The Makita 18V 12-Inch Top Handle Chainsaw has a compact form factor that’s aimed toward Pro arborists and utility tradesmen, but brings cordless convenience to the job. But if cordless power was ever a concern before, Makita claims that the XCU10 actually cuts faster than a 22cc gas chainsaw.

Makita XCU10: The Big Deal

The Makita 18V Cordless 12-Inch Top Handle Chainsaw features an outer rotor brushless motor and direct drive system to provide power equivalent to a 22cc gas engine. Makita also claims that this battery-powered design provides cutting speeds up to 20% faster than gas power.

The cordless design not only provides power and speed, but also efficiency. Using a single 18V 4.0Ah battery, Makita claims that the XCU10 can make up to 150 cuts in 2×2 cedar. When you come up on some thicker or harder material, you can engage the Torque Boost Mode only when you need it to generate extra power.

Other Features

  • Captured bar nut and lateral chain tensioning
  • Adjustable automatic chain lubrication
  • Large oil filling port with view window
  • Auto shutoff after 60 seconds of inactivity
  • Low noise
  • Rubberized grips


Makita is releasing the XCU10 Cordless 12-Inch Top Handle Chainsaw as both a bare tool (XCU10Z) and a kit (XCU10SM1). As a kit, it comes with a 4.0Ah battery and a dual-port charger. Makita hasn’t released any information about a firm release date or pricing information yet, though we will make updates to this article as we learn more.

Makita backs the chainsaw with a 3-year warranty. To learn more, visit Makita by clicking here.

Makita 18V Cordless 12-Inch Top Handle Chainsaw Specs

  • Model: Makita XCU10
  • Motor: Brushless
  • Guide Bar Length: 12 in.
  • Pitch: 3/8 in. LP
  • Gauge: .043 in.
  • Chain Speed: 4,720 FPM
  • Weight: 5.4 lbs without battery
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Price: TBA

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