Makita 40V max XGT Battery-Powered 18-Inch Chainsaw

Makita 40V 18-Inch Chainsaw

Makita Grows 40V max XGT Chainsaw Lineup to Offer 18-Inch Models

Makita’s 40V max XGT chainsaw lineup consists of three top-handle chainsaw models, which work well for arborists who work at height. But what about those who do their tree-trimming primarily on the ground? Well, the Makita 40V 18-Inch Chainsaw is a rear-handle solution that’s part of the brand’s most recent lineup expansion. With two models to choose from, we’re taking a look at their differences and what these tools bring to the table.

Makita 40V 18-Inch Chainsaw Performance

  • Models: Makita GCU04Z; Makita GCU06Z
  • Delivers power equal to a 42cc gas engine
  • No-load chain speed: 5020 FPM (25.5 mps)
  • 18-inch bar length
  • 3/8-inch pitch
  • 0.050-inch gauge chain
  • Delivers up to 40 cuts in 12-inch cedar per charge

There are two 18-inch models in Makita’s newest chainsaw lineup expansion: the GCU04Z and the GCU06Z. They have the exact same motor and performance specs, but feature one key design difference (more on that later). These chainsaws have a brushless motor that delivers the power of a 42cc gas engine and achieves chain speeds up to 5020 FPM.

Getting 42cc gas equivalent power is the sweet spot for 18-inch chainsaws at this stage of electric chainsaw development. It’s not underpowered and it’s not overweight. Between that and the gas-like chain speed, there’s every indication that Makita will compete very well in the 18-inch class.

With a 40V max 5.0Ah battery, expect up to 40 cuts in 12-inch cedar per charge.

Makita 40V 18-Inch Chainsaw Design

  • GCU04Z features bar nuts for more control over chain tightening
  • GCU06Z features a tool-fee chain adjustment for convenient maintenance
  • Dust- and water-resistant thanks to XPT technology
  • Variable speed trigger
  • Automatic chain lubrication
  • Rubberized soft-grip handle

Pros often look for chainsaws with bar nuts to achieve better control over chain tensioning, and homeowners tend to enjoy the convenience of tool-free bar maintenance. Makita solved this preference dissonance by making two 40V 18-inch chainsaws, one featuring manual bar nuts and the other having a tool-free adjustment.

Both models have a variable speed trigger, automatic chain lubrication, and Makita’s XPT dust and water resistance.

If you’re looking for a chainsaw with a shorter bar length, Makita also released a 16-inch model (GCU05Z) with the same engine and performance as its 18-inch counterparts. Like the GCU06Z, it features a tool-free chain adjustment.

Makita 40V 18-Inch Chainsaw Price

The GCU04Z retails for $429 for the bare tool and $599 as a kit with a 5.0Ah battery and charger. If you’re after that tool-free chain adjustment, the GCU06Z saves you a little bit of money, retailing for $389 bare and $559 as a kit.

Makita backs your purchase with a 3-year warranty.

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