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April 22, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


Manufacturer: Makita

Our Makita tool reviews feature job site testing that uses real-world conditions. We test tools like the Makita X2 rear handle circular saw on both dimensional lumber and sheet goods. For products like the Makita 10″ cordless miter saw, we use 2×12 lumber to test the depth of cut and power. In terms of technology, the Makita AWS Auto-start Wireless System is among the most advanced Bluetooth control systems out there. It’s compatible with the newest Makita Track Saw, the Makita 18V X2 Brushless Angle Grinder, and their cordless vacuum. The system solves the problem of using cordless Makita tools with a cordless dust extractor. Also of note is the Makita Sync Lock system to program batteries and keep them from leaving the job site. Makita Tool Reviews with Job Site Testing The following Makita tool reviews use either in-house scientific baseline testing or we take them on-site. They might be used on a live construction site or in the PTR Shop. For great deals on Makita tools, visit here.

How to Calibrate a Miter Saw: Pro Tips

How to Calibrate a Miter Saw: Pro Guide

We used a good bit of digital ink writing about miter saws in our Pro Guide series. If you’ve missed any series installments, they are great resources, if we do say so ourselves! For this edition, we’re looking at how to calibrate a miter saw. What good is a great saw on paper if it makes inaccurate cuts […]

Makita XWT17 Mid-Torque Impact Wrench

Makita XWT17 Mid-Torque Impact Wrench Review

The Makita XWT17 Impact Wrench Just Might Be the “Goldilocks” of Impact Wrenches. With 520 ft-lbs of fastening torque and 740 ft-lbs of nut-busting torque, the new Makita XWT17 Mid-Torque 1/2″ Square Drive Impact Wrench makes for an excellent addition to the Makita’s brushless lineup of impact wrenches. It also strikes a nice balance between […]

Review8.1(out of 10)
Makita XBU03 18V blower

Makita XBU03 18V LXT Battery-Powered Blower Review

Makita XBU03 18V LXT Blower Stakes its Claim as the Lightest, Most Powerful Blower in its Class The big news coming out of La Miranda, California has to do with the new Makita XBU03 blower. It’s an 18V LXT member of Makita’s OPE line, making a name for itself with class-leading weight and power. Pros […]

Review8.8(out of 10)
Makita XRU18 18V LXT X2 String Trimmer

Makita XRU18 18V LXT X2 String Trimmer Review

Makita XRU18 String Trimmer Targets Gas-Replacing Power Makita has an intentional focus with their battery-powered lawn care line to “bracket the market”. In other words, they want to provide legitimate options to cover everyone’s needs. The Makita XRU18 18V X2 string trimmer is a great example. This model targets class-leading power for professionals who need […]

Makita XGT 40V Max tools technology

Makita 40V and 80V XGT Tools and Technology

Makita deployed over 50 new cordless power tools in their 40V Max and 80V Max XGT System. The company tells us that Makita XGT technology specifically covers the top-end 15% of tools. Those are the tools that fall just outside the practical capabilities of 18V systems. Makita XGT Tools with Protection Against Weather They also […]

Review9.5(out of 10)

Makita 18V Cordless Hedge Trimmer Review XHU07T

Makita 18V Cordless Hedge Trimmer Drops Weight While Improving Performance With more than 100 years of experience making electric motors and their acquisition of Dolmar bringing another 90 years of experience in gas OPE, Makita knows a thing or two about making battery-powered lawn care equipment with the performance of gas. So what does all […]

Makita XRU18 1V X2 String Trimmer Video Review

Makita XRU18 String Trimmer Video Review

Before we began testing out the latest battery-powered string trimmers for our Best Weedeater Roundup, we expected to put the existing X2 Makita XRU15 side-by-side against some of the newer models on the market. To our surprise, Makita sent us a newer model, the XRU18 string trimmer. This new flagship Makita X2 weedeater has just about […]

Makita Pole Saws

Makita 36V Pole Saws | XAU01 and XAU02

Makita Pole Saws Offer Faster Cutting Speeds for Pros Makita has had a pole saw in the 36V OPE lineup for a while now, but it has been an attachment option for the Makita Couple Shaft system prior to now. The XAU01 and XAU02 Makita 36V Pole Saws operate on the 18V X2 platform to […]

Makita 1-3/16-inch Rotary Hammers | HR3001CK and HR3011FCK

Makita Corded 1-3/16-inch Rotary Hammers Feature a Design to Increase Accuracy Makita just launched two 1-3/16-inch corded rotary hammers to increase the accuracy and ergonomics for concrete formers, plumbers, electricians, HVAC techs, ironworkers, and general contractors. The SDS-Plus HR3001CK and HR3011FCK rotary hammers feature a niche size in the market at 1-3/16″, and they feature […]

Review9.3(out of 10)
Makita XRU15 String Trimmer

Makita XRU15 Battery String Trimmer Review

Makita’s Pro-Focused String Trimmer Balances Power and Runtime It wasn’t too long ago that we got the chance to test out Makita’s top-of-the-line XRU18 string trimmer. In that review, we had a hard time finding too many things wrong with the trimmer, particularly from a power perspective. But, if we could make a critique about […]