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Makita 18V X2 LXT OPE Update

Makita 18V X2 LXT OPE

Makita 18V X2 LXT OPE Expands to Include Blower and String Trimmer

Makita has released new OPE cordless tools as part of their cordless solutions for landscapers – the Makita 18V X2 LXT (36V) Brushless Cordless Blower and String Trimmer. Both landscaping tools are the first in their category to be powered by two 18V batteries without leaving the versatile 18V battery platform. Furthermore, the two new cordless solutions are also part of Makita’s expanding 18V Lithium-Ion series that now offers over 100 tools.


“Landscapers are seeking more cordless options, especially in areas where there is resistance to the noise and emissions generated from gas-powered equipment. Makita is a pioneer in brushless motor technology in cordless tools and a leader in the category. The new blower and string trimmer combine the efficiency of brushless with the extended run time of 18V X2 technology, giving landscapers two more opportunities to unplug the cord. They also get less noise and none of the emissions associated with gas powered equipment.”

– Adam Livingston, Product Manager, Cordless Products, Makita USA

The new cordless blower and trimmer feature Makita’s BL Brushless Motor that is electronically controlled to optimize battery energy use. Since the new tools are brushless, the motor runs cooler and more efficiently. Additionally, the new Makita 18V X2 LXT OPE solutions are equipped with Extreme Protection Technology (XPT), engineered to provide increased dust and water resistance in harsh work site conditions. Both tools also feature Star Protection Computer Controls, allowing the tool to exchange data in real time and monitor conditions when in use to protect against overloading.

“We’re going to keep hearing more and more about lithium-ion OPE products as noise and emission standards continue to get more stringent. As manufacturers like Makita continue to work on the combined improvement in run time and power, we’ll see some exciting lawn maintenance tools enter the market.”

-Pro Tool Reviews Managing Editor, Kenny Koehler

Makita 18V X2 LXT (36V) Brushless Cordless Blower

The Makita 18V X2 LXT Blower’s Lithium-Ion batteries increase run-time by up to 29 minutes at 15,800 RPM. The compact Makita XBU02Z features a 3-stage LED battery charge indicator, 3-stage telescoping long nozzle, and in-line fan design that provides better tool balance. In addition, the cordless blower has 6-stage air velocity/volume settings with a variable speed control trigger and rubberized soft grip. 120 mph air velocity matches what we would expect in this class of tool while 473 CFM volume kicks it up a level for better performance.

Makita 18V X2 LXT (36V) Brushless Cordless Blower SpecificationsMakita XBU02Z 18V X2 LXT (36V) Brushless Cordless Blower

  • Model: Makita XBU02Z
  • Max Air Volume: 473 CFM
  • Max Air Velocity: 120 MPH
  • No Load Speed: 11,400 – 21,500 RPM
  • Power Source: 2X 18V LXT Lithium-Ion
  • Overall Length: 38-3/4″
  • Sound Pressure: 96 dB(A)
  • Net Weight (with battery): 9.9 lbs.
  • Shipping Weight: 8.4 lbs
  • Batteries and charger: Sold separately
  • Tool Warranty: 3 year
  • Price: $219

Makita 18V X2 LXT (36V) Brushless Cordless String Trimmer

With low speed setting using two 18V LXT 5.0Ah batteries, the new trimmer can deliver up to 60 minutes of run time. The Makita XRU07Z features instant start-up, Constant Speed Control, and 2-speed options (0-5,000 to 0-6,500). Like all lithium-ion OPE, it has zero emissions and reduced maintenance. The dual line bump feed head features a 13-3/4″ diameter cutting capacity. Clockwise rotation helps direct grass clippings away from user. In the event clippings wrap around the head, you’ll be able to reverse the cutting direction to help untangle the mess.

Makita 18V X2 LXT (36V) Brushless Cordless String Trimmer SpecificationsMakita XRU07Z 18V X2 LXT (36V) String Trimmer

  • Model: Makita XRU07Z
  • No Load Speed (2 speed): 5,000/6,500 RPM
  • Overall Length: 69″
  • Net Weight (with battery): 9.9 lbs.
  • Shipping Weight: 12.1 lbs.
  • Includes: Goggles, Hex Wrench, Hex Wrench, Accessory Bag
  • Batteries and charger: Sold separately
  • Tool Warranty: 3 year
  • Price: $244.99

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