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September 23, 2021

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Makita AWS-Ready HEPA Backpack Vacuum XCV10ZX

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The Makita AWS-Ready HEPA Backpack Vacuum is the brand’s newest portable vac offering for the cordless jobsite. Makita intends for this vac to bridge the gap between smaller onboard dust extraction and larger, less-mobile, wheeled, canister-style job site vacuums.


10-Second Summary

  • Model Number: Makita XCV10ZX
  • Up to 62 minutes of continuous operation using two 5.0Ah batteries
  • Brushless motor delivers 64 CFM of suction power and 44″ of water lift
  • Two-stage HEPA filtration system captures 99.7% of particulates 0.3 microns and larger
  • AWS capable
  • $499

What’s The Big Deal?

By running off of two 5.0Ah LXT lithium-ion batteries, the Makita backpack vac and its brushless motor can crank out up to 64 CFM and 44″ inches of water lift. In low, you get a little over an hour of continuous use. The whole thing, with batteries attached, weighs in at 10 lbs.

That’s pretty solid for a cordless backpack vac. What really sets the Makita apart is its AWS capability. With the AWS transmitter installed (it’s sold separately), the Makita backpack vacuum can wirelessly communicate with other AWS tools like the 11/16″ rotary hammer.


When you squeeze the trigger on your tool, it sends a Bluetooth signal to the vac to fire itself up. When you stop running the tool, it sends another signal to the vac that will cycle it down.

Makita AWS-Ready HEPA Backpack Vacuum

The Makita backpack vacuum also features OSHA-compliant, two-stage HEPA filtration that eliminates 99.7% of particles 0.3 microns and larger from your lung space. And, since we’re talking about features that take care of your health and well-being, the vacuum won’t blow out your eardrums either. It sounds off at a paltry 69 dB(A).

Another Option

Makita is pairing this launch with the XCV09 – a non-AWS Makita cordless vacuum that boasts slightly higher CFM (70). The low mode on this model gives you nearly 2 hours of runtime at 116 minutes.

Table 1 Compliance

There no word yet on Table 1 compliance for this Makita cordless backpack vacuum. Without a filter cleaning mechanism, it’s likely that Makita will roll out some Objective Data sheets to cover specific applications.

Makita AWS-Ready HEPA Backpack Vacuum Specs

  • Model Number: Makita XCV10ZX
  • Gross Container Size: 1/2 gal
  • Air Flow Rate: 64 CFM
  • Static Water Lift: 44″
  • Continuous Use: 62 minutes
  • Battery: 2X 18V LXT Lithium-Ion
  • HEPA Filter: Yes
  • Equipped Filter Efficiency: 99.97% of .3 microns
  • Automatic-Start Wireless System: Capable (transmitter sold separately)
  • Working Sound Level: 69 dB(A)
  • Dimensions: 7-1/4″ x 9″ x 14-3/4″
  • Net Weight (with battery): 10 lbs
  • Price: $499
  • Warranty: 3 years

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