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Makita CBU02Z Spec Review

The Makita CBU02Z is a cordless backpack leaf blower delivering 671 CFM at 160 MPH. It is powered by Makita's ConnectX 40V backpack battery. (Read full specs)

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Features and Specifications

Type
Type Cordless
Handling Backpack
CFM Up to 671
MPH Up to 160
Blowing Force 22 N
Engine
BrushlessYes
Voltage40 V
Speed settings Variable
Features
Battery Li-ion
Autonomy 240 mins
Throttle positionTube
Cruise controlYes
Vacuum No
Misc
Battery included 0
Weight (tool only)15.7 lbs
Noise rating 60 dB
Warranty 3 years

Unlike many websites, we did our best to research each of the specs above. That being said, we are not immune to making the occasional mistake or omission. Should you notice any missing or incorrect values, don't hesitate to suggest improvements so we can address the issue. Should you wish more detailed specs on the Makita CBU02Z, the user manual is available here (opens in a new tab).

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Description

With zero emissions, lower noise, and considerably less maintenance than gas-powered models, this backpack blower is a welcome solution for landscapers. A Makita-built brushless motor delivers the power of a 64cc backpack blower. (source: Makita)

Overview of the Makita CBU02Z

The Makita CBU02Z in use

The Makita CBU02Z

  • Power: This cordless leaf blower has a maximum air volume rating of 671 cubic feet per minute (CFM) and an air speed rating of 160 MPH.
  • Power delivery: Since the device is powered by a brushless, battery-operated motor, it doesn’t require to be plugged in and therefore, it allows superb freedom of movement.
  • Battery: The Makita CBU02Z is exclusively powered by a ConnectX backpack battery (more info below). When using the PDC1200A01 battery (opens in a new tab), which is not included with the unit, the blower can provide a whopping maximum of 240 minutes of runtime.
  • Handling: Like most backpack blowers, this model is technically heavier than a handheld. That being said, it can feel lighter and more comfortable because of the way it is carried, even when used over extended periods of time. Its throttle is located on the tube, which allows you to keep your left hand free. The blower in its bare tool (no battery) version weighs 15.7 lbs — the Makita CBU02Z is neither the lightest nor the heaviest electric backpack blower on the market.
  • Speed Settings: There are times when you only need a little more power, while other times you will want a bit more precision when clearing leaves and debris. For this purpose, the CBU02Z offers variable speed settings, adding you, the user, more control, and a cruise control mode, which will allow you to maintain it comfortably for as long as you wish.
  • Noise: With a decibel rating of 60 dB, the CBU02Z is neither louder nor quieter than its rivals in the electric backpack category.

ConnectX™ Backpack Power Supply

Makita's ConnectX is a run-time and power solution specifically tailored for ConnectX products, but also compatible with Makita cordless tools running on LXT and XGT batteries (with the help of adapters).

It consists of a backpack power supply unit that exists in two forms:

Regardless of your ConnectX choice, the backpack unit will feature an LED battery charge level indicator, an adjustable harness allows monitoring of battery charge, and a weather-resistant IPX4 design.

The Makita CBU02Z's performance versus other blowers

The following charts are provided to give you an idea how the key specs of the Makita CBU02Z compare with similar leaf blowers.

  • It can push air from the nozzle at 160 MPH, which puts it ahead of its class in terms of air speed for battery-operated backpack blowers. If you wish to benefit from air expelled at the fastest possible speed, the EGO LBPX8000 and its 190 MPH could be an option to consider.
  • Regarding its air volume, the airflow of the Makita CBU02Z can reach 671 CFM (Cubic Feet per Minute), which is on par with other cordless backpack blowers. If air volume is important to you, the Worx WG572, with 800 CFM, could be in your good books.
  • Thanks to its autonomy of up to 240 mins, the CBU02Z benefits from the highest achievable run time for a cordless backpack unit.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other cordless backpack blowers, the Makita CBU02Z is on the average side of the price range.

Therefore, this blower nicely fits in the expected budget for this kind of product.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • In the expected price range
  • Brushless motor
  • Cruise control
  • High MPH (160 MPH)
  • Excellent autonomy (240 mins)
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (15.7 lbs)
  • Acceptable noise (60 dB)
  • Decent CFM (671 CFM)
WEAKNESSES:
  • Battery not included

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About Makita

Founded in Nagoya, Japan by Mosaburo Makita, the Makita Corporation has been producing state of the art electrical power tools since 1915. Makita is the leader in electro engine technology, which is reflected in their products. The company has since expanded globally and currently manufactures its devices in 6 facilities across the world. Makita presents an innovative approach to power tool manufacture, which is testified by their LXT battery technology and antivibration AVT system. Their selection of over 400 products includes some of the best electrical leaf blowers on the market.

Warranty Information

The Makita CBU02Z is covered under a warranty for up to 3 years. This warranty may not cover all parts of the blower.
For more information about the warranty of Makita blowers, please consult Makita's warranty policies (opens in a new tab). Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-800-4-MAKITA (1-800-462-5482).

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