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Makita GBU01M1 Spec Review

The Makita GBU01M1 is a cordless handheld leaf blower delivering 565 CFM at 143 MPH. It features a 4 Ah 40 V Li-ion XGT® battery. (Read full specs)

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Latest updates:
  • $379.00 - August 3, 2021
  • $399.99 - May 28, 2021
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Since: May 28, 2021
  • Highest Price: $399.99 - May 28, 2021
  • Lowest Price: $379.00 - August 3, 2021

Features and Specifications

Type
Type Cordless
Handling Handheld
CFM Up to 565
MPH Up to 143
Blowing Force N/A
Engine
BrushlessYes
Voltage40 V
Speed settings Variable
Features
Battery Li-ion
Autonomy 35 mins
Cruise controlYes
Vacuum No
Misc
Battery included 1
Weight 8.6 lbs
Noise rating 59 dB
Tube length N/A
Warranty 3 years

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Description

With zero emissions and lower noise, the 40V max XGT® Brushless Cordless Blower Kit is a welcome solution for professional landscaping clean-up applications. (source: Makita)

Overview of the Makita GBU01M1

The Makita GBU01M1 in use

The Makita GBU01M1

  • Power: The Makita GBU01M1 is a cordless blower with a maximum air volume rating of 565 cubic feet per minute (CFM) and an air speed of 143 MPH.
  • Power delivery: This blower has a brushless, battery-operated motor. Thus, the user won’t have to worry about tripping over pesky cords when they’re busy working their lawn.
  • Battery: It has a 4 Ah 40 V Li-ion XGT® battery (1 battery included) that can work reliably for up to 35 minutes if completely charged. More info on the XGT® battery technology can be found below.
  • Handling: Being handheld, this blower has a good maneuverability and is meant to be easier to carry around over a small period of time. However, for a cordless handheld blower, the Makita GBU01M1 is heavier than most, weighing 8.6 lbs.
  • Speed Settings: For those who wish to have complete control while operating their leaf blower, the GBU01M1 offers variable speed settings, and moreover, is also equipped with cruise control, which allows the user to comfortably continue blowing at their preferred setting.
  • Noise: With a decibel rating of 59 dB, the GBU01M1 is neither louder nor quieter than its rivals in the electric handheld category.

The Makita GBU01M1's performance versus other blowers

The following charts are provided to give you an idea how the key specs of the Makita GBU01M1 compare with similar leaf blowers.

  • It can push air from the nozzle at 143 MPH, which puts it ahead of its class in terms of air speed for battery-operated handheld blowers. If you wish to benefit from air expelled at the fastest possible speed, the Makita XBU01PT and its 208 MPH could be an option to consider.
  • The GBU01M1 is powerful, with an airflow rating of 565 CFM (cubic feet per minute). This is certainly on the high end compared to other cordless handheld blowers. If air volume is important to you, the Ryobi RY404100, with 730 CFM, could be in your good books.
  • The GBU01M1 is within the average range for cordless handheld units, offering up to 35 minutes of running time when fully charged. If autonomy is an important factor for you, the EGO POWER+ LBX6000 can run for up to 96 minutes and could be worth considering.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other cordless blowers, the Makita GBU01M1 is on the expensive side of the price range.

While certainly not the cheapest of its kind, purchasing it could most likely also mean enjoying the reliability of a high-end product.

XGT® Battery Technology

Illustration of Makita XGT vs LXT

Makita's XGT® battery technology (opens in a new tab) was created with high-demand applications in mind.

Thanks to microchips embedded in both the blower and its battery, the system enables real-time digital communication, which allows to actively monitor heat, overload, and over-discharge.

Featuring a waterproof triple-layer structure and a terminal short-circuit prevention structure, XGT® batteries were designed to be highly durable. In addition, they are water and dust-resistant to give you peace of mind in jobsite conditions.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • XGT® Technology
  • Brushless motor
  • Cruise control
  • High CFM (565 CFM)
  • High MPH (143 MPH)
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Acceptable noise (59 dB)
  • Good autonomy (35 mins)
WEAKNESSES:
  • On the expensive side
  • Quite heavy (8.6 lbs)

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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 GBU01M1 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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