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Makita XBU03SM1 Spec Sheet

The Makita XBU03SM1 is a cordless handheld leaf blower delivering 459 CFM at 116 MPH. It features a 4 Ah 18 V Li-ion LXT® battery. (Read full specs)

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Features and Specifications

Type
Type Cordless
Handling Handheld
CFM Up to 459
MPH Up to 116
Blowing Force 11.3 N
Engine
Make N/A
Amp 4 Ah
Voltage 18 V
Speed settings Variable
Features
Battery Li-ion
Autonomy 30 mins
Vacuum No
Misc
Battery included 1
Weight 6.5 lbs
Noise rating 60 dB
Tube length N/A
Warranty 3 years

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Description

With zero emissions and lower noise, the 18V LXT® Brushless Cordless Blower Kit (XBU03SM1) is a welcome solution for clean-up applications. It’s powered by one 18V LXT battery, the same battery that powers the full range of solutions in the expanding LXT system. This blower features a compact and ergonomic design, weighing in at only 6.5 lbs. and measuring 32-1/2” long. With no carbon brushes, the Makita® BL™ Brushless motor runs cooler and more efficiently for longer life, and delivers speeds up to 116 MPH air velocity and a full 459 CFM. Makita’s efficient BL™ Brushless motor is electronically controlled to optimize battery energy use for up to 50% longer run time per battery charge than similar non-brushless tools. Electronic controls efficiently use battery energy to match the changing demands of the application for increased power and speed when needed. A cruise control lever provides management of power and run time. The XBU03SM1 features Makita Extreme Protection Technology (XPT™). XPT™ is a protective seal inside the tool, and is engineered for improved operation in harsh conditions by channeling water and dust from key internal components. (source: Makita)

Overview of the Makita XBU03SM1

The Makita XBU03SM1 in use

The Makita XBU03SM1

  • Power: The Makita XBU03SM1 is a cordless blower with a maximum air volume rating of 459 cubic feet per minute (CFM) and an air speed of 116 MPH.
  • Power delivery: The XBU03SM1 is a battery-operated unit, so it doesn’t need to be plugged in during use. Users will enjoy the added mobility of its cordless design.
  • Battery: With its 4 Ah 18 V Li-ion LXT® battery, the Makita XBU03SM1 has a standard, full-charge run time of up to 30 minutes. Makita’s LXT® battery technology provides a more efficient and convenient experience to leaf blower users. The cordless tools using LXT® batteries represent an unbeatable line-up of 18 V devices.
  • Handling: For those who are looking for a portable and convenient leaf blower, this model is a strong candidate. It’s designed for easy handling and use, and its size means it’s easily carried and stored. At 6.5 lbs, the Makita XBU03SM1 is within the average weight range of cordless handheld blowers.
  • Speed Settings: For those who are keen on having complete control while operating their leaf blower, the XBU03SM1 offers variable speed settings.
  • Noise: With a decibel rating of 60 dB, the XBU03SM1 is neither louder nor quieter than its rivals in the electric handheld category.

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The Makita XBU03SM1's performance versus other blowers

The following charts are provided to give you an idea how the key specs of the Makita XBU03SM1 compare with similar leaf blowers.

  • Upon exiting the nozzle, the air can reach speeds of up to 116 MPH, which is pretty much what is to be expected for battery-operated handheld blowers (the one expelling air at the fastest speed being the Makita XBU01PT with 208 MPH).
  • Regarding its air volume, the Makita XBU03SM1 boasts an impressive airflow that can reach 459 CFM (Cubic Foot per Minute). This places it amongst the most powerful of cordless handheld blowers (the biggest expelled air volume belonging to the Poulan Pro PRB675i with 675 CFM).
  • Its battery is standard in terms of autonomy for a cordless handheld product. Fully charged, it should run for up to 30 minutes (the one with the best autonomy being the EGO POWER+ LBX6000 with up to 96 minutes of runtime).

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other cordless handheld blowers, the Makita XBU03SM1 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
  • LXT® Technology
  • High CFM (459 CFM)
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent Weight (6.5 lbs)
  • Acceptable noise (60 dB)
  • Decent MPH (116 MPH)
  • Good autonomy (30 mins)
WEAKNESSES:
  • The Makita XBU03SM1 doesn't have any notably low specs.

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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 XBU03SM1 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. Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-800-4-MAKITA (1-800-462-5482).

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