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Makita XBU03SM1 Spec Review

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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  • $159.99 - September 21, 2022
  • $169.99 - September 4, 2022
  • $175.00 - August 4, 2022
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Since: August 4, 2022
  • Highest Price: $175.00 - August 4, 2022
  • Lowest Price: $159.99 - September 21, 2022

Features and Specifications

Type
Type Cordless
Handling Handheld
CFM Up to 459
MPH Up to 116
Blowing Force 11.3 N
Engine
BrushlessYes
Voltage18 V
Speed settings Variable
Features
Battery Li-ion
Autonomy 30 mins
Cruise controlYes
Vacuum No
Misc
Battery included 1
Weight (w/ battery)6.5 lbs
Weight (tool only)5.1 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 XBU03SM1, the user manual is available here (opens in a new tab).

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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. 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 can force 459 cubic feet of air per minute (CFM) from its nozzle at a maximum speed of 116 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 18 V Li-ion LXT® battery (1 BL1840B battery included) that should work reliably for up to 30 minutes if completely charged. 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.
  • Speed Settings: With its variable speed settings, the Makita XBU03SM1 allows you to precisely control its air output. In addition, the blower is also equipped with cruise control, with which the user can easily maintain the selected settings.
  • Noise: Its noise rating of 60 dB can be considered the standard for similar electric handheld blowers.

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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.

  • Maxing out at 116 MPH at full power, this blower is on the lower end in terms of air speed for battery-operated handheld blowers. For the fastest air speed in this category, you may want to consider the Makita XBU01PT, which can expell air at a velocity that can reach 208 MPH.
  • Regarding its air volume, the airflow of the Makita XBU03SM1 can reach 459 CFM (Cubic Feet per Minute), which is on par with other cordless handheld blowers. If air volume is important to you, the CAT DG651, with 800 CFM, could be in your good books.
  • Autonomy-wise, with up to 30 minutes of autonomy on a full charge, the XBU03SM1 is on the low end when compared with other cordless handheld units. To enjoy the best possible autonomy in this category, you could have a look at the Toro 51822 which offers up to 140 minutes of runtime.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other cordless 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
  • Brushless motor
  • Cruise control
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Acceptable noise (60 dB)
  • Decent CFM (459 CFM)
WEAKNESSES:
  • Low MPH (116 MPH)
  • Low autonomy (30 mins)

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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 (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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    junk

    + PROS: on my 3rd one in a month I've had Makita tools for years, this is a piece of shit
    - CONS: don't buy unless you have plenty of time to take it back
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