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Makita XBU03SM1 - 18V 459 CFM Cordless Brushless Blower

The Makita XBU03SM1 is a lightweight 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
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

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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 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 brushless-motor, battery-operated blower. Therefore, it doesn’t require to be plugged in when it’s being used. The user will enjoy the added mobility of its cordless design.
  • Battery: Its 4 Ah 18 V Li-ion LXT® battery (1 BL1840B battery included) enables the blower to run for up to 30 minutes without needing to recharge. 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. When compared to other cordless handheld blowers, the Makita XBU03SM1 stands out due to its lower weight: just 6.5 lbs battery included.
  • Speed Settings: For those who wish to have complete control while operating their leaf blower, the XBU03SM1 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 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 handheld leaf blowers of similar voltage (between 18 and 24V).

  • Air exiting the nozzle of this blower can reach 116 MPH, which is quite a bit faster than most battery-operated handheld blowers between 18 and 24V. If you wish to benefit from air expelled at the fastest possible speed, the Makita XBU07SM1 and its 143 MPH could be an option to consider.
  • The XBU03SM1 is powerful, with an airflow rating of 459 CFM (cubic feet per minute). This is certainly on the high end compared to other cordless handheld blowers with a comparable voltage. If air volume is important to you, the Ryobi PBLLB01K, with 510 CFM, could be in your good books.
  • Its battery is standard in terms of autonomy for a cordless handheld product that runs on this kind of voltage. Fully charged, it should run for up to 30 minutes. If autonomy is an important factor for you, the Ryobi PBLLB01K can run for up to 60 minutes and could be worth considering.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, 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
  • Lightweight (6.5 lbs)
  • LXT® Technology
  • Brushless motor
  • Cruise control
  • High CFM (459 CFM)
  • High MPH (116 MPH)
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Acceptable noise (60 dB)
  • 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 (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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