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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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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 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. 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: This cordless leaf blower has a maximum air volume rating of 459 cubic feet per minute (CFM) and an air speed rating of 116 MPH.
  • Power delivery: Makita designed this unit and its brushless, battery-operated motor with top-of-the-food-chain maneuverability in mind. The XBU03SM1 doesn’t need to be plugged in, so you can take it anywhere easily.
  • Battery: Its 4 Ah 18 V Li-ion LXT® battery (1 battery included) offers a maximum autonomy of 30 minutes on a full charge. 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: It’s handheld, so naturally it’s easier to handle and carry than larger leaf blowers, such as backpack models or walk-behinds. All told, it weighs 6.5 lbs — the Makita XBU03SM1 is neither the lightest nor the heaviest cordless handheld blower on the market.
  • Speed Settings: To provide more control over their job to the user, the unit has a variable speed control setting. No matter the size of the job, the user can adjust the airflow of the Makita XBU03SM1 to match it. On top of that, maintaining the selected speed is effortless, as it also features cruise control.
  • 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.

  • Its max air speed of 116 MPH places it at the approximate midpoint in comparison to other 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.
  • 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 Ryobi RY404100, with 730 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 EGO POWER+ LBX6000 which offers up to 96 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:
  • Decent weight (6.5 lbs)
  • Acceptable noise (60 dB)
  • Decent CFM (459 CFM)
  • Decent MPH (116 MPH)
WEAKNESSES:
  • 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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