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Makita XBU04PTV Spec Review

The Makita XBU04PTV is a 3-in-1 cordless blower/vacuum/mulcher delivering 473 CFM at 120 MPH. It features a 5 Ah 36 V Li-ion LXT® battery system. (Read full specs)

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Features and Specifications

Type
Type Cordless
Handling Handheld
CFM Up to 473
MPH Up to 120
Blowing Force N/A
Engine
BrushlessYes
Voltage36 V
Speed settings Variable
Features
Battery Li-ion
Autonomy N/A
Cruise controlYes
Vacuum Yes
Mulcher Yes, plastic impeller
Mulching ratio 10:1
Misc
Battery included 2
Weight (w/ battery)11.2 lbs
Weight (tool only)8.4 lbs
Noise rating 61 dB
Warranty 3 years

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Description

With lower noise and fewer emissions, the 18V LXT® Brushless Cordless Blower Kit with Vacuum Attachment (XBU04PTV) is a welcome solution for clean-up applications. The commercial design allows the blower to tackle demanding applications, comparable to gas blowers. The XBU04PTV easily converts from blower to vacuum/mulcher. (source: Makita)

Overview of the Makita XBU04PTV

The Makita XBU04PTV in use

The Makita XBU04PTV

  • Power: This cordless leaf blower has a maximum air volume rating of 473 cubic feet per minute (CFM) and an air speed rating of 120 MPH.
  • Power delivery: Since the device is powered by a brushless, battery-operated motor, it doesn’t require to be plugged in and therefore, it allows superb freedom of movement.
  • Battery: The Makita XBU04PTV features an easy-to-recharge 5 Ah 36 V Li-ion LXT® battery system (2 BL1850B batteries included). 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. Note that this is a 36 V blower. It therefore requires both of the 2 included 18 V LXT® batteries.
  • Handling: It’s handheld, so naturally it’s easier to handle and carry than larger leaf blowers, such as backpack models or walk-behinds. However, for a cordless handheld blower, the Makita XBU04PTV is heavier than most, weighing 11.2 lbs.
  • Speed Settings: There are times when you only need a little more power, while other times you will want a bit more precision when clearing leaves and debris. For this purpose, the XBU04PTV offers variable speed settings, adding you, the user, more control, and a cruise control mode, which will allow you to maintain it comfortably for as long as you wish.
  • Vacuum: The XBU04PTV is also what is known as a 'blower vac'. Those who don’t wish to blow leaves and debris away can switch to its vacuum setting and suck them into a collection bag (13 gallon bag included).
  • Mulching: The manufacturer’s specifications give it a mulching ratio of 10:1. For every 10 bags you put in, it will reduce down to just one bag of mulch. The unit uses a plastic impeller.
  • Noise: Its noise rating of 61 dB can be considered the standard for similar electric handheld blowers.

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The Makita XBU04PTV's performance versus other blowers

The following charts are provided to give you an idea how the key specs of the Makita XBU04PTV compare with similar leaf blowers.

  • Its max air speed of 120 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.
  • It has a maximum air volume output of 473 CFM (cubic feet per minute). With this output rating, the XBU04PTV is well within average in relation to similar cordless handheld blowers. If air volume is important to you, the EGO LB7654, with 765 CFM, could be in your good books.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other cordless blowers, the Makita XBU04PTV 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
  • Leaf collection bag included
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Acceptable noise (61 dB)
  • Decent CFM (473 CFM)
  • Decent MPH (120 MPH)
WEAKNESSES:
  • Quite heavy (11.2 lbs)
  • Plastic impeller

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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 XBU04PTV 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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