Makita XCU02PT1 18V X2 (36V) LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 12" Chain Saw Kit with 4 Batteries (5.0Ah)
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- "Tool-less" Chain adjustment for convenient operation and maintenance
- 12" Guide bar for increased capacity
- Makita-built motor delivers 1, 650 FPM chain speed for faster cutting
- Uses two 18V LXT Lithium-Ion batteries to deliver 36V power and performance without leaving the 18V LXT platform
- Low NOISE level at only 87 dba) and zero emissions for operator comfort
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The 18V x2 LXT (36V) chain saw (model XCU02PT1) is powered by two 18V LXT batteries (36V), so you get 36V performance & run time for corded & gas-powered demands but without leaving the 18V LXT platform. Model XCU02PT1 is a kit & includes four fast-charging 18V let 5.0Ah batteries & an 18V dual Port charger that will charge two batteries simultaneously for increased productivity & less downtime. The XCU02PT1 Chain saw has a 12” guide bar & the Makita-built motor delivers 1, 650 FPM For increased cutting speed, but with less noise (only 89db(a)). it has zero emissions & reduced maintenance: there's no engine oil to change, no spark plug to replace, & no air filter or muffler to clean. & there's no need to drain the fuel for storage. Simply pick up your XCU02PT1, load two 18V LXT Lithium-Ion batteries, & the saw is ready to use. Additional features include "tool-less" Chain adjustments, A front hand guard engineered to actuate chain brake When engaged, an electric brake for maximum productivity, & more.
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There are two types of chainsaws, a rear-handle saw and a top-handle saw. The rear-handle saw is what most people will want. It is designed for both cutting down trees and cutting them up. It is also a safer design than the top-handle saw because your hands are further apart giving you more control of the saw. The top-handle saw is geared more for professionals. It's easier to maneuver and can be operated with one hand (one-handed operation is not recommended because it's a safety hazard), but it requires more attention to safety as your hands are close together while holding the saw on top and is not designed to cut down trees. Both types of saws require great attention to safety while using or you can be seriously hurt or killed.
Note on the Makita model numbers: "Z" on the end of the model number means "saw only", "PT" means "saw with 2 batteries and a charger" and "PT1" means "saw with 4 batteries and a charger".
First up is the XCU02PT1. This saw is geared for the average homeowner and has a tool-less chain adjustment. It is a 36-volt, 12-inch, top-handle saw with a single chain speed of 1,650 FPM, weighs 10.1 pounds with batteries and is made in Japan. The brushed motor has replaceable brushes. The kit comes with four 5 Ah batteries, a dual-port charger and the saw. This is a great buy at $319 because the you get the whole kit for the price of four batteries by themselves. While it is a top-handle saw, the slow chain speed makes this saw safer for the non-professionals to use. It has a lot of torque and instant chain speed with long run-times between charges. This is an older model (2014 or 2015) and it shows by its lack of a brushless motor and no electronic power/safety switch. Also note that the support handle only has a top grip (it doesn't wrap around to the side), so this saw is not designed to cut horizontally. I also found that the oil cap can leak if you leave the saw resting vertically on its batteries with the bar in the air. It doesn't leak while resting horizontally. If you are new to chainsaws, this is a good starter saw that can cut off branches and cut them up into firewood.
Next is the XCU03PT1. This saw is geared for the average homeowner and has a tool-less chain adjustment. It is a 36-volt, 14-inch, rear-handle saw with a variable chain speed of up to 3,940 FPM, weighs 11.5 pounds with battery and is made in China. The kit comes with four 5 Ah batteries, a dual-port charger and the saw. This kit is also a great buy at $375 because you get the whole kit for the price of four batteries and a charger. It's like getting the saw for free. This saw was released in 2016, has a brushless motor (more efficient and less maintenance) and an electronic power/safety switch. The early builds of this model had a power switch that turned off after 4-5 seconds of letting go of the handle's safety lever which understandably made consumers upset. The latest builds (including mine) have a 60 second timeout. The brushless motor has a soft start which takes a second or two to come up to full speed before you can start cutting. This saw has a current limiter, so if you bog down the motor the saw will cut out to protect the motor and batteries. Because of the faster chain speed, this saw cuts twice as fast as the XCU02 but has a shorter battery life. The support handle does wrap around to the side so you can cut horizontally. If you need to cut down trees, this saw can do that and cut them up into firewood.
Last is the XCU06PT. Makita states this saw is designed for the professional. It comes with a scrench to adjust and tighten the chain. It is an 18-volt, 10-inch, top-handle saw with a variable chain speed of up to 4,720 FPM, weighs 7.2 pounds with battery and is made in China. The kit comes with two 5 Ah batteries, a single-port charger and the saw for $318. This saw is so light that it feels like a toy, but it's not! It's a great limbing saw. The single battery reduces the weight, but it also reduces overall runtime. Thankfully, you can swap out batteries when needed. The saw is balanced for one handed use (one-handed operation is not recommended because it's a safety hazard). If you are climbing up in a tree to cut branches, this is the saw you want. It also has a D ring so you can connect it to a lanyard. This saw was released in 2018, has a brushless motor (more efficient and less maintenance) and an electronic power/safety switch. The power switch turns off after 60 seconds of letting go of the handle's safety lever. The brushless motor has a soft start which takes a second or two to come up to full speed before you can start cutting. This saw also has a current limiter, so if you bog down the motor the saw will cut out to protect the motor and battery. While the support handle wraps around to the side, this saw was not designed to cut down trees. You can do it, but you are limited by the small bar size.
I found myself using the XCU06 the most because it was so nimble. When its battery died, I went on with the XCU02. I really liked it because I didn't have to wait a second or two for the chain to come up to speed before cutting. For cutting down the tree and cutting up the trunk, I liked using the XCU03 the best. It's larger bar and faster chain speed made quick work of it. I also own an Echo CS-400 with an 18-inch bar that I love for larger jobs. It blows away all three Makitas. I only use non-ethanol gas in it, so I have never had any issues starting it. However, it does require slightly more maintenance and is much, much louder than any of the battery-powered Makitas. So if you are new to chainsaws and need to cut up beefy branches or small trees for firewood, get the XCU02PT1. If you are more experienced, need to cut down trees and cut them up, and only want one saw, get the XCU03PT1. If you are climbing trees to cut off branches or want a more nimble saw to compliment your existing chainsaw, get the XCU06PT.
Other current Makita saws I didn't try:
XCU01Z - A slow 18-volt, 4.5-inch, top-handle chainsaw designed for cutting small branches with a single chain speed of 980 FPM.
XCU04PT - Same as the XCU03PT1, except it only includes two batteries and has a larger 16-inch bar.
XCU05Z - Same as the XCU06Z, except it has a shorter 8-inch bar and doesn't look to be available anywhere.
XCU07Z - Same specs as the XCU03Z, except it doesn't have the tool-less chain adjustment.
XCU08Z - A professional 36-volt, 14-inch, top-handle saw with a variable chain speed of up to 3,940 FPM.
XCU09Z - Same as XCU08Z, except with a larger 16-inch bar.
I love the Makita chargers. They have a fan that circulates air through the battery while it's charging. This is how they can recharge a 5 Ah battery in 45 minutes with it barely getting warm. Very nice!
If you are looking for a battery-powered leaf blower, try the Makita XBU02PT1. It comes with four 5 Ah batteries that are compatible with all of the current Makita chainsaws listed above. For the price of the kit ($329), it's like buying four batteries and getting a blower and dual-port charger for free. It's also a very nice, powerful and quiet blower. My 8 year old Hitachi gas blower is stronger and better at larger jobs, but the Makita is great for quick jobs such as blowing grass off of everything after mowing or blowing out the garage.
A word on safety. Never operate a chainsaw when you are tired. Clear the area where you are standing while cutting (you don't want to trip while the chain is moving). Keep your chain sharp. All three Makita saws I tried use an 11/64" or 4.5 mm round file for sharpening the chain. Always wear eye protection, gloves and chainsaw chaps when cutting. None of the chainsaw chaps are rated for electric chainsaws, but you should wear them regardless as it could save your life or prevent an ER visit. If like the way your face/head looks, you should wear a hard hat with face shield. Never wear loose clothing that can get caught in a moving chain. If your saw is loud, wear hearing protection as well. Pay attention to what you are cutting and the surrounding area of your intended cut including what's behind it. Make sure what you are cutting isn't going to fall on you or someone/something you value. Never let a moving chain come in contact with the ground. Remember that most chainsaw accidents take less than a second to do their damage. When you are done cutting, activate the chain brake so you or your kids don't accidentally start the saw up again. Stay safe!
Update: I've added a photo of all three models for comparing sizes. The XCU02 is the widest because of the brushed motor layout. The XCU03 has the longest body (longer than my Echo saw). The XCU06 is the smallest all around.
If it wasn't made in Japan I would not have bought it as I am unimpressed with some of the recent chinese Makita tools. The Chinese ones look ok when they are new but after an year you can easily tell they are not what they used to be (i.e. drill chuck is sloppy on both my newer Chinese ones but not on the older Japanese one).
I have been buying Makita tools since they were all made better. This chainsaw represents the good Makita tools. I was glad that the chain oil doesn't leak when not in use. It did do a good job of oiling the bar and chain as I was using it.
Mine is an absolute animal. No problem here with bar oil leaking. There is an adjustment screw on the bottom of the saw for the bar oil volume and I would obviously set it to full oil, better to have more oil than not enough.
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I owned a 40v Kobalt which was also fantastic. He makita seems to be more of a sword where the Kobalt was a hatchet. More precise more balanced and higher quality.
Fwiw - I am a lineman and cut phone and power poles as well as lots of branches that interfere with access of cable and Utillity lines
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Great saw for smaller trees and I am using it to rough-cut wood turning blanks. The thing just goes forever with those batteries and I can still pop them into the blower and blow away all the sawdust.