Overall, Makita has three different 18V battery powered leaf blowers on offer. This article introduces the three tools. As a start, we will provide a detailed review of the Makita Cordless Blower DUB 182 in the first chapter. In chapter 2, we will introduce the two remaining 18V blowers, namely the Makita Cordless Floor Blower DUB 183 and the Makita Brushless Cordless Blower XBU 03. In the third chapter you will find a table summarizing all functional and technical specifications of the tools which we discussed in this article. The fourth chapter provides some background about the history of Makita.
I. Makita Cordless Blower DUB 182 – Review
The 18V blower is a powerful yet user-friendly addition to any kit, tool bag or work shop. It is not only used by DYI fans, but also by professionals. Makita is not one to miss a trend, and thus, the battery blower is part of the expanding 18V lithium-ion series. Until now, this is the largest cordless tool range powered by 18V batteries. Makita also created Star Protection Computer Controls for improved tool performance and extended battery life. For maximum versatility, the tool should be powered by Makita 18V LXT lithium-ion batteries with the star symbol on the battery indicating protection.
1. Performance: 9/10
The Makita cordless blower DUB 182 features a high torque motor with a no load speed of 0-18,000 RPM. Its maximum air velocity of 179 mph and air volume of 91 cfm makes it one of the more powerful cordless blowers in the 18-/20V category. It has three different speed settings labeled 1, 2 and 3. Firstly, when using the 3.0 Ah battery with the lowest setting will get you a massive run-time of 75 minutes. Secondly, medium will get you 25 minutes of uninterrupted work. And thirdly, the highest setting can still brag with a solid 12 minute run-time.
2. Ergonomics: 9/10
The Makita 18V blower weighs around 4 pounds (including the battery), giving it an average range in this tool category. The compact design comes in at around a modest 20 inches long as well as an ergonomic shape designed for reduced operator fatigue. The separately sold shoulder strap can alleviate even more the strain. The two-finger variable speed trigger is easy to locate and operate, even when operating the Makita blower with a gloved hand. In addition, the rubberized soft grip handle by Makita ensures maximum comfort for the operator.
3. Battery- & charging technology: 10/10
The cordless leaf blower can be operated by any Makita 18V battery (lithium-ion) marked with the star symbol. Makita created Star Protection Computer Controls, a communication technology that allows the equipped tool and battery to exchange data in real time and monitors conditions during operation. The technology also protects against overheating, overloading, and over-discharging and thereby extends the overall Makita battery lifetime.
Keep in mind that usually the Makita cordless leaf blower comes without a battery included, unless you are getting it in a special deal. Makita offers five different batteries for the blower with the ranges of 2.0 Ah, 3.0 Ah, 4.0 Ah, 5.0 Ah respectively 6.0 Ah. According to the US website of Makita, the usage of a 5.0 Ah battery pack allows for continuous operation of the blower for up to 20 minutes at high speed.
Makita 18V batteries have the fastest charge times in their categories, meaning they spend more time working and less time charging. The charging times depend on the battery used ranging from 25 minutes for the 2.0 Ah battery, to 55 min for the large 6.0 Ah battery when using the Makita Rapid Optimum Charger which communicates with the battery’s built-in chip throughout the charging process to optimize battery life by actively controlling current, voltage and temperature.
Compatibility with other 18V devices from Makita:
The just introduced 18V batteries and charging systems can be used to operate more than 225 18V products from Makita. This includes only other garden tools, such as battery-operated hedge trimmers, but also a huge variety of driver drills, jig saws and so on.
4. Scope of delivery & price: 7/10
The Makita cordless leaf blower DUB 182 comes with the easy to install Rubber nozzle, made of high quality materials. Other attachments like the long blower nozzle, the shoulder strap or the dual port charger are separately available. This is also true for the 18V lithium-ion batteries.
Furthermore, the 18V blower can easily be turned into a vacuum cleaner with the dust bag (sold separately). For dust suction, simply fit nozzle onto suction inlet and dust bag onto blower outlet. After the bag fills with dust, empty the contents of the bag into a dust bin by releasing the fastener.
The Makita battery leaf blower set (i.e. incl. one battery and charger) can be found in the higher price segment when compared to other 18V- or 20V solutions. The price goes even up further when adding the extra nozzle, a bag charger or additional batteries. Above all, we can conclude that the Makita 18V blower is a solid device with a rather good price-performance ratio.
II. Other Makita 18V Blowers
In addition to the 18V blower presented above, Makita offers two further cordless leaf blowers. Below we will give a short introductions of the Makita Floor Blower and the Makita Brushless Blower. We will concentrate on the differences between the tools so that you can choose the optimal handheld solution for your yard needs.
Makita Cordless Floor Blower DUB 183
In our research we have found that the Makita blower DUB 183 is a great solution for removing leaves and small debris from gravel filled areas in the yard without displacing the gravel. The tools integrated variable speed trigger allows for smooth adjustment of the speed to optimize battery runtime. Similarly, to the Makita DUB 182, the DUB 183 tool can be operated by any of the Makita 18V lithium-ion battery marked with the star symbol.
The standalone weight of the blower is a total of 4.1 lbs, which is a little over the previous tools standalone weight. Additionally, depending on the capacity of the battery you chose, the weight can go up to 5.5 lbs. This can still be considered relatively lightweight. Regarding the noise level, with 85 db(a) the Makita blower DUB 183 is slightly louder than the DUB 182.
Looking at the design of the handheld blowers, a major difference is the length of the blower tube. The Makita DUB 183 sports an unusually long blower tube which will be particularly interesting for taller people. The longer tube can spare you from bending at an uncomfortable angle, especially if you plan on working for longer periods of time in your yard. The placement of the comfortable rubber grip is also smart in design. This handheld is designed to be held pointing downward rather than at an angle, making handling very easy.
Makita Brushless Cordless Blower XBU 03
This Makita blower XBU 03 is the only one with a brushless motor. Brushless motors are more efficient at converting electricity into power than brushed motors. Due to the absence of brushes they also mitigate loss due to friction. This can give you up to 50 % longer run time per battery charge.
The standalone weight of the Makita leaf blower XBU 03 is a total of 5.1 lbs, which is significantly over the previous tools weight. Additionally, depending on the capacity of the battery, the weight can go up to 6.5 lbs which can still be considered relatively lightweight considering that this leaf blower is held at a downward angle. Regarding the noise level, with 60 db(a), the XBU03 is by far the most quiet solution, not only in comparison to the two other Makita blowers, but also relatively to comparable solutions, e.g. the Dewalt 20V blowers, the 20V solutions from Black + Decker or the 18V Milwaukee blowers.
The Makita 18V blower XBU 03 is equipped with the Extreme Protection Technology. This is a protective seal inside the tool, which is engineered for improved operation in harsh conditions by directing water and dust from key internal components.
III. Technical Data
|Makita Cordless Blower 18V LXT DUB 182|
|Makita Cordless Floor Blower 18V LXT DUB 183|
|Makita Brushless Cordless Blower 18V LXT XBU 03|
|Makita Lithium-Ion Battery 18V 4Ah|
|Makita Charger DC18RC|
|Makita Charger DC18RD|
|Technical Data||Makita DUB 182||Makita DUB 183||Makita XBU 03|
|Max. air speed||179 mph||116 mph||116 mph|
|Max. air volume||91 cfm||91 mph||459 cfm|
|Variable speed trigger||+||+||+|
|Weight (tool only)||3.9 lbs||4.1 lbs||5.1 lbs|
|Max. noise level||83 db(a)||85 db(a)||60 db(a)|
|Max. battery run-times¹|
|2.0 ah: n/a|
3.0 ah: 12-75 min
4.0 ah: n/a
5.0 ah: n/a
6.0 ah: n/a
|2.0 ah: n/a|
3.0 ah: n/a
4.0 ah: n/a
5.0 ah: up to 18 min
6.0 ah: n/a
|2.0 ah: n/a
3.0 ah: n/a
4.0 ah: n/a
5.0 ah: n/a
6.0 ah: n/a
¹ Battery run times times partially calculated.
|Battery- and & Charging Technology|
|Battery range||Li-Ion 2.0
|Electricity use||2.0 ah: 36 wh
3.0 ah: 54 wh
4.0 ah: 72 wh
5.0 ah: 90 wh
6.0 ah: 108 wh
|Charging times (fast charger)||2.0 ah: 25 min
3.0 ah: 30 min
4.0 ah: 40 min
5.0 ah: 45 min
6.0 ah: 55 min
² Charging times times partially calculated.
IV. Makita history
Makita Corporation was founded in 1915 as an electric motor repair and sales company in Nagoya, Aichi, Japan. Today, Makita is a global brand in over 40 countries with 10 plants operating in 8 countries. Makita was quick to incorporate mass production and assembly capabilities. By the 1970s, Makita had established a strong production base which afforded greater productivity as well as improved quality control. In 1985, Makita Corporation of America began manufacturing and assembling tools in Buford, Georgia. As part of the Makita global network of ten manufacturing and assembly plants, Buford is one source Development Team works closely with engineers on job sites to develop products that exceed the demands of the American contractor.