Makita Cordless Leaf Blower (18V): Tool Review & Comparison

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 Makita 18V blower DUB 182 is a perfect clean-up tool and a definitive choice for many job sites and hobby workshops. It strives to combine the accessibility and ease of cordless machines with the formidable power-to-weight ratio of Makita’s 18V LXT lithium-ion battery technology.

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.

Overall rating
  • 9/10
    1. Performance - 9/10
  • 9/10
    2. Ergonomics - 9/10
  • 10/10
    3. Battery & charging technology - 10/10
  • 7/10
    4. Scope of delivery & price - 7/10
8.8/10

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

Battery technology:

The cordless leaf blower can be operated by any Makita 18V battery (lithium-ion) marked with the star symbol. 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 2.0Ah, 3.0Ah, 4.0Ah, 5.0Ah respectively 6.0Ah. 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.

Charging technology:

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

Makita cordless blower review: Tool presentation 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

The maximum air speed of the Makita 18V blower DUB 183 comes in at 116 mph which is comparably less powerful than the DUB 182. This does not have to be a condemning factor though. The maximum air volume of the Makita DUB 183 is 91 cfm, which is the same as the DUB 182.

In our research we have found that the Makita leaf 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 run time. 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 battery leaf 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 which can still be considered relatively lightweight. Regarding the noise level, with 85 db(a) the Makita cordless 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

The maximum air velocity of the Makita leaf blower with the model name XBU 03 comes in at 116mph which is the same as the Makita DUB 183. However, the Makita XBU 03 has a maximum air volume 459 cfm. As most Makita cordless tools, the Makita 18V blower XBU 03 also sports integrated cruise control lever with variable speed trigger. This adjustable speed option is crucial for run time management. Similarly, to the Makita DUB 182 and DUB 183, the brushless blower XBU 03 can be operated by any Makita 18V lithium-ion battery marked with the star symbol.

This Makita cordless 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 compared to similar non-brushless tools.

The standalone weight of the Makita leaf blower XBU 03 is a total of 5.1 lbs, which is significantly over the previous tools standalone weight. Additionally, depending on the capacity of the lithium-ion battery you chose, 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 XBU03SM1 is by far the most quiet solution, not only in comparison to the two other leaf blowers from Makita, but also relatively to other 18- or 20V solutions, e.g. the 20V leaf blower from Dewalt or the 20V solution from Black + Decker.

The Makita 18V blower XBU 03 is equipped with the Makita 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

Solution Components 
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 3Ah
Makita Charger DC18RC
Makita Charger DC18RD
Table 1: Makita 18V Blowers – Components
Technical DataMakita DUB 182Makita DUB 183Makita XBU 03
Performance
Max. air speed179 mph116 mph116 mph
Max. air volume91 cfm91 mph459 cfm
Variable speed trigger+++
Ergonomics
Weight (tool only)3.9 lbs4.1 lbs5.1 lbs
Max. noise level83 db(a)85 db(a)60 db(a)
Soft-grip+++
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
Table 2: Makita 18V Blowers – Technical Data
¹ Battery run times times partially calculated.
Battery- and & Charging Technology 
Battery Technology
Voltage18 Volt
Battery rangeLi-Ion 2.0
Li-Ion 3.0
Li-Ion 4.0
Li-Ion 5.0
Li-Ion 6.0
Electricity use2.0 ah: 36 wh
3.0 ah: 54 wh
4.0 ah: 72 wh
5.0 ah: 90 wh
6.0 ah: 108 wh
Charging Technology²
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
Table 3: Makita 18V Blowers – Battery- & Charging Technology
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.