The Makita cordless blower 18V (model: 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 Makita 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, which is until now, the largest cordless tool range powered by 18V lithium-ion 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 and compact lithium-ion batteries with the star symbol on the battery indicating Star Protection inside.
In this review article, we will take a look into the details of the Makita cordless leaf blower 18V, introducing the most important features of the tool. So you can make a profound buying decision. To conclude, you will find a table summarizing all functional and technical specifications which we discussed in this report.
Makita Cordless Blower 18V – Review
- 1. Performance - 9/109/10
- 2. Ergonomics - 9/109/10
- 3. Battery & charging technology - 10/1010/10
- 4. Scope of delivery & price - 7/107/10
1. Performance: 9/10
The Makita cordless blower features a high torque motor with a no load speed of 0-18,000 RPM. Its air velocity of 179 mph makes it one of the more powerful tools in the 18V 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 twelve minute run-time.
2. Ergonomics: 9/10
The cordless leaf blower by Makita 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 and 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 tool can be operated by any of the Makita 18V lithium-ion battery marked with the star symbol. Keep in mind that usually the 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.
Makita 18V lithium-ion 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 2.0Ah 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 different 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 18V comes with the easy to install Rubber blower 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 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 dust bag into a dust bin by releasing the fastener.
The Makita battery blower set (i.e. including one battery and charger) can be found in the higher prize segment when compared to other solutions in the 18- or 20 Volt category. The price goes even up further when adding the extra nozzle, a bag charger or additional changing batteries. Above all, we can conclude that the Makita 18V blower is a solid battery blower with a rather good price-performance ratio.
|Makita Cordless Blower 18V LXT DUB 182|
|Makita Lithium-Ion Battery 18V 3Ah|
|Makita Charger DC18RC|
|Makita Charger DC18RD|
Makita Cordless Blower 18V – Factsheet
|Max. air speed||179 mph|
|Max. air volume||91 cfm|
|Variable speed trigger||+|
|Weight (tool only)||3.9 lbs|
|Max. noise level||83 db(a)|
|Battery range||Li-Ion 2.0 ah|
Li-Ion 3.0 ah
Li-Ion 4.0 ah
Li-Ion 5.0 ah
Li-Ion 6.0 ah
|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
|Max. battery runtimes*||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
|Charging times (standard charger)*||n/a|
|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