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Makita XHU02M1 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Hedge Trimmer Kit Review

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If you have a garden with hedges, then you know how crucial it is to have a durable hedge trimmer in your lawn care arsenal. Without one, trimming your hedges becomes a huge pain in the rear. With so many models to choose from on the market today, it can be difficult to know which one you should choose.



Enter the Makita XHU02M1 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Hedge Trimmer Kit.



Over the last decade, the Makita brand has been steadily growing in popularity in North America, and their product line currently includes cordless chainsaws, drills, and angle grinders – amongst other products. From its low noise output to the electric brake included for increased productivity, each element of this hedge trimmer has been carefully and thoughtfully designed and executed.

PROS

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    On the lowest battery setting, it will provide two hours of run time.
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    Increased cutting speed of 1,350 SPM delivered by the Makita-built mower
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    5 cushions inside the motor housing provide an anti-vibration design that helps to minimize any vibration

CONS

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    When cutting through thicker branches, the hedge trimmer tends to hesitate.

KEY FEATURES

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    This hedge trimmer weighs only 7.4 pounds.
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    The handles are covered with a rubberized soft grip material to maximize user comfort.
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    The cutting blade measures 22 inches in length, which offers increased cutting capacity.
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    An indicator light shows when the battery is running low on power and needs to be recharged.
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    The patented design of the included Makita battery charger allows it to charge batteries 25% faster than its competitors.

PRODUCT REVIEW

The Makita XHU02M1 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Hedge Trimmer Kit offers everything that you need to achieve professional quality results when trimming your hedges. An 18-volt battery powers this model. On the highest power setting, the battery will provide 30-45 minutes of run time. On the lowest power setting, it can run for upwards of two hours.

What is unique about the battery of the Makita hedge trimmer is that it has an integrated battery capacity warning system. When the battery needs charging, the motor will shut off, and an indicator light will come on. The battery can be fully charged in 20 to 30 minutes.

The Makita XHU02M1 has a lightweight and ergonomic design. Weighing in at only 7.4 pounds, it can easily be used by a wide variety of individuals of all sizes, and your arms will undoubtedly thank you. The blade measures 22 inches and offers an extended reach, and the whole unit measures only 38 inches. Two-handed operation is required, and the motor will only switch on when the top handle and the switch are engaged. An electric brake has been included for increased productivity. The Makita built motor delivers 1,350 SPM.

As an added bonus, the Makita XHU02M1 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Hedge Trimmer Kit has an average noise level of only 87 dBA. Not only does this contribute to operator comfort, but it also significantly lessens the chances of disturbing your neighbors while you are working. In fact, it is 25% quieter than its nearest competitor, and with its cordless design, there are few limitations on where you can use it in your yard.

Makita XHU02M1 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 22' Hedge Trimmer Kit (4.0Ah)
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Makita XHU02M1 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 22" Hedge Trimmer Kit (4.0Ah)
  • Up to 120 Minutes of Run Time Under No Load Using 4.0Ah Battery BL1840B on Lowest Setting
  • Makita-built motor delivers 1,350 SPM for increased cutting speed
  • 22" blade provides increased cutting capacity
  • Anti-vibration design (five cushions within the motor housing) helps minimize vibration

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User reviews for the Makita XHU02M1 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Hedge Trimmer Kit have been mostly positive. Some users have noted that the trimmer has struggled to cut branches thicker than .75 inches in diameter, but performs well on smaller branches. This model is also pricier than most of its competitors; however, for what is included with the purchase (the hedge trimmer, 18V lithium-ion battery, rapid optimum battery charger, and a blade cover), it offers an excellent value.

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Mark Kelly

Hi, I'm Mark the owner of Yard Care Gurus. I love to be outside working on my lawn, planning my next project. I created this website to help people like you find the best products for yard care and great advice. Thanks for stopping by!

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