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Makita Upgrades LXT Cordless String Trimmer

Makita’s Classic Cordless String Trimmer Gets A Tech Overhaul

Replacing the previous-gen XRU09, the XRU15 comes to us with a whole bunch of upgrades to an already pretty solid string trimmer model. The new Makita LXT string trimmer offers a bigger cutting swath and a significant upgrade to the power management.

10-Second Summary

  • XRU15 replaces the XRU09 in the Makita string trimmer lineup
  • Delivers up to 1.5 hours of runtime per charge (2 x 18V 5.0Ah batteries)
  • Cutting swath has been increased to 15″ (from 13.75″)
  • Uses. 080″ twisted quiet line
  • Steel drive shaft for longer life and reduced vibration
  • Quick-adjusting loop handle
  • Reverse function quickly clears trimmer head of tangled grass
  • Torque Drive Technology automatically shifts from 3,500 to 6,500 RPM for extended runtime or added power
  • XPT technology channels away dust and moisture


New Upgrades and Features

The new Makita LXT Cordless string trimmer has a few marked improvements on the XRU09, the model that this new trimmer replaces in the Makita 36V lineup. One of the first things you’ll notice is that the runtime has been improved here. Running off of power from the kitted 5.0Ah batteries, the XRU15 can deliver up to an hour and a half worth of weed trimming power. It features an exclusive Makita-built outer-rotor brushless motor direct-drive system. This provides an increase in torque to all your trimming applications.

This is also noteworthy in that the increased torque of the motor allows for a wider cutting swath. Where the old model featured a 13.75″ cutting swath, Makita has been able to bump that up to an even 15″. The bump-feed powerhead uses Makita’s ultra-quiet 0.80″ twisted line.

Makita set out to improve the overall ergonomics with this new model as well. A narrow debris shield lets you see what you’re doing while simultaneously providing some protection to your tender face. The XRU15 also features a steel driveshaft, which is another upgrade to the previous model. This improvement results in longer life and reduced vibration. An upgraded loop handle adjusts quickly to improve the user experience.

Makita has also laced all the controls at the user’s fingertips. You’ll have 3 speed options for power management, as well as a reverse rotation function that helps you untangle yourself when you get wrapped up in thicker grasses and weeds.

New Tech

The new Makita LXT string trimmer also features a Torque Drive Technology mode that automatically shifts from 3500 to 6500 RPM depending on the load you put on it. With the lighter bits, the trimmer prioritizes runtime, but thicker patches result in the trimmer ramping up the power. This mode allows you to check out mentally, letting the tool do its own power management.

Finally, Makita has also included Extreme Protection Technology (XPT) on the XRU15. Essentially, this is a series of integrated seals that channel dust and water away from vital components. This extends the tool’s lifespan considerably.

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As far as packaging goes for the XRU15 goes, you’ve got options. You can purchase it as a bare tool (XRU15Z) for $289.28 . Or, if you’re not yet on the Makita battery platform, you can pick it up with two 5.0Ah batteries and a dual-port charger for $419.41 (XRU15PT). Curiously, we found the bigger kit, which comes with four 5.0Ah batteries and a dual-port charger, for about a dollar cheaper at $418.57 (XRU15PT1).

The Makita LXT string trimmer, batteries, and charger are all warrantied for 3 years.


Makita LXT Cordless String Trimmer Specs

  • Model Number: XRU15
  • Cutting Capacity: 15″
  • No Load Speed: 3,500/5,300/6,500 RPM
  • Arbor Shaft: M10 x 1.25 LH
  • Overall Length: 69-1/4″
  • Battery: 2X 18V
  • Net Weight (with battery): 10.4 lbs
  • Price

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Troy Davis

Vary good review. Put you on my desktop for quick future use.