May 15, 2021

Makita XML05 36V 17-inch Lawnmower

Makita Launches Powerful Push Mower

Makita has taken their mower game up a notch recently with Pro-focused 36V lawnmowers that feature rock-solid build quality and plenty of power. The XML05 Makita 17-inch Lawn Mower carries on that focus with a compact model designed for detail landscaping.

10-Second Summary

  • Model: Makita XML05
  • 18″ cutting deck; 17″ cutting width
  • Brushless motor delivers up to 3,600 rpm
  • Plastic deck reduces weight, requires reduced force to push
  • Mulching and bagging options
  • Single lever cut height adjustment between 13/16″ to 3″
  • Soft start
  • Extreme Protection Technology
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Kit Price: $489.99

Detail Work

As you’d expect, the 36V Makita XML05 mower runs off of two 18V LXT batteries. Unlike some of the other newer Makita lawnmowers, the XML05 only supports two batteries—not four. The compact design overrode the need for adding additional weight and runtime.

Makita XML05Z 17-inch lawn mower

The Makita-built brushless motor delivers up to 3,600 RPM to cut quickly and neatly. Overall, you seem to get a nimble mower that lacks none of the power you need for residential cutting in hard-to-reach spaces.

Makita XML05 36V 17-inch Lawnmower

Cut Quality and Options

The Makita XML05Z 17-inch lawn mower features an ergonomic plastic deck that keeps the weight under 40 lbs.—even loaded with both batteries. Less weight means that pushing and turning the mower requires less effort. It also loads on and off the truck, van, or tailer more easily.

Though a side discharge isn’t an option here, the Makita XML05 can mulch or bag clippings for a cleaner finished lawn.

Makita XML05 36V 17-inch Lawnmower

It features a single-point cut height adjustment lever that lets you select between 13/16″ and 3″. A soft start extends the gear life. Also, the wheels feature ball bearings for a smoother drive, and the rubberized handle should provide a soft, comfortable grip while mowing.

Finally, because Pro landscapers sometimes need to work in adverse weather and moisture conditions, the Makita XML05 includes the brand’s Extreme Protection Technology. This series of seals will channel dust and water away from important internal components, extending the life of the mower.


The Makita XML05 17-Inch Mower can be purchased as a bare tool or as a kit. The bare tool option retails for $369 . The kit, which includes a couple of 5.0Ah batteries and a dual-port charger, will run you $489.99 . Both options include Makita’s 3-year warranty.

Makita 36V Lawnmower Specs

  • Model: Makita XML05
  • Cutting Width: 17 in.
  • Deck Width: 18 in.
  • Cutting Height Range: 13/16 – 3 in.
  • Bag Capacity: 1.4 bushels
  • Max Speed: 3,600 RPM
  • Dimensions: 58-3/4 x 18-1/8 x 41-1/4 in.
  • Net Weight: 37.5 lbs (with batteries)
  • Kit includes: Two 18V LXT 5.0Ah batteries, 18V dual-port charger, 17 in. mower blade, grass catcher bag
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Kit price: $489.99

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