Makita 14-Inch Cordless Chainsaw XCU07
Just because the grass has stopped growing over the winter months doesn’t mean the work stops altogether. The chances are pretty good that the winter will also bring plenty of pruning and trimming and sawing opportunities. Just in time to do your last-minute winter storm prep, Makita is releasing another cordless chainsaw for your OPE pleasure. The Makita 14-Inch Cordless Chainsaw brings power, portability, and fuss-less-ness to your lawn care and forestry endeavors.
Makita 14-Inch Cordless Chainsaw Features
- Makita-built Outer Rotor BL Brushless Motor direct-drive system
- Captured bar nuts and lateral chain tensioning
- Variable speed trigger and high chain speed (0-3,940 FPM) for improved cutting performance
- Two 18V LXT Lithium-Ion batteries deliver 36V power and performance without leaving the 18V LXT platform (batteries not included)
- Built-in L.E.D. on/off switch with auto power-off function; automatically shuts the saw off when operation is delayed for extended battery life
- Low noise level and zero emissions
- Weighs only 11.5 lbs. with batteries (batteries not included)
- Adjustable automatic chain lubrication with large oil reservoir
- Large oil filling port with view window
- Rubberized soft grip top handle
Haven’t We Seen This Before?
The chances are good that if you’re super familiar with Makita’s cordless OPE line, you’re probably wondering what the big difference between this model, the XCU07, and the previously released XCU03 actually is. To be fair, at first blush it doesn’t seem like a wild departure from the first model.
It all comes down to the tool-free chain adjustment on the XCU03. In an effort to move more toward the professional tree serviceman, Makita opted to change from the tool-free adjustment to a captured bar nut and lateral chain tensioning system. It might seem like a small thing, but the captured bar nut on the XCU07 has a better reputation among Pros and you won’t run the risk of losing valuable pieces on the job.
Aside from that, this saw is very similar to its predecessor. It has a Makita-built outer rotor brushless motor for more power and efficiency.
So for all intents and purposes, it’s pretty much the same chainsaw that we reviewed a while back with an extra nod to the Pro.
The XCU03 runs $279 as a bare tool and $389 as a kit. While the XCU07 doesn’t have any pricing information available yet, we expect it to run roughly the same price.
Makita 14-Inch Cordless Chainsaw Specs
- Model Number: Makita XCU07Z (bare tool), XCUPT1 (kit with 5.0 Ah batteries)
- Guide Bar Length: 14″
- Pitch: 3/8″
- Gauge: 0.043″
- Chain Speed: 3,940 FPM
- Net Weight (with Battery): 11.5 lbs
- Battery: 2X 18V LXT Lithium-Ion
- Warranty: 3-Year
- MSRP: TBA