Does The Makita XCU02Z 36V Chain Saw Hold Up For The Price?

Makita XCU02Z 18V X2 LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Chain Saw

Released by Makita, the XCU02 can be a good solution for those who have a need for a cordless chain saw for light duty applications. It is not a perfect replacement for a gas but for daily work, why bother with oil and gas mixing. Go through this article to get familiar with the properties of this power tool. (Notes: All product specifications described here are subject to change without notice.)

This saw is powered by two 18V LXT Lithium-Ion batteries. The rated voltage is 36 V. It does not work with only one battery cartridge. The standard battery cartridges that fit this tool are BL1815N (1.5AH), BL1830 (3AH), and BL1840 (4AH). Batteries and charger are not included. The BL1840 (2-Pack) costs around $180. If you already have batteries and charger from previous LXT purchases you do not need to pay for these items again.

BL1815N

BL1830

BL1840

Cell Capacity 1.5Ah 3.0Ah 4.0Ah
Charge Time 15mins w/DC18RC 22mins 36mins w/DC18RC
Net Weight 360g 610g 640g

The guide bar length is 12″ ( 300 mm), shorter than the average. Special thought needs to be given to cutting larger pieces of wood. That being said, the shorter the bar span, the easier the saw is to manage. The Makita XCU02 (Z means bare tool) weighs 10.3 lbs with batteries, light enough for use around the yard. Some people use it to cut firewood while on a camping trip. The top handle to raise the saw is rubberized for comfortable and confident grasp.

Like most consumer saws, it uses 3/8″ pitch. The gauge or the thickness of the drive lugs. is .043″ (1.1 mm). The motor delivers 1,650 FPM (surface feet per minute), significantly less than 2-stroke machines but it is not at all scary to use. The fact that it is battery powered means this thing does not smell. This saw is advertised to generate noise level at only 89 dB, much quieter than a gas saw. No need for ear protection. So many positive comments have been made for how quietly it operates.

Aside from what has been mentioned, it is also important to highlight that this saw offers “tool-less” chain adjustment. There is an adjusting dial that allowsyou to adjust the saw chain tension. This tool also has an automatic chain lubrication system. You can adjust the oil pump feed rate using the universal wrench. An oil inspection window is provided, making it easier for you to check the amount of remaining oil in the oil tank.

When it comes to safety features, the Makita XCU02 features an electric brake. Pressing the front hand guard forwards will bring the running chain saw to a standstill immediately. A lock-off button is also provided to prevent the switch trigger from being accidentally
pulled. It must be depressed before the trigger can be activated. The cordless tool also comes equipped with a metal hook for use of tool hanging.

XCU02

XCU01

Chain speed 8.3 m/s (500 m/min) (1,650 ft/min) 5.0 m/s (300 m/min) (980 ft/min)
Length of guide bar 300 mm (12") 115 mm (4 - 1/2")
Guide bar part No 165245-8 158476-6
Saw chain Type 90PX 25 AP
Saw chain Pitch 3/8" 1/4"
Saw chain No. of drive links 46 42
Number of teeth 6 9

This particular coffee maker has been the one in the Makita range that has received mostly very positive feedback. By the time of writing this review, Amazon customers give this product 4.6 stars out of 55 reviews.

Makita XCU02Z with two batteries

While most of the feedback has been favorable, a number of criticisms have also been leveled at the 36V chain saw. Before anything else, bare tool means no batteries or charger. It does not even come with a complete case. Expect to spend the extra $200 to get two 18 Volt batteries and a charger.

There is not much bad to be said for this Lithium-ion powered power tool. That being said, the saw seems to be made for right hand trigger operation. The trigger is under the top handle. Located on the left side of the top handle is the lock-off button. You need to push the button with your thumb and squeeze the trigger to operate this saw.

Despite some negative comments, most of the customer reviews have been very encouraging. Many customers have found it to be powerful enough for a cordless chain saw. Obviously, it is not meant for any heavy work. Having said that, it seems to be a great tool for camping, light trimming or storm clean-up.

Customers have also been pleased with the quiet factor. In terms of build quality, no reports of leaking oil. Other positive comments have been made for the compact, lightweight design. The tension adjustment is another characteristic of this saw that has been praised.

The Makita XCU02Z LXT chain saw will not fit everyone’s needs. However, if what you need is an occasional chain saw for light duty use, then based on the customer feedback you will be happy with this product.


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