Makita 40V XGT Cordless Dust Extractor Review

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 Makita 40V XGT  Cordless Dust Extractor – Model GCV04PMUX

Makita 40V XGT 4 Gallon HEPA Dry Dust Extractor Kit

Manufacturer: Makita
Model number: GCV04PMUX
Price: $1,229.99
Power source: 40V
Weight: 23 LBs
A Cordless vacuum/dust extractor is very portable and maneuverable. Being cordless means you could use your dust extractor both indoors and outdoors and take it to places where corded dust extractors can’t reach or are inconvenient to use. No searching for an outlet or dragging out heavy, invasive extension cords.  Many cordless dust extractors are designed to be lightweight which makes them even easier to move around.
Makita’s 40v XGT is gaining traction in the construction world.  Makita now has over 125 products related to their 40v XGT platform. The increased power and performance allow XGT cordless equipment and tools to rival corded tools and gas equipment. These high-powered products are the one-battery solution to handle the most demanding jobs and environments.

Having cleanliness issues can compromise the safety of your employees as well as the customer experience. Capturing dust at the source is something we take seriously. Keeping a safe and healthy work environment is important for all trades and DIYers. Let’s take a closer look at the Makita GCV04PMUX – 40V HEPA Dust Extractor Kit.

Dust Extraction On the Job

Dust is one of the worst evils in our industry, and construction is a messy process. It can be harmful to our health as well as to our customer’s property. Collecting dust at the source keeps clients very happy. That being said it is sometimes difficult to capture it all.

Makita’s GCV04PMUX has a three-stage HEPA filtration system with technology that collects 99.97% of particles. In order to maintain optimal suction and extend the life of the filter, an automatic self-cleaning filter system compresses and expands the damper, which shakes dust from the pre-filter. Only 67 dB(A) of noise is produced by the motor chamber thanks to sound-absorbing materials used in its construction.

In the Shop

For me, working in my shop, the Makita Dust Extractor paired up with the GPS01Z 40V XGT Brushless Cordless 6‑1/2″ Plunge Circular Saw is the perfect dust collection solution when trimming down interior doors.


Working on a basement bathroom remodel where the space outside the bathroom was completely finished was a contractor’s nightmare. I was really worried about the dust I was about to make.  The client opted to have us install a barn style door which offers more gaps and spaces for dust to escape. The Makita Dust Extractor was the perfect solution to my situation.  Having to cut the cement board makes a ton of dust. Typically we cut outside because this process if so messy, but in this instance we needed to cut back some Durarock that was already installed. The ability to bring this cordless extractor to the source, even in this small confined bathroom eliminated the need to locate a power source and its compact size was perfect for the tiny workspace I had to work in.

New Addition

Where we feel this cordless vac really shines is on our trim jobs. Doing a very large addition, this vac was set up from day one and continuously used along with the Makita 8-1/2″ miter saw. Having this vacuum capturing dust at the source kept our work area clean, limited the amount of time required to clean up, and stored easily under our cut table

All Types of Applications

The Makita GCV04PMUX has been used on several job sites extracting several different types of materials. From wood dust using the track saw, to cement dust cutting Durarock, to PVC railing shavings while cutting down Veranda railings, the suction that comes from the brushless motor leaves the work area clean. It should be mentioned that if you were doing heavy demo, this vacuum might not be the best option for you.  We would recommend a corded vacuum and avoid the hassle of batteries and charging them.

For a great selection of corded dust extractors, check out our Best Dust Extractor Head To Head


  • AWS Bluetooth for wireless power-on/off communication between tool and dust extractor
  • 148 CFM
  • 92″ water lift
  • 2X more run time with 2 bay 40v XGT battery system
  • Three stage HEPA filtration system captures 99.97% of particulates
  • Large rubber bumper to protect from damaging work area

Kit Components

  • (1) 40V max XGT® Brushless 4 Gallon HEPA Filter Dry Dust Extractor, AWS® (GCV04ZUX)
  • (2) 40V max XGT® 4.0Ah Battery (BL4040)
  • (1) 40V max XGT® Dual Port Rapid Optimum Charger (DC40RB)
  • (1) Auto-start Wireless Transmitter (198901-5)
  • (1) Anti-Static Hose, 1” x 11’ (195433-3)
  • (1) Tool Cuff Adapter, 22mm for 1″ hose (417765-1)
  • (1) Tool Cuff Adapter, 24mm for 1″ hose (424379-9)
  • (1) Tool Cuff Adapter, 38mm for 1″ hose (417766-9)
  • (1) Plastic Disposal Bag, 10/pk (195432-5)
  • (1) HEPA Filter (191V70-3)
  • (1) Pre-Filter (191V69-8)
  • (1) Multi Hook (413B37-4)

Auto-Start Wireless System

The Makita GCV04PMUX comes with the AWS (Auto-Start Wireless System) which utilizes Bluetooth connectivity between the vacuum and selected Makita tools. An AWS transmitter comes with the vacuum and needs to be installed. Once installed, pairing is pretty easy. You need to make sure you have a tool that is AWS capable and that there is a wireless transmitter installed into this tool. Pairing is as simple as holding down the transmitter buttons until they flash green.  Once connected via AWS, the AWS-equipped dust extractor will automatically power on or off when the AWS-equipped cordless tool starts or stops, running only when the tool is in use, thus collecting dust at the source!

Ways AWS is Beneficial

  • Eliminates Additional Cords – Since there is no need to re-plug the cord or deal with grounding issues when using our cordless AWS equipped dust extractor with a cordless AWS tool, there are less trip hazards.
  • Increases Productivity – Intelligent Bluetooth connectivity increases the dust extractor’s battery life while the tool is in operation, improving productivity on a single charge. Additionally, by using up to 10 AWS tools at once, you may switch between power tools by just reconnecting the dust hose, saving time from manually turning on and off numerous equipment.
  • Reduces Excessive Noise – The AWS dust extractor runs only while the AWS power tool is in use, reducing continuous noise at the job or work site.

Makita GCV04PMUX Control Panel

The control panel on this dust extractor features an oversized on-off switch a the top of the tool. There are three settings; auto (AWS Starting), Off, and On. There is a variable speed control dial. The variable power setting allows the user to select the level of suction depending on the type of surface being vacuumed. For delicate surfaces like rugs, a lower level of power and suction would be used. Wood surfaces, or connecting to a tool directly call for full suction.

Dual L.E.D. battery indicators are also located on the control panel which is convenient and direct. No searching for or lifting a cover to see the remaining battery life.

There is also a protective cover that batteries are housed in. This keeps them secure and free from dust and debris from the job site. This 4oV vacuum has two battery slots but only requires one 40v battery to operate. The vacuum will automatically switch to the second stored battery if you have it in the spare slot.


The Makita Dust Extractor has 4 casters, 2 of which (rear casters) feature a locking lever to prevent unwanted movement. The 4 wheels offer a full 360° mobility and roll noticeably smooth. Makita also does a nice job installing a large rubber bumper around the dust extractor to prevent damage from incidental contact with objects in the work area. This dust extractor is 23 lb and has a sturdy, folding, top-carrying handle.



The GCV04PMUX has good wrap-around storage for the provided 11′ hose. You are able to wrap around the body of the extractor twice and then tuck the nozzle into the wraps for very secure hose storage

Bag and Filter Components

Changing the bag on the Makita dust extractor is really straightforward. Release the locking latches and lift the head unit up off the tank. Shake off the dust from the powder filter before lifting the filter away from the tank.

The Powder filter is your Hepa filter

There is also a damper located under your powder filter

Your pre-filter sits just above your bag inside the tank.

In our vac, we are using Makita plastic disposable bags. With a polyethylene bag installed in the tank, you can easily empty the tank without getting your hands dirty. The bag will slide up underneath the nozzle and can be easily removed once full. Makita also offers dust filter bags, fleece bags, and many other accessories.

Final Thoughts

Pulling out a corded vacuum for a fast clean-up and finding an outlet to plug it in can be quite cumbersome, especially in busy areas. With the help of a cordless vacuum, the problem may be solved swiftly and without causing any fuss or interruption to the flow of traffic. Collecting dust at the source maintains a healthier, safer environment for your staff, clients, and yourself. This Makita 40V XGT Brushless Cordless 4 Gallon HEPA Filter Dry Dust Extractor Kit is very expensive and if you are on the Makita 40V XGT platform it is highly recommended!

Makita 40V XGT 4 Gallon HEPA Dry Dust Extractor Kit


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Scott Arnold

Contributing Editor Scott Arnold is the owner of Scott Arnold Remodeling LLC out of Waltham MA. Custom decks, fireplace makeovers, kitchens and bathrooms, Scott enjoys the frame to finish concept. Scott will share his perspective on tools as carpenter and remodeler here and on

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