Makita 18V Cordless Vacuum Review

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Makita 18V LXT Model XLC02ZB Cordless Vacuum

Makita 18V cordless vacuum

Manufacturer: Makita
Model number: XLC02ZB
Price: $89.00
Power source: Cordless
Motor size: 18v
Weight: 3.2 lbs
The Makita 18V cordless vacuum is a wonderful addition to any tool collection. If you are looking to unplug the cord and make cleaning up quicker and easier, then a cordless vacuum is the way to go. This lightweight, compact vacuum is a fast and efficient solution for cleaning up your car, work area, or even inside the house. We are often impressed with Makita, and, you can check out our other Makita reviews here.

I never would have thought that a vacuum made by Makita would be one of my favorite and most used tools in the shop and around the house. Surprisingly, this vacuum has left our dust buster and corded vacuum to become our g0-to dust collector in the closet.

Makita 18V Cordless Vacuum Specifications

  • Motor Output: 46 CFM
  • Run Time: Up to 33 Minutes on a 5.0Ah Battery 
  • Filtration System: Bagless 2-stage Cloth
  • Weight: 3.2 lbs. W/ 2.0 Ah Battery
  • Warranty: 3-year Limited Warranty

Makita LXT Vacuum Performance

After a long day of work, I stepped into the house to find my kids had tracked dirt in on their muddy boots. Evidently, this was the perfect time for me to test out the Makita 18V cordless vacuum! The chunks of mud were dry but fairly thick. I wasn’t confident that the little vacuum had the power to suck up heavy dirt, but the Makita cordless vacuum had no problem cleaning up this mess. Next, I took it to the garage where I had some fresh metal shavings laying on the ground from drilling an automotive axle tube. Above all, the Makita 18V XLC02ZB had no problem sucking up the metal shavings.

Compact Size

The LXT vacuum measures out at a compact 18 – 3/4″ long. The ability to remove or add the vacuum extension tube is a nice option. You can use the tool as pictured which is very compact. You can add the 6” nozzle, or you can add the long extension and use the vacuum standing up

Handheld Convenience

The Makita vacuum is a great tool to clean the house.  After using the tool we quickly recognized that with the included 6” crevice nozzle suction power was increased.  I typically leave this nozzle on and I love that it can get to the hard-to-reach places.

Easy Cleanout

Debris disposal is quick and very easy. With a simple twist of the nozzle, the Makita vacuum will come right apart allowing you to dump any debris.

Easy Clean Filter

The Bagless 2-Stage cloth filtration system allows the vacuum to be cleaned easily. If you have power loss or decreased suction it is possibly due to a clogged filter. In addition, If you want to reinstate the power loss you should clean your filter, which will allow the vacuum to breathe properly. Once the debris has been dumped, you can shake the cloth filters to clean them off. When I am in a rush I just tap them against the garbage can to clean them off.  Occasionally, I like to blow the filters off with the air gun to give them a deep clean. If you don’t have compressed air, no worries- shaking it off will be just fine.

Additional Items not pictured

The Makita vacuum also includes an 8″ wide floor nozzle and a plastic holder to mount the Makita vacuum to the wall. 

Price and Availability

The Makita 18V LXT vacuum is available as a bare tool or as a kit with a single 2.0 Ah battery. The kit currently retails online for around $129.00, which is a good value in my opinion. However, if you already own Makita LXT batteries and chargers, the bare tool option is an outstanding value! Our friends at Acme Tool are currently offering the bare tool option for $89.00. That is a lot of performance and convenience for less than a hundred bucks.

Follow the Buy Now link below to purchase the Makita compact vacuum from Acme.

Makita 18V cordless vacuum

Final Thoughts on the Makita 18V Cordless Compact Vacuum

The Makita cordless vacuum is a wonderful addition to any tool collection. However, for current Makita 18V LXT users, it is a no-brainer. Although this will not replace a heavy-duty shop vacuum, it certainly will do the trick when it comes to smaller debris that you want to be able to clean up quickly. This is a lightweight, cordless vacuum that is a fast and efficient solution for many different needs.  I often use this tool to clean up in the garage, but it has become the family go-to vacuum for cleaning the house every Sunday morning. In other words, we really liked this Makita vacuum!

About the author

Dan Wheeler

Dan is the ultimate believer in “if you want something done right, you do it yourself.” He is currently working as a General Contractor building a series of custom farmhouses. Dan doesn’t just oversee the projects; he is always on-site, slinging nail guns and making sure that the homes are built with quality craftsmanship. Besides his background in construction, Dan is also an automotive restoration specialist and all-around car nut. He enjoys restoring cars to showroom quality with a twist of custom modernization. He recently has restored a 1977 Jeep CJ7, a 1979 Jeep CJ7, a 1985 Corvette C4, and a 1988 Mustang 5.0. From an early age, Dan has had an inerrant ability to understand all things mechanical. This led him to have a lifelong passion for cars and trucks as well as for dirt bikes and motorcycles. He truly understands how things work, which allows Dan to rebuild and repair many different mechanical systems. Dan strongly believes in getting the job done right, and using the correct tool in that process helps ensure the job gets done quickly and accurately.

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1 Comment

  1. Ann Snyder

    how do i remove battery I don’t have a lot of strength in my smaller hands

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