Makita Updates Their X2 Chainsaw with New XCU04Z Model Now With A 16″ Bar and Chain

It wasn’t even that long ago that Makita featured a new cordless 18V X2 (36V) brushless chainsaw model XCU03Z with a 14 inch bar and chain. Now I found out that they already have available for sale, a newer XCU04Z model with a larger 16 inch bar and chain!

Based on the pictures alone, both models look identical except for the XCU04Z model having the slightly larger 16″ bar but cosmetically, they appear to be the same unit otherwise. I can’t confirm since I haven’t tried the new model, but I would assume the new model probably has a bit more performance to handle the larger blade and thus handle larger cuts. Remember that I can’t confirm that but it makes sense they did so because anytime a manufacturer increases capacity to their tools, they must increase the performance to keep up with the larger capacity, it’s just a law of physics otherwise you’d end up with a larger but underpowered tool.

I’m glad Makita was able to make a 16″ cordless X2 chainsaw because if you look at the competition, Dewalt has a 16″ chainsaw under their 40V Max outdoor power tool platform which made the Makita X2 14″ model look smaller by comparison so it’s good to see Makita is keeping up with their competition.

It doesn’t seem like Makita announced this new chainsaw through any major channels but it is available now with a list price of $299 as a baretool and around $400 as a kit.


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  • Makita-built Outer Rotor BL™ Brushless Motor direct-drive system provides high power efficiency equivalent to a 32cc gas chain saw
  • Variable speed trigger (0-3,940 FPM) for easy operation
  • Built-in lock-off lever helps prevent the chain from accidentally engaging
  • 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
  • Two 18V LXT® Lithium-Ion batteries deliver power and performance without leaving the 18V LXT® platform (batteries not included)
  • Front hand guard engineered to actuate chain brake when engaged
  • 16″ guide bar for increased capacity
  • Low noise level and zero emissions for operator comfort
  • “Tool-less” chain adjustment for convenient operation and maintenance
  • Weighs only 11.5 lbs. with batteries (batteries not included) for reduced operator fatigue
  • Features Extreme Protection Technology (XPT™) which is engineered to provide increased dust and water resistance in harsh job site conditions
  • Electric brake for maximum productivity
  • Rubberized soft grip top handle is engineered for the user to more easily apply even cutting pressure
  • Large oil filling port with view window allows operator to easily add and check bar oil level
  • Adjustable automatic chain lubrication with large oil reservoir
  • L.E.D. battery indicators show charge level for each 18V LXT® battery
  • Equipped with Star Protection Computer Controls™ to protect against overloading, over-discharging and over-heating
  • Rapid Optimum Charger communicates with the battery’s built-in chip throughout the charging process to optimize battery life by actively controlling current, voltage and temperature (battery and charger not included)
  • Rapid Optimum Charger has a built-in fan to cool the battery for faster, more efficient charging (battery and charger not included)
  • Makita technology delivers category-leading charge time so the battery spends more time working and less time sitting on the charger (battery and charger not included)
  • Compatible with Makita 18V Lithium-Ion batteries with a Star symbol
  • Batteries and charger not included
  • 3-year limited warranty
  • Only use genuine Makita batteries and chargers

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