Makita XCU06Z 18V LXT Brushless Cordless 10″ Top Handle Chain Saw

Makita has a new cordless chainsaw with the XCU06Z 18V LXT Brushless Cordless 10″ Top Handle Chain Saw. This new chainsaw is an addition to their 18 volt line up and unlike many of their newer x2 chainsaws, it only requires one battery.

Being a single battery tool makes this a standard 18V tool and as such doesn’t have the size bar & chain of the more powerful 36 volt saws in Makita’s cordless line up. However this new 18V model is no slouch as it has a brushless motor to help out to power a 10 inch bar and chain.

10 inches is a big step up from their previous 18v chainsaw that has a puny 4-1/2″ bar and chain, however today an 18V chainsaw with a 10 inch bar and chain is nothing to brag about. DIY budget brand Ryobi has had a 10 inch 18v chainsaw for years now and recently upgraded to a brushless 10 inch model. Dewalt also recently introduced a 20V model (20V is the same as 18V) featuring a brushless motor and 12 inch bar and chain making Makita’s 10 incher behind the times at launch.

Makita’s 18V brushless chainsaw looks to be aimed at users wanting a small compact chainsaw that’s lightweight and this one is light at 7.2 lbs. Features include a large oil tank with a viewing window to let you know roughly how much is left. It lubricates the chain automatically and you can adjust how much. Makita included a much needed battery fuel gauge built into the machine to check battery status of older batteries that don’t have built in fuel gauges – good move Makita. The brushless motor also has an automatic torque boost mode for cutting dense material. A not so good move on Makita’s part is requiring the user to use an included tool to adjust chain tension and replace the chain. I expect this out of a Ryobi tool but not a Makita tool. The tool-less chain tension and chain removal was one of the features that makes their X2 brushless chainsaw so great, too bad this feature isn’t found on this 10 inch model.

The new Makita XCU06Z 18V LXT Brushless Cordless 10″ Top Handle Chain Saw will retail for $245.99 through $282.15 based on my google results at time of writing and this is for the bare tool only making the price quite high. For a price comparison Dewalt’s 20V chainsaw kit retails for $229 with battery and charger.

A big thanks to Cody Robertson for spotting this new cordless chainsaw!


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  • Makita-built Outer Rotor BL™ Brushless Motor direct-drive system provides high power efficiency
  • Variable speed trigger and high chain speed (0-4,720 FPM) for improved cutting performance
  • Torque boost mode for cutting dense material
  • Guide bar nut chain tensioning with captured nut
  • Adjustable automatic chain lubrication with large oil reservoir
  • Large oil filling port with view window allows operator to easily add and check bar oil level
  • Weighs only 7.2 lbs. with battery for operator comfort (battery not included)
  • Built-in L.E.D. on/off switch with auto power-off function; automatically shuts the saw off after 60 seconds for extended battery life
  • Built-in lock-off lever helps prevent the chain from accidentally engaging
  • Front hand guard engineered to actuate chain brake when engaged
  • Electric brake for maximum productivity
  • Low noise level and zero emissions for operator comfort
  • Rubberized soft grip top handle is engineered for the user to more easily apply even cutting pressure
  • Equipped with Star Protection Computer Controls™ to protect against overloading, over-discharging and over-heating
  • Features Extreme Protection Technology (XPT™) which is engineered to provide increased dust and water resistance in harsh job site conditions
  • Batteries and charger not included
  • 3-year limited warranty

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I sent a picture of this to a friend who does tree work and has been looking for a top handle chainsaw for climbing. The main advantage of a battery saw in a tree is you don’t have to pull start, which can throw off your balance. I’m sure that the Makita tool less chain tensioner works well but in general many complain about tool less chain tensioners not staying very tight. In my experience with pole saws, shorter chains don’t get loose as quickly so I don’t think the nut and bolt system on this Makita is a big… Read more »

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My Ryobi pole saw with an even smaller 8 inch bar and chain needs tensioning just as often as the 14 inch Makita. Also the Ryobi requires tools to adjust tension and replace chain