Makita XHU02M1 Cordless Hedge Trimmer Review

Finding the right tool for the job can be a real task in itself. If you are on the hunt for a hedge trimmer that perform with power and efficiency you may want to take a closer look at the Makita XHU02M1 Cordless Hedge Trimmer Kit. 

Using an 18 Volt 4.0 Amp Hour LXT battery this outdoor tool has the capacity of up to 120 minutes of runtime under no load. Equipped with a 22 inch blade that can enable an increase in its cutting capacity this is certainly a model worth looking into.

Before making your next outdoor tool purchase make sure you take a look at our full review of the Makita XHU02M1 18V LXT.

Features of the Makita XHU02M1 Cordless Hedge Trimmer

Before delving into the full review let’s first take a look at some of the key features of the Makita XHU02M1 18V LXT.

  • 22 Inch Blade.
  • Anti-Vibration design.
  • Battery Capacity warning System.
  • Makita Built Motor.
  • 18 Volt 4.0 Amp Hour LXT Lithium Ion Battery.
  • Up to 120 Minutes Runtime Under No Load or On Low Setting.
  • Rubberized soft Grip.
  • Lower Decibel Level.
  • Lightweight at 7.4 Pounds.
Makita XHU02M1 Cordless Hedge Trimmer Review

First Impressions and Presentation

It can difficult to find a quality hedge trimmer that can provide superior performance.  Scouring the over packed store shelves can be baffling and aggravating when trying to decide which purchase you should make.

Taking a closer look at the Makita XHU02M1 18V LXT we found a great deal to like about it. To start with it is compact and lightweight. It has been designed ergonomically and has comfort features such as the soft rubber grip.

Being cordless it has the added bonus of making less noise, up to 25 percent quieter. Included with the trimmer is 18 Volt LXT Lithium- Ion Battery and Charger.

The Makita XHU02M1 18V LXT comes with a 3 year warranty. If within 30 days you are unhappy with your purchase you can return it.

Performance and Cutting

With the ability to cut up to 1,350 Surface Feet Per Minute (SPM), using a 22 inch blade this power house is sure to tackle the job.  The size of the blade allows for increased cutting capacity. 

Using the 18 Volt LXT Lithium –Ion 4.0 Amp Hour battery, the hedge trimmer can provide you with up to 120 minutes of runtime on its low setting. The charging system is one of the fastest out there allowing more time in the field and less on the charger. I love being able to tackle my yard and get it done in less than a day. Yes sometimes I have to recharge the battery, but oft times I buzz through on one charge doing routine maintenance.

No need to disassemble the housing to change the blade with its quick blade change feature. There is also an electric break that can allow for increased productivity.

Safety and Comfort Features

When it comes to the safety and comfort features of the Makita XHU02M1 18V LXT there is a lot going on. Noise reduction is a major factor with outdoor equipment.

I cannot count the times I have had to operate outdoor equipment and ended up with a raging headache. Not so with this, it operates at 87 A-weighed decibels (dB(a) ). This can be 25 percent quieter than other cordless hedge trimmers.

Ergonomically designed the Makita XHU02M1 is only 38 inches long. It weighs just 7.4 pounds with the battery included. This lightweight compact design can seriously minimize the stress upon the user’s hands and arms reducing in fatigue.

The hedge trimmer has a rubberized soft grip to maximize comfort while operating.  The handle is large enough to allow you to wear gloves. This I have found to be a genuine bonus as I dislike getting scraped up from branches and twigs and other debris.

The Makita XHU02M1 has been built with a two handed safety feature. This means that the motor can only be activated when the switch and top handle are being engaged.

The anti- vibration design takes place within the motors house where there are 5 cushions that help lessen the overall vibration from the hedge trimmer. This can help minimize stress and fatigue on the user. The anti- vibration is a real winner for me as vibration tends to cause my hands to cramp from time to time. It also makes it harder for me to handle.

The hedge trimmer also comes with a protective blade covering to help prevent accidental injury or damage to you or your property.

Overall Rating

(4.7 / 5)

Pros and Cons of the Makita XHU02M1 Cordless Hedge Trimmer

What We Like

  • Anti-Vibration Design..
  • 22 Inch Blade.
  • Lower Noise Level.
  • Cordless.
  • Comes with Battery and Charger.
  • Up To 120 Minute Run Time on Low Setting.
  • Quick Blade Change.
  • Makita Built Motor.
  • Lightweight and Compact.
  • Blade Cover Included.

What We Don't Like

  • Does Require 2 Hands to Operate.
  • Batteries Do Require Charging.

Final Thoughts

Throughout the review we found this model to be a top contender amongst others in its price range and capabilities If you are looking for a high quality durable hedge trimmer the Makita XHU02M1 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 22″ Hedge Trimmer is definitely one well worth looking at.

With its powerful anti-vibration motor and 18 Volt LXT 4.0 Amp Hours battery this tool is built to outperform.  Quick recharging, comfortable rubberized grips and a light compact body can make this a perfect yard tool for you.

If you are looking to make your next outdoor equipment purchase make sure you take a good look at the Makita XHU02M1 Cordless Hedge Trimmer. We are sure that it will allow you to trim for years to come.

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