I have really enjoyed getting to know the xcv04 HEPA vac. It is one of the smallest canister type extractors on the market but has surprisingly good power. This is honestly the case when running it on ac power or on 2 18v lithium ion batteries. I should note that the power is not the same when running on the batteries but it is very respectable and adequate for many tasks.
It comes with a nice compliment of accessories. There are two hoses. One smaller lightweight hose and a larger heavier anti static hose. There is a nice wide steerable floor tool, a rubber crevice tool, And real metal extension wands. It comes with a debris bag for the canister as well as a nice full sized fine mesh prefilter and HEPA filter.
The whole case is very solidly built and aids in noise reduction. The casters are very sturdy and roll and turn very nicely. There is an on off switch on the front panel as well as a variable speed dial. On top there is a full width foot switch. This comes in very handy when running a power tool connected to the hose. You can kick the switch , run the tool and kick it off very easily.
As far as I know, at the time of this writing, it has the most cordless power of any vac sold in N. America at 74 CFM. It has a static lift spec of 36″. CFM is the volume in cubic feet of air the blower can move in one minute. Static lift is a good measurement of the negative pressure (suction) it can generate. It is actually how high the vacuum can lift a column of water in a 1.5″ tube.
On corded power The little Makita has 127 cfm and can lift this column 96″ off the ground.
I am very pleased with the real world performance of this vac. Specs are just numbers for comparison.
My testing has been mostly cordless mode and can be highlighted by three or four outstanding examples.
The first application was using it with the Makita xsh03 6 1/2″ brushless cordless circular saw. The saw itself comes ready for a dust port. The factory accessory dust port takes only a few minutes to install. It comes with the vacuum port and a shorter thumb lever for the blade guard as well as the mounting screws.
If you have ever used a Makita cordless circular saw, you may have noticed that the vast majority of the dust is expelled out of a discharge chute. This is no accident. The design is there to aid in dust collection should the user decide to install the dust port vacuum attachment. When I installed the accessory dust port and hooked the extraction hose to it the fit was just right .
My first cuts were on some UV finished birch plywood. This is normally a very dusty product to cut. Both large shavings and airborne dust are usually pretty high. Well.. not this time! I could breath just fine. Even the surface of the plywood was missing the telltale dust particles.
Emboldened, I decided to try some MDF. Now most of you know that MDF is actually from the devil himself. It is the bane of many a carpenters existence. The dust from cutting it is very fine and light and it seems to go everywhere and sticks to everything. It is abrasive and very hard on tools. It gets in your eyes and scratches. It makes us cough and is known to be carcinogenic.
The cut was nearly dust free! It wasn’t quite as clean as a Festool Track saw but it was the cleanest cut I had ever made with a regular cordless saw. There were just a few larger heavier shavings from the blade on the surface of the MDF. The fine dust that usually floats in the air was in the vacuum. I was needless to say very pleased.
The next tool I wanted to try in Cordless mode was the LXT X2 36v sliding compound miter saw. It passed this test with flying colors. Every cut was as dust free as a miter saw can be. I would say it was extremely close to the performance of the Festool Kapex hooked to a Festool extractor. This combo is known around the world as the cleanest miter saw on the market. The Makita was matching it cut for cut even though it was running on a cordless extractor. I feel it is a very effective combination for working clean.
I knew a harder test for the extractor would be a table saw. I am currently testing the DeWalt Flexvolt 60v max tablesaw. The Flexvolt tools have been outstanding and the table saw is no exception. Most table saws have a dust port in the rear but the newer Dewalt saws have two dust ports. One in the normal rear position and one on the upper blade guard. In addition they have flexible baffles running underneath from the blade shroud to the table top. This creates a seal to keep the dust from escaping and it has proven to be the most effective dust collection set up on any portable table saw design. In order to test the saw I needed to split the vacuum hose into two. I used a Furnco flexible wye no hub connector. I then connected the two hoses to both ports. I made several cuts on solid hardwood, plywood and MDF.
The results left me in awe! Even on battery power, it was as dust free as my Dewalt DWE 7499 on a corded extractor. Only a few heavier crumbs escaped the extractor. All the fine dust was contained. I did not need a respirator even on the MDF rips.
My next test was even more difficult. (Disclaimer: This is not in compliance with new OSHA regulations which go into effect Sept 23. It is merely to display the effectiveness of this unit at removing dust. Use at your own discretion)
I used the Makita LXT brushless grinder with a dust collecting shroud and a 4 1/2″ diamaond concrete grinding cup . It passed this test with flying colors I ground quite a bit of material smooth without a spec of dust in the air or on the concrete. As I mentioned. This solution is not OSHA compliant after sept 23 2017. It does however work if you are working on your own property or for a small exposure job that doesn’t fall under the ruling.
In each of these cases, the Makita HEPA vac would have almost twice to 3x the power when plugged into a 120v receptacle. I do not see this as a handicap for the extractor when on battery power. I see it as an advantage and an extra level of effectiveness and versatility. After all what can your normal vacuum do for you when there is no power?
MI really feel this is significant! It means we finally have solution to work clean even when there is limited or no power on a job site. I have worked on many job sites where there are only one or two live receptacles and several trades trying to get their respective tasks done. Sure we can bring a power strip or 3 way cord and get by. This may work great or it may trip the breaker or worse damage your tools.
On my fire damage restoration jobs we sometimes work for weeks with no power at all. Generators work well by but they cause pollution and fatigue us with noise.
I personally am working toward a 100% cordless jobsite. This Makita extractor has brought me one step closer to that goal.
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Hopefully it’s a short wait??
I own this vac and have to say I am a little disappointed. in it. The unit is quite heavy. The switch on the top makes it easy to accidentally switch it on. It’s very messy to change the open dust collection bag and a little difficult compared to the festool or the fein And the suction on battery power alone is week On the plus side it’s got a. nice long power cord and is really powerful when plugged in
Dust extraction is a great solution for working in a home the needs a little work. And especially if the home owner has problems with dust and asthma. Like a house I was working on yesterday. We didn’t know about the owners asthma. And when she got home, within 10 mins she was having to use a inhaler. We wished we had something like this hepa vacume. They’re expensive but they can also get you more work just by having this option for their home. IG @millerzconstruction
I want this thing so bad
Awesome! Too many guys wait to bring the vacuum out to clean up at the END of the job. Cordless tools will hopefully change that! I know for me, if I can just grab and go and not have to worry about plugging in, I will be 10x more likely to use it. Way to go Makita. You are stealing my heart with your most recent line of cordless tools
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Would make a great addition to my shop as dust is always an issue. The cordless feature will make clean ups much more efficient
A clean work environment breathes safety and productivity. Plus with the cordless feature it just encourages you to use it even more! Safety is life! Dust extraction helps to prevent respitory problems and even slips and trips. Creating a job site that’s presentable and inviting to work in. Makita is headed in a good direction with this tool as it is appealing to many professions. After all, who doesn’t need to clean up?
Ohhh I need one to make tannerite. Suck up the aluminum powder
You mad it!
Holy moly, this fella would be so helpful (the fact that it doesn’t have to be plugged in brings stars to my eyes haha)
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I think Makita is doing a great job at continuing to expand the platform of their 18 or 36 volt cordless tools. Also putting out the best tools as well, you just can’t ask for more.
This vac would be great on jobs where no power is available. Love Makita ?
This has me really excited for the release of the new cordless track saw and miter saw with Bluetooth vacuum activation. This is the next step and it’s glorious!
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Dust extraction is very important these days. To keep customers happy and carpenters healthy. Makita is/always has been the BOMB
Being allergic to everything including wood dust (ironic as I’m a carpenter), tools luke this are essential to kept me working. The 36v system provides versatility and efficiency. Amazing Makita!
I really need to add dust collection to my making saws and hopefully soon that new router and compact sds
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Makita hybrid vacuum is nice ?. Who wants to breath in harsh substances…. not me. Thanks toolpig and makita
Dude I love where Makita is going with their dust extraction! Something I have become very conscious of in the past couple of years. Nice to see a company putting a lot of effort into an AFFORDABLE dust control tool line. Plus that new 10″ coming out this year would be BEAST with this!!@Modern_Oak
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Makita hybrid vacuum is nice ?. I like the way how it could be cordless or corded. No one likes to breath in harsh materials, an with wearing an uncomfortable mask. This will make up for it . Good job toolpig on the review, and thank you makita
I’ve run maikita for over 5 yrs now and love seeing all the new tools you’re coming out with, this dust extractor is an awesome little tool you need to add to any arsenal. This would be tool number 19 for me haha
@N.Frost_Remodeling. Makita seems to be on there A game. I’m a huge makita fan, would love to add this to the arsenal. Keeping a clean job site it essential and to be able to do it cordless, even better !!!
Each time I see your reviews on makita products I become more convinced that they’re worth it. I’ve been a dewalt and rigid guy but considering adding makita to the arsenal!
All this goodness and it can go cordless! Seriously! Need to win this thang!
Most power of any vac? Need me some of that please?
It’s good to see the versitility of dust free options that are available. This Makita cordless option would make life pretty easy!
It’s nice to see cordless extraction to go with all the cordless tools we’re running now. IG: customlinephil
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Dust collection isn’t glamorous but is a necessity and Makita is definitely headed in the right direction with this well built and capable unit!
I love what makita is doing with cordless tools. The 36v and the larger Ah on the 18v batteries are game changers. Now add a cordless vac to that is such a timer saver in projects.
Mr.r.shoemakeriii I hope they continue to get into OSHA compliment systems.
Ual, look very good!
I can use one of this bad boys in my shop.
Thanks for the info..
I think makita can only get better with dust extraction since they have so many cordless tools why not have something great to help with dust.
@joshxsimpson……..Makita is on to something here!! This would be a great addition to the truck not only for my homeowners sake but especially my lungs. I think this dual battery platform is the future. Thanks for the awesome reviews and time you spend on these topics!
Cleanliness is the most important part of the project in keeping the customer happy. Dust is a thing of the past in homeowners eyes especially with machines like this. Makita’s cordless line is the off the charts and are the only tools used in my jobsites. Adding this to the arsenal would definitely benefit my business.
I love cordless tools but I love even more that Makita went hybrid. I’m hoping Makita is going to keep dropping great tools with hybrid ability on big power draws (such as a cordless vac or compressor). Thanks for the great info and reviews as always. IG name @klnelson66
Man could I ever use one of these babies!!! Instagram @sawdustandsmoke
Being an at home DIY’r this would be amazing to have. Anything that can eliminate chords AND makita I’m all for. Big fan of it having a HEPA filter too. Thanks for the review! @maac_n_cheese on instagram
Dust extraction on job sites is critical! Way better than sweating in a dust mask all day! Makita looks like they’ve got a good product here! @samueljlutz
@mantinori Seems like a win-win for both the corded and cord cutting owners. Wish more brands would do this.
This looks like an awesome machine for its size. It would surely be handy to take along and could even handle good sized clean ups.
I think the dust extraction for makita is a game changer!! I own 90% makita Tools and love them all! I know this will be a great tool to add to there collection!! I think that makita also has the best batteries out of all the power tools.
This thing looks like it is a sweet little vac. Working in finished areas this little vac would be ideal . @cnicker6
Very informative and thorough. When my father and I had our Solid Surface counter top business in full swing we used lots of Rigid tools in the shop and nothing but Festool on our trucks for residential and business installs. Let’s face it Festool has had a leg up for years in dust extraction. But finally the competition is getting wise and stepping up there game. I think we will see Makita continue to try and give Festool a run for there money. The first company that can meet or surpass Festool performance at a cheaper cost will have hit the jackpot. In my humble opinion.
Makita is going in a great direction with dust collection. How can you beat the portability and convenience of cordless dust collection?!
It’s awesome that you can run it on outlet or batteries. Having this flexibility makes it much more useful. The future is safer dust control makita gets that. Would love to test this out. Thanks for the review!
I feel Makita is heading in a great direction with all their cordless tools and this vac is no different. The ability to breathe clean air while on the job is paramount to being able to perform the job for years to come and for your own health and safety. The power is impressive to say the least.
A cordless vac paired with a cordless tool would be ideal for a small job in a finished space.
I always try to keep dust down in finished spaces and usual achieve this with my corded vac but having a cord drag around all the time becomes old. @nickerson_woodworking
austinlisenby- I believe that Makita is going to up their dust collection game up. Like we saw with their new 10″ miter saws, dust collection is going to be expanded greatly across all of their 18/36v lineup. With that being said I can tell they’re striving for high dust collection quality.
Can’t wait to use this! This look legit. Love Makita tools! @kaaleeeeee
Would really love a cordless vacuum, and I also agree and am working towards a cordless job site. Cords just create problems And hazards and the site would be much safer without them.
@edgerunner01 here. Man I think it’s pretty obvious dust extraction is going to be mandated before too long. With the way osha is crackig down on silica dust it’s inevitable. Makita is already ahead of the game with the extractors and compatible tools. This review pretty much sealed the deal for me with this extractor. If I don’t win I’ll be shelling out the dough for one! Thanks for the killer write up!
@lb_mechanical_hvac. Dust extraction seems to be a booming industry as of recently, its very important to us as tradesmen. I’m in the hvac field and am constantly drilling holding in concrete any where from 1/2″ to 3″ and silica dust as we all know is very harmful if it gets into your body. Dust extraction is one of the best ways to keep the amount of silica dust to a minimum.
Pretty great setup! Makita is leading the charge for clean job sites at an affordable price. This is an awesome tool and would help keep my lungs clean. I do not have a dust extractor and I have very sensitive lungs.
Wow this is a pretty sweet setup! I was very surprised with your review of how well it performed on battery power. Seems like an awesome tool that would be a great addition to my garage. I am excited to see where Makita takes their tool line. The flexvolt line shook up the market and I feel that makita is rising to the challenge. Instagram name @Cwoody3wvu
Ever since my first Makita purchase, and divergence from the Yellow and black, I’ve been more and more a fan and advocate. Dust collection has not been a high priority in the south, but we are making headway into changing that.
This dust extractor would be a game changer on jobsites, a clean house is a happy house:)
@fulluh I hope they would come out with a cordless portable model with a built in hose holder. I have a compact rigid vac that is just the perfect size and there’s nothing like it from competitors.
Dust extraction is a great thing, not only is it good for your helth but clean up is half the time and of course makita all the way!!
I have been waiting for a cordless vac as it is the last piece of equipment that I have to go cordless, can’t wait to try! There is nothing like keeping a jobsite clean … and your lungs! @kerrlicious1
I love Makita tools. They are a pleasure to use and they’re worth every penny. If I could I would buy one of every product they make! With that said dust collection is the next thing on my list and I’d love to get my hands on this new dust extractor!!!
Anything that Helps to keep workers healthy and safe is ok with me this is a great product and I’m blown away by the fact that it is cordless, I really love the way tech is growing and esp how makita is stepping it up for us carpenters
Dust extraction is major in the US, not so much here in the uk. I’ve been looking at adding a one to my makita set already. Looks good. Power is defiantly there. Would look to get this and give my review on it.
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This seems like a great extractor. Makita seems to be taking dust extraction seriously and I believe is ahead of the mainstream competition.
I’m new to woodworking and haven’t setup any kind of dust extraction yet. I’ve focused on acquiring various power tools first and have quickly recognized the need for controlling dust in my workshop. This would be a great start as I learn more about the dangers of certain kinds of dust from different types of wood. I like that this is both battery powered and corded.
Would love to get a dust extractor for my circular saw and jig saw! Cordless is the way to go for sure. Even better that it is hybrid!!!
My next big step for my company is customer satisfaction. The way to do that is by being cleaner. Proper dust extraction will put me in the right direction. Their health and mine is the most critical part of a good reno.
Dust extraction is huge. You only have one set of lungs!
For once in quite a few years I’m a little ashamed of the offerings from Milwaukee tool. It seems they are content to have asses handed to them in the power and innovation departments. Obviously cordless is the future and Makita is on top of their game. They proved it once again with this bad boy! IG @railandstilewoodworks
Love this vac. Makita is definitely going in the right direction with this one! Instgram @jordonsheahan93
I have a coworker who is fully suiyes with beautiful festoold gear. Always ranting about how he leaves no mess and can work in customers living rooms with out disturbing them. I’ve always been greatly envious of his gear. As a young man fresh in the trades it’s hard for me to be on his level. Winning this would incredibly up my game and create a better work environment for my customers and me.
This seems like a viable competitor to the festool extractors. Probably not quite as effective, but still better than nothing. Thanks for the comprehensice break down!
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This is a great tool to keep the customers house clean and our lungs, hopefully I can try it out!
Like how it can run on cord or batteries. Looks great. Always wanted a dust extractor that can be attached to tools. Had one job where I had this loud vacuum and it was in the hotel….and let’s just say it wasn’t great. This is awesome! @gmkpl11 IG
I believe this is a very big step. If they invented an almost silent one everyone would buy it.
Its obvious that makita is really trying to innovate when it comes to brushless and cordless. My shop vacs are terrible and with all i make this would be a lung saver at sanding. Dust collection isnt exactly sexy or fun to invest in, but when you have it you really appreciate it and notice the difference. Id love to appreciate the hell out of this makita in my shop! Lol.
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Looks like a solid cordless option ? @thehappyone22
I live in Hawaii but I’d gladly pay shipping bro
I think this is a huge step in an awesome direction, the compactness of this unit would be awesome in my small shop or on residential sites. @nthwoodworks
This dust extractor seems powerful for its size. The versatility of a cordless dust extractor gives you the flexibility of where you can use it. @gamalielwoodworks
Nice review. Looks like a cordless jobsite is really becoming a reality!
This Makita dust extractor looks and sounds legit! This dust extractor would keep my clean up to a minimal and save so much time. No only does it make clean up faster and easier it will make breathing safer an easier for me and the homeowner. The Makita dust extractor would also be a great addition to add to my wood shop to help keep the dust in the air to a minimum which makes it safer for me and my family. N8_Murray
Corded/cordless capability means Makita could be carving marketshare away from the big green elephant in the room. Excited to see more Bluetooth from them as well. @bremon
Game changing for interior remodeling. Living the new push for cordless and dust collection on tools.
@sjbable25 makita is one brand of tool I don’t normally buy. It would be nice to try it out because I’ve heard good things. Dust extraction is something I haven’t tried and am definitely intrigued
As a makita guy on a architectural panel crew, we use our makita track saw every day along with our tower makita extraction vaccuum. However working outside often the tower being placed on uneven surfaces has fallen 17 too many times! Simply too bulky of a job site tool more of a shop tool. This would be a much better fit for our crew, and what we do @htcarpentry
This thing looks awesome!
I would be completely cordless on the job site with one of these. ??
Very excited to try out Makitas x2 lineup, especially this new vaccum! Makita is on the forefront of cordless tools, and this vaccum is really stepping their game up. I love the option to switch from corded to cordless!
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Dust is more important than most people think. Dust in the lungs is killer and causes so many issues. A cordless or hybrid version makes it easier to use in any situation and I think the two 18 volts ties together in a series is the way to go since we all have so many batteries so it makes it nice to keep them all.
Always wanted dust collection for smaller tools like my rotary hammer or palm sander, the cordless just makes it that much nicer!
With OSHA new rules coming on this is a must in the workplace. Like the size of this dust extractor. Cordless would be great!!! Looks like Makita has made another great tool
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Almost a complete cordless set up at our company. Would be honored to add cordless dust extraction to the job site. Thanks for what you do with the reviews I always choose the tool pig when I’m in the market for an upgrade. I appreciate it.
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I have never used dust extraction mainly because the up front cost scared me. It was much easier to justify two bare tool over a vac. But now more and more i find my self researching them. Finally want to jump on the fresh air train. Thank for all your review and opinions. @alexgordon82
Thanks for the great review! This would really amp up my dust collection game. =) Keep up the great work!
This thing looks awesome and glad to hear it has the power needed for on the jobsite. I like to keep things as compact as possible and sometimes the power is sacrificed. Great review and as always I appreciate your feedback. Helped me out in quite a few purchases lately.
This would come in handy on jobs where there is no power.
I work in fiberglass reinforced plastics, and dust extraction/filtering is so important to worker health imo. As a mfg, we tend to do limited field work, but usually this would entail relatively small repairs and this Makita would be a nice fit for our field crews due to the power and portability. Pretty sweet.
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This is great being cordless no excuse not to use dust extraction now on the jobsite.
I’m really intrigued by this vac.
Cordless and hepa! I’ll take it!
I think the extractor Is essential on the job site. My only knock against the cordless is not being able to have the extractor turn on when the tool turns on, if they can figure out that one it would change the game. In NYC where I work extractors are more and more prevalent on job site to keep customers happy and dust free. @chriszep
I’m in the market to upgrade, this might just cut the mustard.
I think that dust extraction/collection is the most important aspect of the shop. I used to wear masks but than I gave up because they didn’t work well enough to make a difference. I find it is particularly important because I work a lot with mdf and the small particles that it makes when sawing or sanding is a nightmare.
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@tylerols14 dust extraction is great
Hi, I’ll be honest, I don’t know much about this topic, but my husband talks all the time about dust collection and how much he could really use a tool like this. He’s currently remodeling the garage and this would be such a great thing to add to it!
@jackielp on IG
All of the big names are really upping their game. It’s a great time to be a tool nerd.
Big fan of Makita tools and looking forward to OSHA honestly. Battery powered is everywhere.
Dust extraction seems like a luxury on most of the job sites where I work. It should be mandatory. I am glad osha is doing something about it. This would be a big help towards health and job site clean up.
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Glad to see they’re offering the battery option. In some situations it’s an absolute game changer! Dust extraction should be high on every contractors list in order to stay successful and be aware of job site safety. Thanks for the review!
Glad to see they’re offering the battery option. In some situations it’s an absolute game changer! Dust extraction should be high on every contractors list in order to stay successful and be aware of job site safety. Thanks for the review!
@jeff_t_dadof3 I am becoming more and more aware of the need for dust collection/extraction in my daily work. You don’t really think about it until everyone else starts talking about it too. It looks like Makita is leasing the charge with this vac. I think the extra power provided by the 18v x 2 power is a definite plus. Makita has always made quality tools and I can see the trend continue with this one. ???
This thing looks amazing! Huge step up from the Menards special I currently use?
I’ve been looking harder at the Makita stuff. It’s all I used to run as a HVAC tech. I really like the idea of this being dual power. I would love to use it with my Festool sanders. @builtby_n8
I’ve been wanting this vacuum for a while now since I saw Paul use it on Instagram the first time. I made my own dust extraction fence for my portable router table and it works great with just a little rigid vac. I want to pair this vac with my table, which includes my table saw, and the battery power is an amazing option to have! Looking forward to whenever I’m able to get this vac. @therealstairguy
Great review can’t wait for the next one. This vacuum would be a great addition to my 10″ sliding miter saw from makita for some indoor trim work I have coming up. I hope to see advancements in there storage and travel goods. Thanks for the chance to win that beauty of vacuum
Love my makita stuff and this would be a great addition.
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I work in a lot of new construction areas where reliable power is hard to find. I also would love to go completely cordless onsite. Exstension cords become exspensive and also a safety hazard. Great review.
Jtm444 would love to have this so I could run my mother swe inside when installing hardwood! It wouldn’t truly change my game
For obvious reason dust extraction is important not only to health for me but if I’m indoors then it’s my clients health and last it saves on cleanup , so it helps with time. Wicked product fingers cross ..
All of the major brands have seemed to jump on the dust extraction band wagon. I love that Makita has as well. All reviews show that this will keep up with the best! @artconnolly13
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Majors and any other company that is actively pursuing dust collection and clean up have my interest. On our jobs dust in the air is always an issue and with the dust comes the health problems. So if they can catch up and help those problems it would greatly benefit us in the field.
Like many others said dust collection is sorely overlooked on most job sites. It’s so much better to eliminate it at the source than to clog your respirator or worse your lungs and waste countless hours on clean up. I love the idea of hybrid power sources. Not necessary on all tools but it makes sense for this one. More times than not I can’t find a second circuit close enough to run a vacuum with my power tool without miles of cord and/or tripping my GFCI. Would love to experiment with this extractor and the new cordless tracksaw.
Keep up the great reviews Paul!
What an awesome tool… a cordless shop is my dream one day too.
Dust extraction is becoming increasingly more important as many people are concerned about breathing in harmful material on the job site. A big disadvantage to extractors can be the size and the requirement of a power source. Makita seems to have nailed it in terms of size and portability. Let’s hope to continue to see great products from Makita!
I like the compactness of this unit. Also, being a Makita fanboy, I have the 18v batteries already, which will make it easy when up on a ladder installing ceiling fixtures in old plaster lathe ceilings and doing other work.
Thanks for the great review ToolPig. It’s great to see cordless in dust extractors now making renovations easier and quicker. Everyone should use an extractor for health benefits, not to mention less clean up!
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Anything that can cut MDF dust free is a winner in my book. I could really use this thing!
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Dust extraction is VERY IMPORTANT , especially when u build furniture in your own garage ?.
Nice to see such a quality tool from Makita .
Awesome review, nice job!
My husband has a very tiny vacuum for this and I would love to have the air more safe for him.
Love a portable cordless dust collection for all my tools. Ability to cut just one more cord would be awesome.
Doing residential remodeling, dust extraction is a HUGE priority, both in my health from working in a confined area and keeping my clients happy. I’ve been waiting for the Makita and it looks and sounds fantastic. As long as they keep up with the OSHA dust regulations and get attachments like the Bosch ones I’ll keep reinvesting in their cordless platform. @glueitandscrewit
Love how everything cordless is also giving you the option of AC power also, it eased the idea of spending set dollars on a cordless that may be less powerful, but also allow use of a wall outlet without owning two dust extractors. I only own a few makita tools, but the build quality is great. I don’t own a single dust collector, so this will go to good use!
Dust extraction is very important. Something that has been overlooked and ignored for many years by just about every trade. Awesome to see the cordless industry leaders taking it seriously and providing some solutions to the trades.
Great real world review. This vac seems to be a great option to bridge the gap between a big extractor when you have punch list items. Love the cordless option and corded. I hope to see corded cordless tools intigrate a charger into the equation.
Makita is definitely going in the right direction with dust extraction. Wait did you say cordless? Ok now we’re talking. I can’t help but think of all the time wasted fighting cords and flipping breakers.
Big fan of makita. Dust collection helps me save time, keeps my clients and my lungs happy ?
I would like to see how powerful it is for being cordless, and if it would last all day. @aclev3
Still a Milwaukee fan, but I have been impressed with what my Makita tools can do. @shiftedsands once again.
Dust extaction is so important, our lungs arent made to filter all that dust. This would be a welcome uprgrade from my rigid vac, cordless helps a ton when connected to a saw and such, one less thing to trip on. Cant wait to see what comes out next in the cordless vac line, systainer compatability?? @wederman89
I’m ready to get rid of my ShopVac. lol
Makita’s doing great job expanding their vast selection of 18V and 36V tools. This vacuum is no exception. I would love having a cordless and more efficient dust exactor. They keep coming up with nice compact smart designs and I love it!
I’m ready to get rid of my ShopVac. lol
I think as battery technology continues to improve the cords going to be cut on the majority of makitas lineup
Makita remains on the cutting edge of cordless tools and especially dust extracting units. As my wood working hobby recently turned into an income for me, a cordless Makita x2 36v Hepa dust extractor would be so helpful. It would allow me the ability to utilize my basement and increase what could be accomplished indoors.
I like the possibility of being cordless or plugging in. Sometimes that one area you need to get would normally require getting an extension cord. Now there is a way to reach it without having to go to the trailer and getting a cord!
I think dust control is everything during renovations and remodels. The last thing a client wants after a remodel is to have to worry about dust through out their home. It’s also easier on the contractor being able to make cuts in the house or sanding. Makita will probably start heading in the direction of silica control for the new OSHA regulation being enforced this coming September.
Great review on this amazing tool. Really love that this is hybrid cord/battery. Sometimes on job sites I leave my vac because I need to plug it in, haha. Would love to have this one
Loving how makita is keeping the 18v platform. So smart
I love that this dust extractor is cordless. This is a really convenient way to save my lungs at work. Makita is really stepping up their cordless game.
I think Makita is moving towards a dust free cord free work place. I would love to have this in my shop and on future jobs. IG name: @jaybirdandhawk
Great thorough review. You gave a great review with lots of real world scenarios that help us know almost as much as if we used it ourselves for a month. Looks like Makita is really working hard towards excellence in 2 areas that many of us are pushing towards, cleanliness/health and more usable functional cordless tools. Who really knows where Makita is going, but it looks like they are going to be getting more people using dust extractors. IG – @integritycarpentry
I don’t have experience with Makita but I have lots of experience with Hilti concrete saws, jackhammer and hammer drill with a dust extractor. I rent the HEPA vac to use with my tools, I honestly have been shopping around for a good one to add to my workforce. I love the ability of being cordless since that’s 98% of my tools, lots of power and zero cords to clutter my jobsite with.
Thank you for the review!
Great review. I can’t say much about dust extraction on a worksite because I don’t have any. I love my Makita track saw but I hate the amount of dust it produces. This would help change that…
Toolpig you da real MVP. ??
I need to get into the extractor game! And since I work out of an SUV, smaller is moar better!
I’m a big fan of Makita tools in general, loving their LXT lineup right now and this thing is perfect for my growing little garage workshop being that it’s cordless, small, AND has a hepa filter (damn allergies). Thank sfor the write up regardless…that thing looks like a little beast!
@no_one_makes_it Right now dust extraction for me is a fan in an open window. Sometimes with a shopvac hooked up to a router table. Never used makita for any vacuum application but use their drills and saws and would love to be able to let them help me keep my lungs and the job cleaner.
Looks awesome! Makita is doing awesome with all the new tools… I’ve been looking at this system… I really need a better dust collection system…
I love dust extractors. I can’t get enough of them. I would like to get a cordless one to ad to my arsenal. Dust free is the way to go
Love the fact that I can go cordless with a Hepa Vac. Power isn’t always available and this is a good way to avoid running a Genny. More dust collection options is always a good thing. @local27lou
This thing looks incredible. I work in commercial construction here in australia fitting kitchens and joinery. As most things are ordered before walls are built etc there is a lot of planing and fitting involved. The fact that i could take my cordless planer and this extractor from room to room without having to run a lead from tge other side of the job is very exciting. Especially with the hepa filter as majority of joinery here is mdf. I think extraction in the workplace is very important. Clean site is a safe site, not to mention the time saved on cleaning up. Also being a hybrid vac is great as it could be set up at a cutting station. Well done Makita tools for providing such a versatile extractor. And thanks for the review Toolpig!
Ps. Would be more than happy to pay postage.
I have no dust collection in my shop/garage except for my HF vacuum. I do all of my sanding outside. How nice it would be to have a convenient dust collector. I’ve always thought Makita was a great brand and very reasonably priced. Love the idea of cordless when needed as well.
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I have a bunch of the x2 line as well as lxt and I love love love my makita tools. I think it’s pretty genius how they put a huge foot switch on this vacuum since there is no tool activation for a cordless tool. I think they’re leading the charge on cordless innovation especially in the realm of dust management. The backpack is a great idea too for ladder situations. I sincerely hope they keep rolling them out
@igor_tur i am mostly makita for my tool setup for work. I do decks so makita definitely provides the durability and power for any sort of job. I just wish i had more money to buy all of there tools, even the ones i dont need.
I love how everything is getting lighter and more powerful. I was up on scaffolding today thinking about how glad I am to not need cords anymore. With dust collection it’s the same thing. Mostly I buy makita these days. I’m able to trust their design.
Makita is really upping their game with this, I can’t wait to see it in action! Makita has always been my go to when it comes to corded OR cordless tools! I hope to see the other brands follow the lead, a clean job is a must!
Sweeeeet products!! Love the dust free! I eat enough sawdust daily…Makita is rockin it with all the cordless and dustless products!
I think Makita is going in the right direction with the dust extractor simply because it’s also cordless. As far as I know other than Makita hilti is the only other that has a cordless dust extractor.
Awesome! I wish my tile guy had used this years ago when he was trying to remove the old grout in our dining room. Our entire house was covered in a thick layer of concrete dust and my wife was 7 months pregnant. Needless to say, we did not pay him for the job. @waltonhandmade
Slowly working my way to cord free and dust free workshop. This thing would be great. Thanks
I think Makita is leading the way with cordless dust extraction, among many other recent advances in their brushless tech. Their subcompact guns are the bomb. Love to get some more makita in my life.
Dust extractors are critical especially when finishing a jobs. Looks like Makita is taking the lead when it comes to cordless tools
Makita has been a innovator for years , and this product looks to keep that tradition going ! Looks like a great size for smaller projects !
Having little to no dust collection in my shop right now, I know how my stiff and nasty my beard gets when dust gets trapped in it! Also in my lungs. I love all things Makita and think they want a complete dust free environment to help our lungs and eventually pass on the Makita brand to future generations!
Bet it would be better than my shop vac for small tool dust
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I like that it is small and lightweight
It truly looks like Makita is giving Festool a run for it’s money with this extractor. The fact that it’s cordless truly puts in a new territory. I can’t wait till I can run everything completely cordless when needed!
I’m very interested in the way Makita is going with their tool development. I have both a Fein Turbo1 and a Festool CT26 and have been happy with both. I’m definitely keeping an eye on this new extractor and possibly buying for new site dust control set up.
Now that I’m older and not as invincible as I used to think I was I try to work safely & protect myself. Life is too short to breathe in carcinogenic material for the sake of convenience! I love how diverse Makita’s 18v line is, almost all trades have a few 18v tools they can use. I see Makita only getting better over the next 100 years.
Great to see more companies coming out with hepa level dust control solutions. I have been using a Festool vac for a few years now. Biggest drawback there is the entry price. Glad to see makita getting in on the game, always been a solid line of tools never hesitated to pick up one of their tools. Dust control on a job site is so important, especially now with new regulations. Having a smallish portable option that can go cordless will awesome!!! Great review as always!
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I do a lot of drywall jobs where being dustles is a must, this vacuum would be perfect for my trade and any other work where you need to keep dust to a minimum .
As someone who is also working towards a 100% cordless jobsite I think this an amazing product. Not having to pull a cord to plug in make the thought of cleaning up at the end of the day less daunting too! @bradleywoi
Love Makita LXT line. Would be a awesome addition to the rest of them. Thanks for the great giveaway Paul! @lance_christine
I would like to get this one because i Love clean air and i hate to do cleaning aftee work. Also i Love makita 18v series
Makita like everyone else has seen the huge upside of being able to go cordless on the job site. As battery technology increases I think we can start to expect to see most jobsites cleaner and safer.
I to do restoration work and in the city of Phoenix and surrounding cities does not allow temporary power so I’m finding myself buying more and more of the newer battery tools to perform most of the daily tasks of cutting screwing in installing I now use Dewalt dust extractor it’s about 10 years old nearly shut Stoneham the 3000W generator or use so having a new cordless HEPA vacuum on-site containing most of the day just give me one less thing to clean up at the end of the day.. @gymlorsung
The dust extractor would help a lot with keeping the dust control down on the jobsite working in customers houses and while working in the shop to help clean up. It would be cool to be cordless too and Mikita is doing big things with the 36v platform. It is the smartest way to go in my opinion since everyone already has a lot of 18v batteries.
@rjh71 Love Makita and really like that this can be used corded or cordless. Looking at it for jobsite use and think it fits the bill perfectly
I love makitas LXT lineup. That is my go to lineup. I think makita wants a dust free work zone and to also have the flexibility between power and battery. Battery for quick situations or situations where power is not present. Or even just for convience. But if it’s stationary it can also be used on power. Thank you for the worldly giveaway Paul!
Love Makita and the x2 36v line. I think that they want to make a totally cord free work environment. @john.glasseyi
I think makita is heading into a dust free work place