A couple of weeks ago, I toyed with the idea of building a contraption for hauling heavy stuff uphill, with a cordless power tool providing the muscle. My needs were for heavy and bulky boxes that didn’t fit any of my dollies. I’ve seen heavy duty drills work all kinds of mechanisms, so it didn’t seem like that farfetched of an idea.
Well, surprise – Makita made something along these lines – an 18V X2 brushless dolly, XUC01X2. Yes, it’s a motorized dolly powered by Makita 18V Li-ion battery packs.
Makita says that it holds 2 battery packs, but only operates on 1 at a time. So it’s an 18V X2 tool, but not really. That’s a good thing, as it means you can use 2 battery packs, but you don’t have to. It’s said to run for up to 60 minutes per 18V 6.0Ah battery charge.
So with 2 fresh 6.A0h battery packs, you’d get up to 2 hours of runtime.
It has 2 speed settings, with a max speed of 2.5 MPH on a 12° incline. The brushless power-assisted flat dolly is rated for hauling loads of up to 275 pounds.
The dolly comes standard with rear wheels and L-shaped legs that you can switch between as needed. It comes standard with a steel tube flat bed, and a steel bucket is available separately.
The rear wheels can adjust outwards with a 19″ to 30″ stance, to accommodate what you’re hauling and where you’re working.
You can adjust the side rails of the steel tube flat bed to be up or down, with large knobs allowing for easy adjustment.
It’s also reversible.
There’s a 7″ mechanical disc brake for faster and easier stopping. The brake looks like a super-robust mountain bike-style disc brake. In case you were wondering, no this wasn’t reused from Makita’s cordless folding bicycle – that uses caliper-style brakes.
For added braking power, the rear wheels have standard-style foot-activated pedal brakes, like the kind you find on locking casters.
On top of all that, you get LED work lights.
The XUC01X2 power-assisted flat dolly comes with:
- XUC01Z power-assisted hand truck/wheelbarrow frame
- 199116-7 flatbed pipe frame
- (1) set of L-shaped legs
- (2) rear wheels)
The optional steel bucket model number is 198494-2.
There is also a wheelbarrow version, XUC01X1, that’s very similar but ships with the steel wheel barrow bucket instead of the tubular flat bed assembly.
Specs, Dimensions, Additional Features
- 2-speed selection: 2.5 MPH high, 1 MPH low
- 0.62 MPH reverse speed
- 12° max grade
- 275 lbs max load
- 43-3/4″ L x 26-3/8″ W x 32-1/4″ H
- Weighs 99 lbs with steel tube flat dolly
- Weighs 86-88 lbs with steel bucket
- 1.2 yard minimum turning radius
- Front wheel has a tubeless tire
- Rear wheels have self-sealing tires
- LED headlights turn off if the machine is left unattended for ~10 minutes
- Adjustable handle height (the manual shows 3 positions)
The battery compartment looks to have a nice door for keeping your batteries and the electrical connections nice and dry. On top, there looks to be a switch for selecting between which battery pack is active, meaning switching over from one drained battery to another that’s full probably isn’t automatic. (And there’s nothing wrong with that.) You can also see battery fuel gauges and LED headlight controls.
That red thing that seems to cry “put your finger here and pull” is a “lock key,” which is required for the dolly to operate.
The manual (PDF) says:
NOTE: If the lock key is not inserted completely, the machine does not work.
The power and speed controls are located elsewhere, in what I’d guess is a weather and dust-protected enclosure.
ETA: September 2017
User Manual (PDF via Makita)
Battery and charger are not included.
See Also(Makita Batteries on Amazon)
Makita – what are you guys thinking?! Because I like it. =)
Seriously, what’s not to like? It seems to check all the right boxes, although I do wish that the load capacity was a bit higher. Still, 275 lbs is a lot of building materials, or what-not.
This looks to be a well-thought-out cordless “power tool” by Makita. While not the first motorized dolly or wheelbarrow, I can’t find any other power tool battery pack-powered hauler on the market.
I think that some users will be clamoring for a “dumper” style wheelbarrow bucket accessory.
It seems like a great feature that you can start off with one configuration and buy a flat dolly bed or wheelbarrow bucket later on if your needs change. From the user manual, it seems like a quick and easy enough conversion. I’m surprised, but pleased, that you get both rear support options – legs and wheels – with both the dolly and wheel barrow configurations.
I’d want to see how stable this is as designed before I add a second front wheel to my own wishlist. My gut feeling is that the adjustable spread between the rear wheels will do a lot to make it stable and easy to move and maneuver.
I’m afraid to guess what the pricing will be, but hopefully it’s easier on the wallet than some of the current motorized dollies and wheelbarrows on the market. You also have to factor in the price of 1 or 2 battery packs (a 2-pack of 6.0Ah batteries is currently $299 at Amazon, 2x 5.0Ah batteries are $219) and a charger.
Lastly, I’m hoping that Makita designed the battery compartment with forward-looking needs in mind. Other brands are already shifting to larger battery packs to suit heavier duty tools and longer runtime demands. It probably won’t be long until we see next-gen 10-cell battery packs or even 15-cell battery packs from Makita, and it would be a good idea of tools like this were designed with such battery sizes in mind.