My local Home Depot has a new Makita XGT cordless outdoor power tools display in their seasonal promotional area, alongside other brands’ competitive offerings.
This was all under a giant brand-independent banner promoting all of the products as delivering gas-like power, low maintenance, and zero hassle.
This Home Depot store also had a strong presence of Makita 18V and 18V X2 cordless power tools.
While Makita 18V and X2 cordless tools can regularly be found at Home Depot stores, this seems to be a first for the brand’s XGT 40V Max line.
The featured products include the XGT 15″ string trimmer kit with 4Ah (18V 8Ah equivalent) battery and charger, cordless blower kit, 24″ dual action hedge trimmer (tool-only), and 18″ chain saw kit.
They also had a 2-tool combo kit in stock, as well as spare batteries.
I liked the look of the new packaging, which also makes it very difficult to confuse these as being part of the 18V line. Makita’s 18V and XGT 40V Max cordless systems are not compatible with each other.
One thing to note – the 2-tool combo kit is actually $349 right now, and it comes with a bonus 4Ah battery. This promo didn’t seem to be featured in-store, but it’s still active online through the end of this month (4/30/23).
Double-checking Home Depot’s website, the chainsaw kit, blower kit, and string trimmer kit are all also eligible for a free bonus battery. My local store didn’t have this promo mentioned anywhere, and even if they did, they didn’t look to have enough bonus batteries to support it.
The main takeaway is that Home Depot is finally carrying Makita XGT cordless power tools in-store. While this is a small selection featured in the promotional seasonal section, it’s still a change from Home Depot not carrying any XGT tools in-store as well.
Makita’s XGT and 18V cordless outdoor power tools were on display next to competing offerings from other cordless lineups, namely Dewalt 20V Max, Dewalt FlexVolt, Milwaukee M18, Ryobi 18V, and also Ridgid 18V.