Over at Amazon, they launched a product page for the new Makita XCV11Z 18V cordless wet/dry HEPA-rated vacuum.
The new Makita cordless vac features a brushless motor, 2 gallon collection capacity, and Makita says it can run for up to 60 minutes using a 5Ah battery. It also has a folding top handle, carrying strap, and built-in hose wrap and accessory docks.
If you look closely, there’s a 3-position knob on the front, next to a battery fuel gauge. There’s off, setting (1), and setting (2). The 2-stage suction power setting is partially responsible – as would be the higher efficiency brushless motor – for the claim of up to 60 minutes runtime when powered by a 5.0Ah battery.
- 2 gallon capacity
- 57 CFM airflow
- 27″ water lift
- HEPA filter, captures 99.97% of particulates 0.3µm and larger
- Up to 60 mins of continuous runtime with 5.0Ah battery
- Includes a flexible hose, HEPA filter (162518-0), wide nozzle, and crevice nozzle
Price: $199 (Amazon pre-order price) for the bare tool
An 18V battery and charger are NOT included with the XCV11Z bare tool.
Summary: Makita’s new cordless vac features a brushless motor, 2 power settings, lengthy runtime specs, HEPA-rated filter, and compact design.
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I find myself wondering how much suction or cleanup power the low setting could have, given its extremely long continuous runtime claims, but I remember that most other cordless vacuums only have one power setting, not two.
For instance, I recently bought a Milwaukee M18 cordless vac, and it has slightly better specs than this new Makita, but its runtime claims are “30+ minutes with a 9.0Ah battery.” We don’t yet know how long the new Makita XCV11Z vac will last when paired with a 5Ah battery and set to the high power mode.* But, it’s nice to have the option of setting it low for longer runtime. Not every application requires max suction power.
* Update: A Makita New Zealand product page for an identical-looking vac (but with model number DCV750) says “up to 35 minutes of runtime at high power [with a 6.0Ah battery – thank you John!].”
We won’t know street pricing until additional retailers start listing the vac.
If there’s a catch, I’m not seeing it. Makita has an expansive cordless vac portfolio, and here’s one more compelling option added to the mix.
I used this at stafda a couple months ago. Power seemed really good for a cordless vac.
I wonder what the hose/nozzle diameter is. Hopefully they went with a common size so you’re not stuck buying attachments from them.
I don’t know the size, but I recall that Makita has their fittings “backwards” ei hose terminates in a female instead of male connection. So you may need an adapter for some accessories.
38 mm ID the hose is
This looks pretty nice. A round up of cordless vacs in this size range would be great. Gathering reasonable run time data and noise data (using comparable metrics) would be very appreciated.
I have a Bosch GAS18V-3N on the way (if Lowes doesn’t do something silly like cancel my order, which they are prone to doing). I actually bought a 6.3ah battery and charger just for it.
I run mostly Dewalt and passed on the DCV580 for low performance and reportedly loud. The Milwaukee 0880-20 seems pretty nice, but also may be a bit loud. Noise pretty big deal for me.
I also considered the new Flexvolt dust extractor as I have batteries, but I think it might be a bit heavy/bulky for a lot of quick uses. I does seem to be incredibly powerful though. The rep cites a 20min run time here (hoping that is a on a 2ah/6ah battery they are kitting): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDw_sA31KVM
I think you will be happy with the Bosch, they’ve made a quality product with the GAS18V-3N. Everything appears very durable and the hose is long. Only time will tell but I’m very impressed so far.
I’ve used mine with the Bosch smaller of their two rotary hammer wall suction attachments for cement drilling and amazingly good dust collection. Like 99% minimum.
Though so far though I’ve no idea how long it’ll run continuously with the Core 6.3 batteries.
It’s kinda weird looking as a stand alone vac. At least to me.
I am in the process of switching from yellow to red, due in part to the DCV580. It’s weak, and to add insult to injury, it fried the AC cord’s power section simply by blocking the end of the hose for less than a second. I was so excited to get it, only to be disappointed by suction so weak it is barely useful. Dewalt has been dragging their feet on a stronger vac, and while seemingly a beastly unit, the flexvolt isn’t what I need or want. I’m already transitioning out of flexvolt because of sticking batteries on my flexvolt grinder.
To be correct this is a discussion about a vacuum … therefore the primary testing and review should be about the”power” of the suction and whether there is a rotating brush to assist with loosening the dirt, especially from carpet. Next is battery strength; again the primary concern is power and suction. We all have multiple batteries and know that they run down faster than we want to do, that’s why we see 9ah batteries available. That being said, I’ll say more when the Makita show comes to my favorite lumber yard and demonstrates it and offers a special “free with purchase” battery!
This isn’s a review, it’s a new tool preview. Rotating brush? This isn’t a household cleaner, and there’s no extension wand or floor nozzle. This is one of the last vacs you’d want for cleaning all but the smallest section of carpet.
At that price your better off buying the flexvolt vacuum with 125cfm… wireless operation. …
I’ve been strongly considering a cordless shop vac recently for small clean ups. I’ve got several shop vacs, but dragging out a cord and wheeling them across the shop seems a little tedious so the piles just sit there sometimes. First world problems…
That being said, I’m invested in Makita batteries already, and this is very tempting.
35mins is with a 6.0. The North America version comes with sponge type stuff and cloth that goes over the filter. That will affect runtime. In Australia we just get the filter. The wet capacity is 4.5L, once the filter is wet all suction is lost and the filter takes 24 hours to dry
I’ve got the first Milwaukee “toolbox-style” cordless vac; use it converted to my Makita batteries.
I’ve also got the Dewalt 20v max 2gal Vac as I use some Dewalt tools as well. The specs for the Dewalt say it’s 37cfm, so presumably this makita is much more powerful… these are super handy for removing toilets, though I’ve also used them for quick sanding jobs, so the two speed settings will be helpful. The Dewalt seems a bit underpowered and as mentioned in numerous reviews, the exhaust port is aimed towards the hosecexit making it tricky to use and not make more of a mess.
For $200 you might as well buy two M18 vacs. Makita has some great offerings but that price isn’t competitive at all.