Makita’s new 18V cordless vacuum, model DCL500Z, is a canister vacuum cleaner that looks useful for light general cleanup tasks. It provides long reach, respectable suction power, and reasonable runtime.
- 46 CFM of suction power, and 26.5″ of water lift
- Cyclonic separation helps reduce filter clogging
- 250 ml capacity (~ 1 cup)
- Removable dust canister
- Weighs 9.4 pounds with battery
- Air volume selection (low and high) via push-button switch
- LED filter cleaning and battery fuel gauge warning lights
- Filter cleaning lever helps loosen dust from filter
- Quiet operation; 64 dB(A)
- Telescoping extension wand for 38″ to 40″ reach
The new vacuum comes with floor and crevice nozzles, a cleaning brush, a reusable dust filter, and shoulder strap.
Battery and charger are sold separately.
Makita’s 18V LXT 3.0Ah battery pack will power the vacuum for up to 12 minutes on the high suction power setting, and up to 30 minutes on the low setting.
Street Price: $332, battery and charger required (not included)
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Makita’s sales flyer (PDF) for the new DCL500Z vacuum shows it being used to clean a car’s interior and by someone cleaning up a residential floor. This suggests that it’s not really designed for jobsite cleanup tasks where you might have a lot of large debris to pick up.
Then there’s the 250 ml capacity. I have a hard time believing this, but the 250 ml (0.53 pint) capacity is listed in the manual and in the sales flyer. That’s little more than a cup. That’s smaller than a can of soda! Maybe the larger particles travel into a separate larger compartment during cyclonic separation?
Small capacity aside, the new cordless vacuum looks like an interesting tool for quick, final, or specialty cleaning tasks. It is smaller and lighter than popular corded dust extractors and shop vacuums, and is powered by quick-charging Li-ion batteries. Unlike cordless jobsite vacs, the new Makita DCL500Z looks like it could be quieter and perhaps easier to maneuver thanks to its hose and extension wand.
The $300+ price for just the vacuum seems a little high, but it could possibly be justified by premium features such as the external filter-cleaning mechanism, cyclonic separation system, and quiet motor.