Makita is apparently coming out with a new 18V X2 cordless brushless HEPA-filtered dry dust extractor that’s also AWS-compatible, XCV16ZX.
Runtime is up to 75 minutes on the low suction power setting. and up to 40 minutes on high.
- 3-stage HEPA filtration (pre-filter bag, damper filter, main filter)
- Filter cleaning system
- 74 CFM max airflow
- 39″ static water lift suction power
- Oversized on/off switch
- Variable speed control dial
- 66 dB(A) operating sound level
- 1″ x 11-1/2′ anti-static hose
- Locking cover (to protect batteries)
- Rear casters lock to prevent unintended movement
- Weighs 19 lbs with battery
Includes 22mm, 24mm, 38mm tool cuffs, plastic disposable bag, complete filter set.
Batteries and charger are not included.
The new Makita cordless vac is part of their AWS system, which allows for wireless auto-start via Bluetooth when paired with Makita AWS-equipped cordless power tools, such as one of their new 12″ sliding miter saws, or their sub-compact circular saw.
We learned about the new Makita XCV16ZX cordless vac when doing some research on their new cordless drywall sander.
The new Makita XCV16ZX AWS cordless vacuum has the same specs as their XCV08 vacuum, notably the same airflow, static water lift, runtime, and working sound level, and so the main difference seems to be the new vac’s larger 4-gallon dust collection capacity.
Also, the 2.1 gallon vac comes with floor-cleaning accessories and two anti-static hoses, a 1-1/2″ x 8′ hose and a 1″ x 11′ hose. The new 4 gallon vac comes with the same 1″ x 11′ hose and three tool adapters, but not the extension wands, crevice tool, floor nozzle, or second hose.
There *might* be other differences between the new Makita cordless vac and the smaller model. I wish we could be more certain about this, but Makita USA has only been announcing their new cordless powers tools via “tweets,” “insta” posts, and consumer newsletters.
It’s worth emphasizing that the new vac, like its smaller predecessor, is a dry-only vac.
It also doesn’t have an outlet for auto-activation of corded power tools, which makes sense since vacs that have such capabilities have to supply up to a couple of amps of AC power to plugged-in tools. So, you only get auto-start capabilities when paired with Makita AWS-equipped tools.
I am a little surprised by the size of the hose – 1″ x 11′ – or more specifically its small diameter. The vac does come with 3 adapters for connecting the hose to different sizes of tool ports.
That small 1″ diameter likely translates to higher particle velocities, which can help with the collection of fine dust, but it should also make the hose more flexible and easier to maneuver. You lose the ability to collect large debris, but that’s not the focus of this vac.
4 gallons isn’t very much compared to other rolling dust extractors, but remember, this is a cordless vac. Plus, it does still have nearly double the capacity of Makita’s smaller and similarly spec’ed 2.1 gallon vac.
I’m curious about what the price will be. The XCV08Z vac is $509 for the bare tool. This new vac has a larger collection tank, which often means a bump-up in price even if the motor unit and filters are the same, but it has much fewer accessories.
Update: There will be two other new Makita 18V X2 4 gallon cordless vacuums, XCV14Z and XCV15ZX. The vac discussed above, XCV16ZX, is the HEPA model with a 1″ x 11′ hose. XCV15ZX seems to have the same configuration and accessories but lacks AWS Bluetooth auto-start capabilities.
XCV14Z is a similar vac but with an efficient cloth filter instead of the 3-stage HEPA filter setup. Additionally, the XCV14Z is said to be a wet/dry vacuum, with wet capacity of up to 3.2 gallons. It comes with a 1-1/2″ x 8′ anti-static hose, a curved extension pipe, a straight extension pipe, a floor nozzle, and a crevice nozzle. This model doesn’t come with the same tool attachment adapters as the two other vacs, or the 1″ x 11′ hose.
To sum it up:
- XCV14Z: wet/dry vac with 1-1/2″ x 8′ hose and added accessories.
- XCV15ZX: 3-stage HEPA filtration system, 1″ x 11′ hose, 3 tool adapter cuffs
- XCV16ZX: 3-stage HEPA filtration system, 1″ x 11′ hose, 3 tool adapter cuffs, AWS wireless auto-start capabilities (when paired with tools equipped with an AWS Bluetooth transmitter)
To gauge the vacuum specs against a typical corded model, consider the Flex 9-gallon HEPA dust vac that’s on sale right now. The new Makita vac features 74 CFM of airflow and 39″ of static water lift.
Compared to Makita’s XCV11Z 18V 2-gal cordless wet/dry HEPA-filter vac, the new 4-gallon 18V X2 model has higher airflow (75 vs. 57 CFM) and suction power (39″ vs. 27″ water lift). They’re tools of completely different designs, but hopefully it helps with context.