Makita’s new 18V X2 LXT cordless chain saw (HCU02ZX2) delivers the power and runtime of a 36V tool, but is instead powered by two 18V li-ion batteries. This avoids the need to have to purchase and maintain multiple battery platforms.
As with Makita’s recent 18V X2 rotary hammer, the X2 chain saw features a 36V-to-18V X2 adapter. If you prefer to use Makita 36V Li-ion batteries or don’t use Makita 18V LXT tools, the same tool is also being released as a 1-battery 36V kit (HCU02C1).
- 12″ guide bar
- Chain speed of 1,650 FPM
- 3/8″ chain pitch
- Lower noise than gas-powered chain saws; 89 dB(A)
- Zero emissions
- Little maintenance
- Tool-less chain adjustments
- Front hand guard actuates electric brake when engaged
- Automatic chain lubrication with built-in oil reservoir
- Viewport shows oil level
- LED battery indicators
- 24-5/8″ length
- Weighs 11.2 lbs with batteries
- 30-minute charge time (for each battery)
A new 4-port charger is also coming out soon, which will allow for simultaneous charging of (2) 18V LXT batteries at a time.
The 18V X2 bare tool is priced at about $369-380, and the 36V 1-battery kit is priced at $549-560.
Clarification: Models HCU02ZX2 and HCU02C1 are identical except for how they can be powered out of the box. The bare tool ZX2 version includes a 36V to 18V X2 battery converter adapter, part number BCV02, and the C1 version instead comes with a 36V battery and charger.
If you buy the 18V X2 version, you can remove the BCV02 adapter in order to use 36V batteries. If you buy the 36V kit, you can purchase a BCV02 adapter in order to use (2) 18V batteries.
A HCU02ZX2 plus 36V charger and 36V battery gives you all the same components and accessories as a HCU02C1 kit plus BCV02 battery adapter.
The idea to use multiple battery packs to fuel heavier duty cordless power tools is not a new concept, but it’s something we have not yet seen with professional-grade tools.
36V tools deliver far greater power and runtime than 18V models, but a lot of users shy away from them due to the added time, effort, and expense required to maintain multiple battery platforms. The ability to use two 18V battery packs in lieu of a single 36V battery will definitely appeal to such users.
There are great advantages to cordless chain saws – they are lighter, quieter, there’s no need to mess around with gasoline, and they require less maintenance.
I’m hoping for additional X2 products, and can only wonder about what’s coming next. Maybe a cordless miter saw?