Makita has come out with 2 new hybrid vacuums – XCV04Z (international model DVC860L), which is a wet/dry vacuum with cloth filter, and XCV03Z (international model DVC861L), which is a dry-only vac with HEPA filter.
Keep in mind that these are Makita’s international designations for the 2 vacs. It is not yet known as to whether they will be released in the USA.
Update: Yes, these vacs will be coming to the USA. Makita XCV04Z will be the wet/dry vac, and Makita XCV03Z will be a HEPA version.
Both of these Makita vacuums are hybrid models, meaning that they can be powered by AC or battery power. While technically a part of Makita’s 18V cordless power tool lineup, they are 18V X2 products. The new vac work off of (2) 18V Li-ion battery packs connected in series, effectively making them 36V-powered tools.
Under Cordless Power
- 30-65 mins continuous runtime with (2) 5.0Ah battery packs (BL1850B)
- 70W suction power
- 2.1 m^3/min max airflow (~74 CFM)
- 9.0 kPa max sealed suction power (~36″ of water)
Under Corded Power
- Unlimited runtime (of course)
- 320W suction power
- 3.6 m^3/min max airflow (~127 CFM)
- 24.0 kPa max sealed suction (~96″ of water)
- 5.0 m (16.4 foot) power cord
- 8L (~2.1 gal) capacity (dry), 6L (wet, wet/dry model only)
- Built-in battery fuel gauge
- Massive on/off switch (probably large enough to operate with your foot)
- Variable suction power
- Removable storage box
- On-tool wand storage
- Onboard cord wrap
- Weighs 20.3 lbs (wet/dry vac), or 21.8 lbs (HEPA vac) with 2x 5Ah batteries
Both vacs ship with a fast charger, battery cartridge, connection cord, tool box, complete hose assembly, poly bag set (disposable bags), straight wand, angled wand, crevice nozzle, floor nozzle, and “front cuff” hose adapter (HEPA vac only).
The international product flyer (here’s the Flash file) and Makita’s brief product video show the new vacs being used more in maintenance and general use capacities than for jobsite cleanup.
8 liters is not very much when it comes to heavy duty vacuums, shop vacuums, or wet/dry vacuums. It’s about 2.1 gallons. That should give you a good idea about the kind of tasks the 2 new vacs are made for.
You get longer runtime with larger battery packs (obviously) and when the vacuum power is dialed down a bit. But even at full power, battery life isn’t too shabby, assuming Makita’s rating is for real-life usage and not no-load conditions.
It’s a little disappointing to see that you get a wet/dry vac or a HEPA vac, but not both. You have to pick and choose at the time of purchase.
All things taken in consideration, these look like 2 neat hybrid-powered vacuums. Neither vacuum provides corded-like performance, unless plugged into AC power of course, but it’s still nice to see Makita trying something new.
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