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18-Volt LXT Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless String Trimmer Kit

  • Automatic Torque Drive mode provides extended run time
  • Bump and feed head comes loaded with 0.08 in. trimmer line
  • Part of Makita’s expanding LXT system which offers 225+ tools
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logging, felling, 36-Volt, 36V

Maximum Power and Run Time

Powered by LXT batteries, Makita Cordless Outdoor Equipment offers more power, speed, and run-time without the hassles of gas

18-Volt, 18V, Leaf, Leaves

Rule the Outdoors

With each cordless tool, you hold over 100 years of motor engineering and over 40 years of cordless innovation

Garden, Yard, Sweeper, Weed

One System

Use the same batteries and chargers with all 36V and 18V LXT tools

Weeds, Wacker, Cut, Cutter

No Gas, No Mixing

Experience new levels of convenience, efficiency, and productivity with Makita Cordless Outdoor Power Equipment

Shrubs, Pruning, Grass, Trees

Instant Starts

Makita's complete system of cordless outdoor products eliminate the hassles of gas with lower noise, reduced maintenance, and zero emissions

Trim, Trimming, Hedge, Hedges

Reduced Maintenance

Makita's Cordless Outdoor Power Equipment delivers unmatched performance and innovation in motor and battery technology that's leaving the competition behind

Electric, Rapid, Edger

Zero Emission

Forget the hassles of gas and 2-stroke oil, and pick up Makita 18V X2 (36V) LXT power equipment

STAR, Protection, Computer, Controls, overload, overdischarge, overheat

Faster Charging

The Rapid Optimum Charger communicates with the battery’s built-in chip to optimize battery life

overloading, overdischarging, overheating

More Run Time

Battery delivers constant power and run time in extreme temperatures, even in winter

slide, terminal, premium

Longer Motor Life

Makita-built Brushless Motor eliminates carbon brushes, so the motor runs cooler and more efficiently

max, power, speed, run, time

Efficient Power Management

Overload protection, Over-discharge protection and Overheat protection

durable, dependable, advanced

Star Protection

Star Protection is communication technology that protects against overload, over-discharge and overheating

authorized, service, center, repair, replace

3-Year Limited Warranty

On every Makita Lithium-Ion Tool, Battery and Charger from the date of original purchase.

With zero emissions, lower noise and considerably less maintenance, the 18-Volt LXT Brushless Cordless String Trimmer (model XRU12SM1) is a welcome solution for landscapers. The string trimmer is ideal for precision trimming and edging. It features an efficient Makita BL Brushless Motor for longer run time, increased power and speed and longer tool life. The kit includes an efficient charger and an 18-Volt LXT 4.0 Ah battery which reaches a full charge in only 40-minutes the fastest charge-time in the category for less downtime and increased productivity. The efficient brushless motor delivers up to 6,000 RPM for faster cutting. The XRU12SM1 is equipped with Automatic Torque Drive Technology, which automatically shifts from 4,000-6,000 RPM depending on the density of the application. There are 3-speed options (4,000/5,000/6,000 RPM), allowing users to match the speed to the application. The easy-loading bump-and-feed trimmer head is compatible with 0.08 in. or 0.095 in. line and offers reverse rotation allowing users to quickly clear the head of entangled grass and weeds. The XRU12SM1 features Makita Extreme Protection Technology (XPT). XPT is a protective seal inside the tool and is engineered for improved operation in harsh conditions by channeling water and dust from key internal components.
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  • Ideal for precision trimming and edging
  • BL brushless motor delivers up to 6,000 RPM
  • Automatic Torque Drive technology mode automatically shifts RPM for extended run time or added power
  • 3-speed control (low: 4,000 RPM, medium: 5,000 RPM, high: 6,000 RPM) for power management
  • Easy-loading bump and feed trimmer head compatible with 0.080 in. or 0.095 in. line
  • Reverse rotation system allows operator to quickly clear trimmer head of entangled grass and weeds
  • Rubberized soft grip provides increased comfort on the job
  • Ergonomic and balanced design weighing only 8.6 lbs. with battery
  • Features Extreme Protection Technology (XPT) which is engineered to provide increased dust and water resistance in harsh job site conditions
  • Equipped with Star Protection Computer Controls to protect against overloading, over-discharging and over-heating
  • 3-year limited warranty on tool, battery and charger
  • Only use genuine Makita batteries and chargers






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(191)
Voltage (v)18v18v40v18v
FeaturesAttachment Capable,Brushless,Rechargeable,Straight ShaftBrushless,Rechargeable,Straight ShaftAttachment Capable,Brushless,Edger Conversion Capable,Precut Lines,Rechargeable,Straight Shaft,Zero EmissionsBrushless,Straight Shaft,Zero Emissions
Line Advance SystemBumpBumpBumpBump
Trimmer Line TypeStringStringStringString
Battery TypeLithium IonLithium IonLithium IonLithium Ion
Shaft TypeStraightStraightStraightStraight
Start TypeElectricElectricElectricElectric
Power TypeCordlessCordlessCordlessCordless
RefurbishedNoNoNoNo
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logging, felling, 36-Volt, 36V

Maximum Power and Run Time

Powered by LXT batteries, Makita Cordless Outdoor Equipment offers more power, speed, and run-time without the hassles of gas

18-Volt, 18V, Leaf, Leaves

Rule the Outdoors

With each cordless tool, you hold over 100 years of motor engineering and over 40 years of cordless innovation

Garden, Yard, Sweeper, Weed

One System

Use the same batteries and chargers with all 36V and 18V LXT tools

Weeds, Wacker, Cut, Cutter

No Gas, No Mixing

Experience new levels of convenience, efficiency, and productivity with Makita Cordless Outdoor Power Equipment

Shrubs, Pruning, Grass, Trees

Instant Starts

Makita's complete system of cordless outdoor products eliminate the hassles of gas with lower noise, reduced maintenance, and zero emissions

Trim, Trimming, Hedge, Hedges

Reduced Maintenance

Makita's Cordless Outdoor Power Equipment delivers unmatched performance and innovation in motor and battery technology that's leaving the competition behind

Electric, Rapid, Edger

Zero Emission

Forget the hassles of gas and 2-stroke oil, and pick up Makita 18V X2 (36V) LXT power equipment

STAR, Protection, Computer, Controls, overload, overdischarge, overheat

Faster Charging

The Rapid Optimum Charger communicates with the battery’s built-in chip to optimize battery life

overloading, overdischarging, overheating

More Run Time

Battery delivers constant power and run time in extreme temperatures, even in winter

slide, terminal, premium

Longer Motor Life

Makita-built Brushless Motor eliminates carbon brushes, so the motor runs cooler and more efficiently

max, power, speed, run, time

Efficient Power Management

Overload protection, Over-discharge protection and Overheat protection

durable, dependable, advanced

Star Protection

Star Protection is communication technology that protects against overload, over-discharge and overheating

authorized, service, center, repair, replace

3-Year Limited Warranty

On every Makita Lithium-Ion Tool, Battery and Charger from the date of original purchase.

Specifications

Dimensions

Assembled Depth (in.)
7.75 in
Assembled Height (in.)
37.5 in
Assembled Width (in.)
7.75 in
Line Style Size
.095
Maximum cutting path diameter (in.)
12
Recommended Line Diameter (in.)
.095
Shaft Length (in.)
71

Details

Assembly Required
Yes
Battery Amp Hours
4 Ah
Battery Type
Lithium Ion
Battery/Charger
(1) 4 Ah Battery & Charger Included
Charger Included
Charger Included
Features
Brushless,Rechargeable,Straight Shaft
Head Type
Wind with Assembly
Included
Battery,No-tool Line Replacement
Line Advance System
Bump
Number of Total Batteries Included
1
Number of Trim Lines
2
Power Type
Cordless
Product Weight (lb.)
8.6 lb
Refurbished
No
Returnable
30-Day
Shaft Type
Straight
Start Type
Electric
Tools Included
Battery,Charger,String Trimmer
Trimmer Line Type
String
Trimmer Type
Hand Held
Voltage (v)
18v

Warranty / Certifications

Manufacturer Warranty
3-year limited warranty on tool, battery and charger

Questions & Answers

51Questions15Answers

What is difference between Model# XRU23SM1 and the xr12sm1 ?

Asked by ron April 20, 2021
2
Answers

Thank you for your question on the XRU23SM1 and the XR12SM1. The XRUSM1 has a cutting swath of 13' the XRU12 has a 12" cutting swath, also the XRU23 is a 2 speed and the XRU12 is a 3 speed for more information please visit makitatools.com.

Where are the reviews for the advertised product model XRU23SM1? The reviews posted here are for...

Asked by dave April 14, 2021
1
Answer

Dear Valued Home Depot Customer, To better answer your question, please contact the HD.com customer service department at 800-430-3376 call any day between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. EST, or call your local store, they can either answer your question or transfer you to your local store to answer your specific question.

Can this battery and charger be used on my Makita drill and house vac? They both use BL1815 battery.

Asked by Bob April 13, 2021
1
Answer

Thank you for your question on the DC18SD and the Bl1840B battery. The charger can charge any 18V lithium-ion battery .The battery can be used with any star protected Makita tool.

Does the battery work with Makita cordless drills

Asked by David April 11, 2021
1
Answer

Thank you for your question. The Bl1840B work with all, all star protected 18v Makita drills.

How long is battery charge

Asked by Max March 25, 2021
3
Answers

Thank you for your question on the BL1840B.The battery charge on a BL1840B depends on the type of charger you own. In this case this kit comes with a DC18SD the approximate charger is 90 minutes.

Can I use the LXT 4.0h battery from the Makita mower on this Trimmer?

Asked by John March 21, 2021
1
Answer

Thank you for your question. The XRU12Z 18V LXT Lithium‑Ion Brushless Cordless String Trimmer can use the following batteries. BL1815N, BL1820B , BL1830 ,BL1830B , BL1840B , BL1850B , BL1860B.

Is this considered a commercial unit? Can I use it 8 hours a day (I understand fresh batteries et...

Asked by Phil March 15, 2021
2
Answers

no, this is a homeowner-type product.... I don't know how you would be able to have enough *charged* batteries available, to run it for 8 hours.....??? I think that kind of use would definitely require a 4 cycle gas, or better, a 2-stroke gas/oil engine-weedeater.....

Will the battery for my 18volt drill work on this grass trimmer?

Asked by Craig February 16, 2021
1
Answer

"Thank you for your question. The XRU12SM118V LXT® Lithium‑Ion Brushless Cordless String Trimmer can use the following 18V batteries, BL1815N, BL1820B, BL1830, BL1830B, BL1840B, BL1850B,BL1860B.

Does this come with a edger blade

Asked by Lawnboy48 January 24, 2021
1
Answer

Thank you for your question. The (XRU12Z) 18V LXT Lithium‑Ion Brushless Cordless String Trimmer does not come with an edger blade. For more information see https://www.makitatools.com/products/details/XRU12Z.

Can head be changed to a blade

Asked by Joe October 17, 2020
2
Answers

Yes

18-Volt LXT Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless String Trimmer Kit - page 2

Customer Reviews

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Makita 18-Volt LXT Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless String Trimmer Kit I’m a believer in the qualit...
Makita 18-Volt LXT Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless String Trimmer Kit I’m a believer in the quality of Makita products and the long battery life for their cordless tools. This trimmer is no different. I used the chainsaw attachment to cut some branches of various sizes and it did a good job. This will never replace your main chainsaw for larger jobs, but it’s good for pruning tree branches overhanging your deck or roof line. The unit is sturdy and seems to be high quality. One thing that you should know is that it takes some time to assemble everything so don’t wait until you need to use it before you open the box! Also, you will need a container of chain oil. Start with a quart unless you find yourself cutting a lot. Also, you will need some grease for lubrication points during periodic maintenance. The main shaft (the power head as they call it) can be used with other accessories in addition to the chainsaw / pruner adapter. You can also purchase a hedge trimmer attachment. Overall, I believe this is a good investment.
by Wilshirekid
2 people found this helpful
This Makita String Trimmer and Pole Saw kit is just what you need for yard cleanup and upkeep. Th...
This Makita String Trimmer and Pole Saw kit is just what you need for yard cleanup and upkeep. The brushless motor unit is heavy and well made with a steel cradle to protect the battery and it has a two speed control - go slow around tree trunks with the trimmer and save the bark, go fast in the weeds. The string trimmer also has a head that is easier to load than my old trimmer and the string seems designed to not tear and fray at the ends as easily as cheap line does. The unit comes with a shoulder strap and even though I feel like the trimmer is heavier than my old trimmer it is so well balanced that I haven't needed it yet. One reason my old trimmer was lighter was because it only had the power switch and battery at the head, and the motor was actually at the bottom where the string turns. I was always taking the cover off to clean the air screen on it - a really cheap design when you think about it. I like the Makita design better. On to the saw: An easy flip of the center lever and push of a button disconnects the trimmer attachment and lets you attach the pole saw. When you get the kit you have to assemble the bar and chain onto the saw head. Take care that you orient the teeth of the chain correctly - the instructions only use pictures to show you orientation. You get wrenches and an allen key and screwdriver to assemble everything. You also get safety glasses which is great. The only thing you don't get is a little bottle of bar and chain oil so make sure you pick up a quart. This saw has let me cut so many low limbs that presented a hazard to one's head and face, dead limbs, limbs overhanging the road etc that I formerly had to use a fiberglass pole hole saw on. Anything more than a 2 inch diameter branch was not an issue, but the large bar on this Makita lets me go for the bigger stuff. I'm about 5' 6" and with the pole saw I can reach branches that are about 10-11 feet up. As far as maintenance, this kit comes with Makita's fast charger so a fresh battery is usually about 45 minutes away. The gearbox on the string trimmer and the mating ends of the head unit and attachments require a special high temperature grease service every 30 hours as outlined in the manual, so if you use this commercially you should have some on hand Like my track saw, large belt sander and pad sanders, Makita quality continues to impress me.
by DALE
Alright so theres a lot to say about this string trimmer, first of all it is super light and you ...
Alright so theres a lot to say about this string trimmer, first of all it is super light and you have less fatigue after an hour or two of use, it also has an awesome shoulder strap that balances most of the weight for you! Not to mention the anti-vibe handle that minimizes vibrations and helps with the fatigue normally associated with trimmers. Another amazing thing about this trimmer is that I had it all set up and ready to go in 20 minutes because Makita includes EVERYTHING you need to assemble it, down to string for the trimmer and safety glasses to start cutting immediately! The only thing you will need to purchase is some bar oil for the chainsaw attachment. This is also surprisingly quiet! Even when you are on the higher speed and going full blast you won't need any hearing protection, it also starts 100 times faster than my gas trimmer, you just click your speed setting, and grip the safety trigger and you are going. Makita is a legendary company among tool manufacturers and this string trimmer/pole-saw is no exception to that fact. If you are in need of a string trimmer and if you want one that will last forever and weighs nothing and doesn't require gas and is really awesome and is teal, then look no further.
by CadenC
No more mixing 2-cycle oil to tame those weeds! I now own 3 string trimmers: an old 2-cycle gas...
No more mixing 2-cycle oil to tame those weeds! I now own 3 string trimmers: an old 2-cycle gas powered beast, a smaller corded electric trimmer, and now this all-purpose battery powered Makita. I think soon I will only own 1: this is the one to buy and keep. As other reviewers noted, there is some assembly required. Don't get overwhelmed - instructions are well written. My model has the XUX02 Multi-Function Power Head and the EM409MP Grass Trimmer Attachment. Super quiet with the Brushless Motor. Includes a high quality shoulder strap, 1 18-volt Li-ion battery, and charger. No more mixing oil and gas. No more lugging extension cords around my yard. Highly recommend!
by VortexLeo
I was looking to purchase a new trimmer for the upcoming spring season and started looking at the...
I was looking to purchase a new trimmer for the upcoming spring season and started looking at the the battery powered options as I've been hearing more and more good things about them. The 18-Volt LXT Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless String Trimmer Kit by Makita caught my eye and the name had my mind made up. Upon delivery I was surprised to find out it also came with a 10" chain saw attachment. For the most part it was easy to assemble and comes with all the tools to assemble both accessories, but with so much in the box and a total of 4 instruction manuals it somewhat left you guessing which parts went where. Once it was assembled though, the tool worked like a charm. Both the trimmer and the chain saw both balance well in your hands and was very surprised at the speed both tools operate at as this is my first larger battery operated tool. I don't doubt that I will get a lot of extended use out of it this summer.
by Brian
AWESOME TOOL MUST HAVE!! took about 20 minutes to set it up . Trimmer head was simple screw on. T...
AWESOME TOOL MUST HAVE!! took about 20 minutes to set it up . Trimmer head was simple screw on. The chain saw attachment took some time to set up but not difficult. I did install the chain backwards first but was really easy to flip. The battery doesn't last very long, but was enough to do alot of cuts. I was able to cut the top of a 30ft crape myrtle tree alot faster than if i used a ladder and a chain saw. Love the long reach. You do have to press the power button often because it turns off after like 10 seconds. Cuts pretty fast but does cut off if jammed which i think is a good safety feature. I would recommend people to watch safety videos before cutting largger branches for safety. I like that its very easy to assemble for use and to switch attachments. Also another thing like it comes with strap .
by tolydj
Great multi tool power from Makita. I thought I was just ordering the string trimmer and it came ...
Great multi tool power from Makita. I thought I was just ordering the string trimmer and it came with a 10" pole saw attachment. There are over ten available attachments pictured on the box. This unit has High and Load speed power switch to extend the battery life and has a variable speed trigger. It has a led on switch for safety.. It is a long unit with the trimmer attached but with the battery attached has a nice balance. Only semi negative are the instructions. Many pages, Lots of very small not HD pictures. took a little while to figure out. The trimmer head comes off and you insert string though hole to half way point and then twist and it draws the string in, Easy once you figure it out. comes with battery and charger. The chain saw attachment works good and comparable to another 120V electric 8" pole saw I have. Great for trimming and will cut 10" tree with no problem, larger if you cut from both sides. Makita includes everything you need, 2 wrenches, screwdriver, bag to keep everything in and even safety glasses!
by Vhe
1 person found this helpful
My bride is not gonna like Makita, I have a confession to make; this is my first Makita tool. It ...
My bride is not gonna like Makita, I have a confession to make; this is my first Makita tool. It WON’T be my last. After assembling and testing I can say this may be one of the best built tools I’ve owned. For such a sturdy build it’s surprisingly light and very balanced, making it comfortable to hold/carry. Adjustments to the handle, the shoulder strap etc are easy and intuitive. Well, it’s the middle of February, but I wanted to test out the battery life by doing my normal trim so I did it (neighbors already think I’m nuts). After about 25 mins, according to the gauge it still had at least half its charge left. My old trimmer using a 4.0 Ah battery might complete the task or I’d have to change batteries. Sometimes it’s the simplest things that excites you, this was the case with this trimmer. In addition to the impressive build and quality materials the string head has the newest & simplest method to load the line. Cut a 13ft piece of string, align the arrows, insert ½ the length straight through the case and twist the bump knob to get the line in. No more taking apart, losing springs, washers and patience. Did I say I love this?! I also got the Pole Saw attachment which has a 10” blade, it has a 7’ length. I am so bummed that I didn’t have one of these at my last house which I had about 70 fruit trees. What took weeks I think I could knock it out in a day or 2. This this is PERFECT for trimming branches too thick for the rope levered Pole Pruners. The kit includes a charger and an 18-Volt LXT 4.0 Ah battery. I got the shoulder strap and safety glasses as well as a bag to keep manuals and tools together. Overall, I am extremely happy with the String Trimmer and the Pole Saw. If you are reading this review and you are shopping for a good quality, well built, sturdy and easy to use String Trimmer and/or Pole Saw, this one is my suggestion. Without hesitation I say it exceeds all my needs and expectations. WELL done Makita, you have a new customer going forward!!!!
by JJ
2 people found this helpful
This is my first Makita battery tool and while I have heard good things about the brand I was not...
This is my first Makita battery tool and while I have heard good things about the brand I was not very impressed when I first opened to box. There were numerous parts bags and parts in the box and it required quite a bit of assembly compared to other brands of power tools I own. Assembly, while not very difficult as long as you follow the included directions, still took me about 40 minutes. The spool head had to be installed at the end of the trimmer shaft as well as the cutting guard and upper shaft handle. Luckily all tools required were also included in the parts bags as I didn’t own the correct size Allen key to hold the trimmer shaft still while tightening the spool into place. This model also included a 10” chain saw attachment that is used to cut high branches off trees. The chain bar and chain had to be installed and adjusted onto the end of that attachment pole as well. There is no bar oil included so make sure you pick up a bottle of that when you purchase this so you’re not running back out to the store for some. Do not use the saw attachment without oil or you’ll quickly dull and overheat the chain. Speaking of the chain it is a quality Oregon branded chain that should last long when properly cared for and easy to find a replacement. The included battery is a 4.0ah 18v that requires an initial charge. The charger included is a 2.6ah slow charger so charging the included battery took approximately an hour and forty minutes. With the new fast chargers on the market for a few years now I find this slow charger unacceptable. I’d recommend having extra charged batteries on hand before starting work so you aren’t having to stop for over an hour and a half waiting for a battery to charge. As for attaching the trimmer end and saw end to the power head that was a very easy task. Simply flip the locking lever to the release position, insert the attachment and flip the lever to the locked position. Easy peasy!!! Once attached the trimmer was well balanced and the length of the shaft felt perfect. Not too long and not too short that I was going to cut my shoes up. The power head has a 2 speed switch so you can tailor it to your cutting conditions and for maximum battery life. I tend to not trim every week so I used it on full speed for maximum power. The saw requires you cut in high speed as well or you’ll be standing there forever. Overall, once assembled, I liked the unit. It was well balanced and seemed to be well built. If you already have other tools in the Makita platform I’d recommend you check this out. If you have other battery platforms or are looking to invest in one, I’d make sure to check out other brands closely to make sure you are getting one that fits you well and has the tools you want available.
by Retiredmechanic
1 person found this helpful
Great tool
I bought this because I needed a light weight alternative to my stilh unit . Also I have all makita tools so added a battery and charger to my collection . Its lightweight easy to assemble works very well
by Scott
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