Makita LXRU02Z 18-Volt Cordless String Trimmer Hothttp://www.tool-rank.com/media/listing/photos/thumbnail/300x300s/47/55/da/Makita-string-trimmer-33-1372654997.jpg
Back in May, when writing about the introduction of the Makita 36-volt cordless chainsaw, I commented that I would personally like to see a cordless string trimmer. Well, guess what turned up on Makita's website of Friday? The Makita LXRU02Z 18-volt cordless string trimmer.
The most obvious benefit of using a cordless string trimmer is the big reduction in weight versus a gas trimmer. At 6.4 pounds with battery, the LXRU02Z is 3+ pounds lighter than a typical gas powered trimmer. Makita says the tool has up to 45-minutes of runtime on a single charge, so with two batteries and only a 30-minute charge time, you can easily change between the two.
It looks like it has all the features you would want too. A telescoping shaft adjusts the length of the tool from 48-1/2" to 56-1/2". The head can be adjusted in 5 positions to change the cutting angle, and rotate 180-degrees to convert it into an edger. Let's not forget that it will also be significantly quieter than a gas string trimmer. I guess the only negative I can see is the small 10-1/4" cutting width, which means you cut less at a time.
As noted by the "Z" at the end of the model number, this is being offered as "tool only" and does not come with batteries or a charger. This is fine for people that already own Makita tools, but what about those who don't? I still like it, and as I have said before, if you already have the batteries, why not put them to use on your weekend chores?