Makita 18V Cordless Hedge Trimmer Review XHU07T

Makita 18V Cordless Hedge Trimmer Drops Weight While Improving Performance

With more than 100 years of experience making electric motors and their acquisition of Dolmar bringing another 90 years of experience in gas OPE, Makita knows a thing or two about making battery-powered lawn care equipment with the performance of gas. So what does all that get you with the latest Makita 18V cordless hedge trimmer?

The short answer is more than what many of the other brands can offer.


  • 24-inch and 30-inch blades available
  • Low vibration and noise compared to other cordless models
  • 3 speed settings with a variable speed trigger
  • Reverse gets you out of a jam
  • Blazing fast 4400 SPM stroke rate
  • 5-position rotating handle


Makita 18V Cordless Hedge Trimmer Performance

Makita has to compete against companies that have 40, 56, 80, and even higher voltage. Rather than going with the 18V X2 platform, they stick with just 18V. And that’s not an issue at all.

The trimmer’s 3/4-inch knives are on par with what many cordless models have, though some are moving up to 1-inch gaps or a little more. However, its 4400 SPM stroke rate is quite a bit higher than most of the competition that tends to be in the 3000–3500 SPM range.

Makita 18V Cordless Hedge Trimmer

This Makita 18V cordless hedge trimmer also has 3 speed modes to work with—2000, 3600, and 4400 SPM. Low is good for when you’re doing some light trimming and want to conserve your battery. Medium matches the high speed of most of Makita’s competition and high lets you fly through your trimming duties quicker than other most other cordless models.

Makita 18V Cordless Hedge Trimmer Controls

I prefer to use it at high speed. I get plenty of runtime to get all of the hedges done on one charge and the faster cutting helps get done faster so I can move onto other important work—like making sure somebody keeps the bass on their toes!

One thing I notice is that there’s very little vibration and noise when I’m trimming, even for a cordless hedge trimmer. It’s not an accident and Makita builds in specific vibration controls that you don’t see on some of the other models out there.

Makita Cordless Hedge Trimmer Design

Weight and Balance

The latest Makita cordless hedge trimmer uses just one 18V battery instead of two to get its outstanding performance. It’s interesting that they go with a side entry instead of a rear entry, but it doesn’t seem to affect the balance in a negative way at all.

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