This year Makita added to their lineup of electric chainsaws with the launch of their 18V 10” top handle chainsaw, model #XCU06Z. It features a brushless motor with “OUTER” rotor design, variable speed trigger, and up to 4,720 feet per minute of cutting power. It also features a “torque boost mode” for sawing through dense material, and weighs in at just over 7 pounds, even with the 18V 5AH battery attached. Makita claims that this compact top handle chainsaw is built for the PROFESSIONAL tree care industry- and that statement has turned more than a few heads. Other 18V chainsaws on the market, such as the Ryobi and Black & Decker, are obviously designed for the homeowner/consumer market; causing us to wonder if an 18V 10” chainsaw truly belongs with a team of professional arborists. So we gave it to our friends at Ahlum & Arbor Tree Preservation, to give us an INSIDE LOOK at its performance and design.
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