Pro's Picks: Makita 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Blower

A lightweight, cordless blower that pushes air out at hurricane-force speeds

November 28, 2017
Makita 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Blower

David Joyce

Owner, Synergy Construction

Lancaster, Mass.

 

 

 

One of the most useful tools Ive bought in the last couple of years is a cordless handheld blower. In fact, I now use it every day.

I bought one made by Makita because the batteries are interchangeable with my other Makita tools, but you can get essentially the same thing from Bosch, DeWalt, Milwaukee, or Ridgid. The Makita weighs 3.9 pounds with the battery, has a variable speed control that lets you crank up the airflow as high as 179 mph, and will run for roughly 12 minutes at full speed on a charge. The tool has a multitude of uses around the jobsite. Here are just a few.

Anyone who has used a table saw or miter box to cut PVC or composite trim knows that the plastic dust sticks to everything, making it frustratingly difficult to remove with a broom. The handheld blower easily solves that problem.

The tool makes quick work of clearing dust from that workstation you set up on the patio or driveway. It will also blow dust from inconvenient spots, such as between the balusters on a deck.

It’s perfect for blowing sawdust and debris out of joist bays, which you really should do before installing insulation.

If you don’t want a pile of dust in your tool pouch, the blower will clean it out without having to remove the tools.

In my opinion, the handheld blower is better for everyday use than a compressor and hose with a blower tip because the handheld will clean a wide area quickly—and, of course, you don’t have to drag a hose around. In fact, when people who haven’t seen it in action come on the jobsite, most tell me they want one. 

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While I appreciate the effectiveness of using a blower for this application vacuuming would be better. Across the construction industry there is often a disregard for the amount of waste and debris generated because the focus is on completing the work and there is some else who comes behind and does finish grade or landscaping that covers our tracks. There are not really any restrictions in most areas against blowing plastic and other non biodegradable materials into the environment and it may not be cost effective now to contain all of the dust but it is possible to work cleaner. The amount of microplastics in our environment is growing and there are real environmental and health effects resulting from this waste including ingestion and build-up in the lungs. There is more and more quality equipment available that does collect dust at the source without slowing production. Sometimes working clean can be the difference in getting a job over other contractors.

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