Friday, November 01, 2019


Split shaft design offers convenient storage and transportation

Makita 18V LXT Brushless Cordless String Trimmer delivers up to 80 minutes of run time on one 18V LXT 4.0Ah Battery.

Nov. 1, 2019, La Mirada, CA – Makita U.S.A., Inc., the innovation leader in cordless power tool technology and cordless outdoor power equipment, is excited to announce the new 18V LXT® Brushless Cordless String Trimmer (XRU12). Ideal for precision trimming and edging, this new cordless string trimmer expands Makita’s cordless outdoor power equipment offering.
This new cordless string trimmer features a split shaft design. The lower shaft and trimmer head detaches from the upper shaft, creating a more compact size for convenient storage and transportation.
The XRU12 can deliver up to 80 minutes of run time with one 18V LXT Lithium-Ion 4.0Ah Battery. Its exclusive Makita-built outer rotor brushless motor direct-drive system provides high power and increased torque. With a 12” cutting swath, the XRU12 offers increased productivity.
A rubberized soft grip and adjustable loop handle provides increased operator comfort. The XRU012 features and ergonomic and balanced design and weighs only 8.6 lbs. with battery. The bump and feed trimmer head comes loaded with 0.080” twisted quiet line.
Automatic Torque Drive Technology Mode automatically shifts from 4,000-6,000 RPM for extended run time or added power. Users can also select from 3 speed options for power management. Reverse rotation function allows operator to quickly clear trimmer head of entangled grass and weeds.
For added durability, Makita’s Extreme Protection Technology (XPT). XPT is a series of integrated seals engineered to channel away dust and water for increased durability. Makita® Products equipped with XPT are engineered for increased durability and longer tool life.
18V LXT® System
Makita’s LXT Cordless System, the world’s largest cordless tool system powered by 18V lithium-ion slide-style batteries, takes a user from power tools to outdoor power equipment to get the job done. Makita 18V LXT Batteries have the fastest charge times in their categories, so they spend more time working and less time sitting on the charger.
Benefits of Cordless Outdoor Power Equipment
Makita LXT Cordless Power Equipment eliminates the hassles of gas with zero emissions, lower noise, and reduced maintenance. The XRU12 operates at a lower noise level, providing user comfort and preventing a disruption for neighbors or nearby businesses. With no need for gas or oil, the XRU12 requires reduced maintenance and has zero emissions.
Makita’s new string trimmer gives users cordless convenience, without compromising on power or performance. For more information, visit
18V LXT® Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless String Trimmer Kit (4.0Ah)
18V LXT® Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless String Trimmer, Tool Only
Cutting Capacity (diameter)
No Load Speed
4,000 / 5,000 / 6,000 RPM
4,000 / 5,000 / 6,000 RPM
Arbor Shaft
M8 x 1.25 LH
M8 x 1.25 LH
Overall Length
Net Weight
8.6 lbs. (with battery)
7.2 lbs. (without battery)
Tool, 18V LXT 4.0Ah Battery, 18V LXT Charger, Bump & Feed Trimmer Head w/ .080” Trimmer Line
Tool, Bump & Feed Trimmer Head w/ .080” Trimmer Line
About Makita
Makita is a worldwide manufacturer of industrial power tools, pneumatics and power equipment, and offers a wide range of industrial accessories. Makita U.S.A., Inc. is located in La Mirada, California, and operates an extensive distribution network throughout the U.S. Call 800/4-MAKITA or visit Find Makita on Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter @makitatools
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  • Makita U.S.A., Inc.
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