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Power-Packed String Trimmer

If you’ve shopped for outdoor power equipment lately, you may have noticed that all major manufacturers now offer a line of battery-powered lawn-and-garden tools, including lawnmowers, hedge trimmers, leaf blowers, chainsaws, and string trimmers. That’s significant because cordless tools provide you the freedom to roam, like a gas-powered tool, but without having to mess with mixing gas and oil. And, like electric tools, cordless models start quickly, run quietly and produce no noxious fumes—all without being tethered to an extension cord.

The latest battery-powered model to join this rapidly growing field is the new Makita 36-volt cordless string trimmer (Model XRU09PT). This is an industrial-quality tool designed for professional landscapers, but if you’re serious about maintaining your property, this step-up tool is well worth considering.

The XRU09PT ($360) is a 36-volt, straight-shaft trimmer that’s powered two 18-volt, 5.0 amp-hour lithium-ion batteries. It has a super-efficient 6,500-rpm, two-speed, brushless motor that delivers 50 percent more run time than traditional brushed motors. You get about 60 minutes of run time under load when set on low speed.

Other features include: bump-and-feed trimmer head, direct-drive motor, electric brake, 13¾-in. cutting swath, double .080-in. nylon cutting line, and electronic speed control that maintains rotation speed during use. The unit is well balanced and weighs 9.9 lbs., including the batteries.

It comes with two 18-volt batteries and a dual-port rapid charger.

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