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MAKITA DUB186Z 18V Cordless Leaf Blower review

A powerful but lightweight, small cordless leaf blower

Our rating 
4.8 out of 5 star rating 4.8

In a nutshell

A BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine Best Buy award winner for best performance, this is a great choice if you’re after something that packs a punch, but is light and easy to manoeuvre. With three speed settings, a run time of up to 80 minutes on the low setting, and a relatively short charge time of 45 minutes, this was one of the top performers in the test. Part of the Makita LXT 18V cordless tool system, the battery and charger are compatible across the range and it comes with an extendable three year warranty.
Preparation
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Value for money
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Pros: Long, narrow nozzle for directional blasts

Air speed 68m/s

Three speed settings, plus additional pressure trigger to further control power

Run time from 12 to 80 minutes depending on setting

Speedy charge time of 45 minutes

Compact and lightweight

Battery position helps the overall balance

Compatible with over 270 Makita cordless tools in the LXT range

Removable nozzle for storage

Three year warranty
Cons: No charge level indicator on battery

Expensive – but it is good value
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What’s the Makita DUB186Z 18V cordless leaf blower like?

This cordless leaf blower weighs the same as others in the group we tested, like the Stiga SAB 100AE, but its compact design and long, narrow nozzle makes it feel more manoeuvrable and easier to reach awkward corners. The 5Ah 18V battery delivers plenty of power and it has three different power settings – low, medium and high – and offers further control with the pressure trigger switch that must be held down to use. It copes with both wet and dry leaves on grass, in borders and on paths on the low setting, which is gentle enough to tease fallen leaves out of shrubs and plants. The medium setting copes with larger amounts of leaves, and the varying levels of pressure at this setting allow you to collect them tidily. At full speed, it effortlessly shifts stubborn well-trodden debris from in between paving slabs. The soft-grip handle, together with the position of the battery, which slots in underneath it, helps balance the leaf blower, making it comfortable to use for longer periods of time.


Who’s the Makita DUB186Z 18V cordless leaf blower most useful for?

The Makita DUB186Z is ideal if mobility is an issue, because it’s one of the lighter models we tested and has a compact body and thin nozzle. The combination of power, long run time and short charge time help this leaf blower cope just as well in large gardens as it will with patios and backyard.


Is the Makita DUB186Z 18V cordless leaf blower good value for money?

It’s in the mid-range of the tools we tested, but performs really well – one of the best we tested, with three control settings and variable power within those settings. A one-year plus warranty and easy to store design makes this a super cordless tool that’s good value for money.


Buyers’ guide to leaf blowers:


Lumbered with lots of leaves? Check out our test of the best gardening gloves to collect them in comfort, and while you’re at it, why not learn how to make leaf mould – a super compost and soil conditioner – as well as how to make your own leaf mould bin.

For more cordless garden tools, read our best cordless lawn mowers, best hedge trimmers and best pressure washers guides.

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This review was last updated in October 2021. Unfortunately, prices change and things go out of stock so we apologise if anything has changed.

Product Specifications

Product

Brand Makita
Name MAKITA DUB186Z 18V Leaf Blower
Model DUB186Z
Price £179.99
Leaf blower type Blower

Features

Powered by Battery
Battery charge time 45min(s)
Battery life 80min(s)
68mdivs
Noise 92.4dB
Weight 2.1kg
Warranty 3YEAR