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Makita has had a pole saw in the 36V OPE lineup for a while now, but it has been an attachment option for the Makita Couple Shaft system prior to now. The XAU01 and XAU02 Makita 36V Pole Saws operate on the 18V X2 platform to offer Pros quick cutting speeds without the nuisances that come with 2-cycle engines.
Makita claims that both of these Pole Saws actually run at 20% faster cutting speeds than a comparable 31.4cc gas engine pole saw. For thicker branches, both saws also feature a Torque boost mode. That gives you an extra shot of power when you need it.
As far as runtime goes, with two 5.Ah batteries, you can expect up to 140 cuts in 4×4 cedar.
Makita offers these pole saws in two configurations. The XUA01 includes a fixed 8-foot shaft while the XUA02 pole saw extends from 9- to 14-feet to access harder-to-reach branches.
Both of the saws feature a branch hook to pull out trimmed branches from trees. They both have lateral chain tensioning with a single stud for efficient chain retention, a captured bar nut, soft front grips, and a translucent oil tank to see your oil levels easily. Extreme Protection Technology also provides protective seals to channel dust and water away from key internal components.
The Makita XAU01 pole saw retails for $400 as a bare tool and $550 as a kit. The adjustable-length Makita XAU02 pole saw sells for $500 as a bare tool and $630 as a kit. Makita warranties these tools for 3 years.
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