Makita XML10CT1 Review

36V (18V X2) LXT® 21" Lawn Mower Kit with 4 Batteries (5.0Ah)


Final Score

4.4 / 5 from 103 users

Makita XML10CT1 | Tools Official
Makita XML10CT1 | Tools Official
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We spent 7.3 hours reading reviews from customers and experts. In summary, here's what users think:

10 reasons to buy

  • The Makita XML10CT1 offers the convenience of a battery-powered system, eliminating the need for gas or oil, providing a hassle-free lawn mowing experience. (14 reviews)

    • “No gas or oil to deal with or smell”

    • “I was ready to move from gas to electric lawnmower.”

    • “Mowed 2/3 of lawn with first set of batteries. Recharge those 2 for 1hr 50 mins while finishing lawn with second set”

    • “With four batteries included this is a great deal”

    • “Funcionando perfecto no gasolina, no aceite, no contaminación...”

    • “The batteries came with just enough juice in them to make a couple passes on the front side yard and it works beautifully!”

    • “Came with 4 batteries but I’m able to do both front and back lawns on one set of batteries”

    • “lasted long enough for me to mow my front and back yard without even swapping batteries”

    • “I feel good not polluting the environment”

    • “The SunJoe also completes the yard with one charge”

    • “The battery life is better than advertised.”

    • “Love the idea of electric mower and what Makita tools used to stand for. And what a great deal this was with 2 extra batteries.”


  • Several reviews noted that the mower is very light for its size, making it easy to push and maneuver. (13 reviews)

    • “very light for a mower”

    • “lightweight so the absence of self propelled is not a problem”

    • “easy to push”

    • “easy to maneuver”

    • “Lightweight”

    • “The lawnmower is very light, so even without self propulsion, it's really not much effort.”

    • “The lawnmower is easy to push over my level yard”

    • “light weight, and easy to maneuver”

    • “Lawnmower is light enough to not need power drive and easier to handle”

    • “Super light weight and easy to use.”

    • “The SunJoe is lightweight and easy to maneuver.”

    • “I was shocked at how light it was.”

    • “It's a nice, lightweight, foldable, easy-to-push mower for people with normal-sized lawns.”

  • Customers found the mower easy to set up and start using right out of the box. (5 reviews)

    • “This mower was easy to set up and run.”

    • “Slap in 2 batteries and start cutting in 3 seconds.”

    • “super easy set,start”

    • “Out of the box this was an effortless setup.”

    • “No need to get the expert assembly,super easy, 5 minutes and your up and running.”

  • The ability to use batteries from other Makita tools is a plus for some users. (5 reviews)

    • “If I can't do the whole yard with 4 batteries, I think I will upgrade to two 9ah batteries, which was the plan before buying.”

    • “A friend highly recommended Makita so the batteries would be interchangeable”

    • “Bought it because I have a makita drill”

    • “Great addition to my 18 V series of tools.”

    • “adds to my collection”

  • The Makita XML10CT1 mower is described as well-built and durable by several users. (4 reviews)

  • Users appreciated the quietness of the electric motor compared to gas mowers. (3 reviews)

  • Height adjustment is simple and doesn't require adjusting each wheel individually. (2 reviews)

    • “Height adjustment was simple (don't have to adjust each wheel).”

    • “The height adjustment on this is impressively easy due to its light weight.”

  • The mower has the ability to mulch, and does not blow grass clippings everywhere. (2 reviews)

    • “Oh, if you decide to mulch, make sure you remove the plug inside the mower.”

    • “For some reason, this mower does not do that. I don't need to sweep at all.”

  • The Makita XML10CT1 can function as a vacuum to effectively clean up leaves, making it especially useful for maintaining the cleanliness of artificial turf. (2 reviews)

    • “One thing I do like about this mower is it acts like a vacuum and doesn't blow grass clippings everywhere.”

    • “it works like a vacuum to pick up leaves from artificial turf as well.”

  • The mower includes multiple safety features such as deadman switches to prevent accidental starting. (1 review)

    • “There's a multitude of safety features including multiple deadman switches to make sure the motor does not turn unintentionally.”

3 reasons not to buy

  • Several reviews of the Makita XML10CT1 mention that the battery life is shorter than expected, with a single charge lasting less than 30 minutes, often not enough to finish larger lawns without additional batteries. (14 reviews)

    • “The only problem is that four batteries are not enough to mow the back yard. This takes two batteries at a time to run, however having a backup pair was not enough, had to buy two more to keep the mower running long enough to get the job done.”

    • “Just the batteries are not enough”

    • “Works good but battery life sucks!!!”

    • “I find myself having to swap batteries every mow.”

    • “Short battery life and long charge time.”

    • “The battery didn't last very long, we had to charge the batteries twice.”

    • “The battery only works for 15 minutes.”

    • “Total run time for four batteries might be 40 minutes.”

    • “Dies every few feet, even in short, sparse areas.”

    • “By the end of summer it took an extra 30 minutes to charge and would leave me waiting with only 40 feet left to mow. Frustrating!”

    • “I have to cut my yard in three sections because batteries die!”

  • Some users have expressed that the mower is more suited for small to medium-sized yards rather than large ones due to battery constraints, and it may require purchasing additional batteries for larger areas. (8 reviews)

    • “- If you have a large lawn you will need more batteries.”

    • “If I can't do the whole yard with 4 batteries, I think I will upgrade to two 9ah batteries.”

    • “Mowed 2/3 of lawn with first set of batteries.”

    • “If you have even an average front and back yard, look for a more powerful unit.”

    • “we less than a 1/4 of an acre, and even less than that to mow, we had to charge the batteries twice.”

    • “False claims about it doing a half an Acre”

    • “I barely get through the front yard when the first set of batteries dies. Using the second set of batteries, I finish the front yard and begin the back, but the second set fails before I finish.”

    • “you will need all 4 batteries and still won’t be done with your average size yard.”

  • It has been reported that the blade is on the thinner side, leading to potential bending or damage when hitting large sticks or tree stumps, with replacement blades being hard to find and taking months to arrive. (3 reviews)

    • “- Blade is on the skinnier side so hitting a large stick or tree stump will bend it out of shape.”

    • “The blade looks thinner then the blade on my gas mower so I took good care to clean the yards of all debris before mowing. I can see hitting some of the branches that I hit with my gas mower bending the blade of this Makita and the blade looks unique to this brand so finding a replacement may be difficult.”

    • “I bent the blade and needed a replacement. I couldn’t find one online so I went to Home Depot. I bought a universal, but the aluminum plate they put on the bottom prevents you using anything wider than 2”. After going back and forth with Makita for a few weeks, they managed to find one and are sending it out to me. They said they won’t have them available until August.”

Bottom Line

The Makita XML10CT1 is a user-friendly electric lawn mower, ditching gas for a battery system. Light and easy to use, it's great for small to medium yards. Set-up is quick, it uses the same batteries as other Makita tools, and is notably quiet and durable. It mulches and vacuums leaves too. However, the battery might not last through big jobs, and blades can be hard to replace. Ideal for folks who value convenience and have a smaller lawn to keep tidy.


Cutting Width (in)21 inch
FeaturesElectric Start, Mulching, Bagging
Max Cutting Height4"
Min Cutting Height1-1/4"
Power SourceBattery
CategoryPush Mowers
Warranty3 Year Limited Warranty
Weight81.59 lbs.

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Special Features

  • Zero Emission Operation: It's battery-powered, which means no smelly gas fumes and it's better for the planet.
  • Quiet and Maintenance-Free Motor: The motor is super quiet and doesn't need oil changes or a pull-cord to start it up.
  • Extended Run Time: You get a whopping 50 minutes of mowing time with the four included batteries, so you can cover more of your yard in one go.
  • Lightweight Design: The mower isn't heavy, making it easier to push around and less tiring to use.
  • Easy Height Adjustment: There's a single lever that lets you quickly change how short it cuts the grass.
  • 3-in-1 Versatility: You can choose to chop up the clippings to feed your lawn (mulching), catch them in a bag, or just spit them out the back (rear discharge).
  • Durability Features: It's built tough with Makita Extreme Protection Technology (XPT™) and weather-resistant stuff, so it can handle getting dirty and wet without fuss.
  • Expansive Compatibility: The batteries work with a bunch of other Makita tools, so you can swap them around and not worry about buying new ones for each tool.
  • Fast Charging and Star Protection: The batteries juice up fast and have a special tech called Star Protection Computer Controls™ to stop them from getting fried if they overwork, overheat, or run too low on power.
  • Convenient Storage: The handle folds down so it won't hog too much space in your shed or garage.
  • Ample Collection Capacity: The grass catcher is big enough to hold lots of clippings, so you won't have to keep stopping to empty it.


  • Q:

    Is the Makita XML10CT1 self-propelled?

  • A:

    No, this model is not self-propelled.

  • Q:

    Does this mower have a brushless motor?

  • A:

    The motor is brushed.

  • Q:

    Is this cutter self-propelled?

  • A:

    Not this model no , but it's super light so i didn't want to pay extra

  • Q:

    How can I find the exact replacement blade for this mower model?

  • A:

    To find the exact replacement blade, visit the Makita website and locate your mower's specific model number. Once you have the part number, you can purchase it from many online sellers that offer Makita parts.

  • Q:

    Are the batteries from this mower compatible with Makita drills or saws?

  • A:

    Yes, the batteries are compatible with Makita drills and saws.

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