There’s a well-trodden quote from none other than Hunter S. Thompson that goes something like “Life should not be a journey with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body at the end of life, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke…”. Considering how the year 2020 has turned out overall, that quote takes on special meaning. As we start to look back on what was a roller-coaster of a year, we also look forward to preserving as many of our holiday traditions as is safe to do. The safest holiday tradition, by far? Cookies. So many cookies. All of the cookies. And what usually accompanies cookies? Crumbs. So, maybe a great gift for the cookie aficionado in your life would be the new Makita Handheld Vacuum, the 18V XLC07Z. We’ll learn more about it in this installment of Tool News Nirvana.
New Makita Handheld Vacuum: Crumbs Beware
Makita offers quite an impressive plethora of vacuum options. Choices include everything from corded to cordless, homeowner to industrial, human-controlled to robotic, and everything in between. We’ve actually done a review of the Makita BCL180W cordless stick-vac earlier. The new XLC07Z 18V LXT® Lithium Ion Handheld Canister Vacuum fits somewhere in the middle of that range.
It’s sized to be used as a handheld tool. Imagine your briefcase, but with the ability to clean up a cookie crumb mess from your toddler. That’s the Makita XLC07Z: small enough to take up an unobtrusive amount of space, powerful enough to take on full-sized cleaning tasks. It delivers up to 49 CFM of vacuum power, which is adequate for most common cleaning tasks. It also features 3 selectable speeds for the utmost adaptability.
The XLC07Z weighs only 4 pounds, including the battery. For those of us with baked goods on our minds, that’s about 100 average-sized chocolate chip cookies. This means that it should be no problem to clean up your sleigh after carting the kids back over the river and through the woods from grandmother’s house. With a runtime of up to 40 minutes from a single 1.5Ah battery, it’ll be able to handle the messiest of messes.
A major benefit of this vacuum is that it’s on the Makita 18V LXT battery platform. With over 275 products that share these batteries, it’s one of the largest families of tools on the market today. With regards to the new Makita Cordless Vacuum, this means that you could theoretically cut down your Christmas tree with the XRJ05Z reciprocating saw, then suck the sawdust up with the XLC07Z.
A Makita Handheld Vacuum for Your Car
One thing that sets the XLC07Z 18V LXT® Lithium?Ion Handheld Canister Vacuum apart from others in the line (or on the market) is that it includes attachments specifically for cleaning cars. These include a flexible hose, an upholstery nozzle, a floor mat nozzle, a soft brush, a crevice nozzle, and a blower attachment. Honestly, this is the perfect tool for cleaning up the roughest messes that the elves leave this year.
The XLC07Z 18V LXT® Lithium?Ion Handheld Canister Vacuum is available now.