DeWalt DCST920P1 vs Makita XRU02Z: Which One’s Best?

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The goal today is to decide between two great trimmers. The contenders? The Dewalt DCST920P1 vs Makita XRU02Z.

Is one better than the other? Well, different people are going to look for different things, and that being the case, readers will most likely be split between these two high-quality options.

The Dewalt is going to be a little bit more of a deluxe option. It’s generally price segmented at about twice the cost of the Makita which means that people that put price first are probably going to favor the XRU02Z.

Still, for the extra money you do get some nice extra features with the Dewalt. A little more power, a little more utility.

All of this said, you can’t really make a decision about a weed eater just based on surface level observations. For this reason, we will now take a deeper look at the attributes of the Dewalt and the Makita. Read on for a side by side look at two great weed eaters!

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What’s the difference between them?

We will now take a look at the differences between the Dewalt and the Makita to better inform your buying decision.

Power:

In terms of power, the Dewalt definitely comes out ahead. While both options are designed for personal at home use, they are not equally equipped for handling some of the more difficult weed/tall grass issues that homeowners encounter in their yards.

The Makita is going to be great at handling your average weed or grass situation, but it really starts to struggle when you start working with the thicker stuff.

We noticed that when used against dense stuff, the battery of the Makita had a very difficult holding up, leading to many frustrating charge sessions.

This is actually a fairly common issue in the world of rechargeable weed eaters, but it is still always disappointing to see.

This isn’t as much of an issue with the Dewalt. It still won’t work through the thick stuff as much as say, a high powered gas weed eater would, but it will still do well to take care of most usual yard issues without trouble.

Power

Design:

In terms of design, it is actually the Makita that wins a point. This is for several reasons. For one thing, the Makita is actually specifically optimized for comfort. The ergonomic design puts a premium on user ease, with control placement established in positions that are most natural for the human hand to grip.

It’s also made to be lightweight, which reduces user fatigue, and adjustable to support users of various heights and sizes.

The Dewalt, on the other hand, is about twice the weight of the Makita, and it even features what we consider to be a mild design defect. Namely, the guard near the trimmer itself is pretty dramatically undersized which leads to a chaotic distribution of weeds and grasses when they are trimmed.

This is a minor issue, but it is also disappointing to see in an option of this price range.

Design

Price:

Price is another category that the Makita wins. As mentioned earlier, the Dewalt is roughly twice the price of the Makita, which means its probably not the option that budget buyers are going to want to go with.

This said, both options are currently under $200, which is a good price range to be in when looking for a high-quality personal use trimmer.

And of course, it is only fair to mention that the Dewalt is capable of performing tasks (such as higher volume trimming) that the Makita just can’t do. This being the case, if the task you need to accomplish is working through thicker grass or weeds, the price tag of the Dewalt might not look so bad.

Performance:

Finally, performance. By default, the Dewalt more or less wins in this category because, as we have mentioned, it is simply capable of handling more.

Still, there is much to be said of the Makita’s performance as well. The design components that we mentioned earlier all help to make operating the Makita very comfortable, and it also boasts a pretty good battery life (of about forty five minutes) that ensures you will be able to use it to treat your entire yard.

In their own way, both options are high-performing.

Quick Rundown of Dewalt DCST920P1

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DEWALT DCST920P1 Brushless Trimmer
  • Brushless Motor maximizing motor efficiency and durability
  • Dual 0.080" line with bump feed, with 13-inch cutting swath
  • Variable trigger with speed control
Pros
  • High Power
  • Good Battery
  • Capable of Handling Wide Range of Tasks
Cons
  • Undersized Trimmer Guard
  • A Little Lacking in Value

Quick Rundown of Makita XRU02Z

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  • Makita-built motor delivers 7,800 RPM for faster cutting speed and performance
  • Ergonomic design is well balanced with less weight (only 6.4 lbs. with battery, sold separately)
  • Compact size is ideal for trimming and precise edging
Pros
  • User Friendly Design Concept
  • Good Battery Life
  • Good Value
Cons
  • Doesn’t Hold Up Against Tall Weed/Grass

What Users Say

Naturally, both of these options are pretty well received by users that we have had the chance to talk to. Sentiment generally reflects the points that we have illustrated in our side by side run down.

Users appreciate the power and utility of the Dewalt. They enjoy the battery life, and the motor which is optimized to deliver about as much power as a residential user could possibly expect to need.

However, satisfaction is neither complete nor universal. The biggest and most frequent complaints that we have encountered are two-fold.

First, users are not extremely crazy about the undersized guard that we mentioned earlier. This is a relatively small problem, but it does lead to an extra mess that can be a little bit frustrating.

There is also a question of value. Many users feel that Dewalt leveraged their good name to over charge for this tool, which may be a fair sentiment given that it certainly does not perform twice as well as the Makita.

Still, despite these issues, users are mostly very satisfied with their purchase.

Conversely, users of the Makita do appreciate its value, and there is also general praise for its comfortable design concept and battery life. Satisfaction does waver when it comes to users who have had to pit their Makita against thicker stuff, but for the most part, users are very fond of this tool as well.

Conclusion

And that is that. As you can see both options have plenty going for them. The question is not really which is better, as in their own ways they are evenly matched. The real question is, what are you looking for in a weed trimmer?

If what you need is power, there really isn’t even a choice in the matter. You are going to have to go with the Dewalt.

On the other hand, if you place your premium on value and design concept, then there is no beating the Makita.

At the end of the day, both trimmers are great at what they do.

About the Author Adam Harris

Hi there! My name is Adam and I write for HealthyHandyman. I have a great passion for writing about everything related to tools, home improvement, and DIY. In my spare time, I'm either fishing, playing the guitar, or spending quality time with my beloved wife. You'll also often find me in my workshop working on some new project!