We sent Homefixated.com an 18V Compact LIthium-Ion Cordless Vacuum (BCL180W), and they gave it to a pro tradesman for a full review. Paul is co-owner of Sundown Blinds and he and his crew regularly use Makita 18V tools during their custom blinds installations. The BCL180W allowed Paul and his crew to leave the bulky corded vac behind and avoid investing in a new battery system since they already had Makita 18V Lithium-Ion tools.
They tried it out for a couple months and were impressed with the power and versatility (it accepts the 18V Compact Lithium-Ion battery, and the full-size 18V LXT Lithium-Ion battery). One unexpected benefit was the floor fitting. Paul noticed that the Makita floor cleaning head has rollers and a squeegee that helps it glide across carpet and hardwood floors -- unlike cheaper fittings that often scrape on hardwood floors.
In the end, Paul had this to say:
"So thanks to a strong and convenient cordless vacuum option which my crew is more likely to use effectively, our customers are already recognizing our cleaning efforts more. The Makita BCL180W vacuum kit has been a great addition to our installation tool kit."
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The Makita BCL180W is a compact and powerful cordless vacuum with strong suction power for fast and efficient cleaning, for use with or without the floor nozzle extension. It's compact and lightweight (only 18-3/4" L, 2.7 lbs.), and the angled design provides strong suction for fast and efficient cleaning. The floor extension and redesigned swivel floor nozzle attaches easily, and includes a crevice nozzle for improved cleaning in tight spaces. And since it's one of 40+ cordless tools powered by the Makita 18V Lithium-Ion battery, it's the perfect add-on to any truck, tool box or garage. For more on the BCL180W, go here.