MAKITA DLM431Z LAWN MOWER 18V/36V BODY ONLY 430MM £139.97 @ Power Tools UK
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MAKITA DLM431Z LAWN MOWER 18V/36V BODY ONLY 430MM £139.97 @ Power Tools UK

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Found 16th Jan
Makita DLM431Z Lawn Mower 18v/36v BODY ONLY cordless push type lawn mower for cutting lawns up to 950m² with electronic current limiter for overload protection, electric brake, soft start, and a single lever cutter height adjustment. Powered using x2 18v slide fit lithium batteries in series supplying energy to the powerful 36v DC motor drive system. Other features include dual battery fuel gauge, grass box with grass level indicator, rubberised handle bar, ball bearing wheels plus a foldable handle for easy quick storage
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I have this. I've had petrol (smelly, awkward basket fitment, usual problems with ignition not always going with cord pulls) and electric (indoor socket, basket fitment, cord always getting in the way).

This was a revelation. I have a 4 bed bungalow with a pretty good sized garden around three sides. I can do this, in one go, with two 4Ah batteries, but even if it did need more I would simply do a quick swap with my other two batteries. I find it a light, manoeuvrable machine, the basket (whilst not massive) is the easiest to quickly whip out, flick into the grass bin and refit, and I have never found a quicker mower to cut the grass.

Combined with the LXT strimmer and the 36V hedgetrimmer, I find that rather than dread and put off garden work, I actually look forward to it. Sure, getting into the LXT world is expensive but the ease of operation and associated desire to actually do work means that this investment is worth it because of quantity and quality of work achieved.
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Is this LXT batteries ?
How long will batteries last?
Body only. Batteries are extra, unless you already own some.
I have this. I've had petrol (smelly, awkward basket fitment, usual problems with ignition not always going with cord pulls) and electric (indoor socket, basket fitment, cord always getting in the way).

This was a revelation. I have a 4 bed bungalow with a pretty good sized garden around three sides. I can do this, in one go, with two 4Ah batteries, but even if it did need more I would simply do a quick swap with my other two batteries. I find it a light, manoeuvrable machine, the basket (whilst not massive) is the easiest to quickly whip out, flick into the grass bin and refit, and I have never found a quicker mower to cut the grass.

Combined with the LXT strimmer and the 36V hedgetrimmer, I find that rather than dread and put off garden work, I actually look forward to it. Sure, getting into the LXT world is expensive but the ease of operation and associated desire to actually do work means that this investment is worth it because of quantity and quality of work achieved.
Used power tools shop before and they have been very good.
How much would charger and batteries cost?
00480023 m ago

How much would charger and batteries cost?


Two genuine Makita LXT batteries plus a charger would set you back £120ish, don't bother trying the cheapo copied batteries because they're allegedly not very good.
Edited by: "paulandpam1" 16th Jan
Mmm, I think it's about time my current mower developed an unrepairable fault.
Nth7 m ago

Mmm, I think it's about time my current mower developed an unrepairable …Mmm, I think it's about time my current mower developed an unrepairable fault.


I would be concerned about the wear / damage to my batteries using something like a lawnmower, surely it must really be a heavy quick drain on them which isn't good.
Edited by: "paulandpam1" 16th Jan
paulandpam118 m ago

I would be concerned about the wear / damage to my batteries using …I would be concerned about the wear / damage to my batteries using something like a lawnmower, surely it must really be a heavy quick drain on them which isn't good.



LXT batteries are really robust, at least the genuine ones are. They can take the punishment and it's also good to put your Makita batteries to use and not leave them lying around too long due to the on board chip being powered by two of the cells and slowly draining them. It takes a while but if you leave it long enough the battery will become sufficiently imbalanced for the charger to flag it as faulty. Three strikes and you're out. I really don't like this design and Makita could've addressed this in two ways. One is for the chip to be powered by all 10 cells thus minimising the chance of an imbalance. The other option would be to create a more advanced charger that can balance charge the batteries.

This is why I recently got a Makita hedge trimmer just to get more use out of the batteries and make sure they're getting charged more often. There's only so much drilling I could do to get use out of the batteries but gardening is non-stop.
paulandpam18 h, 0 m ago

Two genuine Makita LXT batteries plus a charger would set you back …Two genuine Makita LXT batteries plus a charger would set you back £120ish, don't bother trying the cheapo copied batteries because they're allegedly not very good.


I’ve got a cheapo copy battery it’s good actually.
I have a makita mower, very good stuff! The sds drill and the blowers drain the bats far faster than the mower does. I do recommend the double charger if you go 36v, that way you can charge at the end and not have to go back. Handy to have 4 bats in total so you always have a fresh pair. 3Ah batteries last over 15 mins, I've never run out mowing my lawn. This is a great price!
Nth9 h, 39 m ago

LXT batteries are really robust, at least the genuine ones are. They can …LXT batteries are really robust, at least the genuine ones are. They can take the punishment and it's also good to put your Makita batteries to use and not leave them lying around too long due to the on board chip being powered by two of the cells and slowly draining them. It takes a while but if you leave it long enough the battery will become sufficiently imbalanced for the charger to flag it as faulty. Three strikes and you're out. I really don't like this design and Makita could've addressed this in two ways. One is for the chip to be powered by all 10 cells thus minimising the chance of an imbalance. The other option would be to create a more advanced charger that can balance charge the batteries.This is why I recently got a Makita hedge trimmer just to get more use out of the batteries and make sure they're getting charged more often. There's only so much drilling I could do to get use out of the batteries but gardening is non-stop.


I invested in some LXT tools about a year ago and remember doing a lot of reading on the issue you mention of the chip being powered by only a couple of the cells and causing the battery pack to die if/when those cells are drained by the chip. However I'm sure I remember also reading somewhere that this design flaw only affected earlier LXT batteries, and that Makita had quietly fixed the issue on newer generations, though without ever admitting there was a problem on earlier LXT batteries. Unfortunately I cannot find the reference to this alleged fix now though :-(
Excellent mower, this with 2x 5Ah batteries and you'll be hard pushed to find a lawn big enough to run out of power - if you did then you certainly shouldn't be using a push-along mower as your garden would be more than big enough to justify buying a ride-on mower or employing a team of gardeners!

The 18v hedge trimmer is well worth buying too, just as with the mower being free of the trailing cord makes a massive difference to both speed and convenience.
cybersheep38 m ago

I invested in some LXT tools about a year ago and remember doing a lot of …I invested in some LXT tools about a year ago and remember doing a lot of reading on the issue you mention of the chip being powered by only a couple of the cells and causing the battery pack to die if/when those cells are drained by the chip. However I'm sure I remember also reading somewhere that this design flaw only affected earlier LXT batteries, and that Makita had quietly fixed the issue on newer generations, though without ever admitting there was a problem on earlier LXT batteries. Unfortunately I cannot find the reference to this alleged fix now though :-(



If this is true and Makita have fixed the issue then I'd be really interested to know. I have an old 3Ah battery and 2 new 5Ah batteries with the built in power level indicator. According to your comment my new batteries should be ok. Time to do some Googling around.

By the way for all those wanting to know about aftermarket batteries, I think the answer is it's hit and miss. Some have quality cells and some don't. I bought one and it (the chip) failed after 3 charges. It still charges ok with an RC battery charger and works but who wants that hassle?
"It still charges ok with an RC battery charger and works but who wants that hassle?"

how you do that !! Is this mower brushless ?

Ordered, thanks OP, been looking around for one at a good price
Edited by: "mickjack" 17th Jan
mickjack17 m ago

"It still charges ok with an RC battery charger and works but who wants …"It still charges ok with an RC battery charger and works but who wants that hassle?"how you do that !! Is this mower brushless ?



Lot's of examples on YouTube of power tool batteries being charged with RC battery chargers. I have the Imax B6 RC charger. It's a clone but then it was only £13 and works just fine. You can set the charge rate and let it charge over a few hours. Definitely not as fast as charging it with the Makita charger but if your chip has locked the battery the Makita charger will refuse to charge it anyway. Your only option is to use an RC charger but only if you're certain the cells are good. If not then it's not worth the potential fire risk.

Brushless? Highly doubt it otherwise that would be the first feature to be advertised. Great price for this mower nonetheless.
Edited by: "Nth" 17th Jan
Was dithering over this and had just figured that a couple of 4.0 batteries and charger were going to cost almost £150 and then the price went up, saving me nearly £300. Phew!

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The price on this is either wrong or has changed, if you click on the the link it is £180inc vat
Nth6 h, 13 m ago

If this is true and Makita have fixed the issue then I'd be really …If this is true and Makita have fixed the issue then I'd be really interested to know. I have an old 3Ah battery and 2 new 5Ah batteries with the built in power level indicator. According to your comment my new batteries should be ok. Time to do some Googling around.By the way for all those wanting to know about aftermarket batteries, I think the answer is it's hit and miss. Some have quality cells and some don't. I bought one and it (the chip) failed after 3 charges. It still charges ok with an RC battery charger and works but who wants that hassle?


I did try to find out today but couldn't find anything unfortunately. All I could find was in this forum post which mentioned that newer (and by newer, it seems anything with the led status lights, i.e. not actually that new any more) LXT batteries support balanced charging. So unfortunately I'm still unable to find anything to back up my original claim. Which is annoying for me as i'm an occasional DIY user - exactly the sort of person who is likely to be affected by the issue - from memory when i looked before, tradespeople who use their tools every day rarely had an issue, it was only people that leave them discharging in a drawer for weeks at a time that encountered the issues.
Now showing as £189.19 inc vat, I think delivery is £5.75 extra. That would be a total of £194.94

18th > now £177.47 inc vat

19th - delivered.......no tracking but wonderful to get it - well done powertools uk (I have seen the weather you have)
Edited by: "mickjack" 19th Jan
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