Co-developed with Sharp, Makita's RobotPRO is larger than any of the consumer-friendly robot vacuum cleaners currently available, like those from iRobot and Samsung, allowing it to clean a wider swath with every pass, while spinning elongated bristles ensure it grabs debris along the edges of walls and workspaces.
Inside you'll also find a hefty 2.5-liter collection bin inside with separate compartments for both fine and course debris. It's probably not as capable as an industrial shopvac when it comes to gobbling up larger chunks of wood, or dropped nails, but sawdust and other smaller scraps shouldn't be a problem.
In addition to a healthy appetite, the Makita RobotPRO also boasts impressive run times because instead of a built-in rechargeable battery, it uses a pair of the same swappable batteries that power Makita tools. The batteries work sequentially, which means that one is completely drained before the RobotPRO switches over to the second. It also means you can keep recharging the batteries-which take about 22 minutes to replenish-and swapping them in for really large cleaning jobs.
With a pair of 18-volt, three-amp batteries attached, the Makita RobotPRO can run for almost two hours before both are completely dead. But cleaning times can be further extended by using larger capacity (and pricier) five-amp batteries, or by reducing he vacuum's suction power.
The RobotPRO also comes with all of the standard sensors one expects robot-vacs to be equipped with these days to ensure they don't keep ramming into obstacles, or accidentally fall to their doom when encountering stairs or other drop-offs. And limiting where Makita's robo-vac can roam is as easy as marking off boundaries using reflective metal tape on the floor.