Makita rolled out a new 36v cordless 7-1/4 in. circular saw. Powered by two 18v lithium ion batteries, the company claims the tool has both power and a lengthy runtime. Team FIN tested the tool on how it performs.
The saw delivers 4,800 RPM. With a 7-1/4 in. blade, the tool has a cutting capacity of 2-5/8 in. at 90 degrees and 1-7/8 in. at 45 degrees. According to Makita performance testing, the tool made 250 cuts in 2x4 lumber per charge and cross-cut a 2x10 in only 1.5 sec. Team FIN tests exhibited the saw’s power and durability as well. It made numerous cuts through ¾ in. plywood and 2x6 boards effortlessly and, with 36v powering each cut, the saw handled like a corded tool. It chewed through a variety of materials and had an impressive runtime.
The saw has a durable, reinforced magnesium base which feels solid, according to Team FIN. It weighs 10.1 lbs. with batteries and is 14 in. long. It includes two LED indicators that monitor battery charge status and temperature. Additional features include an on-board blade wrench, an electric brake, rubberized soft grip handles, and a built-in dust blower. The dust blower sends shavings behind the tool, keeping the line-of-cut clear for improved visibility.
Team FIN said the saw is geared toward a left-handed operator, which is definitely something to keep in mind. An 18v battery reaches full charge in approximately 30 minutes. The only downside is the charger only charges one battery at a time. Overall, Team FIN found the tool to be a work horse. It provides the power of a corded tool with the freedom of cordless. While the circular saw kit is a financial investment, the 36v tool seems to be built to last.
Rated: 5 out of 5
The 18v x2 LXT (36v) cordless 7-1/4 in. circular saw kit (model XSH01X) costs $429 and includes 2 18v batteries, 18v rapid charger, 7-1/4 in. framing blade, and tool bag. The tool only (model XSH01Z) costs $219. For more about Makita, visit www.makitatools.com.
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