Makita XSH01Z 18-V X2 Cordless 7-1/4″ Circular Saw Review
- Motor speed is 4,800 RPM – faster cutting/ripping
- Reinforced, lightweight, durable magnesium base
- Large bevel and cutting capacity with 7-1/4” blade
- Rubberized handles create a soft, comfortable grip
- Dust blower clears the line of sight for precision cutting
- Built-in protection against overheating and overloading
This cordless circular saw, model no. XSH01Z (tool only), has turned out to be one of the most functional power tools that work on double 18V batteries. Its Makita XSH01X counterpart is a corded version, which too is powered using the strong 18V battery platform.
Both are actually from the brand’s 18V LXT collection. The whole series consists of the most powerful cordless tools equipped with lithium-ion batteries (18V of course). These batteries, no doubt, have a pretty fast charge time. And this means less time charging, more time operating.
Makita has also included Star Protection Computer Controls responsible for allowing the battery and tool for exchanging real-time data to monitor the conditions during application. Do you know what this means? Maximum protection against overheating, overloading, and over-discharging.
Speaking of which, the Rapid Optimum Charger does an excellent job of communicating with the built-in chip of the battery through the whole charging process. Hence, battery life is properly optimized by actively managing the temperature, voltage, and current. Also, please note that the charger and battery you have to buy separately.
Allow me to also bring to your attention the integrated cooling fan of the Rapid Optimum Charger. It’s what makes the charging process more efficient and faster.
Minimal Weight, Maximum Features
Let me make it very clear that the weight of Makita XSH01Z 18-V X2 LXT is only around 10 pounds (with batteries). The tool is outfitted with a lightweight yet extremely durable reinforced magnesium base. Plus, there are the LED indicators, two of them, for monitoring the charge status of the battery and also for the temperature of course.
As for the extra features, a much-needed electric brake is included indeed to maximize your productivity during application. Even comfort is a seamless part of the experience, thanks to the soft-grip, rubberized handle. Other rubberized elements, large in size by the way, are the levers that enable easy, quick bevel and depth adjustments.
Furthermore, the design is incorporated with a very convenient on-board blade wrench. Then you also have the intentionally flat motor housing structure, which increases stability at the time of blade changes.
And finally, as is the case with almost every such amazing cordless circular saw, you get an integrated dust blower. Therefore, you can and should expect this one to keep your line of sight all-clear, which improves visibility.
Moving on to the most important function of just about any circular saw, cordless or corded… The cutting capacity of Makita here is powered by double 18V batteries, right? So that would mean 18V + 18V = 36V! So it’s only natural to assume that the cutting capacity is quite large and powerful (motor speed is 4,800 RPM).
Another major contributing factor to this generous cutting capacity is the 7-1/4” size of the blade. The cutting depth is certainly greater in comparison to the standard size of 6-1/2” of both 20V and 18V models.
Now let me talk about the adjustment levers. Do they allow you to make adjustments easily? Undoubtedly, cutting is more comfortable than even the 20V cordless circular saws available out there.
Another quite commendable feature is the incredibly helpful rip fence. Making cuts at a decently and safely fast speed becomes possible due to this. Rip fence or guide rule (whatever you like to call it) paves the way for not only quick but also consistent cuts, despite the faster cutting speed.
Since we’re on the subject of cutting capacity, we can also discuss the stock blade design. This particular blade design consists of a 24-tooth framing structure.
So how does this perform when compared to other similarly designed blades? Very low-priced aftermarket blades complete cross-cuts in around 20 seconds. Some popular models get the same job done in 16 seconds. As for Makita’s 24-tooth blade, the average time taken is only 12 seconds.
With a motor speed of 4,800 RPM, faster cutting is definitely a part of the process. In terms of run time, you can make as many as 250 cuts with 2×4 lumber on a single charge. On the other hand, Makita’s 18V 6-1/2” cordless version has a capacity of achieving 2.5 times fewer cuts than that. Naturally, the 7-1/4” blade gains the upper hand the most naturally.
To be completely honest and open with you, this Makita 36V (18V + 18V, double batteries) cordless circular saw is simply amazing as it powers through almost everything with ease. And with its double LXT batteries and the phenomenal X2 LXT technology, the experience is “blessed” with increased speed and power without having to deal with any power cord.
Specification: Makita XSH01Z 18-V X2 Cordless 7-1/4″ Circular Saw Review