Makita XSH03Z 18V LXT Review: Better Speed And Precision

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Makita XSH03Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless 6-1/2" Circular Saw,... & Free shipping
  • Ergonomic design with a conveniently sturdy handle.
  • Fast and smooth cutting speed at 5,000 RPM.
  • Automatic torque adjust to prevent overloading/overheating.
  • Extra-large cutting capacity at 2-¼-in at 90 degrees).
  • Low-noise performance with portable housing.
Last updated on November 2, 2021 1:03 pm
Makita XSH03Z 18V LXT Review: Better Speed And Precision
Makita XSH03Z 18V LXT Review: Better Speed And Precision

Description

Build Quality / Durability

Makita XSH03Z Review: Build Quality

The Makita XSH03Z is a quality power tool. The brushless body motor runs efficiently and avoids any waste or noise. This keeps the motor running for longer without any interruption or delay.

The lithium-ion build quality improves the exterior by keeping the performance relatively faster in a cordless circular saw than anything I’ve seen or used before. It protects the circular saw against anything that could interrupt the performance. Like over-loading, discharging, and overheating.

The compact dimensions (7.8 x 14.02 x 10.43 inches) improve portability because I can use it anywhere I like.

It runs smoothly and doesn’t even make a rattling or screeching sound. This is a good indicator that the blades of the machine aren’t rubbing on something they aren’t supposed to. This also eliminates the chances of wear and tear if you plan on using the circular saw more regularly.

Power / Efficiency

Efficiency Of Makita XSH03Z

The performance of a circular saw relates to many intricate features. Such as battery, motor quality, and cutting capacity.

To start with the motor, this one produces Five Thousand RPM to keep the blade rotation accurate and smooth. It literally cuts through material like a knife through butter. It provides a powerful source from which the engine speed and consistency are well-defined and controlled.

Since this is a cordless circular saw, the battery is a crucial part of the overall performance of the tool. In the Makita XSH03Z’s case, the 18V lithium-ion battery is powerful and efficient. Its backup power is long and, honestly, it charges really quickly so you have nothing to worry about.

 

Blades / Cutting Performance

Well, the Makita XSH03Z is built for cutting through wood. But it can do a lot more than wood cutting. The 6-1/2 saw blade can cut through steel, hardboard, plastic, pipe, and similar materials.

The blades are thin but that only elevates the accuracy of blade cutting. The structure of the blade is such that it’s tough and can handle large cutting (2-1/4 at 90-degrees) and bevel cutting (0 to 50–degrees).

To protect the blade from deterioration, the kit also includes a blade guard, safety cover, and a lightweight but strong magnesium base for stability.

This should give you the confidence of using the Makita XSH03Z. Because it safeguards its own important parts for long-term cutting speed and blade quality.

Ergonomics / Ease of Use

One thing I noticed immediately about the Makita XSH03Z LXT is that it’s a super organized and stable tool. Every ergonomic feature, like the automatic speed setting and the adjustable cutting speed, is well-coordinated and works without any complaints.

So while nothing discredits the performance and battery life of this circular saw, it delivers fast cutting capacity with its rugged and intuitive features.

This also includes the LED gauge and lights. The LED gauge lights up to inform you about the condition of the battery. So you’ll know exactly when the charge is running out or is about to run out. So it’ll never come as a surprise to you.

Just like a smartphone shows you the battery charge level on the top right or left corner of the screen. This circular saw does the same in 3 different stages. So you’ll know when the battery is full, halfway, and in need of a quick re-charge.

The LED lights are definitely a convenient feature for low-light conditions and intricate work. The dual built-in LED lights let you focus on the task at hand accurately and without any distractions.

The Makita features a dust-blower, a retractable tool, rubberized grip, and extreme protection technology. All of these ensure smooth and accurate use no matter where you are. It’s designed in such a way that the Makita improves productivity and comfort. So it definitely packs a better punch with regards to stabilizing power while keeping the blades running durably.

7.5Expert Score
Makita XSH03Z 18V LXT Review: Better Speed And Precision
  • Ergonomic design with a conveniently sturdy handle.
  • Fast and smooth cutting speed at 5,000 RPM.
  • Automatic torque adjust to prevent overloading/overheating.
  • Extra-large cutting capacity at 2-¼-in at 90 degrees).
  • Low-noise performance with portable housing.
PROS
  • Lightweight and sturdy construction.
  • Ideal for prolonged (up to 4 hours per charge) and heavy-duty use.
  • The battery stays cool and efficient.
  • It consists of 24 teeth with a sharp and wide cutting capacity.
  • Extreme Protection Technology protects against water and dust.
CONS
  • The blade guard and base are of poor quality.
  • The charging base is bulky.
  • You cannot use the saw while it’s charging.

Additional information

Specification: Makita XSH03Z 18V LXT Review: Better Speed And Precision

Power
Engine Speed (RPM)

5000

Voltage (V)

18

Power Source

Battery Powered

Brushless Motor

Yes

Worm Drive

No

Depth of Cut - 90 Degrees (in)

2.25

Depth of Cut - 45 Degrees (in)

1.625

Blade Diameter (in)

6.5

Blade Location

Right

Cord Style

Cordless

Portability
Length (in)

7.8

Width (in)

14.02

Height (in)

10.43

Weight (pounds)

7.5

Utility
Bevel Capacity (degrees)

50

Warranty (Years)

3

Misc
Arbor Size (in)

0.625

Batteries Included

No

Batteries Required

Yes

Battery System

LXT

Brand

Makita

Color

Teal

Model

XSH03Z

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