Makita XSR01Z 18V X2 LXT Brushless Circular Saw Review

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  • Dual LXT batteries with automatic speed change technology.
  • Speedy and accurate electronic brake.
  • High-quality magnesium base with thick blade guards. 
  • It can cut up to 558 crosscuts in a single charge.
  • Powerful and consistent 5,100 RPM motor speed.
  • The versatile cutting angle at 90-degrees with 0 – 53-degrees bevel capacity.
Makita XSR01Z 18V X2 LXT Brushless Circular Saw Review
Makita XSR01Z 18V X2 LXT Brushless Circular Saw Review



Makita XSR01Z Review Power

There are 2 features that make the Makita XSR01Z a power-driven and efficient cordless circular saw to use. The Star Protection Computer Controls save the motor from overloading, over-discharging, and overheating. And the stabilizing dual batteries that blend power with efficiency for maximum use and productivity.

The brushless motor is supported by these dual batteries. So it runs at 50% less power charge but performs just as well as a professional-grade circular saw.

The Makita is able to perform 558 cuts in a 2×4 lumber in a single pass. So it’s fair to say that this beast holds plenty of charge and is well built.

I’ve also found that it can cut through 1.5-inch thick wood so it’s quite amazing how well this cordless rear handle circular saw maintains its top speed and excellent blade capabilities.

It’s better than corded with regards to both power and efficiency. You’ll get much more out of this as a convenient power tool for daily use. The run-time on every charge is about 30 minutes which is more than enough. In fact, it’s better than your standard cordless circular saw.


Makita XSR01Z Review Rear Handle Design

This Makita 18V X2 Brushless comes with a rear-handle design which makes it one of the smoothest cordless rear handle circular saws to use. The blade is located on the left-hand side which is convenient and handy in many ways.

The weight combining the batteries and the blade is well-balanced and portable to use. It runs 50% more efficiently than standard circular saws which is another impressive benefit of the circular saw.

The electronic brake, which boosts the overall potential of the circular saw, is quite well-calibrated. It improves efficacy by preventing kickback. And also by aiding proper blade cutting and stopping once the trigger is released.

The Makita features a wide hook structure that protects and stabilizes the tool when you’re not using it. This, supported by the high-quality magnesium base, and the quiet motor, makes the cordless circular saw fun and seamless to use for long stretches of time.

Cutting Blade

This Makita X2 LXT offers incredible levels of adjustment for blade height as well as the bevel. Between 2 to 9/16-inches at 90-degrees. While the adjustment scale is versatile and convenient for a wide variety of uses. What is also impressive about this circular saw is the overall experience of the power tool.

There is clear visibility whenever you wish to make any sudden adjustments. The power tool is not very loud in that you will not have to deal with rattling noises while making the adjustments.

Both the blade height and bevel adjust in a firm and accurate manner. There’s even a lock that keeps the knobs in their right positions without slipping.

But what I most especially liked about the Makita is the positive stops for the impressively accurate bevel angle. You can switch it back and forth between 22.5, 45, and 53 angles. It’s large, convenient, and user-friendly.

The 2-9/16-inches cutting blade can slice through 3x lumber in a single pass. It has a whopping capacity and is well-protected by the magnesium base and blade guard.

Additional Accessories

The Makita does include a rafter hook which is more lightweight and handy than a corded saw. This gives you better usage if you have a problem with keeping the circular saw on the ground. The rafter hook also improves one-hand operation.

The shape and size of it are a little wider than what you’re generally used to in circular saws. But the spacious design means that you have a better choice selection between 90 and 180-degrees since the rafter hook has starting positions to pick from.

One minor inconvenience with regards to this is that the rafter hook does get in the way of the dual batteries. You might need to do a little bit of an adjustment to get it right. Maybe flip the rafter hook (to the opposite side) to be able to access it better.

Another one of Makita’s impressive additional features is the battery gauge. It shows the battery levels on both the batteries which are a huge time-saver. The onboard indicator lights up on the saw showing you the exact power level. So you’ll know how far along is the battery charge and when it’s time to stop.

Keeping in mind the simplicity and ergonomics of the Makita, it does not feature a blower feature to keep the cutting line free of sawdust. It’s obvious that a circular saw creates lots of mess which includes sawdust and wood chippings, especially during deeper cuts.

So the lack of a dust-blower makes things trickier to keep clean. You do have to stop from time to time to clean the cutting line. Adding to that is the absence of LED which is another essential feature that improves ergonomics. 

Keeping aside these two minor flaws, there are plenty of good reasons to reap the benefits of the Makita XSR01Z which is one of the finest and most power-efficient circular saws of this year. 

Additional information

Specification: Makita XSR01Z 18V X2 LXT Brushless Circular Saw Review

Engine Speed (RPM)


Voltage (V)


Power Source

Battery Powered

Brushless Motor


Worm Drive


Depth of Cut - 90 Degrees (in)


Depth of Cut - 45 Degrees (in)


Blade Diameter (in)


Blade Location


Cord Style


Length (in)


Width (in)


Height (in)


Weight (pounds)


Shoe Material


Bevel Capacity (degrees)


Electric Brake


Laser Guide


LED Lights


Spindle Lock


Dust Blower


Dust Port



Beams & Timber

Money-back guarantee days


Warranty (Years)


Arbor Size (in)


Batteries Included


Batteries Required


Battery Cell Type

‎Lithium Ion

Battery System









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