Makita XSS02Z LXT Cordless 6-1/2-Inch Circular Saw Review

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  • Accurate and professional-grade motor and battery quality.
  • Adjustable cutting depth with lever (2-1/6-inch) and bevel capacity at 50-degrees.
  • High-torque motor can cut up to 2x materials at 45 degrees quickly.
  • Sturdy and rugged 6-1/2-inch blade quality with guard.
  • Rubberized grip, LED light, dust blower for ease of use during cutting/ripping.
Makita XSS02Z LXT Cordless 6-1/2-Inch Circular Saw Review
Makita XSS02Z LXT Cordless 6-1/2-Inch Circular Saw Review

Description

Cutting Power

Makita XSS02Z Cutting Power

If you think that a cordless circular saw won’t pack as much power as a corded, the Makita XSS02Z will prove you wrong. Because it does so even with a relatively smaller 6-1/2-inch blade.

On top of feeling easy and lightweight to use since it’s cordless, the cutting power of the Makita is quite impressive. It works for both soft and hardwood. It does smooth straight cuts and crosscuts. You can also depend on its powerful cutting power for ripping planks and sheets as well.

I’ve seen this circular saw cut through a 10-foot 2×2-inch plank, repeatedly. It makes great time, and is more maneuverable to use because it’s not clunky as a corded circular saw might be.

The run-time of the high-quality and secure motor is 3,700 RPM. It features a solid bevel cutting capacity plus a heavy gauge construction to nip premature wear and tear in the bud.

Speaking of preventing any inconsistencies in performance, the lithium-ion electric motor features a high-spinning and stabilizing power. This means relatively quicker cutting speeds and ripping without lagging!

I should also mention the battery life which plays a key role in ensuring the motor runs for longer. And that the cutting blade can withstand high ripping and cutting strengths. Having said that, you must purchase the battery separately.

The 18-volt battery life combined with the LXT offers up a good runtime of 30 minutes on a single charge. This is convenient and accessible for most people.

Sturdy Construction

Makita XSS02Z Construction

The Makita Circular Saw features multiple parts that are heavy-duty in build but lightweight by feel. The motor comes with some of the sturdiest housing I’ve come across for cordless circular saws.

I’m referring to the blade guard, saw line indicator, and overall frame of the circular saw. It’s way more accurate and easier to control. The bevel cutting capacity at 50-degrees allows intricate and smooth angle cuts.

The locking mechanisms that keep the blade secure and fitting are quite ergonomically controlled as well. The blade lock ensures quick and easy blade changing. It sits well on the housing, ensuring a tight and stable grip along with the motor.

There are a few locking points that make it easier for you to change blades without rotating the entire blade around. There’s even an ergonomic slot where the Allen key goes which really holds the entire housing together. It’s right next to the battery so it’s faster to access and user-friendly.

Dependable Ergonomics

While it’s established this is a lightweight (about 7.3 pounds with battery) circular saw, there are plenty of other features in the Makita that reduce user fatigue.

I’m talking about the LED lights and dust-blowing tool. It allows easy visibility of the cutting line no matter where and how you’re working. And the dust blower ensures a clean, chip-free environment even though it cuts smoothly and quickly.

The ergonomics of the Makita definitely improve portability and handling. It features professional-grade rubber grips for better control. The compact shape of the housing helps too. Also, the way the battery, motor, and blade are all organized, keeps things light, handy, and long-lasting to use.

Speaking of the battery, there’s a slide-in slot for where the battery is installed. This is smooth sailing considering how efficiently the circular saw powers itself and is quick to charge. All in all, I think you’ll spend less time wondering what goes where and how to use it. It’s beginner-friendly and safe to use.

Additional information

Specification: Makita XSS02Z LXT Cordless 6-1/2-Inch Circular Saw Review

Power
Engine Speed (RPM)

3700

Voltage (V)

18

Power Source

Battery Powered

Brushless Motor

No

Depth of Cut - 90 Degrees (in)

2.25

Depth of Cut - 45 Degrees (in)

1.56

Blade Diameter (in)

6.5

Blade Location

Left

Cord Style

Cordless

Portability
Length (in)

9.65

Width (in)

14.09

Height (in)

10.98

Weight (pounds)

7.3

Shoe Material

Metal

Utility
Bevel Capacity (degrees)

50

Electric Brake

Yes

Laser Guide

No

LED Lights

No

Spindle Lock

No

Dust Collection

No

Dust Blower

Yes

Dust Port

Yes

Usage

Beams & Timber

Money-back guarantee days

30

Warranty (Years)

3

Misc
Arbor Size (in)

0.625

Batteries Included

No

Batteries Required

Yes

Battery Cell Type

‎Lithium Ion

Battery System

LXT

Brand

Makita

Color

Teal

Model

XSS02Z

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