My earliest tool memories involve a Skilsaw worm drive. I was probably five or six. I will never forget how heavy that all metal beast felt when my dad told me to pick it up and bring it into the job he was doing that day. Back then I always used two hands to pick it up. I felt so big a couple of years later when I got to make my first cut. It was scary and amazing all at the same time. I still remember the torque kick when I pulled the trigger. It took me off guard but I was immediately in awe.
That monster was unstoppable. It was our everything saw. It was the only circular saw I used until I was about 18. Wood, metal, concrete, you name it. If dad could buy a blade for it we could cut it.
When you learn to use a certain tool at an early age you develop deeply ingrained muscle memory and hand-eye coordination. The worm drive saw just feels natural to me. I can make some fantastic cuts with a sidewinder Saw but no matter how much I use them they will always feel less natural to me. For most carpenters that grew up out west, the worm-drive is the weapon of choice.
The first 9.6v and 12v cordless saws that came out were weak and for me, the blade was on the wrong side. The line of sight was completely blocked by the tool itself. I always felt they would be great but they never were.
Somewhere in the mid to late 90’s companies started producing 18v saws with blade left configuration. I bought a 5 3/8’ Dewalt and a Craftsman. Now we were finally getting somewhere. They could actually cut a 2×4 and I could see the cut line. My joy was short-lived, however. My guys and I stripped the gears out in multiple units.
My next round was the Milwaukee and Makita 6 1/2’ 18v and the Porter Cable 19.2 v saw boss saws around 2000. All 3 were pretty good. We got many years out of all of them. They were not very fast but at least they could cut 2x even on a bevel. The blade left design was closer to what I wanted but not quite there yet. For the next 15 years or so not much changed other than the switch to lithium-ion batteries.
When brushless motors started getting popular we saw a huge increase in power with similar weight. Finally, we had power close to corded. We saw a huge increase in people actually using cordless saws all day long. We even saw many production framing crews make the switch to cordless. As long as they had multiple chargers they could stay running all day long.
I remember talking with friends in the tool community when these saws came out about how amazing it would be to have a cordless worm drive saw.
Makita was listening and they were the first to bring us a cordless answer to the worm drive. I must mention that this saw is not actually a worm drive or hypoid gear saw. It is a blade left helical geared saw with a rear handle. Is that a problem? It is actually an advantage. Why? Because a worm gear is very inefficient at transferring power. They can waste as much as 40% of your power or more. Although they are durable and can take an impact they would drain your battery much faster than a helical gear.
Our first look at the saw was at World of Concrete 2017 in Las Vegas. We were privileged to be invited to the media event release. I couldn’t believe they asked me to be the first to use it on the Facebook live broadcast. I was so excited to make that first cut! I think I was almost as excited as I was as an 8-year-old when My dad let me use the worm drive for the first time.
As I grabbed the saw I couldn’t help but notice how light it felt. I adjusted the depth as normal to cut the 2×10. As I pulled the trigger I was pleasantly surprised that there was no torque kick. When I started the cut, it was amazingly smooth! Smoother than any saw I had used before. It felt so easy to cut a straight line with. I couldn’t help but think of a hot knife going through butter. It took all of 5 seconds for me to realize that this was to become my favorite circular saw of all time. After the cut, I wanted to cut again but I had to wait for others to have their turn with it.
When the Facebook live broadcast was finished we got some time to get to know the saw better. Makita had a whole truckload of lumber on hand for as much cutting as we wanted to do. There were 3×4’s and 6×6’s
The Makita was always able to cut completely through the 3×4 boards. The corded Skilsaw worm-drive saws were not. The Makita has, as far as I know, one of the deepest depth of cuts at 2 9/16″ of any 7 1/4″ Saw. (Tie with DeWalt Flexvolt blade right circular saw)
We then went on to power tests. We couldn’t help but be impressed! It actually outperformed the corded Skilsaw worm drive saws. Some people thought the worm drive was more powerful because we could push it harder and it would keep turning. This turned out to be wrong. The Makita has protection circuitry. Because of this, it would shut off if pushed too hard. Interestingly if we pushed it slightly less it could outperform the worm drive saws. Because of having no protection built-in, the worm drive saws would start smoking after a few runs trying to keep up with the Makita rear handle saws.
How is this possible?
This rear handle saw is able to compete with the most powerful corded saws because of it’s unique X2 battery system. By using two batteries from its 18 V LXT lineup Makita is able to produce incredible amounts of power in a cordless tool. Not only do the dual batteries give the power needed for those tougher cuts, they are also able to run longer as a pair than would be possible using one battery at a time. In our rip tests using this saw vs the 18 v brushless Saw we were able to cut far more than double the amount with this saw over the single battery brushless per change.
Another reason the power is so outstanding is the built-in power management. You don’t always run your car at full throttle. It would waste fuel and wear it out much faster. Same with this saw. It’s not always running at max power. If you are making a lighter cut like a 1×12 or 2×4 cross-cut the Saw sips batteries in the normal power mode. When you get into a heavy cut like a 2x rip the power management system shifts the saw to high torque mode. It is seamless and you don’t even notice it happening. To let you know the Saw is getting a good workout there is a little green LED that lights up.
Back in the real world, we couldn’t wait for the saw to come out. When it finally did it was pure joy to use on the job. All the power and torque were there. The balance was as perfect just like I remembered. The rafter hook is amazing. The depth and bevel adjustments are strong and easy to operate. The shoe is nice and stiff. The all-metal guard is easy to engage even on angle cuts.
One thing I really appreciate is the layout of the handle. It is very close to the centerline of the blade. It is almost a full inch closer than the new Dewalt rear handle saw. That coupled with the long length of the body makes it easier to cut a perfectly straight line with than any other saw I have used.
Two things I miss on this saw are an LED light and a dust port. I feel an LED would make those short winter days a bit easier to live with. a dust port would make demolition cleaner and would open up the possibility of using it with diamond blades for concrete products.
I can’t say enough good things about this saw. It is truly a home run for Makita and we give it our highest recommendation. It is one of our favorite tools of all time and is definitely our top pick for full-size cordless saw.
For more information on this tool visit Makita tools
Amazing Saw! Torque and handle place make this saw a pleasure to use. Best saw I’ve ever used. Your write up is spot on.
I think it is easy to read its manual and easy to follow its instructions It is a great investment
That’s amazing that you were allowed to use a circular saw when you were five. And I thought I lived dangerously using a Dremel when I was 12. Ha!
We bought a fixer-upper and believe me – this saw would be invaluable. Need good tools. Really learned my lesson on those ‘bargain’ tools.
Wish you could buy them in Ireland they would sell like hot cakes !!!
Sounds like an awesome circular saw. Growing up in Ohio, I can’t think of anyone in my family that had a wormdrive even though there were Millwrights and cabinet makers in the family. I now use a wormdrive for almost everything now and at first it certainly felt awkward but is now more natural. It’s funny how different the two feel. It seems like Makita really hit it out of the park with this one!
It seems the further east we get the more people prefer sidewinders.
Would love to give this saw a test! Just started investing in makita tool so this would be a great addition!
I just got on the Makita platform and between this saw, the impacts, add some of the specialty tools, I think they are firing on all cylinders.
Wish we could buy these in NewZealand
Love all your write ups, keep them coming. Would love to get a hold of a few of them.
Been running a corded DeWalt for years and recently got to run one of these filling in on my buddies framing crew. Great saw. You get used to the weight and not stepping over or rearranging cords all day. Nice!
Good write up? — gotta get one of these for my makita collection. I have the x2 sawzall n it’s a beast.
Keep it coming!
Great saw! Would love to try it out sometime! From what I’ve seen on social media it looks amazing!
Great post. Im a framer and would love this saw. Highly regarded. IG: m.naultcarpentry
This is a great saw! My husband and I recently opened our own handcrafted woodworking business. To have this in our tool box would be a game changer! Thanks for the opportunity!
Like you, I grew up in a sort of awe/fear of the Skilsaw wormdrive. It’s been a few years since the old man passed away, and each of the other circular saws have since followed in his footsteps. I’m back to using the wormdrive as the go-to. As you mentioned, it certainly gets the job done, but a cordless counterpart with power to match, or better, even the tried and tested wormdrive, would be a nice addition to the shop.
Great article I would love to add this to my growing makita 18v cordless collection??
Never has a blue tool steered me wrong. Double batteries and let her rip. Would love to add it to the collection!
Man I have been using the gold ole makita 5007mg my whole life. It is strong and I love it but I can’t imagine having the flexibility of not having to have a cord or power all the time. Total life changer.
A cordless jobsite is a safe jobsite. I’ve been waiting for a nice and powerful cordless circle saw. I think I might have finally found it.
This saw looks like a dream come true! I’d love to not have to unroll a chord and drag it around all day! I’ve heard nothing but great things about this saw.
Great looking saw, like the review and would love to try one!
This saw is an absolute beast would love to have it to see how it can handle some framing and forming 🙂
I have always wanted to try a rear handle saw. I mainly cut right handed so they have a better line of sight. Also Makita knows what they are doing when it come to long lasting tools. As a framing carpenter we use and abuse our tools on a daily basis. I have tried several brands of saws and over time they end up cutting with a bevel. That’s not good when cutting wall plates. But my current Makita saw still cuts a perfect zero degrees. I have been leaving all other brands and switching over to the light blue tools. They never disappoint
This saw is a beast seems there is no job to big.?
This saw is a beast it seems there is no job to big for it. ?
I recently went to the Makita platform. I have the 36volt track saw and miter saw. I also have the 18volt router and drill driver set. This circular looks amazing and would help with farm work and shop builds.
also my IG: @keithsheehan
i used the saw from a buddy and it has some weight to it but holy crap did it cut great. fast and easy, never poggled down even on 2x8s! would love to own one! awesome review
A saw like this would be unbelievable to have when framing hip roofs and shelthing on roofs and floors #nomorecord. Being able to just move freely not being tied to a cord popped beakers. No more shocks from wet boots in the mud. And the power to make tones of cuts and rip cuts. This saw just makes sense as a cordless tool
Rear handle? Cordless? And made by Makita? Obviously a winner. Can’t believe how far cordless technology has come. I’d love it if I win this one!
I first got the Makita cordless track saw and I absolutely love it, lots of power and well made saw. Then i got the 10” 36v miter saw and I love it too! I think this will be my next purchase, unless I win it!:) Great review Paul!
I’ve never really used a rear handle saw, as a plumber the only cuts are usually made with a regular circ. I want to take up woodworking as a hobby and this tool(any tool) would definitely help my habits lol
IG : @gregjbutler
Love this idea no more cutting cords would be a great addition to my tools being a 15 year old highschool student building things around my house.it might just make it’s way to my school to help in shop class
It literally is the King of cordless saws! I’ve been constantly looking at it online, reading reviews and i have found nothing but positive feedback. Unfortunately i cant really pull the trigger on it just yet ! But hopefully soooonnn it will be in my hands and doing its job as the best on the market ! #toolpigforlife ????????
I have not used a big cordless saw like this one yet but I hope to soon. I have had a couple different 6 1/2″ cordless saw that work well but they always lacked the power needed for real framing. Makita tools have always been one if the top brands in my opinion although I’ve only owned a few of them. Hopefully I can add this beast toy arsenal soon.
After seeing you write up and you saying they were on sale, I ran over to my Leavenworth Home Depot and ended up buying the X2 10″ miter saw. Great tool. Now I own several other Makita 18 volt tools and have been eyeballing the X2 right angle for a couple months. Keep up the good work.
Cool I am glad you were able to get one!
By far the best saw on the market and it’ll be hard to find anyone that will disagree!
It’ll cut all day long on 2 batteries it almost makes you think it is corded!
Being able to cut trusses without dragging a cord around would be a game changer
Absolutely love my Makita brushless saw that I currently own, but can’t wait to try one of these out, they’re hard to come by over here in New Zealand. Have only heard amazing things about them, your article only backs up everything I’ve heard.
I think I’m going to need one of these and ditch the old worm-drive. Thanks for the review!!
What a great article! Very informative. I would love to get my hands on a rear handle especially a cordless makita. Good work keep it up!
Would love something like this!
I’m a millwakee guy , but this saw look great .
This is one awesome powerful saw. I like makita tools and this would be the perfect saw to replace my old dewalt cordless circular saw with. Bigger blade and more power with this Makita circular saw!
Funny similar story of getting around one at a young age, the name wormdrive made me think or there being a bunch of worms inside it
Goodby to cords!
This would be perfect to add to my makita lineup!
This saw looks amazing! I would love to see this one head to head against the flexvolt worm drive style saw. I’ve been remodeling my home and woodworking in my spare time. This would be a greatly needed addition to my tool box!
I’ve been working with the Bosch CCS180 cordless saw, and I love it, but I’d love to see what this newer beast can do!
All of my other saws are makita this looks and sounds like a great saw would be a great addition to my set. keep up the great reviews
Fantastic review! This is a saw i most definitely need! Tool manufacturers always have an ebb and flow of who’s on top and hot. Rigjt now Makita is killing it with so many amazing releases. This is always changing but what is also a consistent reality is Makita is NEVER near the bottom of the pile. Since the late 80s working for my father, I learned how amazing Makita gear was AND STAYED even through abusive conditions. That has never changed and while I no longer work on framing crews where tools are battle tested hourly, I do fine woodworking but STILL want the durability and of course the precision Makita has proven to put into each tool. I own several Makita routers, track saw, drills, etc and I have a circular saw from 2002 that is STILL solid and accurate.
I would LOVE adding this amazing rear handle workhorse to my arsenal of top quality gear that simply has to be reliable for every task. Killer job Makita!
Man I need one of these… after buying a brand new skillsaw, makita pit this out… I almost sold it and bought the makita… *kicks myself* its definitely on my short list of tools needed. ? @wooldridgehomes
Great review! Very curious to try the rear handle cordless. It is amazing how far the cordless saws have come over the years. Agree the 18v left cut saws are just for quick 2x cuts not long plywood rips. Keep the reviews coming!
Yes, these are great saws, great balance, lots of power, great runtime, goodbye worm drive!
The saw is an absolute beast it has power, is light weight, has great weather durability, and the blade is close to the guide all while being cordless. Whats not to love. Ig carlosaescobar1
Cordless saws on sites are definitely the future. Makita has always made a great circ saw but having no cords makes it even better. I’ve been seeing that saw on Instagram and have only heard good things. I would’ve probably bought it over my fuel saw if I had makita batteries and a charger.
This saw opened up a while new class of tools it seems like. How cool is it that almost any tool in now cordless and this is crazy strong. I’ve seen it all over Instagram and I have always wanted to try it out. It would blow my little porter cable 6.5” out of the water! Great write up on this saw.
First off: I’m a huge Makita fan. Luckily, I started with Makita way back in 1997. I bought the Drill/circularSaw/flashlight combo for $500 at Sears. I’ve been hooked since. Of course, I have much newer models now… I remember the convenience of having a cordless saw… but literally had to let the saw do the work. No powering through with the old 18v saw. Now THIS new saw is awesome! It’s what everyone always wanted in a chordless saw. I hope I win! This saw Rocks!
Love to power. More power than a corded saw. And freedom of cordless.
Can’t wait to try one of these: can’t wait to maybe win one ?
Love Makita! Would love to give this a shot…need a new saw!!
I would love to get my hands on one of these. I have been building decks for years with a first year Makita circular saw. Cordless is 100% the way to go!
I personally like all my cuts to be square and straight because it reflects very much on the finished product, I pride myself in delivering the top quality with best aesthetics, rough carpentry can be beautiful too… goodluck everyone. I’m swooning over this saw already ?
Such a beautiful saw! Would love to get my hands on one. Have been using a worm drive since I started framing so it wouldn’t take much getting used to. We also run only makita at work! Good job makita on this saw!
Man, I can only imagine how it would be to work with such a tool. And what is even better is the fact that it is cordless, as people tend to think that this means less power. I’ve never worked with a skilsaw worm drive, but I’ve worked with makita before and I know they can achieve simply great results. This was a nice review as always.
I love this saw
Man I wanna win this saw so badly! The ability to have corded power in a cordless tool would be revolutionary in my line of work as a remodeler! Hope I win! Thanks toolpig and makita for putting on this giveaway!
I’m a makita fan. Majority of my tools are makita and I swear by the makita circular saws. This saw would up my game that much more.
I love this saw and haven’t even tried one yet. Hopefully I’ll be able to afford one before they stop making them lol
Great Review. It really is impressive how far tools have come. More importantly cordless tools! I’ve been contemplating getting a rear handle saw and at times have maybe overthought between the Dewalt and Makita. I’m heavily invested in Dewalt and love the idea of the power that Dewalt has. But as I thought about it Makita really has the fine features that set it apart from any other saw on the market. Depth of cut is the more obvious one. Secondly you’ve mentioned in posts before about the distance from the blade to the centre of the handle and how it is much closer making it more user friendly for controllability. But finally the power. It is not always full power like you mention I’m this article. I believe this is what sets it apart. The flexvolt has the power to cut a lot faster than this saw yes. But because of the precision of this saw it will outperform. I believe speed is only one half of the puzzle. The saw must be quick and accurate, not just fast. Well done Makita and great review toolpig!
Just absolutely love this saw, even thou i’v never tried it. But I would love to do so. I feel that i really need this saw, and i can’t get a hold of one from where i live.
I love my m18 6-1/2, but it can definitely be stalled when things get moderately challenging. I want to get this (or maybe a team red version?!) next- for power, reach when cutting plywood, and a greater selection of blades
I’ve never used a 36v tool yet just because I have always thought about that batteries don’t belong on some tools. It’s great to hear that times are changing! It’a the best of both worlds. I can’t wait to get my hands on some 36v tools!
Insta/ jeff__edwards (with 2 underscores)
This would have been an amazing tool to have last week when I was building my sisters new deck.
This would have been an amazing tool to have last week when I was building the deck. Cordless and easy straight lines. Ugh!
I’m already on the makita battery platform, just need this saw to beef up my tool collection, thanks for the review!
You know what’s the worst? Cutting the cord on accident. Luckily, you can’t with this saw. Best of all, it gives you corded class power!
As a young plumbers apprentice working on my journeyman’s plumbers license, I’d absolutely love to expand my horizons by branching out to other aspects of the field, preferably carpentry which is right where this saw comes in. My cuts would be beautiful and for once I may get the approval from my father who has been in the field for 25+ years (hard to impress). Also Cudos to Mr. toolpig for the thought provoking article of how the saw is able to cut so straight… also… Makita is my preference LOL
Awesome review. So true that cordless skill saws have come so far in the passed while! My millwaukee cordless skill saw burnt out on just a week or so ago! After have my fuel drills stolen I decided to dive into makita cordless and IM LOVING IT! Heard amazing things about this saw and your reveiw confirms it all! I’m really looking to get this saw and then eventually a track saw I hope! This is only my second year as a self employed contracter so I’m learning a lot still and still need to build my proper tool collection! This would help emmencly! Either way great review!
To cut the cord or not. That is the question. Old faithful has done nothing but WORK day in and day out. Dust it off and put a new blade on it. #workhorse the new technology in cordless tools and batteries is impressive. I will be trying these next time I have the chance. Thanks toolpig once again for a good review.??
Id love to get my hands on this saw for framing day in and day out which is what I do at this time. Love to try it. Its be the first rear handle that Ive tried. IG- m.naultcarpentry
THE tool to have for never put down use
I went to my local department store and i was shocked to see that they have this model. I was honestly shocked by the weight. I would absolutley love to win this. And to show everyone how much of a beast this saw is. Ig carlosaescobar1
Had the opportunity to use a friend’s saw, it’s amazing. I absolutely love my M18 Fuel worm drive, but for most applications this one is the leader of the pack by a long shot.
Good article.. this thig is sick ill be getting one soon
I have been wanting to get this saw for awhile now. I work with a volunteer group that helps victims of natural disasters. This would be awesome to put to work for people who have lost so much. IG – classyish
Love our Makita screw guns! Need a saw and would love another addition to our Makita tool collection…
Awesome Article! I’ve always liked blade right saws and have been meaning to go cordless for scaffolding work. It would be cool to win this! IG @daniel6speed
What a beast of a saw! Love it! Definitely a necessity…
used my skillsaw for its last time yesterday. Got the cord caught on part of the jig I was making and that was the last straw. Ordered up this puppy and I’m never looking back. One weird thing I wanted to bring up is that Acmetools and Home Depot both say that this saw has a dust line blower to clear the cut line. But makita does not claim this feature whatsoever… so im kinda curious to use the saw. Does anyone know the real truth about that? I guess I’ll know on Wednesday but I’m curious.
Dude the saw looks amazing thanks for the info @toolpig !!! My instagram handle is @barefield1211
I just really deeply believe in winning this saw, and in how it will change my life.
I love my Makita tools, and go out of my way to buy them. This saw has been on my short list since it came out but I recently got the LS1019 so it’ll have to wait a little bit still!
I think this saw is amazing, looking for something to replace my corded wormdrive, my instagram is stonebrookcustomcarpentry. Hope I win!
I am a big makita cordless fan and would love to add this saw to my growing collection
My first corded skill saw was a worm drive and where I am from in canada every one used side winders. So I was meet with comments about how heavy it was. But I still loved it never bogged down or jammed up. Then years later I saw my first cordless 36 volt makita side wineder bought it on whim and have all but retired corded saw unless heavy ripping involved. Would love to get back to a rear handle saw for that little bit of extra reach
I love the fact that this saw can handle weather conditions i keep seeing nothing but positive things about this saw. I would love to win this and to show everyone how much of a beast this saw is.
My ig is carlosaescobar1
Reformed skeptic here. I did not believe the hype around this saw. It will absolutely keep up and sometimes outperform a corded saw. If you don’t have one, get one. Here’s hoping I win a second!
Always liked Makita, that was what we used on the job. Unfortunately I saw a great deal on a Ryobi for home….needless to say, I would love to swap it out with this great product! @shanekerrplunk
It seema makita is really going above and beyond on the quality of this saw
Makita cordless is an absolute beast. I keep seeing so many positive reviews. I word love to frame and form with this
My wife just keeps asking me to win this saw…. don’t know what to do but just get chosen as the winner. She says she imagines it’s just the best saw ever.
I have just started my own business and I’m attempting to go cordless. I love makitas tool line up and have chosen them to start my collection. I would love to be considered for this . My dad was and is a makita guy. I think it rubbed of on me.
My i.g. account is redtex206
Definitely tired of tripping over and getting caught up on things with the skil saw cords on the jobsite, this saw would make the job much easier and more efficient, would love to have a tool like this ??
I’ve been using RIDGID tools for about 2 Years now but I’ve slowly been switching over to Makita tools just because they seem to be better built and seem to last longer. This saw looks incredible and would love to add it to my new Makita stable of workgear.
I just got a new Makita LXT brushless impactor and drill/driver (to replace a 10 year old Makita LXT system), and I’m excited to try this saw next!
This is exact addition we need for our workshop. Everything about this is perfect. Would really love to add this to our favorite tools!
This saw looks so awesome! I’m stuck using a corded saw for now and would love to use this saw by Makita! They make great tools!
Would love to try this out on my jobs in high rises. Love all Makita cordless tools. Thanks for the chance to win.
All my other gear is makita really want to try this saw I feel it would be a great addition
I’ve wanted this bad boy since it came out. I have the Makita X2 Tracksaw and it’s a beast! I’d love to have this as it’s companion!!!
This saw makes sawing awe-SAW-ome. We love all of our other cordless makita tools so I have no doubt that this one fits into the fam just perfectly.
I don’t own any makita tools at home but it’s all we use at work. We beat the heck out of their cordless drivers. They never quit. Battery life is insane. I’m in the market for a new circular saw since my wife severed the cord on my old trusty 15 year old craftsman. I told her I needed a cordless saw. I guess she misunderstood! I’d love to get my hands on one of these!
Everything is awesome about this saw wouldn’t say a bad word about it i’ve always looked to change my saw from hand saw or corded to now combine both
@thedailyveach I’m on Makita so a saw like this would be killer. It would become the ultimate demo tool. And for any framing that I came along to. Again big thing for me would have to be that I’m on the platform and I can easily switch out my batteries.
I just converted my drill and impact driver over to Makita. I would love to launch my Ryobi circular saw and add another piece to my Makita puzzle.
For a weekend warrior I always thought this would be “too much tool for me “ buuuut the recharging of the battery’s and swapping out of batteries on my old cordless craftsman I’m looking for an upgrade. I hope to win this especially with all the odd jobs coming my way , the speed and power would really come in handy
As always toolpig excellent write up! Been drooling over this saw since your first post from world of concrete last year and finally got one. Only used it a little bit but I already love it. It just works exactly like it’s supposed to. Had it next to the flexvolt blade right decking a big roof last week and everyone on the crew favored the Makita. Can’t wait to put this saw through its paces. Thanks for the great tool reviews! Keep up the good work!
Love the rafter hook, allows you to gen the saw from a resting position
I work for the City, and we use what our senior supervisors gey us. My dept mainly goes with Skilsaw’s circular saw and for cordless they go with Dewalt. I have my own tools at home and have been hearing about Makita’s circular saw, and being extremely happy with their impact driver and their hammer drill at home I went for it. Been very impressed so much that ive been telling my bosses at work to do their research and consider making a switch or giving it a shot. Dont know if they will buy it, but I happy I did.
Damn good article about a great tool from a great brand. I love to pay for shipping if that’s what it takes ?
This saw looks like a beast, I’ve wanted to try it out for awhile. Brushless tools are where it’s at and they keep getting better. Excited to see what the next couple years bring in innovation. Go Makita!
Usually buy dewalt tools but just recently naught a Makita drill/driver set and I LOVE it! This saw sounds like it would be an awesome addition!
Makita makes the best circular saws. Period.
Starting to switch my whole set up over to Makita and this would be an awesome addition.
Love your blog!! These 18v makita cordless tools are simply the best. Keep truckin!!!!
Would be a great addition to my lineup. Current saw just isn’t hacking it these days.
Wow, now that is one hell of a saw!!
Just purchased the cordless track saw. Between this saw and that I’d have both ends of the spectrum covered. Looks like a well balanced saw to boot!
I juat bought the 36v makita tracksaw and am in love with that. This would make a nice addition to my makita kit.
Love the Makita line up. This would be a great addition!
When I saw Makita’s Instagram page show this saw cut at full depth just as good as a corded saw, I knew it was a winner. That’s in addition to all the good reviews I’ve read about it. Would be interesting to see how it would add to my productivity. I’m already satisfied with their 18v saw. @makitacharles
Wow, I just picked up the XSL06PT from HD after I saw your post on instagram about the price drop. This saw looks like an awesome addition to that platform. Can’t wait to really see what all this cordless platform can do!
The accuracy of the saw is the best thing! The blue worm drive corded saw from back in the day was also the most accurate worm drive I ever used! Thanks for continuing to build a great foundation, when you lose that, it all becomes worthless! On a side note, get rid of the Makita girl. I buy tools for tools. I haven’t bought a Makita tool in years because your company feels the need to use women to capitalize on the mens hormones. It is degrading to women, and sad for you. @integritycarpentry
I’ve always been a Makita guy but have yet to have tried a Rear handle saw. Would love one of these beasts for cordless framing!
I can’t wait to use this on the job! It looks like a beast and the reviews are all great!
What a wonderful review. You give is a little history and backstory before giving us the details of the Makita saw. It sounds like a great saw. Well thought out and ready to perform. It’s the small details that a person will remember about a product and I think Makita was paying attention to those details.
At first when I saw two batteries, it threw me off. When I used someone’s, I didn’t want to let it go lol. I’d love one myself.
I can’t wait to try it out!
Memory lane… Skilsaw 101 with dad. I bet that is most of our first real power tool experiences. Can’t wait to give this new Makita a try. Love the review.
I appreciate your write up on this saw @toolpig. This looks like a very powerful saw and would have to decide on getting a Makita. I believe it would make a nice addition to use especially for LDC and disaster relief.
I’m switching over from Ridgid to Makita and am very glad to know that there is a worm drive cordless! I have a worm drive Skilsaw and I use it from framing to cabinetry. Cuts through hard ply in jiffy.
My bad, helical. But still, rear handl is where it’s at.
Looks crazy can’t wait to get one
I Have recently switched over to makita. I love the tool line up and am really looking for a powerful cordless saw. I would love to own this saw. Redtex206
I bought the original x2 Makita saw and loved it. This thing looks like it just continues the legacy of great Makita circ saws. Can’t wait to show it off when I win!
This looks loot would be better balanced than the DeWalt Flexvolts.
Looking for a cordless saw that does it all. I just bought into the lxt platform and this saw would be icing on the cake!
I grew up building with makita corded tools and still do. I have seen a lot on the internet about cordless tools, I’m very interested in how they feel, and perform day to day. Great article.
Having tried both of the cordless rear handle saws. The Makita comes out on top every time. It’s depth of cut and slimmer frame are a win!
Sweet looking saw at a great price. Feels ergonomic
Sweet looking saw at a great price.
Well you’ve made me “need” another tool. This thing would be ideal for my buddy chad. Who’s employees are really good at cutting his cord off his circ saw. ?
This would be a great help towards building my tool set before I qualify as a plumber thanks to toolpig page on insta
This saw is incredible. Modern cordless technology blows my mind. Needless to say, my corded tools are gonna be in the drawer if I get one of these beauties! Keep making incredible things happen Makita!!
I jumped and bought the XSL06 the other day when I saw the killer deal you posted. While standing at the end cap at Home Depot I started eyeing this little beauty. I had just bought a little (18v) Bosch cordless to match some other tools but I honestly I haven’t been very happy with their system (high torque impact is 7years old for instance). Now I’m kicking myself for getting the little anemic Bosch as this thing would be perfect for my workload. The Makita impact is probably going to join my stable very soon. Thanks for posting the reviews and deals you do!
Nothing compares to makita….
Would love to have a more powerful alternative to my Milwaukee 6 1/2” cordless, without having to break out extension cords and use my Makitas. I also remember my first time using a worm drive- frightening, yet exhilarating!!
I’ve seen so much about this saw on Instagram but I’ve never had the chance to use one and I’ve never seen one in Australia! I’d love to get my hands on one and test it out first hand to see how it goes
I would love to be able to win this circular saw I’m due an upgrade I’ve had a makita 18v circular saw for the last 5 years think about time I get a new one hopefully I’m lucky enough to win this
Would love this saw added to my toolbox!!!
I love the new makita tools, and i love the idea of the wormstyle saw. I’v never used one. I live in Sweden and have never seen one over here, at all.
I have used old corded skilsaws but never a wormstyle one. Im so looking forward to try one soon.
Love Makita tools!
This saw is so exciting. As I am trying to grow my personal tool selection (I’ve always hated borrowing tools and just want to be self-sufficient), I want to buy the RIGHT thing the first time and this is clearly the saw for me. I’ve used too many saws that have you leaning over the tool to see your line, which is frankly unsafe and impractical, so the left side blade is perfect. I’ve only ever used heavy corded saws, so this one being brushless, light, AND cordless opens an entirely new world.
As someone who wants an all-around saw that can handle every project I could ever reasonably anticipate thrown at it, this is certainly the one. The price point is somewhat high for me, so I’ll be waiting until I can find one on eBay.
Love the Instagram account and always look forward to your next post. Thanks for calling my attention to this beauty!
Also, my IG name is @goddammitcolin – thought it was my real name growing up 🙂
Great review! I’ve been wanting one ever since it came out! Would be a great addition to my Makita set and give my worm drive a run for its money!
I have had the opportunity to have hands on with the flex volt and makita saws. The makita impressed me with being less bulky and by putting the batteries out of sight out of mind whitch is awesome.
I’ve been eyeing this saw up for a while. I love the feel, the power, and the hook. Hoping to make this saw the next one for my arsenal.
Have yet to get a chance to run one, but was at my local supply house today and had a chance to handle one (blown away by the feel and weight of the saw). I haven’t had money in the tool budget to get one yet and would love to win this because it would be my first read handled saw in the arsenal, and by the sounds and reviews I’ve read there’s not a better one to get started with. Love the article as well by the way. IG @jacocparent1
Game changer for me. Cutting the cord.
I think this thing is great. The best part is they integrate the 18 volt batteries I already have instead of making buy some different special one. The further from cords I get, the happier I am, sometimes jobsite don’t have power and this makes that no problem at all
I use Dewalt at work, but all my personal stuff is Makita. Good brand. Next thing I need is this cordless saw!
I’m itching to give this saw a shot! I grew up with sidewinders, but converted to wormdrives in 2006 when my wife (then girlfriend) brought home her grandfather’s 1971 black & decker 8.25″ worm drive after helping him move. I still use it occasionally, but switched over to a skil 77 for my go-to. (i picked that up used for $5 at a yard sale 10 years Ago. the guy that sold it to me thought I was nuts… He must’ve thought it was donzo. I swapped out brushes, cord, trigger and added a rafter hook).
It might sound dumb, but one of my hopes is that this saw would fit in the same slot in my truck cap where the skil 77 now resides.
Wow, this would make my life so much easier! Now that I read your review, I want it so bad!
Been trying to justify buying on of these for awhile now. Nothing beats makita
I love Makita. I’m a fan. Almost everything I have is that beautiful teal except I don’t have a cordless 7 1/4″ circular saw and would love to add this to my cordless arsenal.
We absolutely love Makitas new LXT cordless tools, especially the power from the 36V!! Can’t wait get my hands on the best circle saw on the planet!
Makita has absolutely stepped up their game! This is the smoothest, easiest cutting circle saw and it’s cordless with plenty of power. I’m in!
I’ve had a chance to try this unit and it is amazing. Performance is great and now prefer the left side blade. Just need one for myself now.
Impressive looking saw which is making bigger steps towards just using cordless tools on site. Well done makita !!
Just bought the cordless tracksaw and it is awesome. Makita is really stepping up their game. Definitely making me rethink all of my red tool purchases
Love the track saw bought it back in January when you get the deal with an extra track and two batteries. Excellent product
This is one of the cleanest saws I’ve ever seen. I would love to add this to my tool inventory. Thanks for the review! I’ve been noticing that Makita makes more tools that I can use daily then say the “red” ones lol. Thanks again
What you said is very true. Milwaukee has always been focused on plumbers and electricians m. For carpentry and remodeling they have very few good options.
Thanks to take te time to wright this article
Damn you make me want the jump on the cordless train. Choo choo!
Questa sega sembra eccezionale e sicuramente lo sara come ogni utensile makita vorrei proprio possederne una per per verificare la sua potenza e comodità visto che è senza filo
Damn you make me want to jump on the cordless train. Choo choo ?
Questa sega sembra eccezionale e sicuramente lo sara come ogni utensile makita vorrei proprio possederne una e provare le sue grandi prestazioni
Nice review! I’ve never seen this kind of circular saw, rear handle and saw blade on the left side, in real life here in Europe. Which is kind of pitty, because I think this lay-out is perfect suitable for a lot of different tasks. I’ve been thinking of bying a corded version on Amazon, but I won’t be able to use it, due to the different voltage. (110V vs 230V) This cordless 18V system would be a perfect solution! Mostly I use a Festool TS55 for cabinetry, and a Festool HKC for cutting boards and construction. I think that the Makita would be a better alternative for the Festool HKC. The HKC only uses one 18V battery, and sometimes lacks in power, especially when making deeper cuts. A 36V system should have more power. Also the saw blade on the left seems a great advantage to me, being able to actually see where you are cutting…that would be something! Nice tool to put on my wish-list!! And in case you’re wondering…I don’t mind the shipping costs to Belgium 😉
I don’t really use these tools myself but my husband and Dad say they are “the best and most durable brand” my dad said he has droped Makita brand power tools from the roof (he is a roofer) and they may be physically damaged but they still keep working. My sisters and I got him a saw like the one pictured, about four years ago and it’s his favorite because it’s cordless and he does a lot of carpentry.
All though I would love to win one for my husband since he is barely starting off as a sub-contractor (two weeks on Monday) and keeps having to borrow my dads Makitas, I’d probably give it to my dad since I know how much he REALLY loves this brand & his saw is kind of old lol I know he would probably give my husband his old one though! Good luck everyone
Your husband and Dad are smart men.
My boyfriend would love if I won this for him! He is all about Makita tools and he actually bought me my own Makita set and didn’t spend the money on his own makita tools. I would love to make his YEAR by winning this for him and being able to give him a makita tool in return!
What an amazing saw, it clearly performs as do all Makita tools. Makita is my go to brand for all handtools, they are not bully like other brands and have a design that makes sense and is comfortable to work with. Would love to have this saw as part of my daily repertoire. Thanks for the informative article. I love the testing you put tools through, you are such a valuable resource to other tradesman.
Love the fact this is 36v!!!
Would love to have this saw! It would make framing/concrete forms a breeze!
This saw looks like beast. Would love to have one to use and may even take it to Peurto Rio when I head over there to help our brothers and sisters with disaster relief in May. Only problem is it mite not make it back with me. I’m sure they could use a saw like that over there right now.
When do you go? I will be going soon. Most likely June.
I fly out May 13 for one week. I know I enjoyed my week in Warwick so I know I’ll enjoy this week also.
I have always used Makita but I have a different 36v circular saw and I love it and i would love the chance to test this one out aswell
This saw is beautiful! We have a number of Makita tools and are always looking to add more to our arsenal. This one looks like a powerhouse!
I’ve heard great things about it, so I’d love to try it out!
This is by far the best saw hands down. We have been using it everyday for about a year. Truly innovating
Wow i would really like to try this beutiful saw out for this summers projects!
I’m starting up an actual tool collection now, and I’m definitely going with Makita! I’ve been a little on the fence with the double battery thing . But after reading this review, I’m all for this saw! Thanks for convincing me.
It is an exciting time to buy tools again, with cordless making huge strides in power. I love my makita 18v set up, looking forward to adding a worm drive saw as well.
I have seen this saw in detail, and I really like 2 thinks about it. First, I like that the depth adjustment is so easily visible unlike so many other saws. Second, I like the bevel stop. It makes it super easy and quick to go from 90° to 45° and 22.5°. I wonder how this saw will compare to my Milwaukee 18v with the 9 A.H. battery.
I’ve been interested in this saw since it first came out. No more running power across a site to cut forms when first getting started. My only question was the power and run time it would have. You’ve answered both of those for me.
This thing is a beast .
Makita knows how to make great tools
Been looking at one of their coordless circular saws for a while now, but wasn’t sure if the 36v rear handle would be too much weight/power for regular use, mainly because of the weight of (2) 5ah batteries. After getting the 12″ chainsaw last week (didn’t need but I never pass up makita deals) that’s also 36v and reading this article, I’m convinced that this is the saw I’ll go with!
Thanks for all the reviews and testing you do!
Such a great article, I see more and more that Makita tools is really making some.of the best cordless options out there! Going to look at a new sander today and the Makita is the top of my list!
This saw seems like a beast that would cut just about anything. It would be a huge upgrade over my 6.5” portercable. It is amazing that batteries out perform corded tools now. What a time to be in the tool world!
Thank you for a great article. I am a finished carpenter. Mainly commercial doors. I have always used a skilsaw I have used a mikita 6 1/2 when it’s 1 or 2 doors.
Would absolutely love this tool have just a few Makita stuff but no saw love the idea of this saw that seems like it would suit my style , working in the industry and not owning my own company tools are not a write off so they can be quite expensive sometimes glad to see Makita is thinking outside the box and incredible idea with a two batteries and rear handle @shanebax82
Been dreaming of a chordless circular saw. Love it. Want it. Need it. Live in the country side. DIYer. The power and craft is needed. Already invested in Makita so this would be a great piece for the kit! Thanks for the review. I’m sold. @holyfarmer
I think it’s the best saw in the business! So much power and quality in this tool! And I would love to have one of my own!
Would absolutely love this tool have just a few Makita stuff but no saw love the idea of this saw that seems like it would suit my style , working in the industry and not owning my own company tools are not a write off so they can be quite expensive sometimes @shanebax82
We have this saw at work to frame pegboards with. I kick up a lot of dust with it and it never quits.
Nice looking saw. When I get to the point of needing a new one I’ll definitely look into this one.
Would love this. Have the track saw and it is awesome.
I want to get this 36v cordless so bad. I’m new into framing. Been doing it about a year. I’m picking it up quickly. I work with a couple of guys who have been doing it for a long time and they are always saying cordless is worthless. I bought a impact driver and drill set that came with two free tools back in December. Needless to say they were impressed by the impact driver because of the size and power. But they still rag on me for talking about getting all cordless tools. The future is now, they will see.
My husband would be completely shocked if I won this for him. He’s a big fan of Makita.
Last year I switched from Milwaukee 18v to Makita 18v brushless drill/impact set. I find them to be more refined and solid. I’ve been hoping to add this saw to my tool lineup, as well as the 36v chainsaw.
Awesome, cant wait to use it. I’ve never liked battery circular saws that much, but it sounds like this one is checking out.
I have a makita impact/drill-motor but I don’t have a saw. Would love to be considered for this, thanks!!
Man, I’d love to add this to my Makita arsenal. After using the Makita impact driver and hammer drill on a recent build, I’ve decided to switch completely to the Makita platform.
Grew up in the northeast and currently work in Florida. Worm drive or rear handled saws are a rarity. Don’t see them very often and they are not carried in the big stores very much. Always intrigued by these but never got exposed
I have a couple of tools from Makita and what can I say? They’re amazing, so I can automatically assume this is also amazing. Can’t wait to try this out for my projects!
This sounds like an amazing saw, the X2 platform is genius, I don’t know why other brands haven’t stolen the idea.
Great article! Just getting into woodworking and I own a few Makita tools so far and love the quality and battery life. I’ve been researching saws like this for a while and I think this article just sold me.
Have the corded track version, and love it. Cordless would be great to add to my tools for the job site.
I just picked up the Makita 36v miter. Super excited about Makita and all of the innovating tools they have. I was strictly a DeWalt guy for a while now I would like to continue to expand into the Makita realm. This saw would be a great addition to my small line. I’ve heard nothing but great things about it. I am a general contractor in Omaha, NE. Lots of different weather conditions to deal with and it sounds like this saw is up to the task.
Thank you so much for this giveaway opportunity.
All I see online is articles and comments on how great this saw in. I live in Australia and never have I ever in my 10yrs as a carpenter seen a saw links this on any work site or store. I hope to get my hands on one of these some day to see how why the Americans talk this saw up so much !
Your reviews always impress.
My question is…..if you are already running the dewalt flexvolt line, do you think the makita has a strong enough advantage over the dewalt rear handle add it to my collection of cordless? I already have Hitachi, Hilti and dewalt flexvolt….if it’s worth it then it worth it to add it to the charger bank…..just curious of your opinion
Thanks for you time!
This saw is where it’s at for ease of use. I need this in the truck.
Looking forward to getting one of these and a track saw. I really like the Makita corded saws and 18v saw I already have.
Great write up, I have never used a worm drive saw before. But with all that I had read about this saw I must be amazing. I would love to try it.
Great article! I have yet to try any X2 tools but the 6-1/2 cordless is my go to saw. Between those 2 I think I could forget about cords for good!
Such a Good brand! So strong and precise i’m a woodworker and i made frames for five years. Now i’m working in construction and i’m looking for the greatest saw in place
Hell of a saw. I didnt believe how smooth it cut until I acrually tried it. Framer/remodeler here from Canada, would pay shipping no problem. Thanks for all the tool reviews and take care!
Love the article the saw is bloody beautiful mate. Instagram name Patibros
Such a great saw! It just feels so solid and runs incredibly smooth. This would help me push myself to switch to even more makita tools in the future.
Good review, one of these would be great!
I love my 60v flexvolt circular saw and have heard nothing but great reviews on this saw. Could definitely use a worm drive style left hand blade saw in my rotation!
I’ve been watching and reading the reviews about this saw and I hear just how incredible it really is. This would just expand my Makita collection I’ve started. I’m going to do Relief Work where the hurricanes last year hit the US real bad. Cordless would be optimal to take down there. Framing houses with this bad boy would only add to the experience.
Ok first off just let me say that I have been a worm drive Skil saw fan since I first started framing tract and custom homes in the early ‘70’s. Back then everything was metal except the cord! That thing was a total workhorse, it amazed me. It’s the only type circular saw I’ve ever owned. Never saw or heard of a cordless saw that could match what I expected, especially with the blade on the wrong side. All those little saws just didn’t feel the way I wanted them to. When I saw this Makita it looked right, and I could tell by looking it was going to feel right too! I used to have a Makita cordless drill that I totally loved and overworked every chance I got. I know Makita has the ability to build durable, hard working tools so I’m interested. Now that I’m 67, have cancer and old injuries, my stamina and muscle tone aren’t what they used to be to wrestle my Skil.
So let me finish by saying that if I win this tool and it’s a workhorse like I think it will be, and the power holds up like it claims, I will be the best word of mouth salesman you’ve ever seen. Good luck everyone.
My IG name is Bob.hutch
Thank you for taking your time on writing the article. I am a framer as well as a concrete form worker. I need a tool that can handle any weather conditions and can take a beating. That is why I use my makita saw, it is corded though, so I would love to try this rear handle saw. I heard it is well balanced and is an all around good saw.
Awesome saw. Makita tools are great! Highly recommend if you’re a professional and in the market for quality tools.
Finally picked up the 36v miter and all I can say is wow!! I’ve been using Makita Miter saws for almost 20 years and this one is the best yet! I can’t wait to get my hands on this rear handle saw!
Love this saw. I used to be a Dewalt guy but Makita is winning me over again and again.
This saw looks great! It could really help out our crew
I am totally in love already…I already have the impact driver that I absolutely love along with the 18v drill that played a huge role when I built my house from the ground up never disappointed me..I do anything from fine woodworking building furniture to building houses…This cordless saw would make a great addition to my top of the Iine machines I use ..,This beauty would be AMAZING for FRAMING!!! Being that I live in Hawaii it will be so much harder to get this BEAUTY!!
Would love to get my hands on one of these Makita saws. We live and work in a rural area so a saw that is as powerful as a corded saw but battery operated would come in handy in more ways than one.
I would love to get my hands on this saw. It has almost no flaws, Compared to other circular saws. The rear handle. And the rafter hook make the saw one of the best on market
Makita makes awesome tools I own quite a few just not this one.
My boyfriend would love me for real if I won this for him ? I might get a foot rub ha ha ha no no I wouldn’t. He’d be in the shop for days rubbing that saw. ?
This article makes want to consider changing my platform from red to blue?…
This saw looks amazing. I have a kobalt 24v skill saw right now and nothing competes with it so far. But this saw…I think will do the trick and pass the test.
I would love to try this saw! Along with other newer makita tools. The makita 5007mg has always been on the back burner for me after using one but my bosch cs20 and 18 volt 6 1/2 haven’t let me down in the past 5 years. This saw seems like it can do it all. With enough batteries, u can frame a house with it. I have Bosch and Milwaukee but would definitely welcome Makita into my arsenal.
Recently tested this saw and fell in love instantly. Been using Makita corded for the past 4 years and would love to bring cordless into the site.
This saw would be a great way for me to break into the Makita platform. It would handle anything I could throw at it from framing to breaking down sheet goods.
I’ve only been able to hold one not put it to use but love how light it is compared to a traditional worm drive. I’m a big fan of the blade on the left side being a right handed carpenter. Great review tool pig thank you!
Great write up – I came here for the makita give away but I’m glad it brought me to the site I had no idea there was so many write ups on here. I’ve been running the Milwaukee and have been intrigued by this saw from day one, I havnt heard a single person say a bad thing about it and I can’t wait to try one. Would love to have a saw like this in the aresenal as the Milwaukee fails me when it comes to multiple beveled rips for drywall backing on 45 corners, and for cutting arches.
A skil saw was one of the first tools i used when i was younger. I gained confidence using it over the years working along side my dad. Right now i am using a mag skil saw and i am so tired of the cord getting caught on any and everything. This new makita saw would make day to day work much easier. I havent had the chance to use one yet but from all the videos and reviews on it i cannot wait to use one
Would love to ditch the cord with a powerful saw like this one
I’ve never used a blade left saw but since I’m left handed I feel like I could work with it. I’m already on the makita platform so this would be great helping me build my tool collection.
I would love a good saw like this in my hands. Seems like a great option for anything I would want to put it to!
But I’m also really curious about the usage differences with the worm stay drive. I’ve been using my uncles old Milwaukee 18v cordless big bag kit. The circular saw included in that set is slow and the batteries are good for only a few cuts. Finally upgraded to a Dewalt drill driver on the 20v platform and am so exited by the several big companies coming out with these much more powerful tools. Excited to try a circular saw that can power through anything and last for more than cutting through four 2x4s.
I learned on a wormdrive, but since all the cordless saws seem to be sidewinders I learned to adjust. When I heard about this saw last year, I knew I wanted it. Now I am the owner of a Makita track saw, Drywall Cutout Saw & I think if I won this, I would just finish making the switch to all Makita! The batteries seem to last way longer than my DeWalt. I have heard awesome reviews on how this saw is easier to use than the new DeWalt framing saw. That being said, I could use this tool.
IG Name: sapps_homepro
A few of the guys on site runs these. They’re amazing. Would love to get my hands on it
This is an amazing saw! I’ve used it a bit… i really need to replace my corded worm drive with this bad boy.
IG – wooldridgehomes
I’ve really wanted to try this beast of a saw out. I’m an electrician so naturally I only sprung for makitas 6.5 BL, which is amazing but might really have its work cut out for it with some up coming renos in the next few years. I loved the artical, it made me think back to helping my dad fix stuff when I was young. Not much carpentry but more snowmobiles and lawn equipment. We didn’t have a lot of extra money but he did teach me ingenuity and a lot about DIY. I recently just became a father myself and am really looking forward to passing on my knowledge to more than just apprentices working for me!!
I’ve had great luck with the makita 18V lxt line ever since I bought my first piece in 2006 and the tools just continue to impress!
This thing is so rad! I hope I win it, I could really use a cordless circular saw. Cords slow ya down so much these days. Either way, great stuff as always from toolpig!!! Thanks for your work for contractors man.
I want to win!
Makita is the type of Tool that you can pass on to your children and they won’t give you the fake smile and thanks. This one is no exception.
I have heard that this saw is better balanced than the rear handle Dewalt and easier to control. I have been eyeing this saw and am really impressed by all the professionals I know who are standing behind it. Great review!
It’s a hell of a saw! I would love to add it to my 36v collection!
Love to add this to my already growing set of Makita products. Nothing better???
I’m most excited about the left side setup aka wormdrive. Every saw I’ve ever used has been right side oriented and it just never felt ‘right’ to me. Pun intended but seriously… I’d love to win this saw – it’d be a great to have a cordless circular saw for so many reasons.
@maac_n_cheese – instagram
I like the background for your review. It’s great to know that your views are backed by years of real use experience. I would love to get a cordless circular saw. I’m always tripping over the cord on my old Makita.
Never used a Makita before. After reading your review – I should try it out. Thanks for the review. Feels like blade left design is the best feature in this saw as it would be easy to cut compared to a blade right design. Dust port would have been a great addition to the saw – not sure why manufactures can’t include a dust port which can be hooked to a dust collection equipment?
We can always count on solid and informational reviews from Toolpig. This saw is so sweet, and they nailed often overlooked details like the one you mentioned bringing the handle as close to centerline as possible. These things make a difference. IG: @trom120
I’m in the market for a new saw and I would love to have a saw as powerful this one. Makita tools are the only brand I reach for when I start a project.
I like my Makita sidewinder corded circ saw OK, but after reading your reviews I would much rather have a rear handle cordless tool. I am also left handed, and the blade right configuration is sometimes awkward or unsafe when used in my left hand. Any thoughts on how this tool would serve a lefty?
I’ve had Makita tools since I started out in the mid 90’s… As a matter of fact I had a 12v drill and circular saw set from 1997 up until last year… It’s now in the Philippines helping in laws with projects there! I have the chorded circular saws… and was waiting for Makita to make the 2 battery saw. I would love to own this saw… it would probably end up being my primary saw!
Looks like it’s really powerful and love the handle like you said.
This saw is a beast. It has the power factor but also ergonomics. Been wanting to get on the makita platform for awhile and this looks like it could easily replace my 90s model craftsman.
First saw I remember using was a worm drive Skilsaw as well. When I bought my first house, my first tool i bought was a 7 1/4 Makita Hypoid, and I still have it to this day. Since then I have upgraded every tool I could to Makita cordless and would love to do the same with this one.
I don’t get a ton of usage out of the Hypoid but this would be a very welcome upgrade that I have had my eye on for months.
I don’t own this saw, however from what I’ve seen this thing is a beast of a saw. They made a saw that not only keeps up with a Skilsaw, but absolutely crushes it. Plus it doesn’t have the safety hazard of a cord connected to it. I have been dreaming of getting the saw since it debuted at WOC. It will be hard to beat for a long time coming. I grew up using a wormdrive, so I always wanted a cordless rear handled saw and I never imagined they (Makita) would be able to even pull off something even close to this with the capacity, durability, runtime, and much more. Literally a framers dream. With living on a farm and I am always running around mending fences and repairing barns, and with this saw I would never see the day of having to haul a generator, gas tank, and saw again just for a slight punch list job. As well as with the framing of residential homes and decks that I do. Just grab the saw with two batteries and go, with runtime for all day cutting, capacity to do just about anything, and durability for even the harshest weather. “Truly a home run for Makita” no truer words.
This Saw is awesome. I used one on a ldc project last summer. I ripped as many osb sheets together that the depth could do. No problem for the sawwent through like 3 sets of batteries but the charger would charge them faster then we could use them.
I have the older 36v saw. Would love to try out this one!
@fetzner on instagram.
Haven’t used one, but handled one, and they seem to have great balance.
What impressed me most about this saw is the depth of cut; the FlexVolt rear handle won’t do a 3x like this one will to the best of my knowledge.
Looks to be a awesome saw hope to get my hands on one soon ??
Love reading through your reviews, you are always honest about overall performance and can really tell this saw didn’t disapoint . The one thing I missed reading, or wasn’t in the article was battery life. With power almost equivalent to or better than corded, how many cuts are you getting with the saw? I’ve only used corded Makita power tools, so I’m not familiar with how well their batteries perform.
I remember my first time using a saw with my dad too. Those memories are strong stuff. Sounds like an excellent saw – I’d love to make more memories with my kids around building things, and this seems like the perfect tool to use!
To be honest the only time I’ve been able to handle this saw was at home Depot and just handling it you can tell it is quality and durable. But thanks to Instagram I’m able to watch other guys use and review this tool and make others like it. So thanks to the likes of ToolPig and MrsToolPig for doing just that. From everything I’ve seen posted about this saw, it’s a game changer. Not only is it mobile and cordless but it packs the power and more of a corded saw. This just blows my mind and can’t wait to see what other improvements to the tools we use daily are going to come.
I am just a diy’er but I have been looking for a cordless saw to purchase. This may be the one
Forgot name! , I do hope I win it. Worm drive ftw! @stevierambles
From all I’ve seen on social media and articles on the Internet and trades magazines it looks rock solid. Everything is getting better and better with the cordless game. It is making it so you can virtually go cordless on the site. All the makita tools I’ve owned or used are great. Thank you for the great tool reviews. It is very helpful to have another trades professionals opinion.
My company has 4 of these saws. They are a great addition to the job site. Where they are really beneficial is on roof applications where cords become an issue. Very rarely do we use a corded wormdrive daw since these have came out. Battery life is pretty impressive with this tool also!
Epic! I hope I win it! Always wanted to get makita but haven’t been cutting enough until the recently to make the upgraded. I remember the first time I used worm drive saw left it was like I was cutting well for the first time lol
The Best saw. Love Makita!!
I personally like all my cuts to be square and straight because it reflects very much on the finished product, I pride myself in delivering the top quality with best aesthetics, rough carpentry can be beautiful too… goodluck everyone. I’m swooning over this saw already ?
Would love one of these ive got the 165 18v brushless but they dont sell the rear handle in the uk!from all the reviews and videos ive seen it looks unbelieveable!!
IG name is roby2044 ?
I was actually looking at one of these the other day! It looks awesome and very lightweight. Hope I win !!
I have the corded wormdrive makita saw and I love it. The best tool I bought so far. A cordless one will definitely help and improve my work by saving time and money.
Everything I have seen and read about this saw is incredible. I have had little confidence in cordless tools due to lack of hands on experience with current tech. My recent purchase of the Makita brushless hammer drill/ impact kit has changed my mind. I will be investing in this.