Makita Rear Handle Saw


  My earliest tool memories involve a Skilsaw wormdrive.  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.
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2018-08-30T17:54:42-05:00March 19th, 2018|Makita|312 Comments

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  1. Mark 06/24/2019 at 1:02 AM - Reply

    Wish you could buy them in Ireland they would sell like hot cakes !!!

  2. Zach 06/01/2018 at 10:24 AM - Reply

    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!

    • toolpig 06/01/2018 at 10:36 PM - Reply

      It seems the further east we get the more people prefer sidewinders.

  3. Jake Imer 06/01/2018 at 8:00 AM - Reply

    Would love to give this saw a test! Just started investing in makita tool so this would be a great addition!

  4. Kevin haeberlin 06/01/2018 at 7:08 AM - Reply


  5. Andy Lanning 06/01/2018 at 6:19 AM - Reply

    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.

    IG spclagenth

  6. Daniel Hubber 06/01/2018 at 1:42 AM - Reply

    Wish we could buy these in NewZealand

  7. Jenny Hagen 05/31/2018 at 11:56 PM - Reply

    Love all your write ups, keep them coming. Would love to get a hold of a few of them.

  8. Shawn Martinez 05/31/2018 at 10:58 PM - Reply

    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!

  9. Jesse k 05/31/2018 at 10:53 PM - Reply

    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!

  10. Brandon Wolczyk 05/31/2018 at 10:38 PM - Reply

    Great saw! Would love to try it out sometime! From what I’ve seen on social media it looks amazing!

  11. Matt Nault 05/31/2018 at 9:50 PM - Reply

    Great post. Im a framer and would love this saw. Highly regarded. IG: m.naultcarpentry

  12. Melinda Morrow 05/31/2018 at 9:17 PM - Reply

    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!
    Ig: flynnfam

  13. Jesse B 05/31/2018 at 9:04 PM - Reply

    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.

  14. Tyler Stock 05/31/2018 at 8:47 PM - Reply

    Great article I would love to add this to my growing makita 18v cordless collection??

  15. MICHAEL ANTINORI 05/31/2018 at 8:31 PM - Reply

    Never has a blue tool steered me wrong. Double batteries and let her rip. Would love to add it to the collection!

  16. Dylan McGee 05/31/2018 at 8:17 PM - Reply

    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.

  17. Scott Mazerolle 05/31/2018 at 8:15 PM - Reply

    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.

  18. Chris Nardino 05/31/2018 at 7:27 PM - Reply

    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.
    IG: cnardino

  19. Jourdan Comeau 05/31/2018 at 7:12 PM - Reply

    Great looking saw, like the review and would love to try one!

  20. Carlos escobar 05/31/2018 at 7:08 PM - Reply

    This saw is an absolute beast would love to have it to see how it can handle some framing and forming 🙂

  21. Brandon Olzenak 05/31/2018 at 7:06 PM - Reply

    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

  22. Francisco Morales @jav13r85 05/31/2018 at 7:04 PM - Reply

    This saw is a beast seems there is no job to big.?

  23. Francisco Morales @jav13r85 05/31/2018 at 7:02 PM - Reply

    This saw is a beast it seems there is no job to big for it. ?

  24. Jason Moore 05/31/2018 at 6:44 PM - Reply

    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.

  25. keith sheehan 05/31/2018 at 5:51 PM - Reply

    also my IG: @keithsheehan

  26. keith sheehan 05/31/2018 at 5:51 PM - Reply

    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

  27. Gord Powers 05/31/2018 at 5:34 PM - Reply

    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

  28. Charles 05/31/2018 at 5:12 PM - Reply

    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!


  29. Jimmy Liakopoulos 05/31/2018 at 4:47 PM - Reply

    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!

  30. Gregory Butler 05/31/2018 at 4:31 PM - Reply

    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

  31. Carson weber 05/31/2018 at 4:17 PM - Reply

    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 might just make it’s way to my school to help in shop class

  32. Mack Crevier 05/31/2018 at 4:14 PM - Reply

    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 ????????

  33. Jeff Hoepker [email protected]_t_dadof3 05/31/2018 at 4:14 PM - Reply

    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.

  34. Matt Burge 05/31/2018 at 4:06 PM - Reply

    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.

    • toolpig 06/01/2018 at 10:44 PM - Reply

      Cool I am glad you were able to get one!

  35. Kyle Clayton 05/31/2018 at 3:05 PM - Reply

    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!

  36. Jared Rice 05/31/2018 at 2:45 PM - Reply

    Being able to cut trusses without dragging a cord around would be a game changer

  37. Hamish Presbury 05/31/2018 at 2:25 PM - Reply

    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.G. @hamishpresbury

  38. Scott Stauffer 05/31/2018 at 2:18 PM - Reply

    I think I’m going to need one of these and ditch the old worm-drive. Thanks for the review!!

  39. Brodie 05/31/2018 at 1:58 PM - Reply

    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!

  40. Cristian Meza 05/31/2018 at 1:54 PM - Reply

    Would love something like this!

  41. joseph delbrey 05/31/2018 at 1:52 PM - Reply

    I’m a millwakee guy , but this saw look great .

  42. Francisco Rodriguez 05/31/2018 at 1:45 PM - Reply

    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!

  43. Rob Blevin 05/31/2018 at 1:31 PM - Reply

    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

  44. Matt G 05/31/2018 at 1:25 PM - Reply

    Goodby to cords!

  45. Blair Holmes 05/31/2018 at 1:17 PM - Reply

    This would be perfect to add to my makita lineup!

  46. Matt Courtney 05/31/2018 at 1:03 PM - Reply

    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!

  47. Charlie Meyer 05/31/2018 at 12:49 PM - Reply

    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!

  48. George 05/31/2018 at 12:45 PM - Reply

    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

  49. Joshua Brackett 05/31/2018 at 12:42 PM - Reply

    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!

  50. Jason Wooldridge 05/10/2018 at 1:10 PM - Reply

    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

  51. Saw & Crossbones 05/02/2018 at 6:34 AM - Reply

    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!

    IG: Sawandcrossbones

  52. Robert M Thompson 05/01/2018 at 9:20 AM - Reply

    Yes, these are great saws, great balance, lots of power, great runtime, goodbye worm drive!


  53. Carlos escobar 05/01/2018 at 6:42 AM - Reply

    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

  54. Sean Anderson 04/30/2018 at 3:04 PM - Reply

    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.

  55. Matthew Mills 04/30/2018 at 11:04 AM - Reply

    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.
    IG: Matt_mills8

  56. Christopher McCormick 04/30/2018 at 11:03 AM - Reply

    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!

  57. Parker 04/29/2018 at 10:48 PM - Reply

    Love to power. More power than a corded saw. And freedom of cordless.

  58. Rob MacPherson 04/29/2018 at 8:48 PM - Reply

    Can’t wait to try one of these: can’t wait to maybe win one ?

  59. Ryan Anspach 04/29/2018 at 6:40 PM - Reply

    Love Makita! Would love to give this a shot…need a new saw!!

  60. Nick Molinari 04/29/2018 at 5:04 PM - Reply

    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!
    IG @nickmodesigns

  61. Alisson Gamero 04/29/2018 at 4:50 PM - Reply

    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 ?

  62. Joel 04/29/2018 at 4:25 PM - Reply

    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!

  63. Raphael Pontes 04/29/2018 at 4:22 PM - Reply

    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.

    ig: coisano3

  64. Mike Hood 04/29/2018 at 3:57 PM - Reply

    I love this saw

  65. Andrew Tyson 04/29/2018 at 3:50 PM - Reply

    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!

  66. Graham 04/29/2018 at 3:41 PM - Reply

    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.

  67. Matt C 04/29/2018 at 3:35 PM - Reply

    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

  68. Josiah Alexander 04/29/2018 at 3:10 PM - Reply

    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!
    IG: @josiahalexander

  69. JAKOB 04/29/2018 at 3:10 PM - Reply

    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.

  70. Blythe 04/29/2018 at 2:52 PM - Reply

    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

  71. Jeff Edwards 04/29/2018 at 2:33 PM - Reply

    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)


  72. Drew Joice 04/29/2018 at 2:30 PM - Reply

    This would have been an amazing tool to have last week when I was building my sisters new deck.

  73. Drew Joice 04/29/2018 at 2:29 PM - Reply

    This would have been an amazing tool to have last week when I was building the deck. Cordless and easy straight lines. Ugh!

  74. Keegan 04/29/2018 at 2:21 PM - Reply

    I’m already on the makita battery platform, just need this saw to beef up my tool collection, thanks for the review!

  75. Charles 04/29/2018 at 1:54 PM - Reply

    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!

  76. Brandon Heeralall 04/29/2018 at 1:47 PM - Reply

    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

  77. Todd Hanco. 04/29/2018 at 1:28 PM - Reply

    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!

  78. Tim 04/29/2018 at 1:22 PM - Reply

    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.??

  79. Matt Nault 04/29/2018 at 12:53 PM - Reply

    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

  80. Joshua 04/29/2018 at 12:53 PM - Reply

    THE tool to have for never put down use

  81. Carlos escobar 04/29/2018 at 12:45 PM - Reply

    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

  82. Chris Vineyard 04/29/2018 at 12:41 PM - Reply

    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.

  83. Garett shaw 04/29/2018 at 12:39 PM - Reply

    Good article.. this thig is sick ill be getting one soon

  84. Caleigh Ischy 04/26/2018 at 7:20 PM - Reply

    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

  85. Ryan Anspach 04/24/2018 at 9:53 PM - Reply

    Love our Makita screw guns! Need a saw and would love another addition to our Makita tool collection…

  86. Daniel Gutierrez 04/24/2018 at 1:06 PM - Reply

    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

  87. Jason Wooldridge 04/23/2018 at 5:29 PM - Reply

    What a beast of a saw! Love it! Definitely a necessity…

    Ig wooldridgehomes

  88. Jamie Goldman 04/23/2018 at 10:08 AM - Reply

    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.

  89. Brian Barefield 04/23/2018 at 5:36 AM - Reply

    Dude the saw looks amazing thanks for the info @toolpig !!! My instagram handle is @barefield1211

  90. Cameron 04/22/2018 at 11:13 PM - Reply

    I just really deeply believe in winning this saw, and in how it will change my life.

  91. eriklaing 04/22/2018 at 8:37 PM - Reply

    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!

  92. Andrew Tyson 04/22/2018 at 7:53 PM - Reply

    I think this saw is amazing, looking for something to replace my corded wormdrive, my instagram is stonebrookcustomcarpentry. Hope I win!

  93. Tyler Stock 04/22/2018 at 7:24 PM - Reply

    I am a big makita cordless fan and would love to add this saw to my growing collection

  94. Gord Powers 04/22/2018 at 1:37 PM - Reply

    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

  95. Carlos escobar 04/22/2018 at 1:35 PM - Reply

    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

  96. Byron Schmidt 04/22/2018 at 1:14 PM - Reply

    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!


  97. Shane Elliot 04/22/2018 at 12:47 PM - Reply

    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

  98. Carlos escobar 04/19/2018 at 8:11 PM - Reply

    It seema makita is really going above and beyond on the quality of this saw

  99. Carlos escobar 04/18/2018 at 11:36 PM - Reply

    Makita cordless is an absolute beast. I keep seeing so many positive reviews. I word love to frame and form with this

  100. Cameron 04/18/2018 at 9:34 PM - Reply

    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.

  101. Justin 04/17/2018 at 11:57 PM - Reply

    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.

    • Justin 04/22/2018 at 1:35 PM - Reply

      My i.g. account is redtex206

  102. Jordan Demers 04/16/2018 at 2:14 PM - Reply

    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 ??

  103. Baldemar 04/16/2018 at 2:38 AM - Reply

    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.

  104. John Lynch 04/12/2018 at 5:03 PM - Reply

    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!

  105. Aisling Collins 04/12/2018 at 12:27 AM - Reply

    This is exact addition we need for our workshop. Everything about this is perfect. Would really love to add this to our favorite tools!

  106. Jerrod 04/11/2018 at 10:42 PM - Reply

    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!

  107. Tom buban 04/11/2018 at 7:19 PM - Reply

    Would love to try this out on my jobs in high rises. Love all Makita cordless tools. Thanks for the chance to win.

  108. George 04/11/2018 at 4:00 PM - Reply

    All my other gear is makita really want to try this saw I feel it would be a great addition

  109. Dave Currie 04/11/2018 at 11:28 AM - Reply

    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!!!

  110. Jess 04/11/2018 at 9:03 AM - Reply

    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.

  111. Scott - Rebel Woodworks 04/11/2018 at 6:27 AM - Reply

    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!

  112. Blake 04/11/2018 at 4:42 AM - Reply

    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

  113. Noah Veach 04/10/2018 at 11:31 PM - Reply

    @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.

  114. Steve Bennett 04/10/2018 at 10:47 PM - Reply

    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.

  115. Noe renteria 04/10/2018 at 10:35 PM - Reply

    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

  116. Joshua Marsh 04/10/2018 at 8:31 PM - Reply

    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!

  117. Dave S 04/10/2018 at 7:49 PM - Reply

    Love the rafter hook, allows you to gen the saw from a resting position

  118. Carlos Molina 04/10/2018 at 7:43 PM - Reply

    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.

  119. Haflidi Gudjonsson 04/10/2018 at 7:36 PM - Reply

    Damn good article about a great tool from a great brand. I love to pay for shipping if that’s what it takes ?

  120. Keegan 04/10/2018 at 7:33 PM - Reply

    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!

  121. Timothy Day 04/10/2018 at 7:19 PM - Reply

    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!

  122. Zach Cady 04/10/2018 at 6:59 PM - Reply

    Makita makes the best circular saws. Period.

  123. Taylor Frazier 04/10/2018 at 4:32 PM - Reply

    Starting to switch my whole set up over to Makita and this would be an awesome addition.

  124. Calvin Kyrkostas 04/10/2018 at 12:57 PM - Reply

    Love your blog!! These 18v makita cordless tools are simply the best. Keep truckin!!!!

  125. Dana 04/10/2018 at 12:57 PM - Reply

    Would be a great addition to my lineup. Current saw just isn’t hacking it these days.

  126. High_and_mitey 04/10/2018 at 12:51 PM - Reply

    Wow, now that is one hell of a saw!!

  127. Brenden 04/10/2018 at 12:25 PM - Reply

    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!

  128. Dillon Lawler 04/10/2018 at 12:15 PM - Reply

    I juat bought the 36v makita tracksaw and am in love with that. This would make a nice addition to my makita kit.

  129. Todd Fisher 04/10/2018 at 11:56 AM - Reply

    Love the Makita line up. This would be a great addition!

  130. Charles 04/10/2018 at 11:55 AM - Reply

    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

  131. Tommy Perry 04/10/2018 at 11:32 AM - Reply

    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!

  132. Gabriel DeLapp 04/10/2018 at 11:32 AM - Reply

    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

  133. Jeffrey Borle 04/10/2018 at 11:30 AM - Reply

    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!

  134. Mike Marvin 04/10/2018 at 11:28 AM - Reply

    I can’t wait to use this on the job! It looks like a beast and the reviews are all great!

  135. John 04/10/2018 at 11:27 AM - Reply

    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.

  136. Tim 04/10/2018 at 11:23 AM - Reply

    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.

  137. Andy Burk 04/10/2018 at 11:19 AM - Reply

    I can’t wait to try it out!

  138. Tim 04/10/2018 at 11:14 AM - Reply

    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.

  139. Lee Walters 04/10/2018 at 4:08 AM - Reply

    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.

  140. Greg 04/09/2018 at 9:15 AM - Reply

    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.

    • Greg 04/10/2018 at 11:13 AM - Reply

      My bad, helical. But still, rear handl is where it’s at.

    • Garett Shaw 04/10/2018 at 5:42 PM - Reply

      Looks crazy can’t wait to get one

  141. Justin 04/08/2018 at 9:52 PM - Reply

    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

  142. Daniel 04/08/2018 at 7:53 PM - Reply

    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!

  143. Michael Mondoux 04/08/2018 at 7:33 PM - Reply

    This looks loot would be better balanced than the DeWalt Flexvolts.

  144. Fred 04/08/2018 at 5:06 PM - Reply

    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!

  145. Rob Noble 04/08/2018 at 2:02 PM - Reply

    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.

  146. Tom R @thomasr_59 04/08/2018 at 12:03 PM - Reply

    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!

  147. Steven Silvano 04/08/2018 at 10:32 AM - Reply

    Sweet looking saw at a great price. Feels ergonomic

  148. Steven Silvano 04/08/2018 at 10:31 AM - Reply

    Sweet looking saw at a great price.

  149. Jamie Goldman 04/08/2018 at 9:31 AM - Reply

    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. ?

  150. Calvin 04/08/2018 at 9:31 AM - Reply

    This would be a great help towards building my tool set before I qualify as a plumber thanks to toolpig page on insta

  151. Tim C 04/08/2018 at 9:14 AM - Reply

    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!!

  152. Sam Rothblum 04/08/2018 at 8:35 AM - Reply

    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!

  153. Jake kiffer 04/08/2018 at 8:24 AM - Reply

    Nothing compares to makita….

  154. Sean Meehan 04/08/2018 at 7:22 AM - Reply

    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!!
    IG- semeehan17

  155. Max Cameron 04/08/2018 at 3:18 AM - Reply

    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

  156. Liam moore 04/08/2018 at 3:00 AM - Reply

    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

  157. Mark I 04/08/2018 at 1:41 AM - Reply

    Would love this saw added to my toolbox!!!

  158. JAKOB 04/08/2018 at 12:30 AM - Reply

    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.

  159. Paul 04/07/2018 at 11:51 PM - Reply

    Love Makita tools!

  160. Colin Greene 04/07/2018 at 11:02 PM - Reply

    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!

    • Colin Greene 04/23/2018 at 11:38 PM - Reply

      Also, my IG name is @goddammitcolin – thought it was my real name growing up 🙂

  161. Andrew Wederquist 04/07/2018 at 10:52 PM - Reply

    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!

  162. Zach reid 04/07/2018 at 9:48 PM - Reply

    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.

  163. Dominick 04/07/2018 at 9:30 PM - Reply

    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.

  164. Jacob Parent 04/07/2018 at 9:19 PM - Reply

    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

  165. Aron 04/07/2018 at 9:16 PM - Reply

    Game changer for me. Cutting the cord.

  166. Patrick 04/07/2018 at 9:00 PM - Reply

    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

  167. Shane Weisser 04/07/2018 at 7:59 PM - Reply

    I use Dewalt at work, but all my personal stuff is Makita. Good brand. Next thing I need is this cordless saw!

  168. Tim Raufer 04/07/2018 at 7:50 PM - Reply

    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.

  169. Capucine Denavit 04/07/2018 at 6:59 PM - Reply

    Wow, this would make my life so much easier! Now that I read your review, I want it so bad!

  170. Robert Kinsella 04/07/2018 at 5:23 PM - Reply

    Been trying to justify buying on of these for awhile now. Nothing beats makita

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  172. Gabe McKay 04/07/2018 at 5:02 PM - Reply

    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.

  173. Julianna Stevens 04/07/2018 at 5:01 PM - Reply

    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!

  174. Sam Simon 04/07/2018 at 4:51 PM - Reply

    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!

  175. Agent33213 04/07/2018 at 4:26 PM - Reply

    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.

  176. MR THOMAS A CONSTABLE 04/07/2018 at 4:19 PM - Reply

    Impressive looking saw which is making bigger steps towards just using cordless tools on site. Well done makita !!

  177. Jim 04/07/2018 at 4:05 PM - Reply

    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

    • Justin 04/07/2018 at 5:26 PM - Reply

      Love the track saw bought it back in January when you get the deal with an extra track and two batteries. Excellent product

  178. Jim Dalton 04/07/2018 at 4:02 PM - Reply

    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

    • toolpig 04/08/2018 at 6:54 AM - Reply

      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.

  179. Alex De Herdy 04/07/2018 at 4:02 PM - Reply

    Thanks to take te time to wright this article

  180. Bryan A 04/07/2018 at 4:01 PM - Reply

    Damn you make me want the jump on the cordless train. Choo choo!

  181. Elia 04/07/2018 at 3:57 PM - Reply

    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

  182. Bryan Allder 04/07/2018 at 3:56 PM - Reply

    Damn you make me want to jump on the cordless train. Choo choo ?

  183. Anonymous 04/07/2018 at 3:51 PM - Reply

    Questa sega sembra eccezionale e sicuramente lo sara come ogni utensile makita vorrei proprio possederne una e provare le sue grandi prestazioni

  184. John Van Peteghem 04/07/2018 at 3:44 PM - Reply

    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 😉

  185. Val 04/07/2018 at 3:42 PM - Reply

    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

    • toolpig 04/08/2018 at 6:56 AM - Reply

      Your husband and Dad are smart men.

  186. Andie Setzer 04/07/2018 at 3:27 PM - Reply

    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!

  187. Ethan Green 04/07/2018 at 3:08 PM - Reply

    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.

  188. Andy Westbrook 04/07/2018 at 3:07 PM - Reply

    Love the fact this is 36v!!!

  189. Cris 04/07/2018 at 2:45 PM - Reply

    Would love to have this saw! It would make framing/concrete forms a breeze!

  190. Lee Walters 04/07/2018 at 2:34 PM - Reply

    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.

    • toolpig 04/08/2018 at 6:58 AM - Reply

      When do you go? I will be going soon. Most likely June.

      • Lee Walters 04/10/2018 at 4:12 AM - Reply

        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.

  191. Austin Victor 04/07/2018 at 2:13 PM - Reply

    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

  192. Kathy 04/07/2018 at 2:07 PM - Reply

    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!

  193. deboer2900red 04/07/2018 at 1:50 PM - Reply

    I’ve heard great things about it, so I’d love to try it out!

  194. Coby brown 04/07/2018 at 1:26 PM - Reply

    This is by far the best saw hands down. We have been using it everyday for about a year. Truly innovating

    IG coby26g

  195. Filip cederholm 04/07/2018 at 12:53 PM - Reply

    Wow i would really like to try this beutiful saw out for this summers projects!

  196. Jerell Valerio 04/07/2018 at 12:52 PM - Reply

    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.

  197. Robert M 04/07/2018 at 12:35 PM - Reply

    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.

  198. Albert Aguirre 04/07/2018 at 12:16 PM - Reply

    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.

  199. Richard Smith 04/07/2018 at 12:10 PM - Reply

    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.

  200. Ahmed 04/07/2018 at 12:08 PM - Reply

    This thing is a beast .
    Makita knows how to make great tools

  201. David Smith 04/07/2018 at 12:05 PM - Reply

    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!

  202. Matthew Brugeman 04/07/2018 at 12:04 PM - Reply

    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!

  203. Matthew Mills 04/07/2018 at 12:00 PM - Reply

    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!

  204. Frank Allbritton 04/07/2018 at 11:58 AM - Reply

    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.

  205. Shane Baxter 04/07/2018 at 11:51 AM - Reply

    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

  206. Adam 04/07/2018 at 11:47 AM - Reply

    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

  207. Luke Mills 04/07/2018 at 11:35 AM - Reply

    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!

  208. Shane Baxter 04/07/2018 at 11:25 AM - Reply

    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

  209. Stephanie Rivera 04/07/2018 at 11:21 AM - Reply

    We have this saw at work to frame pegboards with. I kick up a lot of dust with it and it never quits.

  210. David Neff 04/07/2018 at 11:15 AM - Reply

    Nice looking saw. When I get to the point of needing a new one I’ll definitely look into this one.

  211. HS 04/07/2018 at 11:14 AM - Reply

    Looks great!

  212. Jason woods 04/07/2018 at 11:11 AM - Reply

    Would love this. Have the track saw and it is awesome.

  213. Russ 04/07/2018 at 11:10 AM - Reply

    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.

  214. K.C. 04/07/2018 at 11:05 AM - Reply

    My husband would be completely shocked if I won this for him. He’s a big fan of Makita.

  215. Luke Massey 04/07/2018 at 10:40 AM - Reply

    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.

  216. Isaac Hawkins 04/07/2018 at 10:30 AM - Reply

    Awesome, cant wait to use it. I’ve never liked battery circular saws that much, but it sounds like this one is checking out.

  217. McCord Lee Bowersox 04/07/2018 at 10:26 AM - Reply

    I have a makita impact/drill-motor but I don’t have a saw. Would love to be considered for this, thanks!!

  218. John Utter 04/07/2018 at 10:23 AM - Reply

    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.

  219. Anonymous 04/07/2018 at 10:23 AM - Reply

    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

  220. Mason 04/07/2018 at 10:18 AM - Reply

    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!

  221. Brian M 04/07/2018 at 10:14 AM - Reply

    This sounds like an amazing saw, the X2 platform is genius, I don’t know why other brands haven’t stolen the idea.

  222. Alex Odden 04/07/2018 at 10:12 AM - Reply

    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.

  223. Travis Radke 04/07/2018 at 10:10 AM - Reply

    Have the corded track version, and love it. Cordless would be great to add to my tools for the job site.

  224. matt schulz 04/07/2018 at 9:49 AM - Reply

    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.


  225. Dean Phillips 04/07/2018 at 8:58 AM - Reply

    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 !

  226. Johnathan Reed 04/07/2018 at 8:06 AM - Reply

    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!

  227. Mason D 04/07/2018 at 8:00 AM - Reply

    This saw is where it’s at for ease of use. I need this in the truck.

  228. Tevis 04/07/2018 at 7:55 AM - Reply

    Looking forward to getting one of these and a track saw. I really like the Makita corded saws and 18v saw I already have.

  229. Alex 04/07/2018 at 7:53 AM - Reply

    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.

  230. Andrew 04/07/2018 at 5:41 AM - Reply

    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!

  231. Matthieu 04/07/2018 at 5:01 AM - Reply

    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

  232. Matt W 04/07/2018 at 4:55 AM - Reply

    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!

  233. Anthony 04/07/2018 at 4:38 AM - Reply

    Love the article the saw is bloody beautiful mate. Instagram name Patibros

  234. David - @dsfloorinstallations 04/07/2018 at 3:12 AM - Reply

    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.

  235. Dana 04/07/2018 at 1:19 AM - Reply

    Good review, one of these would be great!

  236. Zach Grant 04/07/2018 at 12:36 AM - Reply

    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!

  237. Andrew Aguirre 04/07/2018 at 12:07 AM - Reply

    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.

  238. Bob Hutchins 04/06/2018 at 11:24 PM - Reply

    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

  239. Carlos escobar 04/06/2018 at 10:50 PM - Reply

    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.

    • Jacob Boeschen 04/07/2018 at 10:20 AM - Reply

      Awesome saw. Makita tools are great! Highly recommend if you’re a professional and in the market for quality tools.

  240. @railandstilewoodworks 04/06/2018 at 10:46 PM - Reply

    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!

  241. Rye Thompson 04/06/2018 at 10:35 PM - Reply

    Love this saw. I used to be a Dewalt guy but Makita is winning me over again and again.

    IG. Rye.builds.

  242. Cody Ross 04/06/2018 at 10:35 PM - Reply

    This saw looks great! It could really help out our crew

  243. Elton Alameda 04/06/2018 at 10:13 PM - Reply

    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!!

  244. Steve Dusek 04/06/2018 at 10:11 PM - Reply

    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.

  245. Karonies Thompson 04/06/2018 at 9:56 PM - Reply

    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

  246. Justin Hardy 04/06/2018 at 9:44 PM - Reply

    Makita makes awesome tools I own quite a few just not this one.

  247. Amber S 04/06/2018 at 9:36 PM - Reply

    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. ?

  248. Jonas Gobeil 04/06/2018 at 9:33 PM - Reply

    This article makes want to consider changing my platform from red to blue?…

  249. Richard zmolek 04/06/2018 at 9:11 PM - Reply

    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.

  250. Sean Anderson 04/06/2018 at 8:37 PM - Reply

    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.

  251. Brad gulbranson 04/06/2018 at 8:08 PM - Reply

    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.

  252. Kevin Lavigne 04/06/2018 at 8:01 PM - Reply

    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.

  253. Dan Arket 04/06/2018 at 7:49 PM - Reply

    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!

  254. Mitch Cleary 04/06/2018 at 7:23 PM - Reply

    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.

  255. Jordan Demers 04/06/2018 at 7:14 PM - Reply

    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

  256. David Pierce 04/06/2018 at 6:57 PM - Reply

    Would love to ditch the cord with a powerful saw like this one

  257. Morgan Crawford 04/06/2018 at 6:36 PM - Reply

    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.

  258. Cameron 04/06/2018 at 6:00 PM - Reply

    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!

    • Cameron 04/09/2018 at 12:17 PM - Reply

      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.

  259. Aaron Sapp 04/06/2018 at 5:30 PM - Reply

    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

  260. Gurvinder Aujla 04/06/2018 at 5:22 PM - Reply

    A few of the guys on site runs these. They’re amazing. Would love to get my hands on it

  261. Jason Wooldridge 04/06/2018 at 5:22 PM - Reply

    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

  262. Craig Dietrich 04/06/2018 at 5:12 PM - Reply

    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!


  263. Andrew Tyson 04/06/2018 at 5:06 PM - Reply

    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.

  264. Joseph Zwolinski 04/06/2018 at 4:57 PM - Reply

    I want to win!

  265. Francisco Rovira 04/06/2018 at 4:56 PM - Reply

    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.

  266. Matthew Garone 04/06/2018 at 4:47 PM - Reply

    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!

  267. Gregory Pellegrini 04/06/2018 at 4:47 PM - Reply

    It’s a hell of a saw! I would love to add it to my 36v collection!

  268. Justin 04/06/2018 at 4:36 PM - Reply

    Love to add this to my already growing set of Makita products. Nothing better???

  269. Brett 04/06/2018 at 4:29 PM - Reply

    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

  270. Chris Ley 04/06/2018 at 4:23 PM - Reply

    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.

  271. Govind Pillai 04/06/2018 at 4:08 PM - Reply

    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?

  272. Harold 04/06/2018 at 4:04 PM - Reply

    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

  273. Ryan 04/06/2018 at 3:57 PM - Reply

    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.

  274. Matt Lipsitz 04/06/2018 at 3:41 PM - Reply

    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?

  275. Christopher McCormick 04/06/2018 at 3:19 PM - Reply

    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!

  276. Chris 04/06/2018 at 3:12 PM - Reply

    Looks like it’s really powerful and love the handle like you said.


  277. Three Nails Woodworks 04/06/2018 at 2:45 PM - Reply

    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.

  278. Justin Hamlin 04/06/2018 at 2:27 PM - Reply

    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.

  279. Austin Lisenby 04/06/2018 at 2:26 PM - Reply

    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.

  280. Austin Werrmann 04/06/2018 at 2:15 PM - Reply

    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.

  281. Brian Fetzner 04/06/2018 at 2:14 PM - Reply

    I have the older 36v saw. Would love to try out this one!

    @fetzner on instagram.

  282. Josh 04/06/2018 at 2:12 PM - Reply

    Haven’t used one, but handled one, and they seem to have great balance.
    Ig @baldybarton

  283. Tyson 04/06/2018 at 2:05 PM - Reply

    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.

  284. Jake Mcmahan 04/06/2018 at 2:02 PM - Reply

    Looks to be a awesome saw hope to get my hands on one soon ??

  285. Brian Runkel 04/06/2018 at 2:00 PM - Reply

    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.

  286. Charlie Meyer 04/06/2018 at 1:59 PM - Reply

    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!

  287. Ken Warywoda 04/06/2018 at 1:53 PM - Reply

    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.

  288. Tom Szatanski 04/06/2018 at 1:47 PM - Reply

    I am just a diy’er but I have been looking for a cordless saw to purchase. This may be the one

  289. Stevie 04/06/2018 at 1:46 PM - Reply

    Forgot name! , I do hope I win it. Worm drive ftw! @stevierambles

  290. Ryan Chaffee 04/06/2018 at 1:46 PM - Reply

    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.

  291. Justin Fortune 04/06/2018 at 1:45 PM - Reply

    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!

  292. Anonymous 04/06/2018 at 1:45 PM - Reply

    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

  293. 1972rose 04/06/2018 at 1:43 PM - Reply

    The Best saw. Love Makita!!

    • Alisson Gamero 04/29/2018 at 5:07 PM - Reply

      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 ?

  294. Ben roby 04/06/2018 at 1:39 PM - Reply

    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!!

    • Ben roby 04/22/2018 at 1:56 PM - Reply

      IG name is roby2044 ?

  295. I was actually looking at one of these the other day! It looks awesome and very lightweight. Hope I win !!

  296. Naim boutros 04/06/2018 at 1:31 PM - Reply

    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.

  297. Byron Schmidt 03/31/2018 at 11:28 PM - Reply

    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.

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