Portable and powerful best describes this cordless miter saw manufactured by Makita. The power comes from a 2,200 RPM motor and the portable is a reference to the size – it weighs just 27.5-pounds (shipping weight is listed at 36.9-pounds). It may be portable but don’t let the size fool you as this saw has a large dimensional lumber capacity with the ability to cut 2-inch by 12-inch at 90-degrees as well as 1-inch by 8 3/8-inch at 45-degrees. The miter range is 0 to 47-degrees left and 0 to 57-degrees right with bevels running from 0 to 45-degrees left to 0 to 5-degrees right. For added stability to assist with the accuracy of the cuts, this saw has a four steel rail sliding system.
The Makita XSL01Z is the ideal saw for use by the do-it-yourselfer working on small jobs in any room of the house to flooring contactors, cabinet installers, base installers and various other commercial applications. The portability also makes this a great cutting solution for the hobbyist or crafter who uses wood as part of their projects.
Online reviewers like this product but point out that because it is a cordless model, it does not have the power of a corded Makita. That being said, the slower cutting speed compared to other saws in the same product line assures accuracy so if you are not trying to beat a deadline, this saw will do just fine. Although the Makita XSL01Z is designed for use with 7 ½-inch blades, one online reviewer provided a tip that this product works extremely well with 7 ¼-inch blades. Provided your work can still be completed with the loss of an eighth of an inch in cutting depth, the portable cordless saw can handle any cutting job well with the smaller blade. One thing to note is that the rechargeable battery that runs this product is not included in the package and must be purchased separately. For some consumers this is a small issue, for others it is not.
Depending on the type of work you are doing, battery life could become a concern but another online reviewer provided a practical solution: purchase a double charger and two batteries. The Makita name stands for quality and durability and this smaller (in power) cordless saw lives up to that standard. Whether or not it is the perfect saw for your intended use, you will have to determine yourself. Read more…