Makita uses two 18-Volt batteries to make the XSHO6PT a 36-volt cordless circular saw. While two batteries does add more weight the biggest plus here is no cord, so you have more freedom to work if you don’t care about dust collection. I am always game for a new tool, and I really enjoy the different approach each brand brings. So, let’s take a dive and see what Makita has done with this design.
Starting with the opening of the box, this kit comes with a good size carrying bag, 2 batteries, a dual charger, saw blade, detachable dust port and of course, the saw. I am glad the dust port was included and not sure why this is not done more often.
I made sure the batteries were fully charged before putting the saw to use. Unlike the few dual chargers I’ve been around, this one actually charged both batteries at the same time. I am not sure if that affects the charging speed but I am ok with this process. Speaking of the charge level, I like that there is an indication built right in the saw so you can easily see the level.
There is no way I will try this, but the specs say you can make up to 600 cross cuts on a 2X4 lumber on a full charge. If my math serves me right that’s about 900inches or 75ft. That’s a lot of cutting and a good day’s work. Let’s look at the cut capacity. When making 90 deg. cut that’s 2 5/8in, that’s a lot of material. It has settings ranging from 0-56 along with 3 positive stops at 22.5, 45, and 56. If that positive stop thing sounds foreign to you, no worries. It’s just a few points that prevent the saw from swinging from 0 to 56. Think of it as a preset.
Not that I would recommend it, but if you must cut in a not so lit place you can. The LED is plenty bright so you can see your cutting line. Personally, I would have liked to see that light aimed out front of the saw, but as I said prior, this is not something I have used.
When it comes to the handling of the saw, it is on the heavy side at 10.5 lbs. with the batteries. Personally, I don’t mind it, I like my saw to be a little on the heavy side. The rubberized grips make it a comfortable hold.
Overall this is a great saw and if you have a Makita Line of tools it’s a no brainer. This saw will work for all your construction, DIY, and remodel applications. Now I have to figure out if this one will stay in my shop or will I use it for job site opportunities.
As I was using the saw outdoor, it was a bit windy, dust flying everywhere. There was no way I was going to bring out the vacuum as it would totally defeat the purpose of being cordless. I didn’t have the space to maneuver in my shop, so it was happening outside no matter what. At first, I struggled to think of something, I walked in the house and saw and an empty bottle on the kitchen countertop. It was a light bulb moment! I ran into my garage, or I walked, I don’t remember. I looked through my PVC parts bin and found a few things, and boom! It is not perfect but it works and works well! My quick portable dust collection solution.
Here is what I came up with.
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