Makita XSH01 18V X2 LXT (36V) Circular Saw Review
The Makita 18 volt circular saw is one of the best models available from the company. It has been around since 1988 and it was designed with safety in mind. This model comes in two versions, a high speed version which cuts through wood at up to 2 inches per minute and a low speed version which cuts through wood at only 1 inch per minute.
The front of the saw features a large cutting wheel, which rotates 360 degrees. A sliding blade guard protects your hands while using this saw. The back of the saw features a circular cutout for dust collection.
There are three wheels on top of the saw, one for each direction. These wheels allow you to move forward or backward along the length of the circular table. You can also rotate the blade assembly so that it cuts both ways simultaneously if desired.
The saw’s design allows for easy storage and transport. It folds flat for compactness when not in use. The saw weighs just over 6 pounds, making it very portable.
• High Speed Version – Cut through wood at up to 2 inches per minute!
• Low Speed Version – Cut through wood at only 1 inch per minute!
• Foldable Design – Can be stored and transported easily!
• Dust Collection Port – Directs dust and debris away from the saw!
One of the best things about this saw is its foldable design. If you are a professional carpenter or contractor, you’ll know how important storage and transportation can be. The saw’s foldable design makes it very easy to store on job sites or in your truck.
This is a very well designed saw that has been around for a long time for good reason.
Another advantage of this saw is its large cutting capacity. You can easily cut through 2-inch thick planks with this saw, making it very useful around the house or on the job site. Most other battery powered circular saws have smaller blades and are only powerful enough to cut through thinner wood.
This saw also has adjustable tracking to help you guide the blade and prevent it from drifting from side to side while cutting. This helps you make straight cuts every time.
Some users have complained about the weight of this saw. At just under 6 pounds, it is one of the heavier cordless circular saws on the market. Carrying it around the job site all day can get tiring, especially when compared to a traditional corded circular saw.
You need to hold the battery pack in one hand and the tool itself in the other, which can get tiresome after a while. This saw is best for someone who only needs to make the occasional cut, rather than for someone who is going to be using it all day long.
Another disadvantage to this saw is its price. It’s one of the most expensive cordless circular saws on the market and doesn’t offer any more power or special features than similar models. The price seems to be mostly based on the Makita name rather than any special features that it offers.
In addition, users have complained about the battery life of this saw. The batteries only seem to last for about an hour, which isn’t very long. You can buy an extra battery to swap out, but this will add to the expense and most users would rather just have a saw that doesn’t drain the battery so quickly in the first place.
Users have also had issues with the blade being hard to change. The blade is held in place by a locking mechanism, but users complain that this mechanism is both hard to find and difficult to engage.
Makita offers a 3-year limited warranty on this tool, which is about average for most manufacturers.
While the Makita LS1021 is an older tool that has been surpassed by newer designs, it’s still a good saw if you only need to make the occasional cut. If you need to use a saw all day long, however, there are better options on the market that are more comfortable to use.
The Skil 3410-02 is designed to be a lighter, more compact version of the popular Skil 3400 model. It weighs slightly over 3 pounds and is one of the most compact designs on the market, making it very portable and easy to store.
It has a pretty standard footprint of 7″ x 9-1/4″ and is only 11″ long, making it easy to carry around in the event you need to move from one work location to another.
The tool only has a 4-1/2″ blade, which is smaller than most other saws on the market. This can be both a pro and a con. Smaller blades tend to be weaker and aren’t ideal for larger projects.
However, they also have a much smaller diameter, making them more agile and allowing you to make tighter turns. This can be useful when trying to make cuts in an enclosed area or when you don’t have a lot of clearance for the saw’s body.
This saw is powered by a 4.0Ah lithium-ion battery, which provides more than enough power for most applications. It allows you to make up to 571 cuts at a speed of 600 SPM before it needs to be recharged.
This type of battery also holds a charge longer than the older nicad batteries and doesn’t develop a “memory”, so you can charge it at any point without worrying about damaging the cells.
The 3410-02 comes with a SKILSAW® RASP metal cut-off wheel. This is the same style of wheel that is included with the 3400 model, except that it only has a 2.5″ diameter.
It’s capable of cutting through metal up to 16 gauge without any problems and can make up to 252 cuts through 1″ metal before you need to change the wheel.
The tool also comes with a metal cutting blade. While this blade is useful when cutting thin sheet metal and soft metals, it tends to bog down when cutting thick pieces of steel. In these situations, you might want to buy a different blade with a higher watt rating.
The 3410-02 comes with a toolbelt and two 20V 4.0Ah batteries.
This is great if you don’t already own any other 20V Skil tools, but what if you already have the PS410?
In that case, you’re going to end up with an extra battery that you don’t really need. It also would have been nice if it came with a rapid charger instead of a base charger, as the rapid charger will charge the 4.0Ah battery in under an hour.
The 3410-02 is a well-designed saw that is very portable and agile. If you need the portability, this tool is hard to beat. It’s also great if you only do small household projects now and then and don’t want to spend a lot of money.
The small blade diameter and lighter weight make this tool more comfortable to use in tighter situations, although as your projects get bigger you may start to feel that you need something with a little more power.
The Skil 3420-02 is the big sister of the 3410-02 and it shows. It has a 6-1/2″ blade as opposed to a 4-1/2″, allowing you to make deeper cuts with fewer strokes. The larger footprint also gives it more stability and means that it’s not as well-suited for tighter spaces, but it’s far better than the 3450.
Just like the 3410, the 3420 has an ergonomic grip that allows for comfortable use with either hand. It also has the same 4.0Ah lithium-ion battery and rapid charger as the 3410.
It comes with one battery like the 3410, but it also comes with a metal cutting blade and a toolbelt.
One of the main advantages that the 3420 has over the 3410 is that it uses a real spindle lock. This allows for much faster blade changes, which can save you time in the long run. The 3420 can also be chained to a table or bench for even greater stability.
This saw is also slightly quieter than the 3410, making it a great choice for people who are going to be using it all day long.
The 3420 is without a doubt the better of the two Skil saws, but there are still other choices that you may want to look into before settling on this one.
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