Makita Adds a 6 1/2-inch Circular Saw to 40V XGT Lineup
Makita XGT 40V tools are designed for demanding applications where high performance is a top priority. The brand’s latest circular saw entry has some impressive details that we’ve come to expect from a pro-grade tool. We’re diving in to find out what else the Makita GSH05 6 1/2-inch cordless circular saw brings to the table.
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Makita GSH05 Performance
- Model: Makita GSH05
- Speeds up to 5500 RPM
- Up to 290 cuts in 2×10 lumber per charge
- 2 1/4-inch cutting capacity at 90°
- 1 5/8-inch capacity at 45°
- 0°-50° bevel capacity
- Positive stops at 22.5°, 45°, and 50°
- Electric brake
- Auto-Start Wireless System for dust extractor connectivity
The Makita GSH05 6 1/2-inch circular saw features a brushless motor that delivers no-load speeds up to 5500 RPM, which the brand tells us is up to 40% faster than other saws in the same class. It can perform up to 290 cuts in 2×10 lumber per charge using a 40V max XGT 4.0Ah battery.
For cutting capacity, you’re looking at 2 1/4 inches at 90° and 1 5/8 inches at 45°. It also bevels from 0° to 50° with positive stops at 22.5°, 45°, and 50°.
Additionally, this tool features Makita’s Auto-Start Wireless System, which uses Bluetooth technology to wirelessly power on and off an equipped dust extractor as you work, powering on when you turn on your tool and vice versa.
Makita GSH05 Design
- Length: 11.75 inches
- Weight: 5.7 pounds bare; 7.9 pounds with battery
- Die-cast magnesium base, blade guard, and blade cover
- XPT technology provides increased dust and water resistance
- LED work light
- Retractable, extra-wide tool hook
This circular saw is 11 inches long, and when using the kitted 40V 4.0Ah battery, it has a weight of 7.9 pounds. Its base, blade guard, and blade cover feature a die-cast magnesium construction for a durable, lightweight design.
This saw can also stand up to harsh jobsite conditions thanks to XGT technology, which provides increased dust and water resistance.
Other convenience features include an LED work light for illumination in low-light areas, and a retractable tool hook for storage when the saw isn’t in use.
Makita GSH05 Price
This saw retails for $269 for the bare tool and $469 for the kit, which includes a 4.0Ah battery, a rapid charger, a 6 1/2-inch 24T saw blade, various accessories, and a carrying case. Makita backs your purchase with a 3-year warranty.