Makita has added the XPB01 18 volt Li-Ion Band Saw to its LXT series of 18 volt cordless tools. Like the other tools in this family that boasts over 70 members, time to full charge for the battery is only 30 minutes. At only 7.5 pounds, the new band saw is some 25% lighter than competitor’s models. A complete cover over the blade outside the cutting area means that it is ANSI certified appropriate for one-handed use. Built in LED lights make cutting in darker areas easier and safer. Makita also claims 50% more cuts per charge compared to Dewalt’s DCS370K.
Cutting length is 2-1/2 inches and the XPB01 accepts 32-7/8″ x 1/2″ blades. The Makita designed motor delivers class leading 630 feet per minute of cutting speed. Engineers at Makita point to a common premature failure in band saw blades at the weld point due to stress that the blade experiences with a tighter turning radius. Using a bi-metal design and improved welding process, Makita offers a more durable blade (sold separately). The blades are sold in packs of 5 as either 14 TPI (model B-40543) or 18 TPI (model B-40559). Expect to pay around $50 for either pack online.
The LXT Band Saw is offered as a kit (model XBP01) or as a tool only (model XBP01Z). The kit includes the band saw, (2) 18 volt LXT batteries, charger, and contractor bag. It is running $380 online, while the tool only is selling for $220. Makita backs the saw with its 3 year tool warranty and 1 year battery warranty. Visit Makita’s website form more details.
- Model: XBP01 LXT 18V Cordless Band Saw
- Weight: 7.5 pounds with battery
- Length: 18-1/2″
- Cut Length: 2-1/2″
- No Load Speed: 630 feet per minute
- Power Source: 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
- Current Online Price: $380 (kit)/$220 (tool only)
- Warranty: 3 year tool/1 year battery
- Kit includes: Tool, 2 batteries, charger, contractor bag