Makita LXSL01 18V Cordless Miter Saw Preview Tool Reviews by Tool

Makita LXSL01 18V Cordless Miter Saw Preview


Imagine walking into a house and doing an entire trim job, soup to nuts, without a single extension cord… Now you can, thanks to Makita LXSL01 18V 7-1/2″ Compound Sliding Miter Saw (model LXSL01). Now, companies like Bosch and Ryobi have previously introduced cordless miter saws, so this isn’t a first, but it is a first for Makita – and that’s going to be good news for those who are already knee-deep in any of Makita’s 40 existing 18V tools.

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Makita LXSL01 18V Miter Saw Features

Makita’s new product is actually a dual slide compound miter saw that is extremely compact – weighing just 27-1/2 lbs. That’s actually really lightweight and makes it super portable as miter saws go. The Makita LXSL01 will slice through a 2×12 and also do a 2×8 at 45 degrees. It has cutting speed of 2200 RPM and uses a direct-drive gearbox, which is to say it’s like taking a sidewinder cordless 18V circular saw and mounting it to an arm. The sliding rail system uses 4 steel rails with 4 in-line ball bearings. Because it’s not belt drive, you have limited depth, but the 2-1/16″ cut depth will still crosscut 11-3/4″ (the size of a 2×12) when the blade is perfectly vertical.

So what else does it have? Well, the expected features of an electric brake, an aluminum
base, a rubber overmold handle, and compatibility with items like Makita’s new jobsite miter saw stand (model
195083-4). This tool is pretty smart and we have to say, it makes us want one for our shop. If it holds up, then for portability and smaller trim jobs, this saw is going to be hard to beat.

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What’s in the Kit (tool-only version also available)

  • LXSL01 18V LXT Lithium-Ion 7-1/2″ Dual Slide Compound Miter Saw
  • 2 x 18V LXT Lithium-Ion batteries
  • 30 minute Rapid Optimum Charger
  • 7-1/2″ 40T saw blade
  • Dust bag
  • Socket wrench
  • Triangular ruler
  • Vertical vice
  • 2 x extension wings

Specifications

  • Model Number: Makita LXSL01
  • Blade Diameter: 7-1/2″
  • Arbor: 5/8″
  • Cutting Capacities (bevel/miter): 90°/90° (2-1/16″ x 11-3/4″)
  • 45°/45° (2-1/16″ x 8-3/8″)
  • No Load Speed: 2,200 RPM
  • Battery: 18V LXT Lithium-Ion
  • Dimensions: 25-3/4″L x 17″W x 17-7/8″H
  • Net Weight (w/battery): 27.5 lbs.

Price

The new Makita LXSL01 18V Cordless Miter Saw is priced at $594 on Amazon, and we can’t yet pin down a price for the full version with dual batteries and a charger. While it’s not the cheapest product on the market, the unique nature of the saw makes it compelling for those who would benefit from a cordless solution like this.

Warranty

All of Makita’s LXT Lithium-Ion tools are backed by the company’s new 3-Year Warranty which covers repair due to defective materials or workmanship up to 3 years from the purchase date.

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