Makita XSH08 18V X2 Brushless Circular Saw Cordless Saw Reviews

Makita XSH08 18V X2 Brushless Circular Saw


Track Saws and Circular Saws Collide with the New Makita XSH08 18V X2 Brushless Circular Saw

Makita’s latest cordless circular is the result of a collision between traditional sidewinder and track saw designs. For those of you waiting for a sidewinder that intentionally works with a track, the Makita XSH08 18V X2 Brushless Circular Saw can scratch that itch.

10-Second Summary

  • Model: Makita XSH08Z/XSH08PT
  • Blade-right sidewinder style
  • Magnesium guide rail compatible base
  • Magnesium blade guard and blade cover
  • 6000 RPM
  • 0º – 48º bevel with 45º stop
  • 2-3/8″ maximum cutting depth
  • 11.3 lbs with batteries
  • Price and availability: TBA

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Why Make a Circular Saw Track Compatible?

Track saws are known for making precision cuts with minimal tear out and generally making the life of a woodworker easier. There are a ton of cuts you can make on a table saw that simply come out better using a track saw.

Not everyone in the construction process needs the tear out benefits, but the extra precision and cut repeatability are still worth having. Better yet, you can replace a table saw with the right suite of track lengths and reduce injury risks. And you can still move up to a high tooth count blade when you want higher quality cuts.

The Makita XSH08 is appealing since you can still use your 24T Max Efficiency blades, use it trackless just like the XSH06, slide down a track when you want to cut sheet goods precisely, and have the extra cutting depth of a 7-1/4″ blade.

How Much is the Makita XSH08 Really Like the XSH06?

Makita XSH08 18V X2 Brushless Circular SawThere are a few changes from the XSH06 to the XSH08, but they’re not crazy–dramatic. Both saws are blade-right sidewinder styles and spin at 6000 RPM with electronic controls and a blade brake.

You lose a little bit of cutting depth. The XSH08 is down 1/4″ to 2-3/8″ at 90º and 1/8″ to 1-5/8″ at 45º.

Even though it uses magnesium for the base, blade guard, and blade cover, the XSH08 is about a pound heavier at 11.3 pounds with both batteries on board.

The bevel capacity drops from 56º to 48º and there’s only one stop at 45º.

Aside from that, the two saws look very similar to each and using either one (minus the track, of course) should feel pretty much the same. So Makita really is taking a standard sidewinder and making it track compatible without the need for modifications or third-party systems.

Additional Features

  • Flat motor housing makes changing the blade more convenient
  • Dust blower
  • Tether notch
  • Dual LED lights

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Pricing and Availability

I stumbled across this Makita circular saw on their website while looking up something else and there hasn’t been an official announcement just yet. So no one has pricing or availability information, but I expect we’ll see it very shortly. I’ll come back and update you when we do.

Makita XSH08 18V X2 Brushless Circular Saw Specifications

  • Model: Makita XSH08Z/XSH08PT
  • Power Source: 2 x 18V LXT batteries
  • No Load Speed: 6000 RPM
  • Blade Diameter: 7-1/4″
  • 90º Max Cutting Depth: 2-3/8″
  • 45º Max Cutting Depth: 1-11/16″
  • Length: 13-3/4″
  • Weight: 11.3 lbs with batteries
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Price: TBA

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Marc Elliott Levy
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I have seen prices so far ranging from $310 to $392 for bare tool only, not including the temporary$20 coupon on some sites on just about any Makita product. Not bad at $290, though I don’t have the money.

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Jim Premo

Brilliant? Or so obvious that it is a wonder that it hasn’t been done before and why are all of the big players not offering their own version?

Mike Treen
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Wished I had known this was coming out. I just bought the 06 two months ago. I received 2 additional 5 amp batteries from the Makita experience truck that was at the store that day, so I walked away with the saw/charger and 6-5ah batteries for $320 because of the sale. Good deal