Kobalt has come out with a new 24V Max brushless dual bevel sliding miter saw, KMS 0724A-03, with a 7-1/4″ blade size and
2×14 2-1/4 x 9-3/8″ cutting capacity (as per the user manual).
The new Kobalt cordless miter saw features an aluminum table, which they say makes it lighter for easier transport. They say the base also has a built-in 6″ extension table, but we’re not quite sure what that means.
It’s bundled with a 6.0Ah Li-ion battery and a charger.
- 7-1/4″ blade size
- 4500 RPM
- Dual bevel with 48° max angle
- 50° miter range left, and 60° miter range right
- Weighs 38 lbs
Price: $329 for the kit
Buy Now(via Lowes)
It’s nice to see the Kobalt 24V Max cordless power tool platform growing. They came out with several new tools and combo kits last year, and the lineup currently includes a sander, oscillating multi-tool, jig saw, one-handed reciprocating saw, a jobsite blower, a 4″ circular saw, several outdoor power tools, and of course “core” tools such as a drill, impact driver, circular saw, and reciprocating saw.
More tool options are good for everyone.
As of the time of this posting, the Dewalt DCS361B is $279 for the bare tool, or $369 for the 1-battery kit.
Buy Now(Bare tool via Amazon)
Buy Now(Kit via Amazon)
The Milwaukee M18 Fuel 7-1/4″ sliding miter saw is $399 for the bare tool, or $499 for the kit.
Buy Now(Bare tool via Acme Tools)
Buy Now(Kit via Acme Tools)
I would buy the dewalt. However i have a 10 inch Craftsman mitre. It serves me well enough.
I am in the market for a (relatively) lightweight miter saw for homeowner/DIY work. I don’t really have the storage space for a larger saw that I’d love to have. What catches my eye here is the 2×14 cut capacity. From looking at it, it doesn’t seem like it would somehow have almost twice the width capacity of the Dewalt. I already have several Dewalt 20v tools but was figuring I’d just go corded for a miter.
Curious to see reviews of this one.
I have the Dewalt. Biggest difference is that it’s a 7 1/4” blade. Best cuts are 2×4 and 6’s I did 4×4 other day and had to rotate. But with a flex volt battery, runs all day, doesn’t get bogged down, and is very lightweight.
I made a mistake, thought the Kobalt was a 10” blade for some reason. Yea being able to do a 14” board is impressive.
For DIY work – do you really want to pay the premium for a cordless saw? $216 will buy you a 10 inch – DW713 – or you might even look at a well regarded Hitachi saw for under $100 – unless you really need a slider and that 14 inch capacity. If you want to spend $300 and looking for something light – this Hitachi might be worth a look:
Lowe’s is selling the DW713 for $153.00 if you can find one in stock. I am in New York and they shipped one from North Carolina to my home. Paid the $153.00 + tax and it arrived in two days.
That 14″ capacity is huge for a 7-1/4″ saw. Guessing it has something to do with that “6” extension table” they mention?
I have the Milwaukee 2733 and I’m dissatisfied with it. It was out of square out of the box but I got it dialed in eventually. Then it would randomly give me static electric zaps until it finally died today right when I’m about to wrap up a job.
I too have the Dewalt and it’s a great saw. I also have the corded kobalt 7¼ saw. It was on sale for like $80 when I bought it and it worked like an $80 saw. It sucked. The blade bearings went bad in less than a year and it started wobbling. Instead of getting another saw through Lowes warranty built with the same shitty parts, I tore it down and repaired it myself. I hope this was built better than their corded version. Why does the Milwaukee saw cost $500? What makes it so special that it costs $170 more than the kobalt mentioned in this post?
The shadow line cut system makes it special, in fact that’s what swayed me from the Makita equivalent which is about $150 more than the Milwaukee. However the shadow line is about the only thing good with the Milwaukee – it’s given me problems since the minute I removed it from the box, until it died a premature death at the most inconvenient time. $$$$$
I can’t recommend the DeWalt because I felt it was lacking power. Even after swapping in a premium blade it was just okay for interior trim work but it was still and was prone to tearing material if you weren’t careful.
Milwaukee M18 Fuel 10 inch is also $499 for kit… I picked on up last week for $300.
Problem with these 20v-24v lines is not backwards compatible cord option. That is a must have.
I would not say its a must have. It is a luxury item. With these brushless tools and a high capacity battery, you can nearly work a full day. Two batteries will definitely get you there.
Personally I’d buy neither I don’t really see the purpose of these smaller mitre saws. with a quality 10 inch does the job easier and better. Yes those might be a tick more portable but that’s part of the problem I think. you still need a solid stable place to put it to work with it.
by the time I get a mitre saw stand or a work table setup I might as well haul a 10 inch up there there.
Not everyone needs cut capacity of the 10″ saw. And size wise, these small 7 1/4″ saws are uber portable and very easy to setup for cutting being that no cords are needed.
These definitely have their place and a market, hence why they are so popular and many brands are selling them.
I think the 2×14 listed capacity is a typo by Lowes/Kobalt. If you look at the pdf owners manual on their site, it states 9-3/8” max crosscut. http://pdf.lowes.com/useandcareguides/692042010361_use.pdf
They have the 2×14 capacity on their website in two places, but I agree that it sounds very unusual for a 7-1/4″ slider. There’s also no mention of the extension in the manual. Maybe they copy/pasted from another product of similar nature that’s coming out?
Ryobi Mitre Saw 10” is a better pick.
How do you know that as this saw is not even out and available yet? The Ryobi also needs 2 batteries as well, doesn’t it?
Its the same as the Ridgid version I used to own, happened to be USELESS!
I’m a slave to my battery platforms… has to be either Makita (x2hopefully), a decent Ryobi (unlikely to be decent) or a 36v Bosch. Not holding my breath.
I stand corrected: the x2 Makita exists. Hmmmmmm
I’m still using my old 18v nimh makita from 14 years ago. I like the idea of all these new 20-24v 7-1/4″ miter saws coming out, but none of them have the cut capacity of the newer makita cordless, which can crosscut a 2×12.
I’m looking for a new one, and I primarily do trim work with the saw for clients, but a n 11-1/2 inch crosscut makes it possible to do closet systems with it as well
If you like Makita, the xsl02z has a 12″ cross cut
Sorry I didn’t read your entire post, seems you already knew about that saw
If it’s as good as there little brushless circular saw I’ll take 3 pleaaaase!! That little saw kicks as in every aspect of the game. Ooops!! Except for the cutting line vision sucks!
I’d never buy a cordless miter saw. While a must have for drills, which are taken to the work and don’t require as much torque and/or run time, not needed for a miter saw. Along with compromising on power and the limited run time issue, you pay up to double the price for cordless vs. corded. Not for me.