If I hadn’t told you that this was Makita’s new 18V cordless drywall cut-out saw (XDS01Z), would you be able to identify its function? Well, aside from how the blade says “drywall” on it?
Makita has come out with a new and very unusual-looking cordless cut-out saw, meant for cutting openings in installed boards and panels.
It has an adjustable cutting depth, up to 1-3/16″, or up to 9/16″ in wood, and 1/4″ stroke length. The adjustable cutting depth allows users to avoid cutting or damaging objects behind the board or panel being cut.
The new saw sports some good-looking runtime specs as well. Makita says that it can cut up to 984 feet of 1/2″ drywall on a single 4.0Ah battery charge (a battery and charger are not included in this bare-tool offering).
There’s a built-in dust collection port, and a clear dust box container that’s easy check. I suppose there are some flaps that keep the dust port sealed when not using a dust collection system of vacuum.
Makita says that their new cut-out saw is ideal for cut-outs and drywall repair applications.
Price: $213 (subject to change)
Buy Now(via Amazon)
- Wood cut-out blade, B-49719 ($34 for 2-pack)
- Drywall cut-out blade, B-49703 ($26 and change for 2-pack)
I can absolutely see how this would be great for making cutouts for outlets, switches, cable/TV/etc. connections, and for making larger repairs in drywall.
Do you see any potential downsides?