Makita recently showed off their new XSL06 18V X2 cordless brushless miter saw, which features a 10″ blade size, vertical sliding rails, and Bluetooth trigger that will wirelessly trigger a Makita dust collection vac.
There’s not a lot of info out there on this new saw yet, but a few things caught my attention, and enough of it to where I’d hold off on buying a cordless miter saw right now if I were in the market for one.
The new Makita XSL06 cordless 10″ sliding miter saw is engineered with a 4800 RPM brushless motor that’s powered by (2) 18V Li-ion battery packs in series, effectively making it a 36V saw. Just going based on that, the saw should offer strong performance and reasonable cutting capacity.
Next, there’s the Bluetooth dust collection trigger, which I am very eager to learn more about.
In the demo/preview video shared by Coptool, it’s shown that the new miter saws work with a version of their X2 dust extractor vac. It looks like that might be a new version. It’s unclear as to whether existing X2 vac users will need to buy a new vacuum, or if it can be retrofitted to pair with the saw’s Bluetooth trigger. We hope to know more soon.
As if Bluetooth-activated dust collection wasn’t enough, there are 2 dust ports for greater dust-collection efficiency. There’s one port just below the blade, and another at the rear of the saw.
There will be a corded version released alongside the cordless version, but no hybrid corded/cordless version. The dust collection should work similarly, which is why we’re showing this image of the corded saw.
ETA: July 2017
We wouldn’t have this early look if not for our friends at Coptool. I encourage you to pop on over there to see what they have to say about all the new tools Makita just showed off.
More Info(via Coptool)
I am a big, big fan of Dewalt’s FlexVolt 12″ sliding miter saw. It’s a FANTASTIC cordless miter saw, powered by (2) FlexVolt battery packs for 120V Max power. Plus it has an AC adapter that allows it to be plugged in for continuous runtime.
Dust collection with cordless tools is a big challenge, and one that still needs solving. Miter saw dust collection is usually a joke, more so on some saws, less on others.
For Makita to make dust collection a high priority is a big thing. The potential for on-demand dust collection from a cordless saw to a cordless vac is huge. It’ll likely be costly, too, but more convenient than having to manually turn a dust collector – cordless or corded – for each cut or cutting session.
With the new saws due out in July, if I were in the market for a new cordless miter saw, I’d put my purchasing decision on hold until more details came to light.
This new Makita saw looks like it could be a big deal.
Even for users with no intention to buy a new dust vac, the 2 dust ports might provide for improved dust collection efficiency with any dust extractor, Bluetooth-connected or otherwise.