Albert sent in a deal tip about Makita’s X2 circular saw. Over at Home Depot, they’re offering a special bundle that includes two 18V batteries for free!
We’ve seen this deal before, and assumed it was special for the holidays. But, seeing as how it’s now late-January, two thoughts come to mind.
Is Makita having trouble selling their X2 tools? For example, Milwaukee’s 18V Fuel full-size brushless circular saw seems to be in far greater demand than Makita’s non-brushless X2 model.
Or maybe Makita just has a stockpile of 18V 3Ah batteries that they want to move. They just came out with 4.0ah batteries in the USA, and haven’t even announced the 5.0Ah batteries that are widely available overseas. Other brands are already talking about 6.0Ah batteries. It’s going to be hard for any brand to effectively sell 3.0Ah battery packs pretty soon.
Maybe there’s a 3rd possible explanation that eludes me.
In any case, for $229 you get the bare saw and (2) free battery packs. If you don’t already have a charger, you’ll have to buy one.
How much is the required charger? $100! The lowest I could find the DC18RC charger for is $90 at some online dealers. You might as well buy the special Makita 18V hammer drill kit for $99. That way you get a hammer drill, a third battery, and a charger.
Or you could buy the dual port charger for $129. Although some dual-batteries tools, such as Festool’s cordless circular saw, can work with 1 or 2 batteries, I believe the X2 must be equipped with 2 charged batteries to work. And so the dual port charger might make sense.
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