There are plenty of cordless miter saws currently on the market, but abrasive wheel cut-off saws? Nope, and that’s why this new Makita 18V X2 model is an attention-grabber.
The new Makita saw, XWL01Z, features a full-sized 14″ abrasive wheel, and is powered by a brushless motor. The blade spins at 3800 RPM.
Features include a large spark guard, an electric brake that Makita says allows for faster adjustments for maximum productivity, a tool-less flange removal for wheel changes, tool-less fence and vise controls, and a 2-stage lock-off power button.
Makita says that their new 18V X2 cordless abrasive chop saw can be used to cut light gauge metal stud and strut, pipe, conduit, all thread, tubing, rebar, and other such materials.
The saw has a cutting capacity of 5″ for round materials, and 4″ x 7-5/8″ for rectangular tubing.
If you want some of the same features in a corded tool, the Makita LW1400 looks similar, featuring tool-less flange removal, a 3800 RPM motor, and the same cutting capacity.
This is a surprising but very welcome addition to Makita’s growing 18V and 18V X2 lineup. It’s also a great example of the kinds of benefits their dual battery platform can deliver.
For those of you that bring your abrasive chop saws to jobs, what’s your take on this? Can you see yourself replacing your corded model with one of these?