Makita has come out with a new 18V brushless sub-compact cordless band saw, model XBP05.
The new Makita brushless band saw features a 2″ x 2″ cutting capacity, die-cast aluminum gear and blade housing, LED worklight, and is designed for one-handed operation in tight spaces and for use overhead.
Although some adjustments require the use of a hex wrech (for which there’s on-board storage), Makita says that a tool-less blade change lever helps to provide for fast blade installations and removal. The guard also looks to have tool-free latches.
Cutting capacity is 2″ x 2″, for cutting a wide range of jobsite materials.
As mentioned, Makita designed their new sub-compact band saw for use in tight spaces as well as overhead cutting applications.
Its small size means there’s no auxiliary handle.
A folding hanging hook allows for easy storing of the band saw between cuts.
The new Makita SubCompact band saw will be available as a bare tool (XBP05ZB) or in a kit (XBP05R1B) bundled with a charger, compact 2.0Ah battery, and carrying case.
Makita XBP05 Features and Specifications
- Brushless motor
- Max cutting capacity: 2″ round workpiece, 2″ x 2″ rectangular
- 28-3/4″ x 1/2″ band saw blade size
- 0-630 ft/min
- Variable speed trigger
- Trigger switch with lock-off feature
- Catch bar to prevent follow-through during repetitive cutting
- Can make up to 160 cuts in 3/4″ EMT w/ 2.0Ah battery
- Weighs 7.3 lbs with battery (2.0Ah)
- 14-3/4″ length
- LED worklight
- Blade tracking dial
- Die-cast aluminum gear and blade housing
- Retractable tool hook
- Replacement blade: E-04139 ($13 via Tool Nut)
Price: $279 for the bare tool, $339 for the kit
Tool-free blade change, one-handed operation, metal guard and housing, compact design, 2″ x 2″ cutting capacity, brushless motor… seems like a solid new addition to Makita’s 18V SubCompact cordless power tool lineup.
If you want a Makita 18V cordless band saw with auxiliary handle, check out the Makita XBP03, which also has larger cutting capacity:
A lot of other cordless power tool brands have also introduced new compact brushless band saws recently: