We’ve written quite a but about the new Makita XGT 40V Max cordless power tool system so far, but the story is far from complete. Makita USA has not provided a lot of information or details, and so we’ve been trying to piece things together from some of the other international announcements.
At this time, we’ve seen images of two different Makita XGT brushless circular saws, include the 6-1/2″ saw shown above. Officially described as a 165mm circular saw (which converts to ~6-1/2″), doesn’t this circular saw resemble Makita’s 18V sub-compact model?
There are many differences in the saws’ features, such as the absence of an auxiliary handle, added digital controls, and some structural changes. But the two saws’ general form factors and sizes look to be quite similar, don’t they?
It seems atypical for Makita to introduce a 6-1/2″ circular saw as part of their new high performance 40V Max system. Atypical, but not unwelcome.
I say it’s atypical because other brands’ most premium and highest-powered circular saws, such as Milwaukee M18 Fuel with High Output batteries and Dewalt FlexVolt, have 7-1/4″ blade sizes. From product images, Makita does also have a 7-1/4″ brushless circular saw coming to their XGT 40V Max cordless power tool system.d
Cordless 6-1/2″ circular saws are lighter and more compact than 7-1/4″ circular saws, but they’re not quite what you think of in the context of “next-gen high-performance cordless jobsite.” Still, having the option for a smaller and lighter circular saw is always a good thing.
And look, the new Makita XGT 6-1/2″ circular saw will also be available in both teal and black color schemes. As you might know, Makita’s sub-compact 18V cordless power tools are available in black.
This looks to be the most compact 36V/40V Max circular saw on the market. Is it the only 36V/40V Max 6-1/2″ brushless circular saw available?
The absence of an auxiliary handle looks to make the XGT 6-1/2″ circular saw look even more compact than Makita’s 18V sub-compact offering, at least from the product images.
Shall we continue on our efforts to explore and hopefully understand what Makita will be doing with their XGT 40V Max cordless power tool system? I feel that little details like this could potentially provide greater context for the new lineup.