Ryobi has announced that they’re coming out with a new 18V 7-1/4″ cordless sliding miter saw, model PBT01B.
In my opinion, this looks a lot like the Ryobi 18V dual-battery One+One cordless miter saw that Benjamen reviewed here. That model, a sliding 10″ miter saw, seems to have been discontinued.
Ryobi says that their new PBT01B cordless miter saw delivers best in class cross-cut, up to a nominal 2″ x 10″. They also boast about the saw’s portable and lightweight design.
Features & Specifications
- 7-1/4″ blade size
- 3,600 RPM (no load)
- 2″ x 10″ max nominal lumber cut capacity at 90°
- 2″ x 6″ max nominal lumber cut capacity at 45°
- 0° – 45° bevel angle
- 47° max miter angle, left and right
- 1-1/4″ dust port
- Up to 500 cuts per charge with a P194 9.0Ah battery
- Includes 40T blade, dust bag, work clamp
- Battery and chargers are sold separately
Parts of Ryobi’s product description references the TSS702 miter saw, their corded 7-1/4″ model of similar design. Compared to the corded saw, the PBT01B cordless miter saw has a slower motor speed (3,600 vs. 5,350 RPM).
Is this Ryobi’s first cordless sliding 7-1/4″ miter saw? I’ve been trying to find details about past models, and the only saw that come up are their cordless sliding 10″ miter saw, non-sliding 7-1/4″ cordless miter saws, and corded miter saws.
Home Depot’s listing suggests that some of the specs were taken from Ryobi’s corded version of this saw, with a specified weight of 25 lbs. Even if that’s for the corded saw, this new cordless saw should weigh about the same.
This saw boasts a heavy duty 10 Amp motor that delivers up to 3,600 RPM for the power to make difficult cuts or a variety of small cuts in wood. Not only is this saw powerful, it’s extremely portable: Carry it anywhere and cut what you need without the hassle of a cord or trying to find an electrical outlet.
So, about that “best in class 2×10 cross-cut capacity”… Milwaukee’s M18 Fuel 7-1/4″ dual bevel sliding miter saw has a maximum cross-cutting capacity of 2×8 at 90°. Dewalt’s 20V Max 7-1/4″ cordless sliding miter saw has a similar cut capacity.
For Ryobi’s new cordless miter saw to give you a little bit of extra cutting capacity, that could be a benefit. But, it will also increase the sliding range of the miter and size of the tool. That could be a downside, depending on your particular needs and preferences.
The saw has nice touches, such as the integrated side handles for easier portability. I’ve seen similar features on other new model miter saws, and have been told that it’s part of new regulatory changes that went into effect recently. In other words, expect to see similar on new cordless miter saws going forward.
Unlike the corded version of this saw, this new cordless model does not look to have a top handle.
The saw does not seem to have a brushless motor, and perhaps this was a cost consideration. Ryobi says it can make up to 500 cuts with a 9Ah battery, but they don’t provide any details beyond that.
Overall, the new Ryobi PBT01B cordless miter saw looks to be a reasonably balanced model. You don’t get cutting-edge motor tech or performance, but you do get a a little extra in the form of cutting capacity compared to the other cordless 7-1/4” sliding miter saws we checked
Price: $199 for the bare tool
Coming Soon to Home Depot
Compare: Dewalt 20V Max Miter Saw
Ryobi announced their new cordless miter saw directly on social media, and have not yet provided any press details or information.
There could be other notable features or interesting aspects about the new cordless miter saw that we didn’t pick up on. If you come across any such information, please let us know!
Meh. Makita and Metabo (more so) still share the winning designs for me due to space requirements.
Might be considered a different class due to price but the metabo hpt multivolt 7 1/4” sliding mitre specs show it can handle 2×12
That’s beyond a different class, you’re talking about a $1250 tool.
I wonder why they took away the handle on an obviously portable design.
Look at the picture and there seems to be an integrated handle on both sides of the table.
Putting the handles on the table probably makes it easier to move around and more durable than suspending the entire weight of the saw from a top handle.
That might be true, but a top handle can be much more comfortable when moving a miter saw.
Additionally, too many users treat the power switch handle as a carrying handle, which they’re not supposed to do, and a structural carrying handle nearby can really help to discourage that.
My shins cry out in shame and agreement.
A really slick design would have it that if you lift the saw by the switch handle the handle moves to a balanced position on the top (and disengages the battery, too) for easy carry.
I don’t use the top handle on most saws because I’m to worried about throwing off the alignment or causing damage/wear to the slides and bearings.
“So, about that “best in class 2×10 cross-cut capacity”… Milwaukee’s M18 Fuel 7-1/4″ dual bevel sliding miter saw has a maximum cross-cutting capacity of 2×8 at 90°. Dewalt’s 20V Max 7-1/4″ cordless sliding miter saw has a similar cut capacity.”
You forgot about Kobalt’s awesome 24v 7 1/4″ miter. It also can do a 2×10, it’s brushless, and dual bevel. For the money, I think it’s the best cordless 7 1/4″ miter saw at $269 bare tool.
I’m guessing Ryobi considers the Kobalt to be in a different class of tool, and makes their claims about 18V platform miter saws specifically.
I haven’t tried the Kobalt, but it looks well-spec’ed. The only on-paper downside about the Kobalt is its weight, but that’s balanced by its impressive feature set.
Companies shouldn’t be able to claim “best in class” without defining what the class is.
English is a marvelous language but sometimes lacks specificity or may be used in an ambiguous way by those wishing to hype their wares. The devil is in the details and the fine print that defines what “best in class” means is often disingenuous. Vendors often create very narrowly defined criteria that help them tout their test results or performance specs. The lack of truth in advertising is often hard to prove let alone enforce so once again “caveat emptor” applies.
But in the absence of press releases or media materials, marketing claims give us clues as to the answer to the question “why should we care about this new tool?”
My recollection is that kobalt makes several “best in class” claims based on being the only real 24v system. So exclusive them from other classes seems like fair game to me. I have 2 voltages Ryobi and 3 voltages kobalt, I’m not against them I just think this is a fair though confusing response to their marketing gimmick.
Ryobi has been boasting about their “The World’s Largest 18V Tool System*” for years (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9wd1bNmhhY), over 100 tools as of around 2018 per the video, and 175+ as of 2020 or so (prominently on most Ryobi tool packaging, on HD and Ryobi sites). But if you look closely at the * disclaimer: *stem-pack style battery. I like my Ryobi tools, but their marketing is truly pathetic. What’s next? The largest 18V tool system with lime color scheme?
Makita currently has over 275 18V tools, and I wouldn’t be too proud to mention having the inferior stem style battery, despite the backward compatibility. There are very good reasons why all other 18V and up systems that had stem-packs have switched to slide packs.
50x better than the competition.
I have the corded version, a purchase I have long regretted.
I got the little Hitachi that was on deal this Christmas – so far I’m very pleased with it.
Not really sure I need a cordless one though someday the M18 might go cheap enough that I get it just to complete the collection.
I LITERALL just bought the corded version 2 days ago… lol oh well. i don’t move my saw around enough to need the cordless version
used to be the wobble/slop from the slide mechanism was enough that a 7.25 blade slider was just useless. If Ryobi is boasting more capacity than Milwaukee doesn’t that suggest that someone at Milwaukee made a considered decision about what the right capacity should be and then somebody at Ryobi decided their customer base doesn’t care as much about precision? Have they gotten enough better at these slide mechanisms that its a serious option for predictable cuts?
Reminds me a lot of the Ridgid 18v that was available a few years ago, appears to still be available in Canada:
I own and like the Ridgid. I wouldn’t want to frame a house with it, but a useful little trim saw, and delightfully portable. This Ryobi has a nice increase in crosscut capacity.
I have the ridgid 18v and I use it more often than my 12″ saw. my primary reason is that I have a tiny shop and thus cannot have a dedicated spot for the miter saw so I have to pull it off a shelf to use and the little one is way easier to do that with.
I’ll be interested to see what the price point is when this comes out. To be a better deal than the kobalt, it will need to be around $250 with the battery, especially since it looks to be a single bevel vs. the Kobalt dual bevel.
I wish the Ridgid 18v was still available in the US. I ended up with the Dewalt 7.25″ cordless miter saw. I love the portability / size of it. I would not have had a problem buying a corded version in this size with good quality but there really weren’t any options in a reasonable price range.
The 7.25″ saws just can’t quite cut a 4X4 or 4X6 without turning. This one lists max depth of 3.375″. Too bad the standard blade size for chop saws didn’t start at 8″