Thursday, February 22, 2018

The Makita Cordless Track Saw

Makita XPS01 saw on MFT/3 with Mafell dust bag attached
I love track saws. Festool makes excellent track saws that dominate the market for good reason. But Makita has turned my head with their new cordless track saw -- the XPS01.

I recently acquired the Makita XPS01PT Kit (includes the XPS01, a 5.5" 55T carbide tip ultra-thin-kerf (0.63"/1.6mm) blade, two 5Ah 18V batteries and a high-speed charger in two blue-green systainer-like containers for $499), and it came with the 55" rail and 2 more 5Ah batteries for free. I figure that's roughly half the cost of Festool's cordless TSC-55 saw and comparable supporting gear. (The XPS01PT kit is missing any dust bag.)