Makita XSL06PT 18V Compound Miter Saw Review
Makita brings to the world one of the most abundant power tools line on the market. The company is known for producing quality tools that bring in the best class performance. While it’s known for a variety of devices, Makita stands out for their cordless line. When it comes to miter saws, Makita may not be the first tool manufacturer that comes to mind for many contractors, but that is about to change with the introduction of the Makita XSL06PT 10-inch Cordless Miter Saw.
This unit brings you several adjustments, functions, calibrations, and use. However, due to time, this review will concentrate on the unique features.
This 10-inch cordless miter saw has two steel rails offset vertically from each other for keeping the slide action stable. A combination of factory grease and ball bearings helps make operation extra smooth. The single action slide design allows the saw to remain immobile, meaning that you can place it against a wall and not have to worry about losing slide function. Pull the simple knob slide lock on the left slide 90 degrees in any direction to unlock it.
This Makita model offers you the advantage of a laser for marking your cutline or adjusting the blade for left or right cutting. A power switch at the top of handle helps you turn it on or off. However, you need to turn it back off to prevent fast battery drain when the unit is not in use. The Makita laser system helps you achieve agreeably accurate results.
Direct Drive Motor
The Makita’s BL brushless motor gains its power from a pair of 18-Volt LXT battery packs. The connection between the batteries inside the XSL06PT helps in creating 36 Volts for efficiently powering the 10-inch blade. While many miter saws utilize a belt system for driving the blade, Makita uses a direct drive system.
You will feel the difference when cutting side by side with a belt drive unit. The cuts you achieve are smoother and much more confident. Besides, the differences are even more prevalent when the belt begins stretching, and the unit becomes sluggish. The direct drive system on this Makita will remain just as tight two years down the line as it was when you took it out of the box for the first time.
The Makita 10-inch cordless unit brings you an excellent 60-degree, both left and right, mitering capacity. Some units on the market do a great job than others when it comes to locking down into detents. This Makita model does a better job of locking everything in place.
The bevel lock on this unit is located at the front and is in the form of a twist knob. As you twist it, you can hear the lock loosen and tighten. A half twist loosens the bevel just enough for moving, but a full twist makes movement much smoother.
Makita XSL06PT: Conclusion
If you are on the market for a cordless miter saw unit, stop searching. The Makita XSL06PT 10-inch Cordless Miter Saw is one of the best units by a fair margin. The combination of accuracy and cutting power sets it apart from other units. This unit is delivered with two 18V LXT batteries, an LXT dual port charger, vertical vise, dust bag, triangular rule, hex wrench and a 10-inch by 5/8-inch micro-polished miter saw blade.