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Makita 36v Dual Slide Compound Miter Saw Review – XSL06Z

Makita 36v Dual Slide Compound Miter Saw – XSL06Z

Finally! A cordless miter saw that has the power of a corded miter saw. The 36 volt XSL06Z from Makita fits that bill perfectly. We have long been waiting for a saw that can confidently be brought to the job-site and know that anything you run across, you tool can complete the task. With the combination of two Makita LXT 18 volt batteries, a great design, and a quality blade this saw accomplished everything we threw at it in the workshop and on the job-site. These tasks were both testing the unit and in our real-world uses making cabinets and other fine woodworking projects. We tested the saw in plywood, hardwood, softwoods, thick and thin. It has the finest to complete the finer tasks but the power and stoutness to handle the larger tasks. This saw is a perfect solution for remodelers, flooring contractors, cabinet installers, case and base installer, and lastly, anyone that needs a cordless miter saw with enough power to complete the task with ease!

Makita XSL06Z 18V x2 LXT Lithium-Ion (36V) Brushless Cordless 10″ Dual-Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw with Laser

Includes:

  • 10″ 40T Carbide-Tipped Miter Saw Blade
  • Dust Bag
  • Vertical Vise
  • Extension Wing (2)
  • Dual Slide Compound Miter Saw

Specifications and Features:

  • Max Cutting Capacity
    • 90* – 12″
    • 45* – 8-3/8″
  • No load speed – 4,700 RPM
  • Two 18v LXT Batteries
  • 31-3/4″ x 25-3/8″ x 26″
  • 60.2 Pounds
  • Soft Startup
  • BL Brushless Motor
  • Electric Brake
  • 4-Steel Rail Sliding System
  • Crown Capacity – 6-5/8″
  • Base Board Capacity – 5-1/4″

Factory Blade

The factory blade that comes with the miter saw is pretty impressive. We cut many different kinds of wood species, hardwoods, softwoods, composite, MDF, and plywoods. The blade handled the task with ease! If we were to dedicate this saw to precision finish trim work, we would pry upgrade to an 80 tooth aftermarket blade to eliminate the change of chip-out.

Power like a corded model!

With 36 volts of power being provided by the two 18 volt LXT batteries, this saw provides plenty of power to slide through whatever task you need. We cut hardwood all day long in our professional woodworking shop for our cabinetry and fine woodworking projects. Both in the woodshop and on the job site, we have to need to cut plywood and hardwood that is 3/4″ up to 8/4″. We completed all our needs in our most recent bar project cutting 8/4″ walnut with ease. Typically, we see a cordless miter saw and even corded miter saws bog down when cutting denser hardwoods. We tested this unit with multiple compound miters and bevel cuts and we were very impressed.

Battery Platform

The Makita LXT Battery platform is the largest in the world in offering 18volt tools and products. This gives the consumer confidence in investing in the system and knowing they will have compatibility with many other tools that Makita offers. Battery platform is something that is losing more and more merit in our reviews as people are taking advantage of new tools, technologies, and deals. This means folks don’t worry too much about having multiple battery platforms on the job-site but we wouldn’t be doing the LXT battery platform any justice if we failed to mention the size and selection of tools it offers. In the position we are in, we have plenty of colors on the job-site and in the workshop and have found ways to make it work. We talk to many folks in a handful of industries that fall all over this discussion. Some are strictly one color and one battery platform and others have anything and everything. We believe this is a fine line to walk and once you bring in another color, it is balanced from there.

Dual Sliding Rails = Smooth = Space Savings

The dual sliding rails on this unit are extremely smooth and prevented excessive deflection. Being this is a cordless saw and intended for the job-site and mobile user, space savings isn’t a huge deal for someone on the go but it should be mentioned with the design of this saw. With the forward facing rail design, the saw doesn’t need additional room behind the saw to allows the guide rails to be buried back there. Since the release of cordless miter saws, we have noticed that there is a growing trend of putting these saws into home shops. With a user putting this into their garage or woodworking shop sounds a bit goofy but it is extremely handy to have a cordless saw when you need it. Having this saw with the design, really helps compact your miter saw station, whether that is permanent or a mobile cart.

Features and Ease Of Use

Makita always impresses us with their designs and functionality of their recent lineup of products. They seem to design features and comforts into their tools that really make the user experience enjoyable. These features can be as simple as smooth miter and bevel mechanisms and detents or a bit more complex mechanisms like the trenching function. Makita has seemingly ramped up their user feedback and providing easy to use products that are simple to understand without spending tedious hours reading the manual.

This unit has a single laser that can be quickly positioned to the left and right side of the blade with a single knob. This mechanism also relies on two stops that can be set by the consumer with an Allen wrench to align it to the kerf of your blade.

 

Miter and Bevel Capacity

Boasting an impressive 60-degree miter capacity both left and right side of the saw gives the user confidence in the workshop or on the job site that steep cuts are achievable with this unit. With the movement and detent mechanism extremely easy to use, the user can quickly go from a 90 degree cut to a 22.5-degree miter in literally seconds! After they lock it down, they have the confidence that the saw is secured in place and they can safely make their cut.

In addition to impressive miter capacity, this unit has seriously steep bevel capacity of 48 degrees. This allows the user to get the extra back cutting capacity in certain applications. To achieve this 48 degrees, Makita has included an extremely easy to see and use the lever on both the right and left side of the saw. This lever allows the user to bypass the 45-degree positive stop.

Size and Weight

At first glance, this unit is large and heavy. At second glance, this unit is large and heavy compared to other cordless saws on the market. This can be good and bad but in our opinion and how we run our cordless miter saws, it is good! We love to place our miter saws on the job-site on Bosch’s anti-gravity stand so the size and weight aren’t too big of a deal. If you are picking it up and carrying it all the time, it will definitely be a bigger factor for you. With the larger size, that gives the user a more stable surface to hold his/her material on the saw. The bed of the saw is significantly larger than other saws that we have used. In our situation, this is much welcomed! The added weight is also nice. We like a tool of this nature to be able to handle the larger materials without dishing out a beating or too much leverage on the saw.

Dust Collection

With the two sources of dust collection on this saw, it is quite impressive. We cut 322 cuts on our runtime testing and had collected some dust on our work surface but when you think about the sheer quantity of cuts and how little dust was left over, it was impressive. Dust collection is especially important on a job-site that is occupied and this saw is one that we would have no issues bringing with us onto one of those sites.

Conclusion

If you are in the market for a cordless miter saw, we strongly encourage you to check out the x2 36v saw by Makita. It provides the most power to date with a plethora of features that really makes the consumer smile. With it being powered by two LXT 18v batteries, you can take the battery you have out of your impact driver or reciprocating saw and slap them into the saw. That compatibility on a job-site can make or break a day if someone gets behind on battery levels. With Makita’s rapid chargers, there is no excuse for downed batteries!

 

 

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