Makita X2 XSH10Z 9‑1/4” Brushless Circular Saw with Guide Rail Compatible Base & AWS Capable

Makita now has a new cordless circular saw with a capacity larger than 7-1/4″ and it’s the Makita X2 XSH10Z 9‑1/4” Brushless Circular Saw with Guide Rail Compatible Base and it is also AWS capable.

This large capacity saw sports a 9-1/4″ circular saw blade and has a massive cut capacity of 3-3/8″ which is larger than regular 10″ table saws! This is thanks to it’s brushless motor for better perfromance and runtime than brushed motors. Also thanks to Makita making it a 36V power tool by using a pair of 18V batteries together for better performance. I like that Makita with with a traditional sidewinder style body on this circular saw instead of making it a fake worm drive style.

You can also classify this new large capacity circular saw as a track saw as it’s base is guide rail compatible, you’ll just have to buy the track rails separately. This saw is also AWS capable for their auto-wireless-start system when used with the optional wireless transmitter.

Other features magnesium shoe and blade guards and include a built in vac port on upper blade guard. A dust blower to clear the cut line. Dual fuel gauge and LED light for low light use. You can make bevel cuts up to 60 degrees. Runtime is said to be up to 110 cuts into 3×12 lumber!

Available as a baretool with a price of $585.75 per time of writing.

  • Convenient guide rail compatible saw base interacts with optional guide rails to provide perfect, dead-on straight or bevel cutting without the need for an adapter
  • Auto-Start Wireless System (AWS™) utilizes Bluetooth® technology for wireless power-on/off communication between tool and optional dust extractor
  • AWS™ capable with Auto-Start Wireless Transmitter (part no. 198901-5) sold separately
  • Powered by two LXT® batteries; X2 LXT® technology delivers more power, RPM and run time without the hassles of a cord (batteries not included)
  • X2 LXT® technology delivers up to 110 crosscuts in 3×12 oak board using two 5.0Ah batteries (batteries not included)
  • Makita built electronically controlled BL™ Motor delivers 4,500 RPM for maximum performance and 50% longer run time per charge
  • The BL™ Brushless Motor eliminates carbon brushes, enabling the BL™ Motor to run cooler and more efficiently for longer life
  • Automatic Speed Change™ technology adjusts cutting speed and torque during cut for optimum performance
  • Extreme Protection Technology (XPT™) is engineered for improved dust and water resistance for operation in harsh conditions
  • Large 3-3/8” cutting capacity at 90°
  • Measures 16-1/4″ long and weighs 13.2 lbs. with batteries (batteries not included)
  • -1°- 60° bevel capacity with positive stops at 22.5° and 45°
  • Electric brake for maximum productivity
  • Soft start feature for smooth start-ups
  • Die-cast magnesium base, blade guard, and blade cover provide a lightweight, durable design
  • Slide lever on saw base designed to engage the optional guide rail (sold separately) when bevel cutting for stability
  • Included all metal rip fence installs quickly and easily for ripping material to a uniform width
  • Large rotating rear dust port directs material away from the operator and easily connects to a vacuum system
  • Rubberized soft grip handle provides increased comfort on the job
  • 3-stage L.E.D. gauges indicate battery charge levels
  • Dual L.E.D. lights illuminate the work area
  • On-board blade wrench for convenience
  • Flat motor housing design for stability when changing the blade
  • Built-in dust blower cleans the line of cut for operator accuracy
  • Built-in tether notch (tether sold separately)
  • Quick adjust blade guard lever for greater blade visibility
  • Dual front and rear bevel supports provide additional rigidity for precise and accurate bevel cuts
  • Ideal for ripping and cross cutting larger beams, boards, and forms that require a large cutting depth
  • Equipped with Star Protection Computer Controls™ to protect against overloading, over-discharging and over-heating
  • 3-year limited warranty

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Everything about this saw looks cool… except the 9″ blade. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one in person. I remember seeing another 9″ saw somewhere (old worm drive?), but that’s quite an oddball size. What gives?


Ironically, I have the Skilsaw 10.25″ wormdrive. I read about the difference between the 10″ and 10.25″ blades before I bought it. I figured I could treat the blade real nice and if I had to I could always break down and put a 10″ blade on it. I’ve never noticed a 9″ blade in a store. But now in going to look!