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Makita BSS610Z 18-Volt LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 6-1/2-Inch Circular Saw (Tool Only, No Battery)

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  • Makita-built motor delivers 3,700 RPM for faster cutting and ripping through wood
  • Compact, ergonomic design, 7.1 pounds, for reduced operator fatigue
  • Built-in LED light illuminates work area, built-in dust blower keeps line of cut free of debris
  • Tool only (batteries not included), 3-year warranty on tool

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Product Description

Product Description

Makita-built motor delivers 3,700 RPM for faster cutting and ripping through wood

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The Makita 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 6-1/2-Inch Circular Saw delivers cordless cutting power to the jobsite. The BSS610Z has a Makita-built high-torque motor and a compact design for a range of cutting applications, and will cut 2X material at 45 degrees.



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BSS610Z Features
PERFORMANCE - LXT Li-Ion batteries charge in 30 minutes, run longer and deliver 2.5X more cycles
SPEED - 3,700 RPM for faster cutting and ripping
CONTROL - Built-in dust blower and L.E.D. light for accurate cuts
COMFORT - Only 7.1 lbs. with ergonomic grip
Battery and charger not included

Tool Specifications
Blade diameter6-1/2"
Arbor5/8"
Max. cutting depth90° (2-1/4"), 45° (1-9/16")
No load speed3,700 RPM
Battery18V LXT Lithium-Ion
Overall length13-5/8"
Net weight7.1 lbs. (w/battery)
Makita-Built Motor Engineered for Versatile Power
The BSS610Z features a Makita-built high-torque motor that produces 3,700 RPM for faster cutting. The saw has a 50 degree maximum bevel cutting capacity and is engineered with a heavy gauge, precision machined base for smooth, accurate cutting and added durability.

Ergonomic Design in a Compact Size
The BSS610Z weighs just 7.1 pounds (with battery, sold separately) with a more compact design at 13-5/8 inches long and an ergonomic shape that fits like a glove for reduced operator fatigue. The BSS610Z is also equipped with two built-in L.E.D. lights that illuminate the work area for more efficient work, as well as a built-in dust blower to keep the line of cut free of debris.

Versatile Design for a Range of Applications
The BSS610Z is engineered for a range of cutting tasks, and is perfect for roofing, carpentry, remodeling, woodworking, and for any pro contractor who requires a best-in-class engineered cordless circular saw. The BSS610Z is just another example of Makita's commitment to innovative technology and best-in-class engineering.

About Makita's 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Tool Series
As one of the pioneers driving the cordless tool revolution, Makita changed the game with its breakthrough 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Series. Three years after its debut, Makita's LXT Series has grown from seven to over 35 tools, providing a wide range of cordless solutions for professional tradesmen. Makita also added 18V Compact Lithium-Ion for cordless power in a more compact size.

About Makita
Makita is a worldwide manufacturer of industrial quality power tools, and offers a wide range of industrial accessories. Makita applies leading-edge innovation to produce tools that are stronger, lighter, more powerful and easier to use. Makita USA, Inc. is located in La Mirada, California, and operates an extensive distribution network located throughout the U.S. For more information, please call 800/4-MAKITA (800/462-5482) or visit the website at makitatools.com. Makita is Best in Class Engineering.

Warranty
Every Makita Lithium-Ion tool is backed by Makita's 3-Year Warranty that covers repair due to defects in materials or workmanship up to three years from the date of original purchase. Makita Lithium-Ion batteries and chargers have a limited 1-year warranty. Please see makitatools.com for complete details.

What's in the Box
Makita BSS610Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 6-1/2-Inch Circular Saw (tool only).


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Product Information

Technical Details

Part Number BSS610Z
Item Weight 7.4 pounds
Product Dimensions 10.6 x 14.2 x 9.7 inches
Item model number BSS610Z
Power Source battery-powered
Voltage 18 volts
Item Package Quantity 1
Included Components bare-tool
Batteries Included? No
Batteries Required? Yes
Warranty Description 3 year warranty on tools

Additional Information

ASIN B000VAGO18
Customer Reviews
4.6 out of 5 stars 89 customer reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #253,250 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#162 in Home Improvement > Power & Hand Tools > Power Tools > Saws > Circular Saws
#12,808 in Home Improvement > Contractor Supply
Shipping Weight 7.4 pounds
Date First Available May 16, 2006

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By Josh Brubaker on April 13, 2007
I was surprised at how easy this cordless cuts through materials. There is no cord to get tangled and hooked on corners, and the power-brake makes it much safer than other circular saws I have used. It's lightweight and very comfortable, which is typical of the newer Makita tools. This saw has a nice LED light that illuminates the cutting path. I would much rather use this over my table saw, especially on larger sheets of plywood. The included blade cuts smoothly and accurately. Take note that the smaller 1.5AH batteries will not fit on this saw, it requires the 3.0AH.

I am completely satisfied and would highly recommend the purchase of this saw.
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Four decks in the past year, from 300 to 800 sq feet and this is the only saw I have had to use. My Makita Hypoid saw is out of order, but this little saw does every thing but rip long boards. Being light, cordless, and powerful enough is saving me time. I did jam the blade once, took out the very hot battery and, per the instruction manual, put it strait into the charger. This ruined the battery. The warranty dept. got me a new battery a few days latter. Much better saw than the old DeWalt 18v (my old cordless.) Best part is that the LXT is more accurate than a framing saw. So I trust cutting expensive synthetic decking with it.
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This saw works very nicely, precision made and well designed. Battery charge does not last too long, you will have to recharge frequently - but this is due to the laws of physics and the amount of power required to saw, rather than a design fault.

Speaking of the battery however - Makita makes two versions of the 18V lithium batteries, 3 AH and a smaller 1.5 AH version which goes well with light drills and impact wrenches. My previous Makita tools all came with the smaller battery - but turns out the 1.5 will NOT fit this saw, which accepts only the 3 AH version. I didn't know that and neither the Makita website nor manual say anything about it, which is annoying. So I had to buy a new battery for this, which added $65 to the price.
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Smooth operator. I love this Makita saw. It has served me well. I use it for many different things from cutting 2x material to cutting trim and hardwoods. The stock blade is ok and will last a little while. I have freud blades in mine and love the silky smooth operation and consistent power.

The blade guard rarely gets in the way and is easy to to raise. The bevel and depth adjustments are easy to reach and operate and hold well. The sole plate is sturdy and maintains its position well. The LED light is a nice touch. It only comes on while the trigger is depressed unlike Makita's cordless drills which have a slow ramping off feature that slowly dims the LED after the trigger is released which makes for a nice flashlight. I guess you shouldn't be expecting to use your cordless saw as a light source anyway.

The battery last a long while on a full charge. You can saw thru a good amount of wood with a thin kerf blade. I've cut over 50 2x6's on a single charge.

I've had mine for over 2 years now and it's been a dream to use. I wouldn't trade it for anything else.
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I've only had the saw for a few days but it's already gotten a lot of use on the jobsite.

Out of the box it felt pretty cheap. The shoe on mine always has a little bit of play and the levers for it are cheesy plastic with snap-rings.

So far it has worked very well, though. Like other Makita Li-Ion tools it is very light. The stock blade is good. Battery life seems to be about the same as the DeWalt.

I have both 1.5 Ah and 3 Ah batteries. My 1.5s do NOT fit. They wouldn't last long enough to be useful anyway.

This saw IS different than the BSS611 (I believe the 611 is a stripped down version they dump into the combo sets). The differences have been noted elsewhere but the major one, for me, is the blade brake which the 611 does not have.

At this point I wouldn't recommend this saw to people who aren't already using Makita Li-Ion batteries. This is based on the tool's flimsy appearance. If it holds up I will update.

Update: After a few months of everyday use I feel pretty comfortable recommending this little saw. I've had no problems at all. Just make sure it's always got a sharp blade.
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Excellent, well balanced, takes the 1.5 amp battery, safe guard and brake, great light, very smooth and fast cutter. I can't say enough good about this saw and other LXT tools. I do not recommend the packages as they do not include the high end tools e.g. the 611 saw with no brake or light.

UPDATE: Still excellent! A note about the 1.5 amp (smaller) battery: it fits with a little force, and takes a little force to remove if the unit is unaltered. However, if you like the tool and will be keeping it, turn the tool over and note the small plastic bump on the left side of where the battery is inserted; inside the start of the slide. It blocks/resists the use of the 1.5 battery; just cut part or all of it off with a sharp knife and the battery fits and removes with ease. If you have a drill that takes the smaller battery you will notice no little bump where the battery slides in. Simple modification, just don't expect the 1.5 to last as long as the 3.0, in usage time or lifetime of the battery.
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