For straighter, more accurate cutting in vertical and overhead applications, Makita has a solution with the 18-Volt LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Cut-Out Saw (model XDS01Z, tool only). It's designed to cut openings in installed board, including drywall and plywood and will cut up to 984 ft. of 1/2 in. drywall on a single charge using a 4.0Ah battery (sold separately). To help prevent damage to objects behind the board being cut, it has a short 1/4 in. stroke length with an adjustable blade depth up to 1-3/16 in. (9/16 in. in wood). For improved dust extraction, the XDS01Z has a dust port with a clear dust box for increased visibility. It is ideal for cut-outs and drywall repair applications. Makita 18-Volt Lithium-Ion batteries have the fastest charge times in their categories, so they spend more time working and less time sitting on the charger. For improved tool performance and extended battery life, Makita created Star Protection Computer Controls. Star Protection is communication technology that allows the Star Protection-equipped tool and battery to exchange data in real time and monitor conditions during use to protect against overloading, over-discharging and overheating. For increased versatility, the tool can also be powered by Makita 18-Volt LXT and Compact Lithium-Ion batteries with the star symbol on the battery indicating Star Protection inside.
Makita-built variable speed motor delivers 0-6,000 strokes per minute for faster and more efficient cutting
Designed to cut openings in installed board with an adjustable blade depth up to 1-3/16 in. (9/16 in. in wood)
Cuts up to 984 ft. of 1/2 in. drywall on a single charge using 4.0Ah battery BL1840B (battery not included)
Short 1/4 in. stroke length with adjustable blade depth helps prevent damage to objects behind the board being cut
Clear dust box for dust containment with increased visibility for operator convenience
Built-in dust port swivels for increased maneuverability when connected to vacuum hose
Dual LED lights with afterglow illuminate the work area
Non-marring plastic base cover protects drywall surface from potential damage caused by the metal base
Variable speed trigger enables user to match the speed to the application for greater versatility
3-stage LED gauge indicates battery charge level
Blade cover with on-board storage protects blade and material surface from damage when saw is not in use
Blade wrench attaches to the saw for fast and convenient blade changes
Equipped with star protection computer controls to protect against overloading, over-discharging and over-heating
Rapid optimum charger communicates with the battery's built-in chip throughout the charging process to optimize battery life by actively controlling current, voltage and temperature (battery and charger sold separately)
Rapid optimum charger has a built-in fan to cool the battery for faster, more efficient charging (battery and charger sold separately)
Compatible with Makita 18-Volt Lithium-ion batteries with a star symbol (battery sold separately)
Performance wise this would get a 4/5. This makes cutting sections of drywall a snap. What surpr...
Performance wise this would get a 4/5. This makes cutting sections of drywall a snap. What surprised me was the dust collection, even with no vacuum attached this did a great job of collecting the dust inside of the clear dust box. I used this on my 5/8" drywall and it had no issues cutting it, very comfy grip and following my mark was simple due to the V guide on the front of the base. Due to the base you will not be able to get into corners or close to the wall with this which is why the performance lost a star.
Outside of the performance the design and ease of use would be a 2/5. The issue with this tool is not the performance but the poorly designed setup. My main issue is the blade. You grab a cordless tool for one main reason , convenience , setting up and breaking it down is not that convenient at all. There are no micro adjustments for the blade depth so to raise and lower it you will have to remove the dust box, whip out the allen wrench and loosen one or both of the screws and hope that you guessed correctly when you made your adjustment. Then the measurements are in MM instead of inches so you will have to do some conversion to start in the vicinity that you need.
This comes with only one blade, I feel that since this uses a specialty blade it should come in a 3 pack set, even a 2 pack set would be ideal as this is a blade that is not sold in stores so replacing it the same day is out of the question. There is a protective boot , for the blade when it is not in use ,that you can store on side of the tool but chances are after a few uses it may get lost. I would highly recommend removing the blade after each use for that reason, to protect it since you will have to order replacements. I would love to see this utilize a rack and pinion just like the router for micro adjustments, if this had that it would definitely be near perfect. The dust port moves which is good as it allows you to connect a vacuum with no problem. This ran pretty quietly when I used it, I think the loudest it got was 80db. I used this on a mockup 5/8" drywall and it cut very well and let the edges of the drywall smooth.
When using this, I suggest doing a plunge cut , similar to a plunge cut with a circular saw. I found that it worked best when I rested the back end of the base on the workpiece as I brought it up to full speed and introduced the blade to the wood, while maintaining the back of the base onto the workpiece
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Sep 19, 2017
I love this thing. Does what it says. I wish there was more room around the dust port. I'm using ...
I love this thing. Does what it says. I wish there was more room around the dust port. I'm using a rigid shop vac and it's too big but fits over and the suction keeps it on there.
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Oct 27, 2021
Oct 24, 2021
I love it! Helps a ton with doing demo jobs....
I love it! Helps a ton with doing demo jobs. I wish it came with a magnet for finding screws and the attachment for the dust extractor though!
Oct 23, 2021
We broke this tool in by cutting 2 foot by 2 foot patches out of the ceiling to route some new plumbing, work perfectly zero dust when hooked up to the shop vac. Clean cuts.