I am super excited to be sharing this tool review today. The Makita Rear Handle Circular Saw has really impressed me.

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Makita Rear Handle Circular Saw

I tried this saw out once before at a Home Depot Tool Event and I was initially impressed, but now that I've gotten the chance to really put this baby to the test, I'm sold. Hands down, one of my favorites.

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The 18-Volt X2 LXT 5.0Ah Lithium-Ion (36-Volt) Brushless Cordless Rear Handle 7-1/4 in. Circular Saw Kit comes packed with two batteries, a dual-pot charger, Makita bag and the rear handle circular saw.

This is no light tool, so the bag is a great addition to the kit.

Makita Circular saw


The two batteries on the circular saw really give this saw power. It easily cut through 3/4" plywood. Far easier than other circular saws I've used in the past. For a cordless saw, I was really impressed, it generates the power of 15A corded circular saws.

The rear handle made it a lot easier to push along the plywood without having to lean all the way over the plywood sheet, making one handed cuts that much easier. The rear handle also seems to be super helpful with awkward cuts, it allows you more control in positions that may seem compromising.

Makita Circular Saw KitNormally, I use a DEWALT circular saw, but using this rear handle circular saw made me want to change tools. The cuts are just really smooth with this saw. Even the provided blade seem to cut through the plywood well. I normally switch out my circular saw blades for diablo blades but I left the manufactured blade in and it did just fine.

I recently finished a project using the Makita Rear Handle Circular Saw. See it in action here.


X2 LXT Technology

Makita's  X2 LXT Technology delivers up to 558 cross cuts per charge (2x4) and 291 cuts (2x10) with the two LXT batteries.

Makita Circular Saw

Ergonomic Design

Although this circular saw is a powerful machine, surprisingly it doesn't feel bad in hand. It only weighs 12.4 lbs with the two batteries and is on 17 1/2" in length. It does have a little more weight than normal circular saws but the weight is well balanced in my opinion.

Bevel Capacity

The Makita circular saw has a 0 degree to 53 degree bevel capacity with positive stops at 22.5 degrees, 45 degrees and 53 degrees.

Makita Circular Saw


I don't really have much of a suggestion for how this saw could be better because I was just that impressed with it, but it would be nice if the kit came with an edge guide as an extra additive. The saw itself in my opinion is great, but any extra attachments obviously would be awesome.

The Makita Rear Handle 7-1/4 in. Circular Saw Kit retails for $299.00 at The Home Depot.

Thanks for reading guys. XOXO, Ashley
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September 22, 2019 — Ashley Basnight