Makita XSL06PT, $650


High Points ▲This saw shares the high points of its corded sib­ling, but with an even smoother startup and faster blade brak­ing. ▲Pow­ered by two 18-volt, 5-amp-hour bat­tery packs, this saw av­er­aged 190 cross­cuts per charge in 2×4 pine. ▲When paired with Makita’s op­tional Blue­tooth­com­pat­i­ble 2-gal­lon HEPA vac­uum (no. XCV08Z, $460), start­ing the saw trig­gers the vac­uum as well. We found this cord-free setup ex­cel­lent at col­lect­ing dust. Low Points ▼It shares the LS1019L’s is­sues with the slide rails, bevel­ing, and dust-bag col­lec­tion. More Points

Buy it with­out bat­ter­ies (model LXSL04ZU) for $600.

With bat­ter­ies in place, this saw weighs 2 pounds more than the LS1019L.

Makita’s cord­less saw starts up an op­tional bat­tery­pow­ered vac­uum thanks to Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity. Both tools run on a pair of 18-volt bat­tery packs.

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