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.