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Model#: MKTNXSH03Z

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Makita XSH03Z 18V LXT Cordless Lithium-Ion 6-1/2 in. Brushless Circular Saw (Bare Tool)

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Makita is the innovation leader in brushless motor technology, and the XSH03Z 18V LXT Cordless Lithium-Ion 6-1/2 in. Brushless Circular Saw combines power and run-time for faster cutting and ripping without the cord. The saw features a motor delivering 5,000 RPM for faster cutting and ripping as well as Automatic Speed Change technology which adjusts speed and torque during operation for optimum performance. The XSH03Z Extreme Protection Technology (XPT) engineered for improved dust and water resistance for operation in harsh conditions. Since the motor doesn't contain carbon brushes, you will also be getting a tool that runs cooler and more efficiently extending its service life.
  • Brushless motor delivers 5,000 RPM for faster cutting and ripping.
  • Automatic Speed Change technology adjusts speed and torque during operation for optimum performance
  • The Brushless motor eliminates carbon brushes, enabling it to run cooler and more efficiently for longer life
  • Extreme Protection Technology (XPT) is engineered for improved dust and water resistance for operation in harsh conditions
  • Efficient Brushless motor is electronically controlled to optimize battery energy use for up to 50% longer run time per charge
  • Equipped with Star Protection Computer Controls to protect against overloading, over-discharging and over-heating
  • 18V LXT Cordless Lithium-Ion 6-1/2 in. Brushless Circular Saw - XSH03Z
  • Bare Tool - Battery and Charger Sold Separately


Series: LXT
Cordless: Yes
Length: 13.75 in.
Weight: 7.3 lbs.
Arbor Size: 5/8 in.
Batteries Included: Bare Tool
Battery Type: Li-Ion
Blade Diameter: 6-1/2 in.
Depth of Cut at 45 Degrees: 1-5/8 in.
Depth of Cut at 50 Degrees: 1-7/16 in.
RPM: 5000
Voltage: 18V



4.8 / 5.0
21 Reviews
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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend (17)
No, I would not recommend this to a friend (1)
Easy To Use (1)
Lightweight (1)
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
The Utimate Handyman Tool
Doing work in hard to get to projects, this is a great tool. Love how light it is and for a cordless saw it has a lot of power. If it has any faults at all, it would be making accurate cuts. Because of the light weight, the tends to wonder off your cutting line so have a firm grip when making your cuts.

By far the best tool in my Handyman tool chest.
October 8, 2015
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Dead after 5 months
Firstly, i love this saw. Light weight, hook, good power even ripping wet pt 2x boards. Well designed metal guard, nice fit and finish and really good balance which makes it very comfortable to use. Light years better co-workers yellow and black 20v max saws and previous generations of the Makita brushed saws.

Now the bad, its dead, five months of regular use by someone who babies thier tools. the blade doesn't spin even with a fresh 4 amp batt. So its off to my local Makita dealer for a few weeks. And where is the promised tracksaw adapter that was one of the main reasons i bought this saw in the first place? I didn't even get the pictured rip fence.
April 8, 2016
Just Awesome!
Knowing how refined this saw is I would pay hundreds more to get one if that was the cost. Priced as is it is a complete bargain. This saw is powerful yet it is so well designed, with the braking and light weight, that it would be much more difficult to injure yourself with this saw than any other I have seen. I love this saw and I sometimes find myself creating work just to use it. My current favorite tool. It is just awesome!
January 31, 2017
Originally posted at
Great little saw
I bought this to replace a Milwaukee after all the batteries had lost their ability to take a full charge, and I wish the batteries had failed earlier. This saw is far more powerful, lightweight and nimble. Expensive but worth it.
April 10, 2017
Originally posted at
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Extension cords just became obsolete
I can't say enough good things about this saw. It has it all. It's the lightest saw on the market. It has incredible power. The adjustment levers are larger now. There is a nice rafter hook, They put the LED back on after taking it away. Even the blade guard was improved. There is also an adapter kit that allows this saw to be used on the Makita and festool plunge saw tracks! This is a huge deal! But if you forget all that , the performance alone makes it worth has the best depth of cut. The best cutting speed It just glides through lumber. I have the brushed Makita , the current Bosch lithium ion cordless saw and the Milwaukee Fuel brushless saw This is by far my favorite. I'm putting the others up for sale except for the fuel. I do like it too.
June 11, 2015
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Best saw ever and made in Japan!
Great design, lightweight and easy controls
August 29, 2015
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
A must have saw for any Handyman!
Overall, this is a great saw! What you have to watch out for is controlling your cuts for accuracy because of its lite weight. Saw wants to wonder while making cuts. That's the only con, a very well designed saw! Glad I own one.
September 19, 2015
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Battery tools have come a long way
I needed to make a few cuts that would make some braces,so I decided to give the new saw a try it worked great I was able to cut straight & clean. The blade that comes with the saw works nice I purchased the extra blade for smooth cuts but have not needed it yet. The led light is nice, the saw runs very smooth & quiet with great power, it's such a huge advancement ! My miter saws are the only tools left with cords.
September 26, 2015
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
I love this saw
I use this for framing and trim out. It feels great in my hand. I have another brand and this by far is my favorite.
July 8, 2016
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Best battery powered saw out there
This song is very powerful cut through a 2 by 6 and under 3 seconds. It's fairly lightweight with a 4 amp hour battery that goes on forever it seems. With the automatic torque settings it just seemed to cut through tough would a lot better than the saw that costs $99.
May 21, 2016

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does it have a brake?
Nolan on Jan 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes it does have a brake. The brushless motor technology allows the motor to slow itself down very quickly.
Rich K
Will the 4.0 battery fit this saw
Abel on Feb 2, 2016
Yes, provided you are talking about the Makita 18volt 4.0 battery. It
will fit fine and work exceptionally well. As I shared before, due to
an auto accident, I am permanently disabled, requiring a walker to get
around. This Makita saw is so light I can use it with no fear of
tripping over extension cords or anything else. I really like this saw
and I am sure you will too. Take care.
Is this saw compatible with the 5 amp hour battery?
Who cut the cord? on Jul 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Honestly I'm not sure. I wasn't even aware of a 5 amp 18 v LXT battery. I run it with the 3 amp with no problems I get almost twice the use time compared to my previous one with brushes. Very happy with the product.
Regards Todd Siemers
Does it have a light on it as some others do
Gene on Dec 5, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes,the Makita xsh03z has dual L.E.D. lights to illuminate the work area
I'm sure I saw this unit last week was $179. But now become $289. Is it possible for me to get the last week price ($179)? Thanks in advance.
Ricky on Jun 6, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The Makita XSH03Z 18V LXT Cordless Lithium-Ion 6-1/2 in. Brushless Circular Saw (Bare Tool) is $189.99 with a $20.00 off discount until 6/21/2015.


Warranty Information

Makita LXT Lithium-ion Tool Warranty

Every Makita® Lithium‐Ion Power Tool is thoroughly inspected and tested before leaving the factory. If you are not satisfied with any Makita Lithium‐Ion tool within 30 days of purchase, return it and Makita will provide, at Makita's option, a replacement or refund. Each Makita Lithium‐Ion Power Tool, Battery and Charger is warranted to be free of defects from workmanship and materials for the period of THREE YEARS from the date of original purchase. Should any trouble develop during the three‐year period for the Lithium‐Ion Power Tool, Battery and/or Charger, return the COMPLETE Power Tool, Battery and/or Charger, freight prepaid, to one of Makita's Factory or Authorized Service Centers.

If inspection shows the trouble is caused by defective workmanship or material, Makita will repair (or at our option, replace) without charge. This warranty does not apply to Makita Accessories, like flashlights.

This Warranty does not apply where:

  • Repairs have been made or attempted by others
  • Repairs are required because of normal wear and tear
  • The tool has been abused, misused or improperly maintained
  • Alterations have been made to the tool

  • In no event shall Makita be liable for any indirect, incidental or consequential damages from the sale or use of the product. This disclaimer applies to both during and after the term of this warranty. Makita disclaims liability for any implied warranties, including implied warranties of "merchantability" and "fitness" for a specific purpose, after the three-year term of this warranty. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you many also have other rights which vary from state to state. Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you.