Makita SH01W 12V max Lithium-Ion Cordless 3-3/8-Inch Circular Saw Kit Review

Makita SH01W 12V max Lithium-Ion Cordless 3-3/8-Inch Circular Saw Kit

When looking for a battery powered mini saw, you may want to take a look at Makita SH01W circular saw kit. If you feel that hauling out a full size corded skill saw for fast cutting is a pain in the butt, this cordless saw can be a great solution. At only 3.3 lbs, it is much lighter than regular sized saws. Read the article below to get familiar with the properties of the little cordless circular saw.

The kit includes the Makita SH01 that is powered by a 12V max Lithium-Ion battery. For the bare version you can buy the model SH01ZW (battery not included). People have commented that the battery does not last very long. But they have been impressed with how quickly the battery recharges. The package includes Makita DC10WB 7.2V – 12V Max Lithium-Ion charger. The charger is energy star rated with a quick charge time of 30 to 50 minutes. Two batteries are included in the package so you will not have to stop work if one battery runs out of charge in the middle of a job.

This model is handy for tight spots and small jobs around the house. Equipped with a 3-3/8″ (85 mm) diameter blade, it can deliver a maximum cutting depth of 1″. The kit includes one 20T tungsten carbide tipped blade (A-95021). The blade alone will cost you $20 when purchased separately. Based on the user reviews it seems to be a high quality blade. The Makita SH01W is not a powerhouse. Do not plan to rip 2×6’s with it. But with a compact, lightweight design, it is more maneuverable and controllable than standard saws.

The SH01 features a tilting base for bevel cutting up to 45 degrees that lets you take on a variety of tasks. Located on the front of the base is a bevel scale plate to help you set the saw for the desired angle. The maximum cutting depth at 45° is 16.5 mm (5/8″). You can adjust the depth of cut by loosening the clamping screw on the depth guide and move the base up or down, and then tightening the clamping screw at the desired depth of cut.

The Makita-built motor delivers 1,400 RPM. Compare this with the Rockwell Versacut RK3440K that offers a maximum speed of 3500 RPM. The slow RPM means it is not ideal for fast rip cuts. However, this also means it will minimize dry wall dust from spreading throughout the room. The SH01 also offers a built-in dust blower to keep the line of cut free of debris for increased accuracy.

A lock-off lever is provided to prevent the switch trigger from being accidentally
pulled. This tool is also equipped with battery protection system. When the tool is overloaded or when the remaining battery capacity gets low, it automatically cuts off the output power. When removing or installing saw blade, there is a shaft lock to prevent the blade from revolving.

The Makita SH01W 12V circular saw kit has received some very positive feedback from its customers at Its review rating is 4.1/5 stars, with half of the reviewers giving it a perfect rating. Some negative reviews, however, have also been written by the reviewers.

One of the most common complaints about the mini portable saw is in regard to its battery life. Fortunately it comes with two batteries. Additionaly, many reviewers appreciate the fast charge time. For an average homeowner who will use it around the house every now and then, this saw should do the trick.

Further complaints have been made about battery removal. Reportedly, battery can be difficult to detach from the saw when it needs charging. However, only a small number of reviewers have reported this issue. The manufacturer might have solved this problem.

Finally, customers would have also liked to see a carry bag in the package. However, this should not be a deal breaker.

Despite the features of the Makita SH01W that have received criticism, most of the customer reviews for the 3-3/8 inch compact saw have been very positive.

The saw’s design has made a positive impression upon the reviewers. Some reviewers have reported that this saw is underpowered. However, it is still handy for applications that involve thinner materials. While it is not a heavy duty tool, it still has plenty of power to get the job done.

The lightweight design makes it much easier to use than a large heavy circular saw with a power cord. Saws of this size and capacity are perfect for cutting tasks which are too big for a handsaw yet too small for a standard 7 1/2″ circular saw. The contoured handle design makes it easer and safer to use.

The Makita SH01W 3-3/8-Inch Circular Saw Kit may or may not work for you. But if what you need is a small cordless saw for cutting thin materials, then it is worth considering. The little special purpose saw will be a pleasure to use in very tight spaces.

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