Cordless Circular Saw features brushless motor.

Press Release Summary:

Powered by 18 V LXT Lithium-Ion 4.0 Ah battery, Model XSH03M is equipped with BL™ Brushless motor, which is electronically controlled to optimize battery energy use, and delivers no load speed of 5,000 rpm for fast cutting and ripping. Automatic Speed Change™ Technology adjusts speed and torque under load for optimum cutting performance. With 6 ½ in. blade, saw has cutting capacity of 2 ¼ in. at 90° and bevel capacity of 0–50°. Three-stage LED indicator monitors battery charge status.

Original Press Release:

Makita Expands Brushless Line-Up with New 18v LXT 6-1/2" Circular Saw

XSH03M gives contractors a fast and efficient cordless cutting solution

La Mirada, CA – Makita® has released the new 18V LXT® Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless 6-½” Circular Saw, model XSH03M. The efficient brushless motor and the exclusive Automatic Speed Change™ Technology gives contractors unmatched cutting performance. It’s powered by the efficient 18V LXT Lithium-Ion 4.0Ah battery for longer run time and the industry’s fastest charge time.

The new XSH03M is part of Makita’s expanding 18V Lithium-Ion series, which offers 100+ tools and is the world’s largest cordless tool line-up powered by an 18V Lithium-Ion slide-style battery. Makita 18V Lithium-Ion batteries have the fastest charge times in their categories, so they spend more time working and less time sitting on the charger.

The New Category Leader

“With the world’s largest 18 volt cordless tool line-up, Makita continues to develop cordless tools with more efficiency and performance, enabling users to work all day without the cord,” said Adam Livingston, Makita USA Senior Product Manager, Cordless Products. “With its more compact size, brushless motor and several other innovative features, this new 6-1/2” circular saw sets a new standard for cordless saws.”

Makita BL™ Brushless Motor Technology

The XSH03M is powered by Makita’s efficient BL™ Brushless motor, which is electronically controlled to optimize battery energy use for up to 50% longer run time per charge than similar non-brushless tools. Electronic controls efficiently use battery energy to match torque and RPM to the changing demands of the application for increased power and speed when needed. And since there are no carbon brushes, the BL™ Brushless motor runs cooler and more efficiently for longer life.

Automatic Speed Change™ Technology

The XSH03M features Automatic Speed Change™ Technology, which adjusts speed and torque under load for optimum cutting performance. This, combined with the efficiency of brushless, delivers 5,000 RPM for faster cutting and ripping. With a 6-1/2” blade the XSH03M has a cutting capacity of 2-1/4” at 90 degrees and a bevel capacity of 0 – 50.

More Features, Less Weight

The reinforced magnesium base is engineered for added durability and less weight (only 7.3 lbs. with battery). The saw includes a three-stage L.E.D. indicator that monitors battery charge status. Additional features include a retractable tool hook, electric brake for maximum productivity, rubberized soft grip handles for increased comfort, dual L.E.D. lights to illuminate the line-of-cut, and a built-in dust blower engineered to clear the line-of-cut for improved visibility.

XPT for Added Durability in Harsh Conditions

For added durability, the XSH03M features Extreme Protection Technology (XPT). XPT is a protective seal inside the tool engineered for improved water resistance by channeling water and dust from the tool’s key internal components. The XPT-equipped XSH03M is engineered for improved operation in harsh jobsite conditions.

Star Protection Computer Controls™

For improved tool performance and extended battery life, the XSH03M features Star Protection Computer Controls™. Star Protection is communication technology that allows the Star Protection-equipped tool and battery to exchange data in real time and monitor conditions during use to protect against overloading, overdischarging and overheating. For increased versatility, the tool can also be powered by Makita 18V LXT® and Compact Lithium-Ion batteries with the star symbol on the battery indicating Star Protection inside.





Blade Diameter






Max Cutting Capacity



Max Cutting Capacity (at 45°)



Max Cutting Capacity (at 50°)



No Load Speed

5,000 RPM

5,000 RPM


18V LXT® Lithium-Ion

18V LXT® Lithium-Ion

Overall Length



Net Weight

7.3 lbs., with battery

7.3 lbs., with battery
(sold separately)


Tool, 2 18V LXT® Lithium-Ion 4.0Ah Batteries (BL1840), Rapid Optimum Charger (DC18RC), 6-1/2" 24T Carbide-Tipped Blade, Tool Bag

Tool only


About Makita®

Makita® is a worldwide manufacturer of industrial quality power tools and outdoor power equipment, and offers a wide range of industrial accessories. Makita utilizes leading-edge technology and innovation to engineer tools that are more compact with less weight yet deliver industrial power and results. Makita's extensive line of cordless lithium-ion tools includes 18V LXT® Brushless Lithium-Ion, 18V Compact Lithium-Ion, and 12V max Lithium-Ion. Other best-in-class products include rotary and demolition hammers and saws equipped with Anti-Vibration Technology (AVT®), MM4® 4-Stroke engine power equipment, Super Joint System - SJS® grinders, miter saws engineered with Deep and Exact Cutting Technology (DXT®), Impact GOLD®, the New Gold Standard in Impact Driving, and more. Makita U.S.A., Inc. is located in La Mirada, California, and operates an extensive distribution network located throughout the U.S. For more information, call 800/4-MAKITA (800/462-5482) or go to Follow Makita:,,,

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