Makita has released a new 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Compact Band Saw, model XBP01. It’s the latest addition to Makita’s expanding 18V LXT Series, its 18V lithium-ion cordless tool line-up with more than 70 tools powered by one 18V LXT battery that reaches a full charge in only 30 minutes.
Engineered for One-Handed Operation
The new 18V Band Saw has a compact size and weighs only 7.5 lbs., which is up to 25% less weight than top competitors in the 18V category. In addition, the XBP01 has a cover over the blade (outside the cutting area), which meets ANSI Standard 60745-2-20 and qualifies the saw as suitable for appropriate one-handed operation.
“The blade cover features tool-less removal for added convenience and less downtime, and this is a big point of difference in the 18 volt band saw category,” said Mario Lopez, product manager, cordless tools. “The blade cover and compact size make the XBP01 ideal for overhead cutting applications, so it’s a real solution for electricians, mechanical contractors and plumbers.”
Category-Leading Blade Speed for Fast Cutting
The XBP01 is powered by a Makita-built motor that delivers category-leading 630 ft./min. blade speed for faster, more efficient cutting. The saw accepts standard 32-7/8” x 1/2” blades, and with a 2-1/2” cutting capacity it is ideal for cutting conduit, Unistrut, copper pipe, threaded rod, angle iron and channel. Additional features include a built-in LED light, protective bumper design for added durability, “tool-less” blade change and adjustable foot to protect material and provide improved support for more accurate cutting.
New Blade Engineered for Longer Life
Common compact band saw blades may fail prematurely at the weld point due to stress caused by the tighter turning radius, so Makita has launched a new 32-7/8” x 1/2” Compact Saw Blade (sold separately) with improved performance and durability features. The new Compact Band Saw Blade features bi-metal construction and an improved welding process for longer blade life. The blade has a wavy tooth set for clean cuts in sheets, tubes, and pipes, and is ideal for cutting non-ferrous metal, mild steel, cast steel, cast iron and stainless steel. The blade is available in 14 TPI (model B-40543, 5-pack) and 18 TPI (model B-40559, 5-pack).