Lightweight circular saws are in this season, and Makita’s jumping into the fray with a 701/4″ model complete with magnesium components designed to bring its weight down to 10.1 lbs — significantly less than other large saws, though not nearly as light as smaller models.
That’s what makes the Makita stand out a bit, though: many of the “lightweight” models we’ve looked at so far this year employ the same techniques, but only on 6-1/2″ or smaller saws.
This one packs a full-sized punch with a large cutting capacity (2-1/2″ at 90-degrees), an easily-adjustable bevel system with stops at 22.5-degrees and 45-degrees, and two built-in LED lights. Like most saws these days, it’s also designed to blow motor exhaust across the cut to keep it clear of debris.
It’s also quite reasonably priced, starting at around $150, though we found it new via Amazon for $139 right now, and there’s one as of this moment on eBay for around $125. YMMV.