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If you’re a fan of the little 3-3/8″ circular saw we mentioned last month, Makita’s now offering it in a combo kit along with their 12V Max cordless driver drill, two batteries, and a charger for $200. While the kit’s driver isn’t our favorite in the field, it’ll certainly drive a few screws, which makes this kit an interesting buy for anyone doing trim and finishing work.

The SH01W circ saw features a no-load speed of 1,400 RPM, depth adjustment, a bevel capacity of up to 45 degrees, and a cutting capacity of 1″ at 90 degrees and 5/8″ at 45 degrees. (This would work great for paneling, yeah?) The FD02W driver-drill delivers 200 in-lbs. of torque and features two speed settings (0-350 and 0-1,300 RPM), 18 clutch stages, a keyless chuck, and an LED work light. Both tools feature Makita’s standard soft rubber grips.

Of course, remember the biggest consideration when buying cordless kits: Unless this specific kit will fill your needs entirely — which can happen, of course — you’ll want to look at the rest of the line before jumping in.

LCT208W Combo Kit [Makita]
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5 Responses to Makita Offers 12V Circ Saw/Driver Combo Kit

  1. fred says:

    Will need to wait and see if a saw like this is added to Milwaukee’s M12 line.
    I’m guessing that this kit this is meant to appeal to trim carpenters or homeowners. But panneling? Very outre these days in our area – perhaps with the exception of wainscotting and bead board. For this we like out old Rockwell-Porter Cable worm gear trim saws – or our Makita LXT trim saw – for cordless use

  2. ttamnoswad says:

    It’s official.

    This 12 volt stuff is getting goofy.

    wait……has anyone tried to wire up a 12 volt tool to a car battery yet?

  3. Chris says:

    ttamnoswad: I volunteer to give it a shot if someone wants to provide me with 12-volt tools and dead batteries 😉


  4. Daniel says:

    I think 12V tools are more efficient and silent to work on. I dont know about you guys, but as long as it’s Makita, I’d definitely use it.

  5. fred says:


    I agree for 18V LiIon – we’ve found the Makita LXT line to be great – but have heard others provide good comments about Dewalt and others too.

    Just wish the Milwaukee M12 batteries had better QC (we’ve exchanged quite a few that were DOA in their packaging) and better life expectancy. I’m hoping once the new Red Litium batteries hit the shelves – things will improve.

    Also the form factor for many of these 12V batteries look remarkably alike – so much so you wonder if they all come out of the same factory in China. Too bad that they are not 100% compatible – since we’d then have some ability to buy cross-line tools.

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