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  1. Signs are they’ve been working on a brushless OMT for some time, but when it releases I would guess it will probably just be marketed as the “compact” replacement for the current one, even though diagrams online suggest it could be worthy of “subcompact” status. Even though I’m a fan of the line in concept I don’t have many current tools I expressly want a subcompact for. Makita does so well just making their regular tools compact that the subcompacts are often overkill for me. Like why isn’t their 4” brushless angle grinder considered “sub-compact”? I don’t think it even makes sense to go smaller than that. Of the ones already out, I think the one I would be most likely to get would be the brushless recip saw. The circular saw is also pretty compelling except I don’t want blade right, so maybe a blade left model. I could totally go for a subcompact brushless die grinder...that would basically just be the shameless Dremel knockoff I’ve been wishing forever for Makita to make. A brushless sheet sander would probably qualify as subcompact whether or not they would choose to market it as such. Oh and a subcompact brushless screwdriver, based on the subcompact drill, analogous to the drivers they have in their CXT line. That would be pretty swank.
  2. https://www.makitatools.com/products/details/XBP04Z https://www.makitatools.com/products/details/XBP05ZB I was just wondering if Makita was still doing anything with their popular subcompact line then they announce this little bandsaw. Nice to see they’re still moving with that lineup.
  3. I’m not huge into yards and consequently don’t have a huge yard. But I have huge trees which means lots of leaves. Huge leaves. I’ve mostly gone with Ryobi stuff to handle most of my yard things but this is one tool I think I won’t be able to resist. https://www.makitatools.com/products/details/XBU04ZV
  4. 20V Max actually IS the same as the 18V nominal standard that everyone else uses. It’s just a difference in how the measurement is taken...Max is when a fully-charged battery is sitting idle while nominal is the battery under load across its entire operating range.
  5. Personally I would do the brushless 6.5”. The 36V is going to be heavier, the brushes will cost you in efficiency, and it looks like it’s discontinued to boot...being an older model who knows if it’s even that much stronger than the the newer brushless 6.5”.
  6. Lithium batteries cost enough purchased alone when you can often just as easily buy them included in kits with brand new tools. Not that I am huge on sounding like a paid ad but if this is just for personal/home use I would check the Ryobi Days sales going on at Home Depot here: https://www.homedepot.com/b/RYOBI/N-5yc1vZm5d If you are a really diligent type about your lawn though you may still find upscale brands to last longer, have better efficiency, and better ergonomics though.
  7. The Dewalt Flexvolt “worm style” is probably the strongest out of a handful of very large, excellent saws, but what do you plan to cut? All the most powerful saws are large and hefty, and we’re at a point now where most newer compact saws can cut through 3/4” plywood all day without fuss. If you’re just going to be cutting 2x4s or slicing through 3/4” stuff in your back yard, you may find all the biggest, baddest saws are overkill.
  8. Oh, I do too...almost as much as I like the idea of Makita coming out with bigger batteries 😁
  9. Temperature control requires a LOT of energy. Just another reason why they should be making larger batteries.
  10. Welcome to the forums. If your lights aren’t working exactly the way the panel labeling indicates, exchange it.
  11. That IS an impressive amount of impact torque and it almost certainly explains the large head, as that’s almost certainly where they put the impact “hammers”
  12. I don’t have this saw so all appropriate disclaimers apply, but YouTubes I’ve seen tend to find Ryobi’s brushless circular saw is much more prone to stalling out in everyday cutting if running non-HP batteries, to the point where reviewers find the saw a little underwhelming if run that way. These would have been 4Ah units. There are 3Ah and 4Ah batteries that are HP that some online comparisons show as yielding discernibly better performance than the non-HP 4Ah on high-draw tools, but just by impressions I suspect most people would still want more. I do have other Ryobi tools, and generally speaking they have more mechanical friction than more expensive brands, which to me should be expected. They are built to a price point, and there’s nothing wrong with that, but it is what it is. If I were to purchase this saw, I would look to primarily use my 6Ah or 9Ah HP batteries on it. If you have to run smaller as a matter of immediate budget, just be prepared to be patient with the saw and cut slow and easy.
  13. It’s great for the very humble purposes I intended it for, but people should understand that going in before buying it. It’s a very dated design, basically a carryover from a previous generation of 12V tools Makita has largely abandoned. Although the ergonomics are top-notch regardless. I very much like my Makita tools. Like most Makita stuff in my opinion this one feels superb in the hand, is easy to use one-handed, and is also light enough and shaped conveniently that I can attach it to a pole and prune elevated tree branches from my balcony. The limitation relative to other very small 12V saws is it’s rather low-powered. But for my particular uses this was the smallest and easiest to use tool for relatively light tasks I’m not often having to do, and it was only $70 when I bought it. (Strangely, the price jumped up to $90 shortly after I purchased.) Within the very narrow window of my needs it was the best product within the battery platforms I have, and yeah perhaps even across the market. Although for the kinds of tasks most people will buy a recip saw for, I would usually first direct people elsewhere, including among Makita’s numerous other recip saws. I also second Jronman’s post above about the multitool. Much like this recip saw I bought, Makita‘s 18V OMT is a pretty dated design. It has one really good feature which is the rubber grommet at the battery interface to protect the battery and interface from all the vibration. You will see tool reviews of other companies’ OMTs where these vibrations wear batteries out and they no longer fit tools properly. Besides that, the Makita makes decent power and performs just fine overall, and while there’s nothing ergonomically wrong with it in my opinion, it isn’t remarkably compact compared to most of the market which is usually a hallmark for Makita. Another matter Makita usually excels in but didn’t here is this multitool is not significantly less “buzzy” than other brands. I believe they now only offer one 18V model that has a quick release lever which works great...but it has no light. Personally I don’t care about the light but for some tradespeople this can be a major hang up. For me it’s another “occasional-use” tool I bought because I’m already on the battery platform so it’s just convenient. Makita makes a number of top-notch tools but within their product line these two happen to both be quite a bit “long on the tooth” and it wouldn’t surprise me at all if Makita releases considerably improved brushless replacements in the near future. Fein on the other hand I have no direct experience with, but they are widely regarded as the best maker of OMTs. Which isn’t a surprise seeing as they invented them, after all. If I had to use multitools for a living they are the first I would look to demo. As I only need mine very occasionally I’m not terribly motivated to pick up an entire battery platform for just one tool.
  14. ToolBane

    Charging question

    That shouldn’t be an issue, it’s strange your other batteries don’t fit. Is it a 2Ah perhaps? Also check relative prices for 6Ah vs 5Ah. In the US at least you can often get 2x5Ah batteries for the price of just one 6Ah, and other than run time there isn’t going to be any appreciable difference.
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