This is the Makita Brushless 6 1/2 Circular saw. It's one of our most used tools. All around its just a well thought out design.
Being cordless it does have a ton of power. Utilizing the brushless technology Makita has made a very efficient saw. The first time we used it was to make strips to fir out a wall. We cut 2 sheets of 1/2" plywood into 1' 1/2" strips and still had 1/2 a 4.0 battery left.
We haven't used our corded saw for along time now. It's so convenient not looking for plugins and having a cord in the way. It has a lot of power for such a small saw. On a full battery I'd say it's comparable to a corded saw. It has no problem ripping 2x4s up at a fast pace. The Automatic Speed Change technology adjusts cutting speed and torque during your cut for optimum performance.
The Built-in dust blower keeps the line of cut free of debris. It's actually one of the best I've ever used. The dust and chips don't get in the path of your cut so you can stay on track. You can also pick up an accessory attachment to hook your dust extractor up to.
It also has Dual Led lights.It does help a lot when lighting is a bit dim.
Another great feature of this saw is the brake. It's just makes sense to have a brake on a hand saw like this. The safety guard works great. We had a problem with another brand of cordless saw before this one, when we would cut off strips less than a 1/2" the end of the guard would get caught and you would have to move it up. The Makita doesn't have this problem.
It has a built in rafter hook that is a great size. You can hook it on a ladder, floor joist, trusses etc....
The saw also has a great grip, and very nice balance. The size of the brushless motor is great, it barely sticks out. It's also very light weighing in at 7.3 pounds.
The depth measurements adjust is very easy to read. The only concern is the measurement gauge on the front of the saw, it seems to be a cheap plastic piece that is only fastened with one screw. But I guess if it gets damaged it shouldn't cost much to get a replacement part.
Makita finally jumped on board with having power gauges on their batteries. But for those old ones that don't have them this saw has one built on.
So if you're in the Market for a cordless Circular Saw, we highly recommend this one. It's our daily user. We've ran it for about a year now without any problems.