Makita 12" cordless miter saw GSL04Z

Makita’s GSL04Z Compound Miter Saw Has a Small Footprint

A new 40-volt brushless 12” dual-bevel sliding compound miter saw (model GSL04Z) from Makita has a rail-forward design that lets the miter saw be positioned flush against a wall. The saw has a large 3-5/8” x 15” cutting capacity at 90-degrees, and it miters 0° to 60° left and right and bevels from 0° to 48° left and right. It has a brushless motor with direct drive that delivers 3,600 RPM. There are extension wings for longer material (they retract for storage), an electric brake, and an LED light that casts a shadow of the saw blade onto the material for an exact cutting line.

The saw is set up to wirelessly start a connected shop vac or dust collector through its Auto-start Wireless System (AWS®) that uses Bluetooth® technology. An AWS transmitter is needed (sold separately).

The saw is part of Makita’s XGT system of equipment, tools, batteries, and chargers. The system is engineered to deliver high power for a cordless jobsite and includes advanced brushless motor engineering, intelligent digital communication, and superior durability features. The company’s standard LXT® system handles most applications, but for high-demand applications that use corded, gas or air, XGT is the answer with its 40V max and 80V max XGT® batteries.

The saw cuts up to 8″ crown molding (vertically nested) and 6-3/4″ baseboard (vertical). It has positive stops at 0°, 15°, 22.5°, 30°, 31.6°, 45°, and 60° left and right. Its soft start provides smooth start-ups and longer gear life, and a bevel angle lock-and-release knob up front makes for easy access and repositioning. XGT batteries have rigid rails with impact-resistant construction that secure the battery to the tool during high-demand applications, and the XGT Rapid Charger has a dual-fan design that circulates air to cool the battery and circuit board quickly for faster charging. There’s a digital display that indicates the battery charge level (-80%, +80%, 100%), and the charger has a built-in chip that communicates during the charging process to control current, voltage, and temperature.

The saw comes with a 3-year limited warranty and is available as the tool only, or with a 4.0 Ah battery and rapid charger (GSL04M1). A 12″ saw blade, vertical vice, dust bag, and hex wrench are included.