Best Product – New Makita Sub-Compact Cordless Band Saw

Makita XBP05R1B Cordless Band Saw

Makita has come out with a new 18V brushless sub-compact cordless band saw, model XBP05.

The new Makita brushless band saw features a 2″ x 2″ cutting capacity, die-cast aluminum gear and blade housing, LED worklight, and is designed for one-handed operation in tight spaces and for use overhead.


Makita XBP05ZB Cordless Band Saw Open Guard

Although some adjustments require the use of a hex wrech (for which there’s on-board storage), Makita says that a tool-less blade change lever helps to provide for fast blade installations and removal. The guard also looks to have tool-free latches.

Makita XBP05ZB Cordless Band Saw Cutting Conduit

Cutting capacity is 2″ x 2″, for cutting a wide range of jobsite materials.

Makita XBP05ZB Cordless Band Saw Cutting Overhead

As mentioned, Makita designed their new sub-compact band saw for use in tight spaces as well as overhead cutting applications.

Its small size means there’s no auxiliary handle.

Makita XBP05ZB Cordless Band Saw Hanging Hook

A folding hanging hook allows for easy storing of the band saw between cuts.

Makita XBP05R1B Cordless Band Saw Kit

The new Makita SubCompact band saw will be available as a bare tool (XBP05ZB) or in a kit (XBP05R1B) bundled with a charger, compact 2.0Ah battery, and carrying case.

Makita XBP05 Features and Specifications

  • Brushless motor
  • Max cutting capacity: 2″ round workpiece, 2″ x 2″ rectangular
  • 28-3/4″ x 1/2″ band saw blade size
  • 0-630 ft/min
  • Variable speed trigger
  • Trigger switch with lock-off feature
  • Catch bar to prevent follow-through during repetitive cutting
  • Can make up to 160 cuts in 3/4″ EMT w/ 2.0Ah battery
  • Weighs 7.3 lbs with battery (2.0Ah)
  • 14-3/4″ length
  • LED worklight
  • Blade tracking dial
  • Die-cast aluminum gear and blade housing
  • Retractable tool hook
  • Replacement blade: E-04139 ($13 via Tool Nut)

Makita XBP05R1B Cordless Band Saw Features

Price: $279 for the bare tool, $339 for the kit

Buy Now: Bare Tool via Amazon
Buy Now: Bare Tool via Acme Tools
Buy Now: Bare Tool via Tool Nut

Buy Now: Kit via Amazon
Buy Now: Kit via Acme Tools – best pricing at time of posting


Tool-free blade change, one-handed operation, metal guard and housing, compact design, 2″ x 2″ cutting capacity, brushless motor… seems like a solid new addition to Makita’s 18V SubCompact cordless power tool lineup.

Also See…

If you want a Makita 18V cordless band saw with auxiliary handle, check out the Makita XBP03, which also has larger cutting capacity:

A lot of other cordless power tool brands have also introduced new compact brushless band saws recently: