Makita XBP02Z 18V Portable Band Saw Review

  • Battery - 8.9/10
  • Ease of Use - 9.1/10
  • Value - 8.8/10
  • Cutting - 8.9/10
  • Durability - 8.7/10


It is versatile in that it can be applied to a variety of metal cutting tasks as well as electrical, plumbing, metal fabrication, and other heavy and advanced project types.

Are you a plumber looking for the ideal tool to carry out all your plumbing related activities? Are you a technician with the passion for machines with excellent quality and performance? Have you been looking for the best suitable machine for all your projects? If so, then you have landed on the right page.

With a very powerful motor and a well-balanced weight structure, this unit is one of the best power tools for both household and commercial usage. It comes with a speedy and deep cutting capacity for flushing through hard and soft materials. It also has a removable hook that can be used in hanging without causing damage to the base as well as rubber bumpers for a long lasting usage.

This product is versatile and can be used in hacking through common materials such as metal cutting and other related projects. In this review, we are going to show you the benefits of buying this product and we will cover those things you need to look out for before buying your product. This is should give you a reasonable amount of information that will help you decide whether this unit is for you or not.


  • The Makita XBP02Z 18V Portable Band Saw is designed to be a machine that is both easy to control and handle. It has a simple six setting variable speed control dials that can be used to control the speed of the saw.
  • This machine is capable of delivering 275-530 feet/minute worth of cutting speed, which is very high considering the speed it will take to cut through an application.
  • This unit is light in weight, as it weighs only 14.3 pounds with the inclusion of the battery.
  • The Makita XBP02Z 18V Portable Band Saw comes with only the bare tool. You have to buy the battery, charger separately.
  • It has an integrated work LED (Light Emitting Diode) light brightening up dark job sites.
  • It is suitable for making metal fabrication, metal building, plumbing projects, installation, electrical, HVAC and other highly technical projects.
  • It has a removable hook as well as rubber bumpers.


  • The Makita XBP02Z 18V Portable Band Saw is a specialized tool and may require that you spend more for the quality of performance and features embed in the unit. If you are looking for a simple tool for simple carrying out D.I.Y. (Do It Yourself) and household tasks, this might be too advanced for that. It is specially designed to be used in carrying out exceptional projects that require some techniques and skillful maneuverability.
  • Cutting all manners of dense and narrow materials with this unit will be easy and fun because it has plenty of power and plenty of speed options so that it can cut a wide range of materials including channel, fence posts, rebar, etc. The inbuilt speed dial also gives you tons of speed options that help you to match the speed of the tool to the application at hand thereby making the tool more versatile.
  • The battery life on this tool is also good and can be described as above average. It will last you through the majority of tasks that requires short periods and a few cuts. However, for longer tasks that require a significant number of cut, you will have to test that out to see how this unit performs.
  • Changing the blade on the unit should be simple. You can easily get a spare blade for this unit in your local hardware store if they carry it. However, if you cannot get the spare blade through your local store, you can order from, which have plenty of these blades.
  • The performance of this unit has been satisfactory so far, according to the majority of customer reviews. There is a high possibility you will be satisfied with the performance as the majority of users already are.


  • The weight of this material might give you somewhat of a hassle when you need to use it for long periods. It might also slow you down if you intend using it in awkward positions like overhead. However, we feel that the quality of the materials requires that some weight is added and that is what the manufacturer has done.


If you are looking for an excellent band saw with balanced weight and the capacity to cut through common materials, it is this saw. It is versatile in that it can be applied to a variety of metal cutting tasks as well as electrical, plumbing, metal fabrication, and other heavy and advanced project types. With the inbuilt work LED (Light Emitting Diode) on this unit as well as other advanced features, you should be able to work on any of these in the dark or a poorly lit environment.