I am an avid Makita user, 40+ tools across their LXT and CXT platforms. I own the XSR01 (rear handled x2 circular saw).
I haven’t used it enough to warrant an review of it; but I have been impressed with its power and also its accuracy. It was, at first, a little harder to line up cuts due to the length of the saw footprints; but I found that using the appropriate marking on the saw baseplate to be super accurate and once I got comfortable with not looking at my blade my experience was excellent. The rafter hook is a nice feature- although cumbersome and somewhat interferes with installing the batteries. This is also a hefty saw. With the two batteries installed the weight reminds me of old 15 amp saws when no one cares about ergonomics.
As for run time, I don’t know what you plan to cut and how much; but I’d be hard pressed to see you exhaust the batteries in a typical days use. Also, if a concern- you can pop the batteries on the charge while on lunch and they charge very quickly (less than an hour from empty to full).
Admittedly I have not used the XSH01 so any commentary would be based on others impressions or views and I don’t partake in espousing others opinions.
Have you looked at the Makita XSH08? It’s x2 but the baseplate is track compatible. Basically it’s a track saw without the traditional plunge (but can still plunge) capability.
As for waiting for the XGT… I think that depends on several factors.
- Will you buy other XGT tools or will this be your only tool on that platform?
- Are you already invested in the LXT lineup? Do you have batteries and can score either the XSR01 or XSH01 as a bare tool? If so you can save some money. The XSR01 is $149 on Amazon right now.
- I believe the XGT will be lighter, so how much use are you going to have where fatigue is a factor?
- Do you have an immediate need or can you wait until the XGT is released?
- Do you need/want AWS compatibility? Neither the XSR01 or XSH01 offer AWS compatibility.
- Do you have a preference for the saw blade being on left or right?
Hope this helps and welcome to the forum.