Metabo 18V Circular Saw Offers Jobsite Convenience with Guide Rail Compatibility
With a set of short guide rails, you can make smooth and accurate bevel and miter cuts using just your circular saw. Longer rails let you replace a circular saw when cutting sheet goods. A good track-capable circular saw can cut down on the number of tools you need to bring to the jobsite. Metabo designed the KS 18 LTX 66 BL cordless 6 1/2-inch circular saw for the construction site. It has a base plate that lets it work with standard FS (Festool-style) guide rail systems.
What’s the Big Deal?
The significance of the Metabo 18V Cordless 6 1/2-Inch Circular Saw is its compatibility with not just the Metabo cross cut track system, but other guide rail systems as well (specifically FS style systems like those from Festool, Makita, and others). Between your saw’s ability to make bevel cuts and the guide rail system’s ability to maintain precision, you effectively transform your circular saw into an easily maneuverable and transportable compound miter saw that excels at cross cuts.
The Metabo 18V Cordless 6 1/2-Inch Circular Saw features an aluminum base plate that locks into guide rails like the upcoming KFS rail system. According to Metabo, these guide rails offer a mobile, compact solution for accurate angles on chop cuts and angular cuts up to 60º. The rails feature a quick closure to easily couple the circular saw and an integrated hold-back mechanism that moves the saw back to your starting position after the cut. They work very similarly to Festool HK 55 carpentry saws.
Along with its overall compatibility with guide rails, the Metabo KS 18 LTX 66 BL features a fast brake for safety. It is also compatible with a variety of dust extractors. You can even implement Metabo’s CordlessControl to automatically switch the connected vacuum on and off by firing up the saw.
- Integrated LED work light
- Adjustable and lockable sawdust ejection nozzle
- Non-slip, soft-grip surface provides secure guidance
- Aluminum die-cast housing
- Compatible with all CAS brand 18V battery packs and chargers
We expect the Metabo Cordless 6 1/4-Inch Circular Saw to retail for around $469 for the bare tool. The rail can add $72 (FS 80) or $115 (FS 160) to the price, plus you need a battery and charger if you don’t already have that covered.
Metabo warranties the KS 18 LTX 66 BL saw for 3 years…about as long as it will likely take you to memorize the model name.
- Model: Metabo KS 18 LTX 66 BL
- Battery Voltage: 18V
- Swivel Range From/To: 0/+46º
- Adjustable Cutting Depth: 0 – 2-19/32 in.
- Maximum Cutting Depth at 90º; 45º; with guide rail: 2-19/32 in.; 1-11/16 in.; 2-13/32 in.
- Saw blade Ø x bore: 6-1/2 x 5/8 in.
- Maximum Cutting Speed: 141 ft/min
- Weight: 7.7 lbs; 9.9 lbs (with battery)
- Warranty: 3 years
- Price: ~$469 (bare tool)