Rated 4.0 out of 5 by 44
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by GB Clean Cuts
After using this saw I can say the cuts are very clean and the saw slides in the rail very easy. The saw dust is minimal if connected to a vacuum and the plunge system is easy to use. The saw's case is big enough to hold the clamps and the rail connectors.
I asked Home Depot to make sure the saw was packed correctly, I was told it would be, and it was not. The saw is loose in its box to rattle around and it broke the box interior. This is an issue for Home Depot to correct and not Makita. The cord should be 3 feet longer and the two rails do not connect smoothly. The instructions from Makita should be upgraded with a few pictures and larger print.
April 28, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by novicediyer Not ready to use out of the box
Several adjustments needed in order to get a decent cut. The bevel was not at exactly 0/90 degrees, causing a slight bevel on all my cuts. Also, the blade was a couple degrees out of parallel with the rail guide on the base causing quite a bit of burning on relatively thin maple stock I had.
After fixing both these issues the saw cuts beautifully. The saw left smooth edges and no chipping on maple veneered plywood and (with a blade change) was able to rip 8/4 maple stock.
May 17, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by cwtmurf Great saw
I bought the saw so I would not have to buy a new table saw to cut down sheet goods for some DIY cabinets and beams in my ceiling. I tested it by first cutting some plywood for shelving for my basement. What a good cut and the track worked beautifully. This was my first time using a track saw, so I really had nothing to compare it to. However, when you think about the same blade doing 4000 + rpms through wood, it would not matter if it were a Festool, a Dewalt or Makita, the wood would give the same results. Just buy and pay for the features you want.
March 29, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by DIYMark So far lives up to expectations
I wrestled between this and the Festool TS 55 for some time. I have several Festools (dominos and sander) and I've been very happy with them. But the price of them always give me pause. In short I don't bleed green like the junkies. If there is an alternative brand tool that can do the job at a lower price it will have my attention. The Makita SP6000 is exactly that. It is like the Makita engineers took the Fes and used it as guidelines for this tool. It is interchangeable with the Festool guide rail and it plugs right into the Festool dust extractor.
I've not had it long enough to do a full blown review but these are the things that I noticed right away.
-Fairly quiet for a circular saw.
-Very light. The magnesium castings really lower the weight.
-Decent power. This is not a worm drive skillsaw but easily handles sheet goods which it was designed for.
-Pre-cut depth stop is actually quite useful. Something I didn't think I would use but it assures a nice splinter free cut.
-As others have noted dust collection when hooked to a vacuum is excellent.
-Smooth. The plastic anti-friction strips on the rail really do the job. This thing glides effortlessly down the track.
On the needs improvement side:
-The trigger could be bigger. I've had some difficulty adapting to the need to push the safety button, plunge the saw, and hold the trigger all at the same time. Several occasions my fingers slide off the trigger and it stalls. It is about 1 and 1/2 fingers wide. Would rather it be 3 fingers wide like the Makita sliding cross cut saw.
-Track is a bit flimsy. Of course there is a balance between light weight and easy to handle and being too thin that it deforms. I bought 2 extra 55" tracks and hooked them together for 8 foot rips and when it is lying flat it is OK but it does feel like if you accidentally hit it during transport it would bend. Something you don't want on a straight edge. Makita should make it a bit more stout.
-Cord attachment should pivot. It comes off the back of the saw a 90 degrees to travel movement. It has one of those big over molded rubber pieces at the connection that just does not flex enough as the saw is pushed through the movement. Creates some pucker factor on long rips and keeping it from not tangling with the dust hose.
-Imperial and Metric. I still can't convert metric in my head quickly. Let's me see..half inch plywood is 12.5 mm + 1/4" for the guide rail that makes...humm, 18 mm right? You get the picture. I'm sure I'll get better with time. Instead I would rather have the depth gauge have both metric and english delineations. I think Festool caved to this for the US market.
I used my circular saw on a home made fence/rail for years for cutting sheet goods and it worked great. But this system is definitely a cut above (pun intended). Less dust, easier to set up, cleaner cut. If you've been thinking about making the jump to a track saw, do yourself a favor and make the jump. And in this case I saved several hundred dollars over the German Fes.
April 19, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by aaronz Brilliant. Cuts sheet goods better than a table saw.
This thing is the best! It cuts sheet goods perfectly! I've used it to cut a stud down to length to match the height of the two next to it, patch wood flooring (amazingly) amongst other things. All in all, this is a really nice saw.
March 31, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Port nice addition to the shop
I have had the pleasure to use both the Makita and Festool tracksaws. And, although the Festool is clearly the best on the market, the Makita is a very close second at about half the cost. I have been really happy overall with the product and would definitely recommend. It requires a little tuning out of the box to run parallel to the track with no slop but didn't take much to get accurate. Very nice addition to the shop for squarely crosscutting panels and tops that are too wide for the table saw cross-cut sled.
March 8, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by OldDIYGuy Worthwhile Investment
A little research told me that this saw, while not cheap, had the best balance of quality and price among the track saws on the market. It has not disappointed. I'm using it to cut lots of veneered plywood for furniture projects. The cuts are amazingly straight and clean. I gave only 3 stars on value because these saws are all overpriced for what is essentially a glorified circular saw.
Hint: If you're joining two rails, the Festool connectors cost less and work with Makita's track. The same holds true for DeWalt's track clamps.
February 10, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by hawkman Fantastic Buy, Home Depot is the only place to get a Makita.
Forget about all those other saws, it's time to get the one and only saw you may ever need. It is light,can sit flat on any surface , has plenty of power. . Most importantly it cuts like butter and leaves the cleanest cuts in those expensive plywood purchases and is accurate to the nth degree. I read all the reviews and watched the videos and until you hold it and use it well.... you will see that it is awesome
Other things to note: The case is a large cube like box that has plenty of room for guide rail clamps. Dewalt rail clamps work well with this rail. The rail has blue anti friction like surface strips that let the saw slide smooth and easy. Underneath the rail the rubber strips hold tight to the work surface and prevent the need for clamps but I use the clamps just to be safe. Use a a shop vac with this saw and there is little to no dust.
I like this saw so much, I keep inventing ways to use it.
Home Depot has the price about what it was selling for almost a year ago. I think that most people are finding that this saw is as good if not better than Fess Tool, and for this reason it is getting harder to find a good price for this saw. So I would not delay and get one ASAP.
April 22, 2015