Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 48
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by duckweed Real convenient to have
This is a great saw to have in my tool trailer. Cuts clean and smooth. The soft start motor is a little slow and touchy - You have to keep a firm finger on the trigger or the motor shuts off. I wish the plunge depth was in inches since I have to site the depth when cutting material. I have never clamped the track - the tacky rubber material on the bottom keeps it right in place.
July 8, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Buddy Very good saw
Works as expected. I did a lot of research on track saws and settled on this one based on its reviews in price. It is plenty strong to cut through any material I've tried including 6/4" thick white oak. It certainly will not replace my tablesaw but is a great option for breaking down sheet goods and larger cross cuts. Happy to have it in my workshop!
June 26, 2016
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 5.0 out of 5.0 by jgville Precise cuts, simple to use.
Used with the track guide for making precise straight cuts. The produced cuts are as good as those made on my table saw.
The setting for cutting a shallow cut to reduce surface tear out worked well. Once the surface fibers were cut I made a full depth cut. The resulting cut was clean. The material was 1/4" plywood from Home Depot.
At this time I've only used the saw a few times.
June 7, 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 SteamyB Does the Job!
I worked on building several DIY kitchen islands and cabinets and this Makita system worked beautifully for cutting our plywood sheets down to precise measurements. I had to make a quick adjustment out of the box to fix a slight bevel. But once that was fixed, we were good. Honestly, I see very little difference between this and the other track saws I've used. Festool. Dewalt. Meh.. I really think that unless your a true woodworker who needs the "BEST" or "BETTER" brands, this Makita set is fine for anyone who does serious remodeling or serious DIY work. I honestly cant tell the difference in cuts or ease of use compared to the other brands. The only thing I noticed was that Festool's saw felt a little more solid, more well-built than this Makita. Well, I purchased the extra length of track as well to rip full sheets, and Ive been using this setup for a full year now.. And so far this track saw has been very durable, consistently cutting great for me. So it seems to be constructed good enough. The price is right for this system too. Cant beat it. In the end though, for those of you out there who need a track saw system, you really cant go wrong with any of the ones I've used (Festool. Dewalt. Makita). They will all do the job and make your life easier. This one happens to be the least expensive!
May 30, 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