Rated 4.7 out of 5 by 11
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Butch Could not complete a very complex welding project with out it!!!!!
I have cut a lot of metal since I purchased this saw a few weeks ago and even though I have messed up a few teeth on the blade (my fault), the blade is still cutting miters with no problem after more than 600 cuts. I have cut angle iron, tubing, flat bar, and round bar. I am working on a very complex welding project that has a lot of different cuts on it. If I had to use anything else beside this saw I would not be as far along completing the project. This saw is built heavier and better than any other saw I have used before that was more expensive.
May 24, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Darren Worth having
If you can pay the extra cost ove abrasive saw....do it!
February 10, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by conscientiousbuyer Good purchase!
Easy to use right out of the box. Cuts are clean and no heat discoloration of steel that you get from abrasive saws. No risk of burned fingers when handling cut pieces (but wear gloves because edges can be sharp). Cuts are also much faster than abrasive saws allowing work to get done faster. It seems about as noisy as abrasive saws. Be sure to support both ends of workpiece so cut off end doesn't go back into blade (my blade lost a carbide tooth because I got lazy and didn't do this - just before cut end fell it twisted into blade). Overall the saw is sturdy, cuts easily, and is nicer to work on than abrasive saws I've used. Size of work surface is adequate for smaller pieces and makes it easily portable, but when working with larger pieces you'll want to set up some type of workpiece support extensions. Read the instructions for use of saw with different pieces of steel. I was going to get another inexpensive abrasive saw, but glad I decided to spend the extra money.
December 8, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Klimpy Cuts through 1/4" steel no problem
After reading multiple reviews of cold cut saws this seemed to be the consensus best value. I have used it numerous times including with 1/4" steel p,late with no issues. So far so good!
December 15, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Bino Cutting aluminum voids Makita warranty. Why ?
While considering the purchase of this saw, I asked the L:A office of Makita if it can be ordered with a blade dedicated to aluminum. That was before I recalled that I have a 12 inch, 96 tooth Diablo blade for aluminum, from a noisy aluminum cutting experiment with a 3600 RPM Harbor Freight sliding compound miter saw (for wood).
Makita said no, and " cutting aluminum would probably void the warranty" . The tech rep did not know why. Aluminum saws more easily than steel. Clogging the teeth of the high qualilty and $$$ Makita blade ( which is not optimized for non-ferrous)?
There is a video on YouTube showing this saw cutting aluminum.
March 14, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Northernchopper Great Saw
I have not cut very much with this saw yet, but what I did cut this beast ran through it like butter! My only issue so far has been the fence angles are not quite exact, but what saw is? So I wound recommend using a square or angle finder to set your fence. Other than that this thing is amazing!
December 30, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Bpa556 You need this saw!
I should have made this purchase years ago. This saw is so much faster and more accurate than a regular abrasive saw. I've already made hundreds of cuts with it and the blade still cuts like it did on cut one. Cudos to Makita for providing a top notch blade with this awesome machine! Read the owner manual and follow it. The blade will last if you take care of it.
October 7, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Fizzbin great product - could be better
this saw works great but the description could have been better regarding the blade type included. I needed to cut aluminum channel and what is included is for mild steel. No where did I find any info that said it had a blade for steel. I bought a non-ferrous blade for it and it does exactly what I need to do. The only thing missing from this saw is a measurement stop on the right side that would let you position stock for cutting the same size piece more than once. I will have to design something for it to make repeat cuts easier.
July 31, 2012