Rated 4.7 out of 5 by 44
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by rashton No regrets..
Great saw at a good price. Cuts through 100 year old Fir 2x4s with ease. This is one of the tools that made me a fan of Makita.
October 24, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by HomeRenos Don't underestimate the value of a light saw!
We are in the middle of a basement renovation and builidng a large deck in our backyard. Our old circular saw was not up to the job. We needed something that was going to be light and reliable. We have not been disappointed. Cutting 4x8 sheets of plywood, pressure treated lumber and composite decking material - this saw has handled it all with ease. We have been especially happy that this saw is so lightweight since we have had to do a lot of cutting on the deck while the boards are in place. We'd recommend this saw to anyone.
June 11, 2008
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Nukie Graham (Cabinet Maker)
This is by far the best all round circular saw on the market. The power to weight ratio is incredible, and the accuracy of cut is unmatched. I have used all the big name saws out there and have found this one has put them all to shame. Makita has really put a lot of thought into this machine with the easy angle adjustments and the fact that you can adjust the pitch of the blade to the shoe from underneath so your cuts are always accurate. I have used this saw for furniture making and also deck and fence building and it handles even the hardest and wettest of wood with ease and no binding, way to go Makita. This saw is a must for any serious carpenter or D.I.Y. person it won't ever let you down. Get it from Home Depot because the price is good too. But like everything in life you only get what you pay for but at this price its a bargain.
January 10, 2009
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by tepi The perfect saw for any jobsite
Have been using this saw for about 4 months now for concrete forming and I must say it is exactly what i've been looking for. Saw cuts as good or better then any saw i've ever used, switchs to all angles with ease. Extreamly light weight and small, aka very easy to store. I've used the top dewalt, bosche. ryobi skill saws and this is my fav that I have used to date.
I recommend this to anyone in need of a circular saw.
May 27, 2008
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by HHTJR Excellent Circular Saw!
After doing research and looking at the various circular saws available, I was still having trouble deciding what to purchase. Stopped by a Home Depot store and was checking out saws when a customer recommended the Makita Magnum. He said it was the best! After checking it out and feeling its weight and smooth switch I was sold. Yes, not the least expensive but worth the extra cost. And its a dream to operate!
April 20, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Thorn495 Mine was defective
This was my first circular saw, but I hardly used it. I thought it was something I was doing that was wrong, but I couldn't get a straight cut with it past a few inches and would use a jigsaw instead. I took a closer look at it, measuring the distance from the blade to the sides of the base plate and found out there was a 1/16" difference from the front of the blade to the back. So the blade wasn't exactly parallel to the plate. I swapped blades and had the same results. Fortunately, Home Depot took it back over the 90 day period and gave me a store credit. Here are some prejudices I had against this saw:
• seems TOO light (but that might be what you're after), easy to veer off course
• has stickers displaying the measuring marks on the base plate that may peel or get damaged over time, instead of engraved notches
• blade guard seemed troublesome; would sometimes catch the piece I was cutting, especially with beveled cuts, throwing my line off if I wasn't on top of it
• no adjustment options to correct base plate if it isn't parallel with saw blade (other reviewers of the saw made note of this as well)
• even though I strive to take good care of my power tools and mostly work from home, I noticed other people (on online reviews) have commented that Makita saws aren't as durable as other brands -- that this saw seems like it belongs in a "velvet lined" case
• I feel I should've opted for the one that has a brake on it and a saw with a narrower base for more room when making cuts.
After returning the saw and looking around town, I ended up getting a Makita 5007F (very basic, precise, retro looking). It didn't come with a case or rip guide, but it cuts very straight! I cut 2 pieces of wood with the same measurements and they were identical, clean edges, as if trimmed with a router. I found it surprising that a saw $50+ cheaper would do a better job. I don't knock Makita for the defect (I have several other tools by the company that I like using a lot), I'm sure all companies have their lemons.
December 2, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by CrazyHorse Solid Performer
I needed a quick replacement for a failed machine and debated over the brands available. I wanted something lighter, but durable and thought a hypoid model would not be as versatile for some of the work I've done lately. My Makita sliding compound miter saw has been a long term workhorse and never given me any problems over the last 15 years.......so Makita it was.The first job was cutting several pieces of granite. It performed well. Overall rating is a 4 of 5. I've not had it long enough to determine reliability and tolerance to a job site environment.
March 12, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by RonaldMcDonald Very Nice Saw
This is a very nice circular saw. When shopping, I was also looking at Milwaukee's 6390-21. To me, this Makita felt like it had better balance in my hand, when using the saw with one hand. When I would hold the Milwaukee in one hand, it felt out of balance. It also felt heavier. To me, this is important, since I am mostly using this saw to cut 2x4 boards using one hand. The Makita also has an LED light which illuminates your cut path. I did not base my purchase on this feature, but it has turned out that it is more useful than I thought it would be. It does help you to see your cut path better. The only downside is that if the saw is plugged in, the LED light is always on, there is no way to turn the light off, from what I can tell. So, you just need to remember to unplug the saw when you are done. The saw has plenty of power, and has not bogged down, even when ripping a wet pressured treated 2x9, with a 24T blade. This saw was a little more expensive than the Milwaukee, but I felt that the extra cost was justified for the balance of the saw. I also felt like the Makita was made a little better, in particular the guard that surrounds the blade. The Milwaukee felt like it had plastic, where as the Makita has a metal (Magnesium). I am very pleased with my purchase, and recommend this saw to anyone.
January 14, 2015