|Review by Hermando||posted 09-29-2010 06:51 PM||13282 views||1 time favorited||11 comments|
I just wanted to share one of the Makita portable table saws I own and give a review from what I think is a quality table saw and functional with the right setup. I have been reviewing a wide variety of table saws in the past so I could spend more time wood working and not working.
This particular table saw is the Makita 2703, which I purchased from Craigslist for $40 and had the Makita service do a complete overhaul of power cord, power switch, bearings and brushes. This saw was pretty rough when I purchased it, but took a chance for a diamond in the rough. Over all I have invested $40 for the saw, $110 for the service and $20 for the Skil table saw stand and T-Square fence (which I also got from Craigs). Not a bad investment for a like new table saw with contractor capabilities. I did have to improve the mobility, which seemed to be an idea to move my wood working around a busy shop and keep my projects organized.
For the review I personally think Makita produces some of the finest quality power tools. Its unfortunate that their tools are not always reviewed at the top for their performance and quality. The Makita 2703, which is an older model than the 2705 now sold has its strong points and weak areas that have been improved with the 2705. The 15 amp motor is incredibly strong with cutting all types of hard and soft woods. Not to mention the height adjustment allows cutting through 2×4’s on end or a 4×4. Unlike the Bosch or Dewalt the angle adjustment allows for micro adjustment to be more precise. Rather than the swing arm effect. The table top is sufficient for cutting larger stock/plywood panels and the table saw stand expands on the work area. The only negative is the miter slots, which are not standard 3/4, but are still usable with a little creativity with jigs and a sled. Overall the positives of the Makita 2703 has satisfied my needs for now and I would not hesitate to upgrade to the Makita 2705 over the Bosch or Ridgid.