|Review by DawsonWoodworking||posted 05-30-2012 05:14 AM||8507 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
I have used this saw for a little over a year now, I have completed a few projects with it, but it doesn’t see daily service. I have used Dewalt, Hitachi, Ryobi, Porter Cable Saws previously.
After reading several reviews, I was choosing between the Bosch, Makita & Festool,
Accuracy is very good. Weight is very good, Ease of use is pretty good.
The blade brake seems to be wearing out, very prematurely in my opinion. This saw doesn’t see heavy use, so I wouldn’t expect to this to wear out yet. Occasionally the blade brake won’t engage until a second or two after the trigger is released.
There was some plastic part near the handle that was part of the retracting blade guard. Somehow it kept interfering with the retracting blade guard and preventing the saw from being lowered into the cut. I kept having to push the retracting guard to miss this little piece to lower the blade into the cut. So I gave up and just removed the little plastic part. See foto. – Sorry I don’t have a pic of the little part, it was just located just above the blade spin direction arrow in the close up pic
The factory blade is very good, right out of the box. I have resharpened it once now. Its depth of cut capacity is as good as a standard 12” saw. Once you learn how the miter angle lock works it is easy to use and accurate.
Overall, I recommend this saw, and I would buy it again. I give it 8.5 out of 10 points. If money wasn’t an issue, I would choose the Festool, but I think I would prefer two of these Makita’s to one Festool.
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