|Review by Charlie||posted 05-26-2013 06:24 PM||6170 views||0 times favorited||11 comments|
Some of you might remember that my nearly 30 year old Craftsman circular saw smoked during the beginning of building my wife’s garden shed. I was looking at a couple different saws, but based mostly on the recommendations of several LJ’ers who probably are more up to speed on such things, I spent the little extra to get the Makita 5007MG.
I have to say that this was probably one of the best out=of-the-box products I’ve purchased. It has adjustments to get it aligned, but after careful checking, I didn’t have to adjust anything. AND…. I figured I’d see what I could get out of the stock blade. As most of you have experienced, the stock blade on most saws is crap. This one is actually not bad at all. I figured I’d use it to test it and then put the Diablo on, but so far, it’s cutting smooth so I left it alone. Might be one of the best stock blades I’ve experienced. It has cut framing, roof sheathing, and today, plywood soffit.
Now I am admittedly not a framer, and I am admittedly kinda doing some things that may not be considered “normal” so on the downslope edge of the soffit, I cut a bevel to get it to fit tighter to the facia. I’m following the roof rafters, not using horizontal nailers. The guide on the saw’s shoe showing where to expect the blade to track at different angles really worked well. Nice touch!
You might notice the nice big locking handle for the bevel adjustment. It’s a rubber-grip over metal. VERY easy to operate and locks solid. The round-ish blue knob on the left actuates a mechanism to give you positive stops at some common angles.
There’s also a depth indicator
Easy enough to look up the specifications, but I’ll tell you this is a HUGE improvement over my old saw. It’s not as light as the lightweight Dewalt, but it FEELS light in the hand. It has good balance, power, and surprisingly less “kick” when you start it (as compared to my old Craftsman) even though it feels much more powerful.
So… comes with a nice case (not all of them do any more), the lock levers are beefy and grippy. It has some nice indicators and features AND…. it does NOT have that stupid “safety button” that you have to press with a thumb before you can squeeze the trigger. That button drove me nuts for almost 30 years.
I would definitely recommend this and I can see why so many LJers recommended it to me. So thanks to everyone who responded to my thread about buying a circular saw. This turned out very well and didn’t break the bank.