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Forum topic by amateur77 posted 11-25-2017 11:19 PM 327 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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amateur77

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11-25-2017 11:19 PM

I have a task to create a bunch of custom kitchen cabinets, and need a way to cut up plywood accurately while also leaving a nice edge finish.
I do not have a tablesaw and do not plan to get one due to having nowhere to store it.

I’m currently looking at this 136mm compact Makita 18v circular saw, I like the form factor of it very much + all my other tools are 18v makita as well so I need to stick to the system I already have.
http://www.powertoolworld.co.uk/makita-dss501z-18v-circular-saw-136mm-body-only#gref

-Would these circular saws be good for such task? I suspect I would need a better saw blade with finer tooth to achieve a better finish, but is it doable?
-Maybe anyone has this exact saw and can comment how good/bad it is?
-Will I be able to achieve a good finished edge while cutting plywood with such saw?
-Also are there any tracks you can buy for these saws so it can be used as a track saw? Or you can only use them with DIY made ’’tracks’’?
unfortunately my budget doesn’t stretches to a good dedicated tracksaw + I think a circular saw is a more universal tool suitable for more tasks in future?

What do u think guys?


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#1 posted 11-25-2017 11:30 PM

Cordless circular saws have come a long way
in the last 2 decades. I have a new Makita cordless
router and the format and hardware is very
impressive.

With an 18v circular saw these days I wouldn’t
be as much concerned about power as the
stability of the blade. I have a Porter-Cable
cordless circular saw and there is, imo, too
much play in the base-tilt pivot for fine
work. The Makita saw you’re looking at may
not have this play, but I would be cautious
about the model as it’s stamped steel.

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#2 posted 11-25-2017 11:49 PM

Congrats on being tasked “to create a bunch of custom kitchen cabinets”

A track saw will serve you well and this is the perfect job for it.

You can do this.

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#3 posted 11-26-2017 01:34 AM

I own and use daily Makita 18v tools including the saw you mentioned. While they are great tools, I personally wouldn’t use them for the job you mentioned. The reason being, even with a fully charged battery and brand new blade, that much cutting will cause a quick battery dump. As the battery drains, the quality of cut will diminish.

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#4 posted 11-26-2017 02:50 AM

I have the Makita 18V and it is a good saw. You’ll want a couple of the bigger batteries so you can keep going. Mine are 3Ah and are all I need for homeowner/DIY stuff but no idea how they would hold up to building cabinets. Grab a 40T fine cut blade.

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#5 posted 11-26-2017 01:06 PM

Cheers, I ordered this 136mm beast ,had some credit at the place where I wanted to buy it so It ended up costing me only £64,not bad.
[img]https://www.angliatoolcentre.co.uk/uploads/images/products/makita-dss501z-18v-circular-saw-body-only-pid8098_1.jpg?0815[/img]

I will make a guide rail like this myself
[img]https://images.woodmagazine.mdpcdn.com/sites/default/files/styles/width_550/public/image/migrated//wood/images/2013/07/62514.jpg[/img]

Can anyone suggest what blade I would need to get a smooth cut in ply with this saw?
The saw comes with 16tooth standard makita blade, I really like Freud blades for my other tools but seems like they don’t make it in this 136mm size, what’s the next best thing?
I found this 36tooth makita blade myself https://www.ffx.co.uk/tools/product/Makita-B-09210-0088381337250-136Mm-X-10Mm-X-36T-Specialized-Circular-Saw-Blade

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#6 posted 11-26-2017 03:18 PM

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#7 posted 11-26-2017 08:44 PM


Of course they do:
https://www.homedepot.com

- Carloz

All of the links the OP has posted were .uk. What make you think a product available at Home Depot is going to do them any good.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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#8 posted 11-26-2017 09:11 PM

Of course they do:
https://www.homedepot.com

- Carloz

All of the links the OP has posted were .uk. What make you think a product available at Home Depot is going to do them any good.

- Rich


Most readers here (not all) are smart enough to know that Freud makes blades not only for Home Depot.

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#9 posted 11-26-2017 09:53 PM



Can anyone suggest what blade I would need to get a smooth cut in ply with this saw?
The saw comes with 16tooth standard makita blade, I really like Freud blades for my other tools but seems like they don t make it in this 136mm size, what s the next best thing?
- amateur77

The US models will take up to a 165mm blade, check to see if the UK model will too. That would expand your blade options. 36T wouldn’t be terrible especially in a small blade. I’ve never used a 36T blade that size so I really can’t say.

36T wouldn’t be terrible but more teeth would be better.

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#10 posted 11-27-2017 12:06 AM


All of the links the OP has posted were .uk. What make you think a product available at Home Depot is going to do them any good.

- Rich

Most readers here (not all) are smart enough to know that Freud makes blades not only for Home Depot.

- Carloz

Nice try. Then why weren’t you smart enough to post a link to a Freud blade that’s available in the UK? Apparently in your book, being a smart ass is more important that helping someone.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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