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Forum topic by CharlieM1958 posted 07-26-2008 09:19 PM 1334 views 0 times favorited 30 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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CharlieM1958

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07-26-2008 09:19 PM

I’ve been thinking for a while about a cordless circular saw, but not too seriously. It was just the kind of thing that I thought would be nice to have every now and then.

Well, I stumbled by accident across this company called CPO Makita that specializes in new and reconditioned Makita power tools. They were advertising this Model 5620DWA, reconditioned, with case, battery, charger, carbide-tipped blade, and the same warranty as a brand new tool for $89.95 + $9.95 shipping. I did some checking, and this tool sells brand new for anywhere between $239 and $329. I figured I could hardly go wrong, and jumped on the deal. In less than 48 hours it was delivered to my doorstep, and is completely indistinguishable from a brand new tool.

I still can figure out how or why they would sell this thing that cheap. The only drawback I can find is that this one came with a NiCad battery, and the newer model of this saw comes with a slightly longer-lasting NiMH type. I made a couple of test cuts. and the thing works great. I was just wondering if anyone had any experience with this saw, or this company.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"


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pommy

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#1 posted 07-26-2008 10:28 PM

Hi Charlie

I use makita at work and have never had a problem with them over the years and i think the reason that its cheaper than the other model is the battery life we find that quite common in the uk

she likes cool to me but if you dont get on with it just post it to me i’m sure i would be able to find room for her lol

andy

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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GaryK

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#2 posted 07-26-2008 10:37 PM

You have a shop with power outlets, right? Why?

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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CharlieM1958

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#3 posted 07-26-2008 10:45 PM

The outlets are for battery chargers, Gary. Don’t you know anything? <g>

Seriously, I don’t use a circular saw very much, but the thing I always find most irritating is the cord getting hung up when I’m trying to make a long cut.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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pommy

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#4 posted 07-26-2008 11:00 PM

Charlie we would all love a workshop like garys and so we all keep dreaming lol !!!!!!

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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CharlieM1958

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#5 posted 07-26-2008 11:07 PM

Amen to that, Pommy!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Bob #2

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#6 posted 07-26-2008 11:11 PM

I use a cheapie like that for cutting up pallets . It’s about all I use it for but if you do a bit of ight framing it’s really handy in spots where the cord is a nuisance.

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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pommy

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#7 posted 07-26-2008 11:14 PM

Charlie as for the cord do what i do run it over your shoulder and pinch a bit between your arm and chest works for me

Pommy

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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daveintexas

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#8 posted 07-26-2008 11:15 PM

I have always been fond of Makita battery powered tools. It looks like you got a handy little saw there.

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GaryK

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#9 posted 07-26-2008 11:21 PM

Or position the cord from the end of the cut. That way you are always moving toward your cord and never pulling it.

Of course angle it away from your cut so you don’t cut it.

Now I would never try to talk a fellow woodworker from buying a new tool, but with the limitations this one has (small blade diameter to make up for lack of power for one) I would buy myself a nice plug-in one instead.

It will last forever and you will never have to replace batteries.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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pommy

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#10 posted 07-26-2008 11:28 PM

Gary you have to remember big things grow from small acorns

but i do agree with the size of blade it would be fine for ripping sheets of ply outside if you dont have the space

Andy

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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Tom Adamski

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#11 posted 07-26-2008 11:45 PM

Charley, I have purchased many things (both new & reconditioned) from CPO Delta and CPO Porter Cable. CPO is a great company to deal with. The prices are great, the products are top notch and they deliver them very fast. As far as buying a cordless saw… hmmm, can’t say it has even made it to my wish list. I have a 6” PC left hand trim saw that is a dream to use. Let us know how it works out…

Tom

-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsman can hide his mistakes.

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Slacker

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#12 posted 07-26-2008 11:57 PM

The only cordless tools I got is one drill and one impact driver, and I keep a corded drill just in case. Those batteries get mighty expensive…

-- Adapt, improvise, overcome

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#13 posted 07-27-2008 12:02 AM

I’ve let all my battery powered tools go away. They die when you need them to work. I bought a REALLY long thick gauge extension cord for less than a new battery ;)

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#14 posted 07-27-2008 12:06 AM

I wouldn’t worry about this saw, Makita makes quality tools.

I have both corded, & cordless. I use both at some times.

Lately I’ve used my Dewalt cordless much more.

You don’t have to fight the cord.

The main thing is have one battery charging while using the other.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#15 posted 07-27-2008 12:16 AM

That looks like a nice saw and a good deal at that price. I have purchased from CPO Porter-Cable and had good luck, but not CPO Makita. I assume it is the same company with different divisions. Good luck with the new saw.

-- Steve-o

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