Makita SP6000J1 6-1/2 in. Plunge Circular Saw with 55 in. Guide RailModel: mktnsp6000j1
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Product Features & specs :
Makita SP6000J1 6-1/2 in. Plunge Circular Saw with 55 in. Guide Rail
- Delivers A Splinter-Free Mirror Finish
- Included 55 in. guide rail system interacts with the saw base to provide smooth, perfect, dead-on straight or bevel cutting
- Powerful 12.0 Amp motor for optimum performance in a wide variety of materials
- Electronic speed control maintains constant speed uder load for smooth cutting
- Large cutting capacity (2-3/16 in. at 90 degrees and 1-9/16 in. at 45 degrees)
- Smooth and convenient plunge release lever for operator comfort
- 6-1/2 in. Plunge Circular Saw - SP6000J1
- Hex Blade Wrench - 783203-8
- 55 in. Guide Rail - 194365-5
- Stackable Tool Case
6 months ago
1. The trigger and lock release combo can be a bit touchy. You can't always stand comfortably directly behind the saw at a good height. I worked from the side at times, on the ground (rigid foam sheet underneath) and found it difficult to keep both the trigger release (you push down with your thumb) and the trigger itself in place successfully. The problem is that the trigger has to be fully pulled back to its furthest position whilst holding the thumb release down too, so if you relax just one little bit the saw can slow down (and possibly stop) if you don't overcome the slight relaxation of your trigger finger quickly. It's annoying but not a show stopper.
2. Now the good news: Stopping and then restarting the saw never seemed to affect the accuracy and smoothness of the cut -- something I've rarely seen before. It happened to me multiple times and the cut was still bang on. Good show Makita.
3. It most definitely makes a good bit of noise and creates lots of sawdust and it can toss that sawdust a pretty good distance (ask how I know!). But when using the vacuum attachment as it was designed ... dust was absolutely minimal.
4. The instructions could use some work. There was no info on setting up. There was not a good drawing showing all the "things" on the saw and a legend as to what they are. There's still one 'gizmo' on the lead edge of the saw base (it's a sort of screw) that I still don't know what it's for. ?? One needs to adjust the part that rides in the track (the reason you have it) so it rides snugly but does not bind. It's rather obvious in retrospect, but nothing about it in the manual as a 'Before you start for the first time' instruction. Bad on Makita.
4a. Same for the Makita track. There are no instructions at all. But ... you need to saw off a bit of the (rubber?) edging on the track before using it for the first time. It's smart that they make it a bit proud and then you saw it off to exactly match your saw. I'm betting some don't realize that they need to do this and end up with a lot of 'funny' black mystery specs in their sawdust.
5. The soft start is great but a bit shocking at first because it really is a SLOW start. And if you let go of the trigger and then very quickly re-engage the trigger, the saw once again regains speed quite slowly, even tho the blade was still spinning. Not great but certainly not a big issue.
I chose Makita over the others because of the user and magazine ratings. Makita always seemed to be first choice (why can't all tools be this way??) If mine was lost or stolen, I'd be on the web quickly ordering another.
10 months ago
1 year ago
1 year ago
Because I do mostly woodworking, I am super anal when it comes to making sure my cuts are dead on and even though I have used the adjustments I'm never really assured that the cuts are at the exact angles I need.
Would also be nice if Makita offered a shorter track for the saw.
over 2 years ago
Now for the guide rails/tracks. I ordered an extra 55" guide rail, that one was flat and straight but the ends weren't square and looked like they were cut with a jig saw. The track that came with the saw was straight but the middle would stand off a flat work piece 2 1/2". That's A LOT of bend to that track, although the weight of the saw was enough to push it back down to the work piece with ease. a simple jig, a few clamps and a day later it's pretty flat. The short ends on this piece were also not square and had rough cuts on them.
To fix this I put a general purpose 7 1/4" blade in my 10" SCMS (miter saw) to slow the speed and clamped the track to the saw table. With a slow cut and a little WD40 I now have two square ends to line up the tacks. Mind you my SCMS is calibrated to within .002" so this worked for me. It would have cost me $95 to have the ends machined to a perfect 90 deg. I couldn't justify this cost.
For the difference in price between the Festool and the Makita Guide Rails I'd say it was worth my time to fix the tracks. I can't say that I understand why Makita dropped the ball on QC of the Guide Rails, as the only have one purpose, TO MAKE A STRAIGHT CUT! The profile of the short ends line up perfectly on my two pieces, guess I got lucky. Also the connector bars (to attach the two tracks) are sold individually. You will need two of these if you want a secure attachment. All in all I'm happy with this saw and recommend it to anyone looking not to spend the Festool or DeWalt price tag. Other than the guide rails needing a little tune up I can't see why anyone would need to spend more on a track saw other than bragging rights.
over 3 years ago
over 3 years ago
Q & A :
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Hope that helps, ECC 9:10
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