Summary: loved the size and quality was very good, however, the grip was just far too narrow for my hand and the trigger was riding right up against my middle finger and remaining on when i released the trigger with my index finger. just way too uncomfortable and dangerous since i could not really grip the machine in a secure fashion. too bad, i was really looking forward to using it...returned it!
Summary: After enduring years of department-store brand power tools, I started upgrading a couple years ago. This was my second power tool upgrade. What took me so long? Better to put a little more money into a decent tool at the front end. I bought this along with a Bosch table saw for a major flooring project. Love it! I hate to think the results and the endless tirade of expletives had I tackled it with my old equipment.
Summary: I've owned my 5005 for a little over 25 years. I used it professionally for nine of those years. Since then I have made quite a bit of our furniture, remodeled 3 homes, built furniture for both of my sons. Using it last night I finally heard the bearings complaining, big surprise after only 25 years! It's a great tool and when used as designed, leaves a perfect cut. I'll get my old one repaired, but I'm buying a new one to give to one of the boys.
Summary: This saw is powerful, versatile, light, small...everything you need on a small package. Now i am a finish carpenter not a framer. I have used this saw for so many different tasks: Plywood, hardwood plywood, 2x and 4x lumber. It won have the same power and speed as a worm drive but for occasional heavy work, and everyday light-medium work this saw is just excellent.
Lightweight, powerful, nice brake feature, easy to use for right handers
D. Shanmuga, Amazon
28 July 2007
Summary: I have used many different circular saws and have a Bosch 7-1/4" contractors saw. It is a real workhorse, but is heavy. I have also used the old Rockwell trim saw, similar to the Porter Cable trim saw which has many reviews both pro and con. These little saws are lightweight and easy to use, but they lack power. The Makita 5005BA has plenty of power, is lightweight, the blade is on the left side, so it is easy to see your cut if you are right handed.