Summary: Saw work good but a little too pricey. I was buying the skill trim saw for$120.00 till they stopped making. Pretty pissed Makita is getting over $300.00 for theirs. Since I need it for work they got me over a barrel!!!!
Summary: I bought this saw for a 76 year old retired carpenter. He is somewhat of a frail man and has limited physical strenghth. He claims that it is a wonderful saw with the lightweight feature he was looking for. He does finish work with it and installed a nice finish blade in his and it runs very nicely. Much different from the large Skil Saw that I use at work.
Summary: To my eye this saw looked like it could deliver. For me, it was awkward and I had to fight it to get a descent cut. The angle and shape of the handle and the trigger in proportion to the overall weight aren't positioned ergonomically enough to allow me to become " one with the tool " . I was surprised to find this out and immediately put the saw up for sale.
Throw away your 7 1/4" Skillsaw or useless Worm Drives
Charles Seiler, Amazon
28 April 2014
Summary: I own a left drive standard (non worm drive) skillsaw, and it sucks. I have never liked how the blade is setup so you have to cut with you left hand. I also own a Makita 13 amp worm drive saw. This little 5 1/2" saw does everything the larger saws does, but it does it so much easier. After cutting with every type of saw imaginable for 17 years, I am sold on the smaller Makita. The build quality, the 8,000 RPM speed, the amazing appearance, it has everything.
Summary: Bought this makita about 10 years ago and now noticed that the power cord interior cover has cracked and now is like powder...exposing the live wire!!!!! saw will not work because the wire is now cut.... Looking for a replacement but can't seem to find one on line ahhh will have to call makita direct... This saw is great!!!!!! best I ever used beside the Skil worm drive.... Only problem is the cord with the makita other than that it is GREAT!!!!!!
Excellent saw. Highly recommended. Light and cuts well.
12 December 2013
Summary: Years ago I had a Skil 5 1/2" saw that was discontinued. I have been using a Skilsaw 7 1/4" Wormdrive model and it is extremely heavy and wears you out pretty quickly when on the job. I decided to purchase this saw because I have seen the good reviews and so far I am extremely pleased. It is very light, does an excellent job of cutting and the electric brake works perfectly. Highly recommend this saw for anyone who doesn't want to haul around a 13lb saw all day.
Powerful little saw, crappy sole plate, 5/8" arbor
Tom Neal, Amazon
28 November 2013
Summary: This a great "small in size" and one of the few 5-1/2" corded saws left available. Has lots of power (8 amps) and easily cuts 2x's and plywood with a good blade. I grab this saw most when a quick cut is needed around the house using a Oshlun SBW-055018 blade, My Milwaukee is setup as a rip saw and my Skill Mag 77 is setup using a fast cutting wet wood type blade. My 5005BA weighs in at 7.2 lbs. The saw comes with a really cheap blade that is not much use.