This was purchased to replace my 5 1/2 Skil saw ...
15 December 2014
Summary: This was purchased to replace my 5 1/2 Skil saw which I've had a very long time and which I've used and used. When the depth is set shallow on this saw the control is diminished a lot. It wants to "walk". I'm not sure if this is a quality issue or a blade issue. I set it aside and went back to my bigger skilsaw. When I have more time to get the "feel" of this saw I'll go back to it (maybe) but so far I'm not impressed.
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!!!!!!