Summary: I found myself with a lot of 3 inch thick material, so looked for a saw capable of sawing it in one pass. This saw seemed promising. It's wonderful! It has a nice heavy base plate (not some whimpy stamped thing), cuts a full 3inch deep, marked adjustments for depth, bevel cuts to 50 degrees (with...
Summary: works great! only trouble has been when cutting 1 1/2" tatami mats it warmed up enough to trip the breaker a couple times per pass. but then again my previous saw wasn't even capable of making these cuts.
Summary: Too much play in the baseplate. Had to shim it with aluminum tape and even then there still was some play. I am using the saw as a tracksaw and it was hard to get 90 degree edges while cutting 2 in material. Also blade wobbles more than I like.
Summary: I really like the size and features of the Makita 5008MGA 8-1/4" circular saw but I must have received the one bad one. On the second use, the "C.S.N. BOLT" - tightens the saw after you adjust the depth - broke. I extracted the bolt and could clearly see the wide flat end had simply torn off.
Summary: I have become very fond of Makita. I had dewalt and they just are not Makita. It is like Ford, Chevy, Dodge compared to Honda. They may all get the job done but without the refinement and quality of the Japanese brand.
Summary: I bought this saw to cut through thicker lumber. But after using it and liking the weight to power, my carpwnters have started using it all the time instead of the 7 1/4" Makita. Great power. Not too heavy.
Summary: This saw with an eight and a quarter inch blade in it, will cut a full 3 inches deep. I also love the electric brake. Stops the blade as soon as you let go of the trigger. Very happy with this saw.