Summary: Had one, needed it and couldn't find it (vague memory of someone borrowing it) bought another one. Lucky I could afford to do it at the time, two day prime shipping got it here in time for the project, I won't loose this one. It's now selling for twelve dollars less than I paid about a month ago. No problem, I needed it.
Summary: For all of you out there looking for a great circular saw for small jobs, I highly recommend this saw. This particular model is no longer stocked in retail stores. Mikita also makes a 14.4V, 3 3/8 inch circular saw with a snap-in vs. slide-in battery (basically the same saw, but with a more powerful battery). I don't understand why some other reviewers posted such negative feedback in reards to it's ineffectiveness, because I have had the complete opposite experience.
Huh? What am I supposed to be able to cut? Cardboard?
Rich Grace, Amazon
21 December 2004
Summary: This is one tool that really is just about useless. Can't cut plywood of any thickness, moldings, or just about anything else that's made of WOOD. Truly a waste of money. It has no torque and its miter adjustments are imprecise at best. I ***think*** this thing could cut paper, but I have better and cheaper tools (like a pair of scissors) for that job. Take my word for it, don't throw your money away on this item.
Summary: At first glance the Makita 5090D looks like a good value. What they don't tell you that it is shipped without a battery or charger. If you don't already own a Makita 9.6 volt battery and charger, you must purchase a battery and charger separately in order to use it. The cost of of these items are about the same as the saw itself! I might give it more stars after the battery arrives and I can see how it works. Right now one star kind of describes my feelings.
Summary: I purchased this tool to make small cuts and I thought that because it was makita it would be awesome but, it was very noisy and performed like a cheap childs toy! It would not cut through the softest of pine without effort. I finally gave up on it and found out that by using a hand saw it saved a lot of time and worked better!! I would not buy this tool even if it cost $5.00. If I hadn't lost the reciept I would have took it back.
Summary: Emphasis on "little." But... for some projects, it is indispensible. I have 4 blades for this saw and when I need to make minor/small/precision cuts, especially in hard to get to places, it's my buddy.
Summary: I was very disappointed in this Makita saw. I bought it thinking that I would be able to use it around the house for the times that I couldn't use my big 7 1/4" circular saw. I love Makita products, so I ...thought this product was for me. So I bought it. When I received it, I couldn't believe my eyes----NO CHARGER AND NO BATTERY---it doesn't come with the saw! Where I live, you just can't find stuff like the charger or the battery to run the thing!
Summary: When I first got this saw and powered it up, I was pretty pessimistic about its capabilities. It has totally shattered all doubts. We have used it on ripping plywood, cutting studs, sheetrock, treated lumber, extruded aluminum, and it has always performed well. The treated lumber and 5/8" plywood slowed it down, but it's light weight and small size enables you to take it along in a tool belt where larger saws would be cumbersome.
Summary: I use this constantly. It's great. Light weight, easy to use. I carry it in my truck to use at any time I need it.This is a great buy for the money. Any one, male, female, young or more experienced can use this with ease.
Summary: I bought this tool over a year ago, and out of frustration with its performance finally eliminated it from my shop recently. It seemed like a great idea - there are so few saw options out there for small-scale, detailed cuts. I tried this saw on several projects, and found it way too underpowered (even to cut a sheet of 1/4" masonite) for most of my application. Plus it is extremely noisy once the thin blade contacts and begins to cut the material.