Heavy duty workhorse
These saws are big, heavy and powerful but thats why you buy one. Well not so much for the weight. These saws have remained a similar design for 30 years and its a well proven, simple and reliable design. Ive used these for framing for years and they just dont miss a beat.
You really can treat these harshly and you would be working hard to kill one. Given thier size and weight I only get it out when the cordless circular saw wont get the job done and thats only for serious full depth ripping in hardwood. They come with the standard accessories you would expect and I would recommend for those serious into heavy timber framing if youre not doing that get one of the smaller and lighter makita cordless saws.
being a contractor i use lots of different tools,i find the people that design them dont use them,makita spits bits back in your face,cant use hitachi,wrong form,it will be good when the screw tip clicks into the screw holder,magnetic of course,not,& the screw fits the bit.& the tape will free hold more than a metre.used to be over 4 metre when i was a lad.bit like your....if they can make chines tools so cheap why are they half as big,stong,not streight,hollow,ect.i use screws with a drill tip that cant drill .45mm thick steel,made in china,sad realy.thats point 45,less than half a mm.!!
Well made, solid, quite, smooth, plenty of power
The Makita N5900B is a well made commercial quality circular saw. It has external access to the carbon brushes for easy, simple replacement. It comes with a Ripping guide(fence), the instruction + warranty booklets, screw in side handle, 13mm spanner(for blade changing), and one blade. The instructions are easy to read, well written and contain some useful information. It will give years of trouble free service if looked after well. It is sold for around $267 which places it in the top of the line saw bracket. Vibration levels are low(which mak...es this saw easy to use for long periods of time). the degree scale on the miter adjustment is not as accurate as it could be; but then again if you want accurate cuts you would check the blade versus base plate angle with a tri-square or bevel gauge. If you want a reasonably priced commercial quality circular saw, then you won't be disappointed with the Makita N5900B. Using any circular saw is a two hand job, you should have a through understanding of the saw in it's entirety before use; the instructions are very good and should be read before use. Well made, reasonably priced, powerful, well designed, quite, vibration levels are low Miter degree scale isn't very accurate(if you could call that a con)
Solid, heavy duty circular saw
I've already had a 185mm Makita for 15 years. It's done a load of work, but struggled when ripping 50mm hardwood. I bought a couple of slabs that needed ripping so a good excuse to buy a new saw.
This is a heavy saw, probably twice as heavy as the 185mm. Consequently, it requires two hands at all times and therefore limits it's use for cross cutting with a hand held guide (as commonly used with my smaller saw). Due to the larger size of the blade it's also easier to keep straight when cutting freehand, but also harder to get back on trac...k when it's offline. I recommend using a guide where possible. Did I mention two hands? If it catches the force of the motor is sufficient to jump the saw out of the cut. Not much in the box apart from saw, blade and ripping guide. When cutting most of the dust exits through a dust chute at the side. Still makes a lot of dust, so you really need to have a mask & glasses / goggles. It would be nice if you could buy an adaptor to connect to a dusty, but I haven't found one as yet. Saw frame is pressed metal. This is study enough, but not as good as the more expensive cast type bases in the Bosch or more expensive Makita saws. The only problem I have with this saw (same as the 185mm) is that the angle adjustment is difficult to get spot on. The marking on the base is not precise, so it's trial and error to get it straight. Other than that it's a great saw. Has ripped my hardwood with ease. Powerful, solidly built Very heavy, cutting angle requires trial and error to get right
Great saw for the tough jobs
Just picked this saw up and got straight into a big day of cutting treated pine sleepers, hot knife through butter with the dry stuff but slowed down a bit cutting some damp stuff. Was used on and off for 8 hours and never missed a beat. As mentioned in the other review there is a bit of weight to it but with weight you get power, if it's a small job use a small saw, you don't hit a nail in with a sledgehammer do you? Reserve this saw for anything a smaller one can't handle or put up with the extra weight and use it as an all rounder!
Powerful clean cuts, good guide and easy angle adjustment
Reasonably priced for what you get, a little heavy after long use
Questions & Answers
Picked up a Makita N5900b circular saw, still in the box and never used. According to the owner, his son brought it home from overseas. He could not figure how to use it because of the awkward plug it had . He said it was 220 volts but never had time to convert it to US standards. Is it possible to convert it to US standards?
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