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Makita SP6000J1 6-1/2" Plunge Circular Saw w/ 55" Guide Rail EXPIRED

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CPO Outlets via Rakuten has Makita 6-1/2" Plunge Circular Saw w/ 55" Guide Rail (SP6000J1) on sale for $349.99. Shipping is free. Thanks Corwin

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  • 6-1/2 in. Plunge Circular Saw - SP6000J1
  • Hex Blade Wrench - 783203-8
  • 55 in. Guide Rail - 194365-5
  • Stackable Tool Case
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  • Makita SP6000J1 6-1/2" Plunge Circular Saw w/ 55" Guide Rail [rakuten.com] $349.99
    • You may also receive 5% back ($17.50) in Rakuten Points w/ promo code REWARDME
      • Features
        • Included 55 in. guide rail system interacts with the saw base to provide smooth, perfect, dead-on straight or bevel cutting
        • Powerful 12.0 Amp motor for optimum performance in a wide variety of materials
        • Electronic speed control maintains constant speed under load for smooth cutting
        • Large cutting capacity (2-3/16 in. at 90 degrees and 1-9/16 in. at 45 degrees)
        • Smooth and convenient plunge release lever for operator comfort
      • Includes
        • 6-1/2 in. Plunge Circular Saw - SP6000J1
        • Hex Blade Wrench - 783203-8
        • 55 in. Guide Rail - 194365-5
        • Stackable Tool Case
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If you were going to buy a Not Festool/Mafell saw, this is the one to get. It's cheaper (duh), a 1/2lb lighter, comes with the same length 55" track (makita version), but...

The plunge depth marks are in millimeters not imperial. It has a harder time with thick hardwoods and will burn. It draws 12 amps instead of the 10 that festool does.

One final makita positive is the blade. The festool blade is $80 to replace and the makita is $45. Though you could probably buy Freuds that are cheaper for both.
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How do this compare to the festool plunge cut saw ?
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How do this compare to the festool plunge cut saw ?
If you were going to buy a Not Festool/Mafell saw, this is the one to get. It's cheaper (duh), a 1/2lb lighter, comes with the same length 55" track (makita version), but...

The plunge depth marks are in millimeters not imperial. It has a harder time with thick hardwoods and will burn. It draws 12 amps instead of the 10 that festool does.

One final makita positive is the blade. The festool blade is $80 to replace and the makita is $45. Though you could probably buy Freuds that are cheaper for both.
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How do this compare to the festool plunge cut saw ?
Depends on which Festool model...
You may want to compare Makita vs Festool 55REQ.
Well they r very close.
Big Makita advantage is price for saw and price for tracks. Festool in other hand is german quality tool. IMO unless you r pro woodworker, Makita, Dewalt, duh, even Grizzly track saw should be more than enough.
And Festool... Well, it's like iPhone and everything "i" in woodworking Big Grin
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horrible recent reviews on home depot and Amazon....complaints revolve around poor quality...crooked rail...cheap box and made in China not UK...so I will pass...too bad I wanted it
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About time for the tracksaw price to drop
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If you were going to buy a Not Festool/Mafell saw, this is the one to get. It's cheaper (duh), a 1/2lb lighter, comes with the same length 55" track (makita version), but...

The plunge depth marks are in millimeters not imperial. It has a harder time with thick hardwoods and will burn. It draws 12 amps instead of the 10 that festool does.

One final makita positive is the blade. The festool blade is $80 to replace and the makita is $45. Though you could probably buy Freuds that are cheaper for both.
reading the burning is due to poor quality cupped track...apparently chinese made
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About time for the tracksaw price to drop
Drop?
Makita always been around $350-400 for this set w/track.
At least for last few years since I've been monitoring prices for track saw's.

I've missed good deals on Grizzly track saw - full set with tracks and clamps was $200 free shipping and + some coupons. Not as good as Festool. But with Makita quality drops for last few years you can compare it with. Cool
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Drop?
Makita always been around $350-400 for this set w/track.
At least for last few years since I've been monitoring prices for track saw's.

I've missed good deals on Grizzly track saw - full set with tracks and clamps was $200 free shipping and + some coupons. Not as good as Festool. But with Makita quality drops for last few years you can compare it with. Cool
grizzly is crap...cheaper then makita but just cheaper crap
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grizzly is crap...cheaper then makita but just cheaper crap
Cheaper? Yes.
Total crap? No.
Check review by The Wood Whisperer [youtube.com] and comparing it to EQ55
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Cheaper? Yes.
Total crap? No.
Check review by The Wood Whisperer [youtube.com] and comparing it to EQ55
well after watching " Batman"...he concludes with the grizzly being wobbly on the track, the plunge spring is way too stiff for comfort and safety and cuts tend to splinter....from a positive standpoint he does state it's better then a circular saw....so I guess it's actually half crap!
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I've owned the makita for over a year now. They are every bit the eq55 is minus the riving knife. I've bought three tracks now and one wasn't straight so I just sent it back. The cord could be longer... also if your cutting something thicker than 3/4 make sure to use the appropriate blade or it will wander right into the track. The thin kerf of the Diablo blade isn't great on these track saws.
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well after watching " Batman"...he concludes with the grizzly being wobbly on the track, the plunge spring is way too stiff for comfort and safety and cuts tend to splinter....from a positive standpoint he does state it's better then a circular saw....so I guess it's actually half crap!
Wobbling and spring - half hour fix, even less. [youtube.com]. Splinter... Well after all he did not compared apple to apple - Festool blades are way better than Grizzly stock one. It's like trying to compare 20 tooth Ryobi blade vs 76 Freud Big Grin

So... 1/4 crap which makes it great tool for homeowners and DIY's. Big Grin

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I've owned the makita for over a year now. They are every bit the eq55 is minus the riving knife. I've bought three tracks now and one wasn't straight so I just sent it back. The cord could be longer... also if your cutting something thicker than 3/4 make sure to use the appropriate blade or it will wander right into the track. The thin kerf of the Diablo blade isn't great on these track saws.
Just curious, what blade would you recommend then?
Thanks!
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Wobbling and spring - half hour fix, even less. [youtube.com]. Splinter... Well after all he did not compared apple to apple - Festool blades are way better than Grizzly stock one. It's like trying to compare 20 tooth Ryobi blade vs 76 Freud Big Grin

So... 1/4 crap which makes it great tool for homeowners and DIY's. Big Grin



Just curious, what blade would you recommend then?
Thanks!
agree with the quality of the blade issue...however the repairs...mods...shown in the referenced YouTube....duct tape and glue?... shouldn't it come delivered with out using either and avoiding the crap label?... I do those kind of mods on the harbor freight crap I buy...so I think we are back up to 3/8 crap
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