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Old 01-03-2012, 08:29 PM   #1
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Beam Saw: Bigfoot Vs Makita?


Bigfoot is the name everyone knows, but Makita has one even bigger--a 16 - 5/16" blade vs Bigfoot's 14". Cuts a full 6 - 1/4 deep.

Bigfoot is $875. Makita is $700.

Looks like we're going to be getting one for the faux log home we're working on. Any reason not to go for the Makita?
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Old 01-03-2012, 08:32 PM   #2
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Re: Beam Saw: Bigfoot Vs Makita?


my buddy has the 16'' and 14'' makita's he seems to like em

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The only thing I don't like about the makita is the base can get tweaked easily.

I have both and if the bigfoot will cut it in one swipe, then I lean twards that. It's a much easier saw to control. The makita usually takes a strait edge to be accurate.
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ok so we all know i am makita fan boy over here. In this case i'd go with the bigfoot just for the reason already stated "easily controlled" if a tool with a big ass blade isnt controlled easy i see a potential disaster. But that's just me
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I have the big ass makita. Scored it a 2nd hand variety store for $60 they list on amazon for $900. I almost told the salesman what they went for as I walked out the door but I didn't want to hurt his feelings.
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Well, the reviews are pretty unanimously positive, and I can deal with using a straight edge to help keep it tamed if it'll save $175. I think I'd want to use one anyway rather than chance spazzing out on a big hunk of stock and ruining it.

But I'm open to persuasive persuasion.
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I have the 16" Makita and the 10" Bigfoot.

If you are really cutting 6" deep or ripping beams I'd go with the Makita. I don't see the bigfoot motor doing well with the 14" blade. The Makita motor is HUGE, it doesn't bog down if you do your part.
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I am going to be getting a saw in the future for log work. After reading the reviews on Amazon and now here I will be going for the Makita too.
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I have the big ass makita. Scored it a 2nd hand variety store for $60 they list on amazon for $900. I almost told the salesman what they went for as I walked out the door but I didn't want to hurt his feelings.
Talk about being in the right place at the right time...
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One thing I'll add is that the makita does have a poor sight line to the blade. I've begun marking where the edge of the foot plate should be and following the line with the foot plate.

I bought the Makita for a job where we needed to rip a bevel on a beam and have only used it twice after that, so maybe someone with more experience will chime in.
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Look up basswood's video to see his simple jig for the makita.

I will get to use mine this week on some 6x10.
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You just ripping with it Tin or what?
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I bought the Makita for a job where we needed to rip a bevel on a beam and have only used it twice after that, so maybe someone with more experience will chime in.
That's actually pretty much the situation here. We have some really extreme miters to cut, and not much of anything else other than a two-man saw will do the job.

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Look up basswood's video to see his simple jig for the makita.
Been thinking of that ever since the need arose.

Just gotta find a roundtuit for the search terms...
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You just ripping with it Tin or what?
As above, almost-rips otherwise known as miters. Considered a portable bandsaw, but the beam saw seems to promise more versatility for future projects.
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Portable band saw would be easier to use and I bet you would find more uses for it then you think.

I have a TS you could borrow, it would just cut it.
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Portable band saw would be easier to use and I bet you would find more uses for it then you think.
I go nuts finding unexpected uses for any new (or old, for that matter) tool. But the big limitation of a portable BS is the throat depth.

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Guys, I think he's talking about the 14'" Bigfoot "Big Boy", not the normal 10 1/4"

Tin, Funny you should ask, I've been debating this same saw decision for awhile. I actually just bought the 14" Bigfoot last week, and while I don't actually own the makita I've used it enough to grow a strong hatred for it. As others have said the base gets bent VERY easily, the line of sight is horrible, its heavy, and just generally awkward. But its still a decent saw, and isn't too underpowered surprisingly. The Bigfoot isn't all that great either, I like it much better than the makita but its pretty underpowered and likes to get warm quickly, and had a bit too much blade warble while winding up. The Bigfoot has alot better line of sight(especially if you are a die hard wormdrive user) and is alot less awkward, but others may disagree with this. So really its a matter of choosing the better of the 2 saws. Neither are great and I prefer to just roll 6x material with my 10 1/4 Bigfoot or an 8 1/4, if the cuts aren't visible. But if you need nice clean single pass cuts a beam saw is your best option.

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That's actually pretty much the situation here. We have some really extreme miters to cut, and not much of anything else other than a two-man saw will do the job.



Been thinking of that ever since the need arose.

Just gotta find a roundtuit for the search terms...

If your cutting miters on large lumber I'm guessing you can't do it in a single pass? If so you might want to look into a chain beam saw like the prazi or linear link. You can check out my recent thread for info on the linear link. It definitely doesn't cut as clean as a circular saw but it does pretty good with sacrificial boards for each cut, and its a hell of alot easier then cutting miters from both sides with a beam saw.
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Well, the reviews are pretty unanimously positive, and I can deal with using a straight edge to help keep it tamed if it'll save $175. I think I'd want to use one anyway rather than chance spazzing out on a big hunk of stock and ruining it.

But I'm open to persuasive persuasion.
I would say go with the Makita, Those 2 extra inches make a huge difference (one pass saves a lot of time). We have had quite a few over the years, and they are great saws (although I was partial to older all metal style) the new style is nice too.
They will bog down if ripping full depth, but be smart and its fine. We use them to rip all our backing angles on our hip and valley rafters.
The really nice saw was the 13" Makita, which they have stopped making. big enough to do most deep cuts you'll need and light enough to use for almost everything else. Base will get bent if it is thrown around...

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