Share your experiences and opinions about this tool.
I've owned my Makita for...mmmmm...I don't know how long I've owned it, about 12-14 years. Replace the cord multiple times is about it.
I had to buy a Dewalt when the Makita was in the shop getting the cord changed. The Dewalt is sitting in the case needing the brushes (I assume)
changed after using about 1-1/2 years My Makita is still on the job
I concur with all here. I bought mine used 15 yrs ago. It sounds like it might need bearings soon but I'm just running it and it is always happy to go... I wish I was as strong-willed. I'm gonna rebuild her when she starts to whine...
These saws are absolute workhorses. When I started my apprenticeship, my grandfather gave me his in 8 1/4", from 1991! I still use it, the guide is accurate, and the motor is so powerful. I also have a newer (2013) one in 7 1/4", and it's my go to saw every time. It lives in my truck and it's always ready to go.
I own this saw as well as two dewalts, a ridged, and two Milwaukees.....
I like the size feel of the makita, but my dewalts have just been slightly more trouble free. The makita works great, just has had to have the table adjusted a few times.