The Makita 5007MGA is designed for everyone from inexperienced home DIYers through to professional tradesmen with years of experience under their belt. For those less experienced it comes fitted with an electric brake to allow for better control of the power tool when in use. For the more experienced users it has lots of power, good cutting capabilities, and outstanding design.
Because the 5007MGA is well balanced and lightweight it is super manoeuvrable and easy to use. Both of these things help you to save time when working on a job. The cutting blade is spun with an abundance of power so it easily goes through a variety of woods and always leaves a clean and smooth finish.
It is capable of generating as much as 5,800 RPM of speed thanks to its 15 amp motor. It works to the standard 120 volts of power, and can be run from either the mains electricity in the home or from a portable generator on a work site.
Despite it being a circular saw that has a power cord, it is still convenient to use. One thing that makes life easier is its inclusion of positive bevel stops, which can be used to quickly create beveled angles. Despite the circular saw weighing 10.6 pounds, it is still light enough to be easily manoeuvred and transported from job to job.
The whole thing is comfortable to use and with the cutting blade being located on the right hand side of the power tool, you can easily see it at all times when in use. The Makita has a spindle lock, which enables you to simply press a button in order to lock it into place.
To take off the cutting blade you must use a hex key. This is much more convenient than using a wrench, like on many other similar models. The 5007MGA has a dust chute attached to it that guides any debris or dust away from the cutting blade, ensuring visibility of it and the cutting line at all times.
A rip fence comes with this model that can be easily attached to the shoe of the Makita to help make more consistent and quick cuts. The circular saw comes with a handy carry case that has a hard shell. This not only makes it highly portable, but the robust outer helps to keep the power tool well protected.
It comes with a one year warranty, so providing the circular saw become defective within the first year, you will be able to return it to Makita to either be fixed or replaced free of charge.
What others say about the Makita 5007MGA Circular Saw
Those who have purchased the power tool are on the whole pleased with it. Many state that it is great to work with and that the dust blowing feature is super convenient, and make seeing the cutting line so much easier. Professional tradesmen who use the circular saw every day love the LED light.
Not only does it illuminate the cutting line but it also lets you know that the circular saw is powered up. One less positive comment was that an improvement could be made to the carry case, as currently it is quite difficult to coil the power cord up enough to fit it in alongside the circular saw.
5007MGA Buyers Guide
If you are planning on buying a circular saw then there are some things you must consider first before deciding on which model to go for. Some of these are explained below.
The most common cutting blades available to purchase are of 7.25 inch in size so we recommend going for one that can accommodate this size cutting blade. This means you can easily find a replacement when needed. Additionally, this size cutting blade will provide you with greater cutting capacity than a smaller one.
A longer power cord is also preferable, as you do not want to be tethered to a power socket. Going for a circular saw with an adjustable base plate is also preferable as it helps you to make precise angled cuts. Some of the different features you may wish to look out for include an electric brake. Not all models will cone with this but it is very useful in keeping you safe.
It works by stopping toe motor almost immediately after the trigger is released by the user. Those circular saws without an electronic brake will take as long as 15 seconds to come to a stop. The longer the cutting blade spins, the more likely you are to do harm should you have an accident.
A shaft lock is also a useful feature to look out for. This can usually be found in the form of a button, which once pressed, holds the cutting blade in place. These are usually found on the more expensive top end models but can be missing from the cheaper ones.
This is a great circular saw and is one that we recommend to both experienced and inexperienced power tool users. This is thanks to a whole host of different functions and features that make it easy and convenient to use. With it being a Makita you can almost be guaranteed that this will be a quality product that will last a life time.
However, with any decision such as this, where you will be spending a lot of money it is best to consider your needs and wants from a circular saw rather than blindly following our recommendation. There may be some features that you need that this model is lacking, such as a laser cutting guide.
This review will compare four of the biggest power tool brands currently on the market – Milwaukee, Dewalt, Makita & Bosch. We will start by detailing each of their respective histories and then investigate how their combo kits compare. Finally, we will pose the question of which power tool brand is best?
Formed in 1924 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, this brand started off by repairing power tools. This was until they manufactured an electric hand drill, specifically designed for car engineers at the Ford company. From there on Milwaukee went on to manufacture lots of other power tools.
This included hole shooters, which were used by engineers building military planes in World War II. It was some years after this that the company properly revolutionized things with their Sawzall reciprocating cutting saw. Until this very day Milwaukee have remained at the forefront of the power tool industry.
The American company was too formed in 1924 by Raymond E. DeWalt. During World War II the company grew rapidly in order to meet the needs of the government’s military needs. This expansion saw them setting up a subsidiary in Canada.
Over the following years the company added even more space to their plants in order to meet increasing demand for their products. It was in 1992 that the company introduced its first range of portable power tools. Dewalt remain at the forefront of the power tool industry with the introduction of the world’s first ever cordless framing nailer in 2013.
Makita was formed in 1915 and originally started off as a power tool repair company. It was not until 1969 that the company created its first ever power tool in the form or a rechargeable hand drill. This was actually the first of its kind in the world.
As a result of its success, the company developed and manufactured an expanded range of power tools. Most recently the company expanded into manufacturing gardening equipment and tools. Since 2012 the company has been manufacturing its products in Thailand.
It was in 1886 in Stuttgart, Germany that this company was formed by Robert Bosch. It started by making improved spark plugs and ignition systems, before it ventured into manufacturing power tools many years later. Its first being the hammer drill.
From then on the company expanded into several other industries, including the automotive industry and telehealth. Bosch is also responsible for inventing a number of engineering based products, which include eBike drives and the hydraulic lift.
A Tool on Tool Comparison
To help decide which one of these brands is the best we will look at a tool combo kit from each. This will help to give an overall impression of each brand’s power tools.
The Milwaukee combo kit is made up of six different pieces and includes a 6.5 inch circular saw, a 0.5 inch hammer drill, a 0.25 inch impact driver, a 4.5 inch angle grinder, a reciprocating saw, 2 x 18 volt batteries, a charger, an LED light, and a contractors bag.
It is evident from as soon as you handle these tools that they are real quality. There were no corners cut in the manufacture of any of them. They are both light and sleek, yet long last and robust. Most importantly, however, they all perform really well.
The batteries are truly awesome. They can fully charge in less than one hour and should last you through the entire day.
The DeWalt combo kit includes a work light, a reciprocating saw, a 0.25 inch impact driver, a 3 speed hammer drill, a 6.5 inch circular saw, 2 x 20 volt batteries, a charger, a belt hook, and a contractors bag.
Its 20 volt hammer drill comes with lots of torque, more so than that of the Makita. However, it is also heavier and bulkier than the Makita. The cutting blade on the circular saw is made from a robust carbide material. This helps to provide a high quality finish to every cut it makes.
All of these tools fit nicely into the contractors bag, allowing for them to be moved from job to job.
This combo kit from Makita includes a 4.5 inch angle grinder, a 2 speed hammer drill, a 6.5 inch circular saw, a variable speed impact driver, a work light, 2 x 18 volt batteries, a charger, and a carry bag.
The hammer drill can perform all the same jobs as that of Milwaukee’s, but it did not do these jobs as fast and there was a lot more strain being put on the battery. The batteries tend to run out of charge fairly quickly when put to use on the tougher jobs.
The Bosch combo kit is made up of a flashlight, a circular saw, a grinder, a reciprocating saw, a cordless jigsaw, 3 batteries, and a charger.
Bosch’s reciprocating saw has a trigger, which allows the user to vary the speed, and features to different speed ranges. Featuring active response technology, the hammer drill will automatically stop when it gets bound when in use or when it is hung up.
The DWE75SB and 5007MGA circular saws come from a couple of the biggest power tool brands out there so you are pretty much guaranteed a high quality product either way you decide to go. Still, it is helpful to know which of these circular saws is most suited to your needs.
Let us begin by taking a close look at the DeWalt.
DeWalt DWE75SB Circular Saw
This circular saw has a 15 amp motor and can generate up to 5,200 RPM of speed. This means it is more than suitable to be used both in the home and in a commercial setting by a professional tradesman.
Out of the two power tools, this model is lighter by roughly 2 pounds. However, it is still the same size as the Makita, so there is no need to worry about losing any of its surface area. The cover that goes over the cutting blade is gray and the housing is in the classic DeWalt colours of yellow and black.
The cutting blade that comes with the DWE75SB as standard is of the highest quality. It is over 7 inch in size and the eighteen teeth come carbide tipped. Its maximum cutting depth at 90 degrees is almost three inch and slightly less at 45 degrees.
The handle has a grip feature so that you can hold it and use it much more comfortably. For transporting the power tool from job to job, it comes with a robust bag in DeWalt colours.
The DWE75SB features an electric brake which helps to keep the user of the power tool safe at all times. It works by allowing the user to quickly and easily stop the blade in the case of an emergency. The dust blower that comes built into the circular saw is pretty standard compared to most others out there.
For those instances where there is not much light, the DeWalt comes equipped with two LED lights that can be adjusted using an Allen key to point in the exact direction needed. There is no safety on the switch of this circular saw.
Most people who use this power tool comment on just how durable and hardworking it is. This is matched by the highly durable case that it comes in. The DeWalt comes with a one year warranty that is limited to parts and a three year limited warranty against labor.
Suitable to be used both in the home and in a commercial setting
Comfortable to use
Can be use in work spaces where there is not much light
No safety on the power switch
Makita 5007MGA Circular Saw
This model is powered by a 15 amp motor and is capable of delivering as much as 5,800 RPM of speed. This will let you easily power through most materials and is 600 RPM greater than that of the DeWalt.
Although this is the heavier of the two models it is still the same size as the DeWalt. The cutting blade cover is gray also and the housing that surrounds the motor is in Makita teal. It is robust enough to be used not only in the home but also by professional tradesmen in a commercial setting.
Just like the DWE75SB, the cutting blade that comes as standard on this model is also of the highest quality. It is over 7 inch in size and has 24 teeth that are tipped in carbide. The cutting blade can be adjusted by a quarter of an inch to allow for the finest of cuts.
So that you can use it for extended periods of time, the handle on the circular saw has a grip feature. To help with transporting the 5007MGA from job to job it comes with a teal travel bag, although it is quite a snug fit getting the circular saw in.
The 5007MGA has an electric brake system in place that keeps the user safe from injury. With this feature the blade can be stopped immediately in the case of an emergency. The dust blowing functionality on this model is pretty much similar to that of the DeWalt.
It has two LED lights that help to guide you for those occasions where you are working in a space that is dimly lit. They both have adjustable angles so that they can be directed to exactly where you want them simply by using a lever.
Everyone from home DIYers, through to professional tradesmen state that this power tool is highly durable. It also comes in a highly durable case. The circular saw has a one year warranty from purchase, as well as a thirty day satisfaction guarantee.
Suitable to be used both in the home and in a commercial setting
Only just fits in the travel bag
Out of the two particular models it is the DeWalt DWE75SB circular saw that is the best choice in this instance. This is thanks to its cheaper price, the feedback from other customers, and the performance of the power tool itself.
It may have slightly less power, but it is made by a really well known brand and is guaranteed to have a long life span. However, either circular saw will work well for both occasional use around the home and for commercial use by a professional tradesman.
This review will look at three of the largest power tool companies that are out there right now in DeWalt vs Makita vs Bosch. We will start by detailing each of their respective histories and then investigate how their combo kits compare.
It is only after this that we will be able to decide which of these three illustrious brands is the best at producing power tools. So let us begin by delving into each of their histories, staring with that of DeWalt.
The American company was formed over 100 years ago in Leola, Pennsylvania by the inventor of the radial arm saw, Raymond E. DeWalt. Some 20 years after DeWalt was founded it was bought by American Machine & Foundry Co., who then later sold it to Black & Decker.
As of 2013 the company has used parts that have been manufactured in Italy, China, the United Kingdom, Brazil, the Czech Republic and Mexico. The finished products are assembled in the United States.
It was in 2016 that the company launched their innovative ‘FLEXVOLT’ battery pack with hybrid voltage. DeWalt now produce over 200 different power tools and 800+ accessories.
Makita originally started off as a power tool repair business. It went on to manufacture its first power tool in 1969. The fully rechargeable hand drill was the very first of its kind at the time.
Thanks to this success, Makita began manufacturing a wider range of power tools. Most recently the company expanded into gardening tools and equipment. As of 2012 the power tool manufacturer began production in Thailand, and continues to do so until present.
This power tool company has a rich history given it was formed over 130 years ago in Stuttgart, Germany by Robert Bosch. It originally began creating better ignition systems and spark plugs. It was not until some years later that they began producing power tools, with the invention of the hammer drill.
Since then the company has been involved in a number of different industries, including telehealth and automotive, and invented a number of innovative engineered products, including the hydraulic lift and eBike drives.
The power tool arm of the company was created in 2003 with the majority of their products being manufactured in Taiwan, Mexico, China, and Malaysia. Some of their products are still manufactured in Switzerland and Germany.
Comparing the tools
In order to determine which of these brands is the best one, we will now take a detailed look at each of their respective combo kits and how they compare to one another. Looking at the combo kits is the best way to get an overall impression of the brand as they each include a variety of the company’s power tools and accessories.First up is the DeWalt combo kit.
DEWALT 20V MAX Cordless Drill Combo Kit
This combo kit comes with a hammer drill with three different speed settings, an impact driver, a 6.5 inch circular saw, a work light, a reciprocating saw, two 20 volt batteries, a battery charger, a belt hook, and a contractors bag.
The hammer dill comes packed with loads of torque, easily outperforming that of the Makita’s. However, it is both heavier and bulkier than the Makita hammer dill. The circular saw comes with a carbide cutting blade.
The contractors bag that comes with the combo kit is big enough and strong enough to safely carry all these in.
The Makitacombo kit includes 6 of their best power tools. These are a hammer drill with two different speed settings, an impact driver with variable speeds, a 6.5 inch Makita circular saw, two 18 volt batteries, a charger, a work light, a 4.5 inch angle grinder, a reciprocating saw, and a sturdy bag to carry them all in.
The impact driver is almost identical to that of the DeWalt’s. The only difference is that its maximum RPM speed is marginally higher. However, its level of torque is the same. It is also slightly lighter and so easier to use for extended periods.
All these power tools and accessories come with a robust bag that is more than big enough to carry them all in.
The Bosch combo kit comes with several different power tools and accessories. These include a grinder, a cordless jigsaw, a circular saw, a reciprocating saw, a flashlight, three batteries, and a charger.
The reciprocating saw comes with a trigger that allows the user to vary the speed, as well as featuring two speed ranges. The hammer drill includes active response technology, meaning it will stop automatically should it get bound whilst still in use or when it is hung up.
This is a really nifty safety device that could potentially help you avoid serous injury.
All three of the combo kits we have looked at in this review include a comprehensive range of high quality power tools. Although this was a difficult design, it is the Makita XT601 18V LXT combo kit that just edges it. In second place it is the DeWalt DCK590L2 combo kit, and in last is the Bosch PSB7MM3C combo kit.
In the end it was the long battery life of the Makita’s batteries and the lean and sleek design of all their power tools that swung it for us. DeWalt came ahead of Bosch for their inclusion of an impact drill, something that the Bosch combo kit does not include.
However, ultimately the decision comes down to your own personal brand preference and what you will likely be using the tools for. All we can do is advise on our favourite and wish you luck on your purchase.
In this DeWalt vs Makita circular saw review we will be looking at the DCS391B circular saw from DeWalt and the 5007MG circular saw from Makita. We will delve into each of the power tool’s functions and features, and what their pros and cons are.
Finally, based on all of this we will make a recommendation as to which is our favourite and which is the best circular saw.
Better Circular Saw
DEWALT 6-1/2-Inch 20V MAX Circular Saw, Tool Only (DCS391B)
This model is perfect for carpenters and other professional tradesmen that require a dependable power tool, which is able to handle a variety of cutting tasks. It has been primarily designed to cut plywood and other types of wood, but is also able to cut through other materials.
Equally, the DCS391B is also great for recreational home DIYers. It has an ergonomic grip hand and a lightweight design; something that is important when using this power tool for large scale projects. The DeWalt definitely won’t leave you with back or arm strain after a days use.
It may be light but that does not mean it is not durable. The circular saw comes armed with an electric brake system, which acts to provide extra safety to the power tool’s operator.
For smaller scale jobs this circular saw can undoubtedly be used as a replacement for a table saw. The DCS391B boasts a range of different functions and features although as standard this power tool does not include some certain accessories, including the battery.
Even without these accessories, the circular saw is still loaded with some impressive features. One of these is the powerful motor that can generate up to 5,150 RPM and has a robust magnesium shoe. This makes for both greater accuracy and durability even in the most hardy of environments.
The circular saw’s carbide tipped cutting blade is approximately 7 inch and delivers a cutting depth of 3 inch. It has a 50 degree bevel capacity, which further builds the DCS391B’s case a replacement for a table saw.
This particular model is ideal for both professional tradesmen and recreational use DIYers. It has been constructed from magnesium to provide not only a durable, but also a lightweight finish. It boasts a range of features that make it suitable for a variety of applications.
The Makita has a 15 amp motor. To power the circular saw uses 2,300 Watts of energy, which is slightly excessive. With this level of power it makes light work of woods, ceramic, and even metal, and never chokes or stalls doing so.
There is a slight issue with the Makita and that is the power tools speed does not vary. It has a no load RPM of 5,800 RPM but there is no way to adjust this. This level of speed ensures that are the cuts it makes are clean, no matter what material they are made in.
However, if all you need from a circular saw is for it to quickly and easily cut through the same material constantly then you will have no issues with the lack of adjustment to the speed.
The 5007MG comes with a cutting blade that is just over 7 inch and comes coated on the tips in carbide for that extra bit of robustness. It has two pointed tips and a bevel face of 10 degrees that works to enhance its cutting efficiency.
Although the Makita lacks a built in dust extraction system, it does come with a dust blower that works by blasting a stream of air across the cutline. This may help to keep all of your cuts super accurate but it does not stop your work space from becoming dusty and dirty.
To further ensure accurate cuts the circular saw has an LED light fitted in it as standard that illuminates the cut line and means the power tool can be used in work spaces that are dark or have poor lighting.
For a greater level of convenience it has a base ruler that means you can quickly check measurements both before and after you make a cut.
The 5007MG circular saw can make 2.5 inch cut perpendicularly. It can also make bevel cuts at either 56 degrees, 45 degrees, or 22.5 degrees that can be locked into pace thanks to the positive stops.
Up to 5,800 RPM
A 15 amp motor
A 7 inch carbide tipped cutting blade
Abevel face of 10 degrees
A perpendicular cut of 2.5 inch
Bevel cuts at 22.5, 45 and 56 degrees
Ideal for both professional tradesmen and recreational use DIYers
Suitable for a variety of applications
Makes super accurate cuts
Lack of a dedicated dust extraction system
Unable to vary the speed
After reviewing the circular saw Makita vs DeWalt we now need to ask the question which model is the best. It is obvious to us that there are certain functions and features of each model, which outperform the other; so to decide on one which is best over all is difficult.
However, after much deliberation we have gone with the DeWalt DCS391B circular saw. This is because it is a dependable power tool that can be used for a variety of applications. Its range of different functions and features means that it can comfortably used as a replacement for a table saw.
The Makita 5007MG too would make a good circular saw for both professional tradesmen and novice DIYers alike. However it is the DeWalt that is our favourite out of the two models.
This review will compare three of the biggest power tool brands currently on the market in DeWalt vs Makita vs Milwaukee. We will look at each brand in detail, consider their respective histories, what range of products they produce, and how these perform in comparison to one another.
Finally, we will pose the question of which power tool brand is best between DeWalt vs Milwaukee vs Makita? This is a difficult question as in the power tool world these are the heavyweights. Particularly over the last ten years or so, Milwaukee has gone on to be considered the best of the bunch. So will they come out on top in our review?
Let us begin by looking at each of the company’s respective histories.
This is an American company that was originally founded almost 100 years ago by the inventor of the radial arm saw, Raymond E. DeWalt in Leola, Pennsylvania. After some 20 odd years it was bought out by the American Machine & Foundry Co., who some years later sold it on to Black & Decker.
Since 2013 DeWalt has been using parts manufactured in China, Italy, Brazil, Mexico, the United Kingdom and the Czech Republic, which have then been assembled in the United States.
In 2016 the company launched an innovative new battery pack that had hybrid voltage. They named this ‘FLEXVOLT’. It now produces over 200 different power tools, along with 800+ accessories.
Also an American company, Milwaukee was formed the year after DeWalt (1924) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It started as power tool repair business until they produced their very own electric hand drill that was specially designed for Ford car engineers.
The company went on to produce numerous must have power tools, including hole shooters that were used in the building of military planes during World War II. It was in 1951 when Milwaukee truly revolutionized the market when it comes to power tools.
It was then when the company unveiled their Sawzall reciprocating cutting saw. To this very day it is still a defining power tool for Milwaukee. In 2008 the company also formulated a hardening process for their accessories that meant they last twice as long as any others do.
Like Milwaukee, Makita also started out as a power tool repair business. However, unlike Milwaukee the company was founded some years earlier in Anjō, Japan. It created its first power tool in 1969 with a fully rechargeable hand drill. This was the first of its kind in the world.
After this success, the company began producing an ever increasing range of power tools and most recently expanded into gardening tools and equipment.
In 2012 the company began producing their power tools in Thailand and continues to do so until this very day.
A Tool on Tool Comparison
To determine which of these three historic power tool brands is the best, we will take a look at some of their best selling products and see how they compare against one another.
Examining a combo kit from each of the brands will give the best over all representation of the respective company as they include a variety of different power tools and accessories in a single kit.
This combo kit by DeWalt comes with a hammer drill that boasts 3 speeds, a quarter inch impact driver, a reciprocating saw, a 6.5 inch circular saw, a work light, a belt hook, 2 x 20 volt batteries, a charger, and a contractors bag.
The 20 volt hammer drill has plenty of torque and outperforms that of the Makita. With its extra speed setting it is also bulkier and heavier than that of the Makita.
The 6.5 inch circular saw comes with a carbide cutting blade as standard. This gives a finish to each and every cut that is to a professional standard. It also packs some punch power wise, but this comes at a sacrifice to its heavy weight and bulky construction.
These tools are designed to fit inside a sturdy contractors bag which means they can be easily transported from job to job.
This 6 piece combo kit by Milwaukee includes a quarter inch impact driver, a reciprocating saw, a half inch hammer drill, a 4.5 inch angle grinder, a 6.5 inch circular saw, an LED light, 2 x 18 volt batteries, a charger, and a strong contractors bag.
The quality of the tools within this set is instantly recognizable. Not only are they sleek and light in your hand, they are also robust and long lasting. It is clear to see that Milwaukee did not cut any corners when producing these. Most importantly, the power tools within this combo kit perform really well.
The hammer drill makes light work of drilling different sized wholes in to a range of materials, including mortar. It can also be used for the likes of mixing concrete. Both that and the impact driver have a real premium feel to them.
The reciprocating saw is also a great power tool. Having been engineered to the highest level of precision, it never fails to miss a mark.
The 2 x 18 volt batteries included in this combo kit are absolutely great. They can go from flat to fully charged in under one hour and they will last a whole working day, providing they are used to a normal workload of course. They are probably the best part of the combo kit.
All of this goes inside a contractors bag that is more than robust enough to withstand all the pressure that comes its way.
This combo kit comes with 6 different tools which includes a 6.5 inch Makita circular saw, a hammer drill with 2 speeds, a reciprocating saw, a 4.5” angle grinder, an impact driver with variable speeds, 2 x 18 volt batteries, a charger, a work light, and a robust bag to carry them all in.
The hammer drill is able to perform all the same tasks as the Milwaukee’s, although it did take longer and there was lots more strain on the battery. They wear down pretty quick when having to do tough jobs such as cutting PVC, and ripping decking.
However, the Makita’s batteries are a lot better than those that come in the DeWalt combo kit. Not only do they charge faster, they also last much longer.
The bearings inside the hammer drill are made out of nylon which helps to save weight and make it that bit lighter. However, we, and a lot of others, do not like the idea of non metal parts inside of a power tool.
The impact driver is nearly identical to the DeWalt’s, other than it having a max RPM that is slightly higher. The level of torque is the same as the DeWalt, although it is a little bit lighter and easier to work with.
The 6.5 inch circular saw comes with a bog standard cutting blade. It does not have as much power as the DeWalt but it is not quite as heavy and is definitely less bulky.
The reciprocating saw has light and sleek design that combines both finesse and power. It is much easier to use and move around your work space than the DeWalt’s is. The
The combo kit comes with a handy bag that is big enough to fit all the tools in whilst also being robust enough to take their weight.
Whilst all three are great brands (some of the biggest currently out there in the power tool world) that have produced comprehensive combo kits. There is one that is clearly better than the other two. This is an opinion that not only we have but is backed up by many other home DIYers and professional trades people across the globe.
The Milwaukee tools out perform both the DeWalt and Makita tools in pretty much all aspects. The quality of their products can be seen and felt as soon as you get them in your hands.
Whilst the Makita combo kit was a close contender, it lacked the extra bit of finesse that is provided by the Milwaukee. The batteries also lacked the power and lifespan that comes with Milwaukee’s fuel powered batteries.
That means coming last is DeWalt. Despite the company’s rich history and the fact that it is an American brand, we could not put them any higher. Not only are their batteries inferior to both the other brands, their tools were also not quite as good.
When buying a Skilsaw power tool you are guaranteeing that what you will get is a high quality product that will last a lifetime. However, it is also likely that because of this quality you will be spending a considerable amount of money. For this reason it is important to know what exactly you are buying. With this in mind, we will now provide an overview on what a sidewinder is.
Performance & Features of SPT67WL-01 Table Saw
The SPT67WL-01 is the lightest sidewinder saw currently available on the market and weighs in at just 8.6 pounds. This is thanks to its footplate that is made from magnesium and its resin housing. Given its light weight the power tool is easy to use and handle. It is powered by a 15 amp motor that had been specifically designed for Skilsaw power tools. The helps to deliver a high level of torque (the highest out of any sidewinder currently available on the market), maximises cooling and extends the lifespan of the power tool.
With this level of power, it means the Skilsaw SPT67WL-01 can handle pretty much any job that comes its way.
The sidewinder comes with a Skilsaw cutting blade that is over 7 inch and has 24 teeth made from carbide. When it comes to changing the cutting blade, this can be done via the wrench and blade lock that come integrated into the SPT67WL-01. It can make cuts at angles ranging form 0 degrees through to 45 degrees. The sidewinder’s bevel is located at 56 degrees, with springs used to ensure it stay in place.
Other features include a dust blower that comes built in to help keep cut lines clean and clear of dust and debris. The power tool comes with a 1 year warranty that provides you with a level of trust and confidence.
A 15 amp motor
Up to 5,300 RPM
A cutting blade of over 7 inch
Bevel cuts of up to 56 degrees
A total weight of 8.6 pounds
A 1 year warranty
Easy to use
Speed can be adjusted
Flat adjustment lever
What do others say about the Skilsaw SPT67WL-01?
When looking at what other users say about the Skilsaw SPT67WL-01 sidewinder it is on the whole very positive and it comes well recommended. Some examples of these positive comments include how robust the power tool is (it can be dropped on to the floor from heights of as much as 20 feet) and that it can be used for a variety of applications, such as dry cutting through steel and even through tough concrete.
However, like with any power tool there are always some users out there who do not find using the sidewinder quite so positive. Some examples of these not so positive comments include its poor build quality, with many saying it has a very cheap and flimsy feel to it.
This has led many users to claim that the SPT67WL-01 should not be used for large scale jobs by professional tradesmen and is only good for occasional use around the home by recreational DIYers. Some of these professionals who have purchased it have actually returned the sidewinder to the store and purchased one from another rival brand instead.
Other users have stated that the lever for the depth adjustment feature does not function properly as it is too flat. This means that when it is flipped up it lays flat against the sidewinder’s motor. Those users with fat fingers or wearing thick gloves during the winter have had a particular issue with this problem.
They have complained that they find it hard to flip the lever back down to lock the bevel in place. This is because it lacks any sort of camber or angle to protrude out. However, this issue was not mentioned by many users, and it is likely this will not be a problem for most users of the Skilsaw SPT67WL-01.
What is a sidewinder?
This type of power tool has its motor mounted right by the side of the cutting blade as part of a direct drive system. This generally means a greater RPM so it can cut through low stress materials much faster. For other power tools with a high RPM view our best circular saws review.
They are also lighter in weight meaning they are ideal for high up or overhead work. It is usually the case with a sidewinder that the cutting blade is located to the right of the cutting blade and above the footplate’s wide side. This works to add an increased level of stability when making cuts without the need to include a sawhorse.
There is a trade off however and that is reduced visibility of the cut and a reduced level of torque.
It is clear to see the level of effort that Skilsaw has put into this sidewinder. They even went as far a speaking directly with the professionals to get their opinions and advice.
The Skilsaw SPT67WL-01 has bee manufactured with materials that help to reduce its weight whilst still maintaining a good level of durability and still delivering the power needed to do the toughest of jobs.
Before buying any power tool, what you need to do is work out which brand is best for you. Two of the most common brands out there are DeWalt and Makita. Both are well established and respected brands that produce a whole range of different power tools.
To help you decide which one is for you we have compared a selection of their best drills, saws and planers.
DeWalt vs Makita Power Tools Comparison
1. Dewalt vs Makita Cordless Drills
Makita XPH10Z Drill
This drill combines both high torque and speed, delivering a highly impressive performance to ensure a great level of convenience to the user. It operates via a motor that is four pole and that has been designed to put out as much as 480 pounds of torque. It is powered by Makita’s 18 volt lithium ion batteries.
As part of its increased versatility, the XPH10Z can operate as a driver drill and hammer drill as well. It also has a dual speed feature which means it can run at speeds of between 0 to 600 RPM or 0 to 1,900 RPM. It has an ergonomic design and is very light weight so it provides the user with an increased level of comfort. This also helps to minimize fatigue in the hand when using the drill for extended periods of time.
The XPH10Z comes with two LED lights which prove particularly useful when drilling at night or in dark conditions as they light up your work space.
This DeWalt drill comes with an efficient motor and a metal transmission with 3 speeds. With these features you can rest assured that it will perform above and beyond what you need. Its three speeds run between 0 and 600 RPM, 0 and 1,250 RPM, and 0 and 2,000 RPM. This means it has a greater speed capacity than the Makita XPH10Z drill.
The battery on the DC985B is also superior to the Makita. It is powered by a 20 volt lithium ion battery which will give as much as a 35% longer running time than the standard 18 volt battery used on most other drills. They are also more durable. It has a metal ratcheting chuck that is half an inch and accepts a number of bit sizes and types, as well as carbide inserts that reduce slippage of the bits.
The DC985B has been designed with a handle that is both slim and soft that ensures maximum comfort for the user. However, its brushed motor means that it weighs in at slightly more than the Makita XPH10Z does. This drill too has an LED light built in which has a delay of 20 seconds and so aids visibility in work spaces with low light conditions.
This model of impact driver by Makita is highly versatile and can be used within a number of different applications. The XDT11Z has a variable speed setting of between 0 and 2,900 RPM and 0 and 3,500 RPM.
This drill has an impact driver that is quite powerful and delivers 1,460 pounds in torque. This is thanks to an innovative 4 pole motor developed by Makita to deliver large amounts of power meaning no fastening job is ever too big for this power tool.
Weighing in at only 2.8 pounds, the XDT11Z is relatively lightweight compared with other impact drivers currently available on the market. Along with its ergonomic and compact design, this is a comfortable power tool that you can easily use for extended periods of time without experiencing fatigue.
It has a quarter inch hex chuck which makes changing the bit easy and fast, ensuring time is not wasted when using the impact driver. With an LED light that is built in it means that you can use the XDT11Z in poorly lit and dark work spaces.
This is a lightweight and compact power tool that never disappoints. As is the case with most other DeWalt products, it uses a 20 volt lithium ion battery that will guarantee a longer run time and greater durability. Just like the Makita XDT the impact driver uses a hex chuck that is a quarter of an inch, so it means changing the drill bit with one hand is possible. This helps to speed things up as it minimizes down time when having to change bits.
It produces a maximum torque of 1,400 pounds which is less than that of the Makita but is still very high and more than enough for most tasks you will work on. The DCF885B has variable speeds of between 0 and 2,800 RPM and 0 and 3,200 RPM. This makes it perfect for a number of different applications.
This DeWalt impact driver has an LED light with 20 second delay that comes built in as standard. This means it can be used in low light or in dark work spaces.
These two models are very similar. Not only do they weigh the same but they also have many features that are similar. However, with its higher speeds and maximum torque the Makita XD11Z is our favourite.
This particular model of circular saw has a highly powerful motor that is capable of putting out a maximum output of 460 watts, generating as much as 3,700 RPM. It has a maximum cutting capacity of over 2 inch and can make bevel cuts at an angle of up to 50 degrees.
The DCS393 boasts a carbide cutting blade that is 6.5 inch and is sharp enough for immediate use. This sharpness is maintained for many hours of use. It has an ergonomic design which includes a magnesium shoes that is lightweight. The DCS393’s handle is optimized to make it easy to control and comfortable to use without experiencing fatigue in the hand.
Pretty much most of the performance, functions and features of the Makita XSS02Z are a replica of that of the DeWalt DCS393. The weight of the two circular saws is almost the same, so no matter which one you go for you will still have a good power tool on your hands.
It runs on a motor that is high torque motor and can run up to as much as 3,700 RPM. This means it will always deliver fast cuts that are strong enough to go through wood with ease. This is also, in part, due to its 6.5 inch cutting blade. The circular saw has a cutting capacity of over 2 inch at its maximum and has a bevel capacity of up to 50 degrees, which is the same as the DeWalt DCS393.
With an 18 volt lithium ion battery, the XSS02Z will have a long run time and charge up really fast. It has been designed with a precision machined base with heavy gauge to ensure you always get an accurate and smooth cut. This makes it perfect for use in the harshest of work conditions.
As it utilizes a soft rubberized grip it is both comfortable and easy to use. It is prevented from over discharging, overloading and overheating thanks to the circular saw featuring a star protection system.
A 6.5 inch cutting blade
Up to 3,700 RPM
An 18 volt lithium ion battery
Bevel cut of up to 50 degrees
A maximum cutting capacity of over 2 inch
Motor is high torque
Soft rubberized handle
Star protection system
Accurate and smooth cuts
Lightweight and compact design
Cutting blade prone to quickly dulling
Most aspects of these two circular saws are the same which makes it difficult to choose our favourite. For that reason it is a draw. Our recommendation is to go for the one of the brand you most prefer.
This is a powerful planer that is at the lower end of the price bracket for such a power tool. Even with its small and compact design the aluminium built 2012NB still delivers all the productivity needed by both home DIYers and professional tradesmen. The 15 Amp motor of this Makita power tool is highly powerful and can generate up to 8,500 RPM.
It operates whilst producing less noise than most other models and comes equipped with Makita’s Interna-Lok head clamp system that works to prevent snipe. This means that your chance of wasting materials is minimized. Turning the handle at the top counter clockwise allows you to adjust the finished dimensions.
The 2012NB features an LED light to indicate whether or not it is connected to a source of power. As standard, the Makita comes with a cutting blade that is easily changeable should it dull and need replacing. It boats a 28 feet per minute feed rate and you can pass your work piece through multiple times until you achieve the desired result.
It is clear to see from the build quality alone that this planer is a high quality power tool that will deliver great performance as well as being super durable and easy to use. This particular model comes equipped with 2 extension shelves that are metal along with a replacement set of knives. To adjust the height of the Dewalt DW735X you can simply adjust the wheel on the side. You can set this up to 6 inch.
With 2 speed options, you are able to choose between either a slow or fast setting. This will help you in reaching your desired outcome. The dial to switch between these two maximum speeds is on the front of the planer.
To achieve a smoother finish use the slower setting where the cutting blade will operate at a rate of 179 cuts per inch. When operating at the faster speed the DW735X will make just 96 cuts per second and will cut through a piece of wood much quicker.
In order to be able to consistently deliver these speeds the planer is equipped with a highly powerful 15 Amp motor that is capable of generating up to an impressive 20,000 RPM.
A 15 Amp motor
Up to 20,000 RPM
A cutter head with 3 knives
A gear box with two speeds (96 & 179 CPI)
A 6 inch depth capacity
A 13 inch width capacity
A feed rate of 14 feet per minute
Can handle large cuts
Knives last a long time
Both of these planers are good at what they do. However, the one that has the best features in our opinion, and thus our favourite, is the DeWalt DW735X. This is mainly down to the fact that it has two speed settings.
This is a compact and highly portable miter saw that is easy to set up any use. It features Makita’s rail sliding system that is made from steel to improve the quality of the cut and rigidity. It is capable of making precise cuts and has a large capacity.
The Makita is powered by a 15 Amp direct drive motor which has the capability to go through aluminium, wood, plastic and even steel. The no load speed of this particular model is 3,200 RPM. This should stay consistent over time as it is not belt driven.
The cross cut capacity of the LS1216L at 90 degrees is 15 inch and has a maximum thickness of over 3 inch. For cutting crown molding it has a vertical cutting capacity of 6.5 inch. Cuts can be aligned accurately with this miter saw thanks to a built in laser guide. It can easily make bevel cuts at 45 degrees, as well as at 22.5 degree and 33.9 degrees.
This is a lightweight and compact miter saw that you will find easy to use. Its design means that it is easy to transport from job to job. In order to change the cutting blade two bolts need loosening and then you can switch them over.
The miter saw is powered by a 15 Amp motor and so can deliver a good amount of power when needed. It is able to generate up to 3,800 RPM meaning it is able to cut through the toughest of materials. This is helped by the fact that it comes with cutting blades that are sold and robust.
It boasts an impressive cutting capacity of a maximum of 16 inch at 90 degrees, making it highly versatile. The DWS780’s versatility means it can be used for a range of different jobs, including cutting through a 2 x 12 work piece at a 45 degree angle.
A positioning system to make accurate cross cuts comes built in to the DeWalt miter saw. It works by shining a light (LED) right over the cutting blade. As the blade comes down it creates a shadow at the exact width and location.
A 15 Amp motor
Up to 3,800 RPM
A cross cut capacity of 16 inch at 90 degrees
An LED positioning system
Easy to transport from job to job
Changing the cutting blade is easy
Can cut through the toughest of materials
Table does not come as standard
This is a close one, but we would have to say that our favourite is the DeWalt DWS780. This is because it has the greater portability of the two miter saws and also has a maximum speed which is higher than that of the Makita LS1216L.
This particular model comes equipped with a 60 volt battery pack, operating as a brushless motor. It has a speed dial that can choose a no load RPM of either 1,750 or 4,000 to make cuts that are over 2 inch thick. The DCS520T1 can bevel to an angle of 47 degrees and can cut at a depth of over 1 inch at 45 degrees. The track saw’s clamps sit along the whole length of the track making you secure short work pieces along all the length of the track.
The clamps can be clamped to any cutline angle. This makes it more versatile than a table saw as its fence can only be parallel to the cutting blade and that is it. You also have the option to use a miter gauge with the DCS520T1.
Its cutting blade sits almost entirely covered by a metal shroud which provides a higher level of safety and also acts to reduce the amount of dust and debris. It boasts a dust collection system that works really well meaning the power tool can be used indoors.
The guide rails on the Makita allow you to make perfectly straight and level cuts. It is powered by a 12 Amp motor, generating all of the horsepower you would ever want for cutting through thick work pieces.
Its motor has variable speeds which allow you to change the RPM depending on what you require. This can be done via a speed dial which provides you with a greater level of control, picking between an RPM of 2,000 through to 5,200. This helps to stop the motor from overheating.
Using the SP6000J1’s guards will allow you to cut through wood without splintering any of the edges. With its attached handle you can easily push down on top and squeeze the trigger to power the track saw. The handle has been rubberized to provide extra comfort.
The depth at which the SP6000J1 cuts at can be easily determined by using its plunge gauge. Although the gauge uses the metric system, these measurements can be easily converted so you can get the correct depth.
A 12 Amp motor
Up to 5,200 RPM
A cut capacity of 1 inch at 45 degrees and 2 inch at 90 degrees
A soft start system
A total weight of 9.2 pounds
A 3 year warranty
Perfectly straight and level cuts
Easy to use
Dust extraction capabilities
Guide rails slightly warped
Although these two track saws differ in their functions and features, they are both high quality power tools. For its higher RPM and lower overall weight, the Makita SP6000J1 is our favourite.
This angle grinder is powered by an 18 volt lithium ion battery and runs on a highly efficient brushless motor. As well as increasing the power tools efficiency, the brushless motor also increasing the XAG06Z’s longevity.
It boasts an automatic speed change feature that seamlessly makes adjustments to the torque and speed when the grinder is in use. If the rotation all of a sudden stops or slows down then the built in electronic torque control system automatically turns the motor off.
The handle can be attached to either side of the XAG06Z but not on its top. It has a paddle trigger that either turns the power tool on or off – there is no variety in speeds. It has an RPM of up to 8,500 meaning it makes quick work of cutting through metal.
It is light weight which means it can be used for extended periods of time without experiencing fatigue. The soft start feature is another thing that makes this grinder easy to use. Rather than it twisting when starting up it instead does so nice and smooth.
An 18 volt lithium ion battery
Up to 8,500 RPM
A soft start system
A total weight of 5.6 pounds
A 3 year warranty
Makes quick work of cutting through metal
Can be used for extended periods of time without experiencing fatigue
Handle can only be attached to the side
No variable speed
DeWalt DCG413B Angle Grinder
This cordless angle grinder has a durable steel guard that is adjustable and can be locked into any position you require. This means you can direct any chips and sparks away from yourself and others.
The DCG413B is powered by a 20 volt battery that rotates a 4.5 inch wheel. In order to stop this in cases of emergency and to avoid accidents the angle grinder has a brake feature. Through the motor all power is cut and the gears cease moving in less than 2 seconds.
This kicks in whenever you experience any stalling, binding or pinching. This is a handy feature when the wheel could possibly be spinning at 9,000 RPM. This means the DeWalt can handle most things you put in its way.
It can also withstand the harshest of work environments thanks to the DCG413B’s plastic shell that is reinforced with glass fiber. To further aid the grinders robustness and to provide grip, it has a thick over mold made of rubber placed over it.
A 20 volt MAX 5mAh battery
Up to 9,000 RPM
A 4.5 inch wheel
A reinforced plastic shell
Chips and sparks can be directed
Tough outer shell
Trigger can not be locked in place
It is clear from our review that both the Makita and DeWalt angle grinders would more than deliver no matter what your requirements are. However, our favourite is the DeWalt because it has a longer run time and can generate a higher RPM.
DeWalt’s DWP611 is capable of generating up to 27,000 RPM and has a maximum horsepower of 1.25. Although this is not as powerful as some other compact routers currently available on the market, it means it is compact and light weight – weighing in at just 4.6 pounds.
The speed of this power tool can be varied via a speed control dial at the top of the DeWalt. It has six different speeds to choose from, with 16,000 RPM being the slowest. It comes with a soft start feature which lets you ease into a job, rather than having to fight the power tool.
This provides you with a greater level of control and means less workmanship issues or errors. The electronic feedback system that is built into this compact router works to keep the speed constant, even when under load.
The sub base of the DWP611 is clear and features two LED lights to provide greater visibility. This is particularly helpful when working on smaller, more tricky jobs. It is also oversized which gives increased stability as it has lots of contact with the work surface. This makes it more predictable and easier to control.
Up to 27,000 RPM
A maximum horsepower of 1.25
A soft start feature
A total weight of 4.6 pounds
A 3 year warranty
Compact and lightweight
Easy to control
Does not come with a carry case
No dust extraction port
Makita RT0701C Compact Router
This power tool has a maximum horsepower of 1.25 meaning it is capable of routing, boring holes and trimming both soft and hard woods. It boasts a variable speed of between 10,000 RPM and 30,000 RPM.
It too has an electronic feedback system that ensures a linear speed no matter what material you are going through and what task you are performing. This massively contributes to the overall accuracy of the RT0701C.
Just like the DeWalt, the Makita also has a clear base which provides greater visibility as you have a birds eye view of the routing as you are using the power tool. Its motor is housed in an aluminium case dissipates heat well and is light weight.
The rest of the compact router’s housing is made from a robust alloy of metal. This means that even if it is used a lot, it should still stand the test of time. The whole power tool feels good and fits in your hand really well thanks to its ergonomic design.
A 6.5 Amp motor
A maximum horsepower of 1.25
Up to 30,000 RPM
An electronic feedback system
Good build quality
Not enough horsepower for heavy duty jobs
Both these compact routers lack the power to consistently deliver on those tougher jobs. Neither is aimed at professional tradesmen. With this in mind we cannot decide our favourite and so it is a draw.
Buying your power tools from a reputable brand such as Makita or DeWalt is a sure fire way to ensure you get a product that is both high performing and high quality. That is why they are trusted by home DIYers and professional tradesmen across the globe.
As for which brand is our favourite, it is clear to see from our recommendations of the different power tools that it is DeWalt. However, this was a very difficult decision as Makita do manufacture some of our favourite power tools.
Looking for the right circular saw on the market is not an easy task. This is because there are myriads of options when it comes to circular saws. If you want the best circular saw, you have to pay for it. The best circular saws on the market today come at a premium price and thus, it is important that you be prepared with a handsome budget. However, you can still find a good model at the right price and this is where the Dewalt dwe575sb comes in.
The circular saw is of high quality, comes with a good performance, is durable and above all is sold at a good price. Furthermore, Dewalt circular saw comes with great features that include an electric brake that you can use to stop the blade instantly.
Below, we will review how this tool performs in the real life scenario.
The Dewalt dwe575sb 7-1/4-inch lightweight is an easy to use tool, comes in a great design and has a solid customer support. This ensures that you can get help with service or repair no matter where you are. With the great power of the Dewalt, the blade can cut through a 2 inch piece of wood effortlessly.
It is also important to state in this circular saw review that the dwe575sb is one of the lightest saws on the market as it weighs only 8.8 pounds. Its light and compact design makes it one of the most portable circular saws on the market. This is important for it enables you to work with this tool for a long time without feeling fatigued out.
One of the main challenges that people face when using circular saws is that they have sawdust accumulating along the cutting line. This makes it hard for people to make straight cuts. The Dewalt however does not have this problem as it has a blower that clears out all the sawdust along the cutting line.
This makes work easier for you as you do not have to stop working in order to clean the area. As we continue with the Dewalt circular saw dwe575sb review, let us now look at the main features of the tool.
The Dewalt dwe575sb produces 1950 watts of power which is enough to cut through different materials. Furthermore, the saw has a maximum spinning speed of about 5200 rpm. The motor of the Dewalt packs a lot of power and you are almost assured that it will not stall while in action.
If you are wondering about the performance of the 7¼ blade, you should not mind because it creates a very sharp cut that looks very professional. In fact, that is why many professional woodworkers like using the Dewalt dwe575sb.
Ability to Cut
The Dewalt dwe575sb boosts of a lot of versatility when it comes to cutting different materials. That is why it is able to cut beveled angles accurately. This ability will enable you to make angled cuts even at awkward angles. As a result, you will be able to make sharp looking wood products that will appeal to all.
The tool comes with bevel stops at 22.5 and 45 degrees respectively. As a result, you can set and lock the blade in order to accurately cut at those angles. It is also important to mention that the Dewalt dwe575sb has a blade depth of 3.5 inches and 1.9 inches when cutting at perpendicular and angled positions respectively. The cut lengths are also adequate for most woodworking applications.
We cannot complete a Dewalt dwe575sb review without mentioning that it comes with a powerful blower. This blower is able to keep the cut line clear by blowing out dust and debris that is generated in the process of cutting wood.
The good thing is that, the dust blower is activated immediately once you power on the device.
High Quality Saw Blade
A Dewalt saw is one of the few power saws on the market that comes fitted with high quality carbide-tipped blade which is durable and strong. This blade is so tough that it does not break or bend under load. Therefore, you can cut with this blade for extended periods of time without worrying that it will be affected by heat.
Dewalt scores highly when it comes to the design of the blade. Their blade design enables it to cut through both hard and soft materials. The other advantage that you have with this blade is that it does not get dirty with debris. This is because it features a streamlined design that does not trap particles.
Dewalt takes the safety of the user very seriously. They have therefore installed several features in order to enhance the safety of the device.
First, the dwe575sb circular saw is fitted with an electric brake system that instantly stops the blade each time you lift up the unit. This makes the device easy to use as the risk of injury from the spinning blade is almost none existent.
As we mentioned above, the Dewalt dwe575sb circular saw is one of the lightest tools around. At only 8.8 pounds, the tool is easy to handle even when working on a big project.
As a result, you do not develop fatigue on your body. This feature makes the unit easy to use even for people without great body strength.
Comfortable Handle on the Front
Unlike other circular saws on the market, the Dewalt dwe575sb comes with a comfortable handle on the front that makes it easy for people to use the saw.
The handle is coated with a soft rubber that is tender to your hands and fingers. Therefore, you will not feel numb after holding the tool for a long time.
The Dewalt dwe575sb is a superb circular saw that is both easy to use and comes with a great design and construction. We highly recommend the unit to professionals and home owners out there looking for a high performance circular saw at a great price.