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.
DeWalt DCS391B Circular Saw
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.
- Up to 5,150 RPM
- A 7 inch carbide tipped cutting blade
- A 3 inch cutting depth
- A 50 degree bevel capacity
- Compact and lightweight design
- Can handle a variety of cutting tasks
- Highly durable
- Lacks the power of a corded circular saw
- Comes without a battery
Makita 5007MG circular 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
- A bevel 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.