Makita SP6000J Review – Things That Make It A Smart Investment

Makita SP6000J 6-1/2-Inch Plunge Circular Saw

Released by Makita, the SP6000J can be a good solution for those who need a track saw for cutting sheet goods. You may have found that it is not practical to handle large sheets on a table saw. Now, let us have a look at the main features of the track saw.

The Makita SP6000J uses a standard 110V outlet to operate. It might not be the best product available for breaking down large sheets of plywood. For cutting heavy lumber, you would want a bigger 7 1/4″ model. That said, user feedback indicates that this Makite track saw is a great tool for the job.

Driven by a 12A motor, it functions at 2000 – 5200 rotations per minute under no load. The electronic speed control keeps RPM at a constant level, making it possible to get fine finish. Turning the adjusting dial will adjust the tool speed. Six speed settings are available.

Unlike worm-drive skillsaws, there is a soft start feature on this saw. It will slowly come up to the desired speed instead of going to full speed instantly. The lag time keeps the tool from jumping out of your hand when turned on.

The Makita SP6000J is designed to work with blades with a diameter of 165 mm (6-1/2″). A 48 tooth carbide tipped blade is included in the box which is good for 3/4″ plywood. The maximum cutting capacity at 90° is 2-3/16″ (1-9/16″ at 45°). The real cutting capacity is lower when the saw is on the track.

This tool can be used with or without guide rail, meaning it can be used as a regular circular saw. However, it will defeat the primary purpose of this saw. The version that comes with an optional guide rail system, Makita SP6000J1, costs around $410. The company also provides a version that comes with a connector kit for joining two tracks, in case you plan to cut longer lengths.

People have found that this tool works with Festool rail. Just keep in mind that you may not be able to use the locking feature to keeps the saw on the rail if you use a guide rail system from other companies. This feature can be useful when cutting bevels.

The Makita SP6000J1 does not come with mounting hardware. Some people use the clamps from DeWalt to lock the track on the board. The track guide, fortunately, comes with anti-slip backing to prevent the rail from shifting during use. In some situations the rail can be used without clamps.

In terms of safety, the overload protector automatically stops the motor when the tool is overloaded and current flows above a
certain level.

A number of convenient features are also provided that include a rubberized grip and a large top handle. When it comes to blade replacement, there is a locking lever to lock the saw head. A plastic case is included with your purchase that allows for better storage.

As of this writing, the Makita plunge saw has an impressive star rating of 4.5/5 on Amazon. The majority of reviewers gave this saw high marks.

Clearly, this saw is good but nothing is really perfect in this world. There is no riving knife on this saw, something which is provided by the Festool TS55. Others have found that the Festool version comes with a better, more accurate guide rail system. Clearly, some aspects of the saw are not as good as the higher priced saw from Festool.

Other customers have also made complaints about the carrying case. There is no packing material inside the case. Further, just like other models, this one uses metric scales. People wish it also came with inch markings on the depth gauge.

Despite such negative feedback, the customer reviews have been positive for the most part. Many of the reviewers have found that the cutting system to be very useful and accurate for a portable saw. They have been impressed with the finish of the cut.

Obviously, for a larger work like timber framing, the Festool 75 is a better option. However, it is still a great substitute for a heavy table saw for a number of tasks such as trimming doors or cutting down sheet stock for cabinets. Measuring 13-3/8″ in length, it takes up so little space in the home workshop.

People have also found that the dust collection system keeps the dust down very well. The dust port connects easily to a vacuum system, provided you use an appropriate connector. In terms of build quality, the base is made of metal instead of plastic.

The lock lever that keeps it on the rail, the pre-cut depth stop that assures a nice splinter free cut, and the close-to-wall cutting capability (11/16 inch) are some other features that have made a positive impression upon the reviewers.

It is not a Festool which is the Cadilac. That said, not everyone needs the most expensive tool. If you are on a budget but still want the benefits of a track saw, then the Makita SP6000J should fit your needs.

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