TOOL REVIEW – Makita 15-amp Corded Table Saw- 2705X1

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I currently have a Ridgid R4513 table saw that I use to build shelving with and today I get to compare it to the Makita 2705X1. Both of them are relatively similar in size and speed so let’s see how they compare in usability.

First Impression

The Makita 2705X1 came with an expandable stand that attaches to the saw so you can easily store and roll the saw around. My Ridgid has a similar stand but I will note that the stand on the Ridgid is a much higher quality. The Makita’s stand is made of rather cheap metal in some places so if you’re not careful the thin guage steel bends if you have to put any force in getting the pieces together…and you do have to put some force into it. I had difficulty getting the lower bar on the stand because the right side was a half inch longer than the left side. So I had to omit this bar completely.

The handle-bar that you squeeze to collapse the stand also gets stuck often so you have to know the amount of pressure to apply to it to get it to fold down without it giving you any hassle. This is a silly problem to have in my opinion. For the wheels, the Makita’s wheels are rather cheaply made compared to the Ridgid’s that I have. They are on an axle, however, where the Ridgid has independently mounted wheels. This, I don’t see being a pro or con, either way, just a recognition of the difference in design.

Functionality

The saw rips at 4800 RMPs which is a pretty standard speed for a 15-amp 120-v table saw. My Ridgid is rated at 5,000 RPMs for instance. It comes with a riving knife and blade guard accessory which is pretty standard for modern table saws. The rip fence attaches similarly to any other table saw, and locks into place nicely. There’s also a really nice miter gauge that can be used to hold materials at specific angles while sawing against the straight rip fence. The on/off switch for the saw is intuitive, and the dual-levers under the table easily engage and disengage the top leaf, so you can pull out and extend the top to give you wider cuts.

 

Info from HomeDepot.com

Whether you’re at the shop or on the jobsite, the Contractor Table Saw with Portable Stand offers just-right versatility and power for a variety of professional applications. Its 15-Amp motor and large cutting capacity make for efficient cutting action in plywood and sheet material. The included portable stand makes it easy to transport and use the table saw to jobsites.

  • Powerful 15-Amp motor delivers 4,800 RPM

  • Large cutting capacity (3-9/16 in. at 90° and 2-1/2 in. at 45°); rips 4x material in one pass

  • Large 25 in. ripping capacity for cutting plywood/sheet material

  • Easy to read scale with magnifying glass for increased accuracy

  • Smooth action rip fence slides easily across the table for fast adjustment

  • Tool-less modular blade guard system with an adjustable riving knife/spreader

  • Blade guard assembly with cam lock provides easy “tool-less” installation or removal

  • Electric brake for maximum productivity

  • Adjustable dual side guards allow for ease of measurement from the blade to the rip fence for cutting set-ups

  • 2 onboard independent showable anti-kickback pawls and riving knife/spreader for through cuts

  • Release lever for easy riving knife/spreader height adjustments into 3 different positions for through, non-through and dado cuts

  • Guard design allows operator to view the blade as it contacts the material

  • Aluminum die cast, precision machined table top remains flat and true for out of the box accuracy

  • Large on/off switch for operator convenience

  • Easy to read scale for faster bevel adjustments

  • Complete storage capacity to hold most commonly used accessories including saw blade, power supply cord, miter gauge, rip fence, push stick, wrench, blade guard and dado blade

  • 1 year warranty

  • Includes: 32-teeth carbide tipped blade (A-94948), rip fence (122740-1), miter gauge (122838-4), push stick (416772-1), wrench #5 (783203-8), wrench #19 (781038-1), wrench (782024-5), portable saw stand (194093-8)

 

Summary

All said and done I give this saw kit 4.5 out of 5 stars. The saw itself cuts well and is designed well. It will work well for the professional user. The stand it comes with is not so well-designed. It seems like some corners were cut with the design and the materials and it’s obvious when comparing it to another stand where this was not the case. Still, that should not take away from the fact that the saw itself is a beast of a tool.

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