Makita 5007MG Circular Saw Review

Makita 5007MG Circular Saw Review

Makita 5007MG Magnesium 7-1/4-Inch Circular Saw Review

The Makita 5007MG is a popular circular saw solution amongst professionals. It has an excellent Magnesium build construction which is both lightweight and durable. Additionally, it has a rich set of features that easily makes this model stand out from the competition.

If you are interested in circular saws, you may have encountered the 5007MG from Makita. But how well does this unit perform and is it worth the money? To help you answer this question, we provided you with an in-depth review of this Makita circular saw, and hopefully, it should show you if this product fulfills your need or not.

#1. Technical Features

Power & Speed

This circular saw contains a powerful 15-Amp inductive motor that allows it to deliver 5,800 RPM speed to the blade. Additionally, it consumes 2,300 Watts of power, which is a little bit on the excessive side. However, with this kind of power, this circular saw should be able to cut through material very easily, whether you are cutting hardwood, softwood, ceramics, or even metal. It will never stall or choke on anything.

The speed of 5,800 RPM is also fast enough to deliver a smooth and clean-cut in material. It will look professional and as if it was machined-cut by a much more professional circular saw. The only problem with the speed of the circular saw is that it is a no-load linear speed of 5,800 RPM. There is no way to adjust the speed setting as there is simply no variable speed control in this model. However, if you’re looking for a fast and easy way to cut the same material over and over again, then a variable speed matters little. Moreover, we did notice that the 5007MG contains the same motor as the more affordable Makita 5007F. It even has the same 5,800 RPM speed. Therefore, in terms of speed and power, it does not have the best performance to price ratio out there. However, it is still more than decent.

Cutting Capacity

In terms of cutting capacity, this circular saw does a little better than the 2-3/8 inches of the Makita 500F. It cuts at 2-1/2 inches perpendicularly. This cutting capacity is more than enough for most people as commercial stock rarely exceeds 1-1/2 inches in thickness.

Additionally, it has a versatile bevel cut of 22.5 degrees and 45 degrees that can be locked with the positive stops in this unit. This circular saw can do a maximum of 56 degrees bevel cut, which is very generous. Additionally, those two bevel stop angles of the most common ones used by carpenters every day. You can use this circular saw to make common bevel work like making dados, mortices, miter angles, etc.

Dust extraction

While there is no inbuilt dust extraction system in the Makita 5007MG, this unit does come with a dust blower that sends a stream of air on your cutline. You will always get it clear and visible cut line when operating this circular saw. Sure, it can become a little bit dusty after a while and a dedicated dust extraction system in the power tool is generally preferred. However, this is one problem that almost all circular saws face and we are glad to note that Makita provides a powerful dust blower in this unit.

Blade Quality

The blade in this unit is a standard 7-1/4 inches premium ultra-coated framing blade. In short, this is a heavy-duty carbide -tipped blade that is very tough and durable. Indeed, it is a heavy-duty woodworking blade that contains an advanced to design that is M-shaped. Additionally, the blade contains 2 pointed tips and a 10-degrees bevel face to maximize the cutting efficiency. This particular design allows this circular saw to perform more with less. Also, it's good to note that this premium blade is delivered free of charge with the purchase of this circular saw.

Other Features

  • LED Light: There is an inbuilt LED system in the circular saw. It illuminates your cut line and allows you to work more efficiently in a dimly lit room or workshop.
  • Front Handle: The front handle is very ergonomic and allows you to take a posture that puts less stress on your body. This is particularly important if you use your circular saw for long periods.
  • Base Ruler: The base of this circular saw contains a very convenient ruler for quick measurements before and after your cut. We all know the importance of measurement in woodworking, and Makita greatly facilitates this process with the inclusion of a base ruler.

#2. Accessories

You do not get a lot of accessories with the purchase of the Makita 5007MG. It comes with the unit itself, a 7-1/4 inches carbide-tipped framing blade, a hex wrench, rip fence and case. However, all accessories delivered with this circular saw are vital to the operation of this power tool. We like the fact that Makita ships this model with a rip fence as this will prove to be very handy when making straight cuts. Additionally, 7-1/4 inches circular saw blades are not very expensive and available almost everywhere.

#3. Price

The price is definitely not the Makita 5007MG strongest feature. We think that it is a little bit on the expensive side, with features and performance that is almost similar to the much more affordable Makita 5007F. However, this model has a much better build construction and is more durable and long-lasting. It is certainly a more professional and dependable unit than the Makita 5007F. With that said, despite this model being a little bit pricier than others, we think that it is still reasonably priced for a circular saw of this caliber. It can be used as a heavy-duty circular saw for any cutting application, and it will not stall or choke on anything. We can safely recommend this unit if you can afford it.

#4. Expert Reviews

The Makita 5007MG is a popular circular saw that is used and reviewed by many authority woodworking figures online. Here are 2 professional reviews of this circular saw.

Family Handyman

If you are interested in woodworking, chances are you know about familyhandyman.com. It contains reviews as well as objective information on popular power tools. As expected, we find a review of the Makita 5007MG on this site. They gave it a hands-on test and concluded that the handles are large and very comfortable to use. Additionally, they like the bevel detents, build construction and height adjustment of the circular saw. In conclusion, this side acknowledges that it is an expensive circular saw, but still go ahead and recommend this model to those who can afford it.

CPO Outlet

Here is an expert overview by CPO Outlets, which is a popular YouTube woodworking channel. The experts in this video provide a concise overview of all the features present in the 5007MG. Since it is a professional video with high-quality images, we can see that it is a professional unit that is extremely well-built. Additionally, the reviewer showcases feature like the bevel stops and the presence of a ruler at the base. We think that this video will give you an excellent idea of what to expect out of this professional-grade circular saw.

#5. Pros/Cons

Pros:

  • Excellent build construction. Durable and long-lasting
  • Powerful and efficient motor rated at 15-Amp
  • Deep perpendicular cutting capacity of 2-1/2 inches. Can cut thick stock easily
  • Large 7-1/4 inches carbide-tipped blade for working on larger projects. The blade is also very efficient at cutting material

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Consumes 2,300 Watts of power. Can be costly over time for those where electricity is expensive

#6. Who Should Buy?

Due to its price, we recommend the Makita 5007MG to semi-professionals and professionals. This is a versatile and powerful circular saw that can be used for any heavy-duty applications, including metal work. Sure, it can be a little bit on the expensive side, but if you use your circular saw every day, this model will pay for itself time and time again.

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