Makita SP6000J1 6-½- Inch Plunge Circular Saw Review

Makita SP6000J1 6-½- Inch Plunge Circular Saw Review

Makita SP6000J1 6-½- Inch Plunge Circular Saw ReviewTools in wood works and wood cutting plays an essential role to the quality of the end product. In wood cutting, there are many types of saws to choose from. There are circular saws, band saw, jigsaw or table saw.

A circular saw (like the Makita SP6000J1 Circular Saw) is a type of power tool that uses disc shaped blade for cutting wood. They are designed for precision cutting and first started as table mounted saws. Over the years, when hand held power tools became the craze, the circular saw had its own version.

The Makita SP6000J1 6-½- Inch Plunge Circular Saw, is often described as a woodworkers’ ultimate dream tool. With its precision cutting, cutting guide, dust collector, ease of plunge and durability, this tool is one of the highly rated hand held power tools.

Makita SP6000J1 6-½- Inch Plunge Circular Saw |5 Major Features

1. Dust Collection

The Makita SP6000J1 Circular Saw is fitted with a Dust bag accessory. This feature is a great way in ensuring that your workplace is clean and clutter free.

As a precautionary measure, it is best to tape the side hole close so that you can ensure that little to no dust particles will come out of the bag.

Just a reminder when installing your dust bag, ensure that the positioning of the dust bag does not contact your workpiece during operation. If, by any chance the dust bag becomes an obstacle, try turning the dust port to change the bag’s position.

2. Precision Cutting and Bevel Settings

The great thing about the SP6000J1 model is its precision cutting. By having a bevel adjustment range of -1°  to 48°, as well as having positive stops at 22.5° and 45° respectively, allows a certain degree of flexibility to experiment, control and make precise cuts.

It has a large top handle (for easier grip) and an electric brake (for emergency stops). With its various control settings, the Makita SP6000J1 Circular Saw model is like being a kid in wonderland, as new control settings will give you different features.

3. Ease of Use and Durability 

The design of this model is largely based on the comfort of the operator. With its depth of adjustment (characterized by a large scale), smooth bevel release for plunge cuts, electric brake, large handle (for better grip) and lock-lever attached to the saw rail system, ensuring that the saw stays with the guide for bevel cutting, this Makita model blew the rest of the hand held power tool devices away.

Concerning its durability, this model is not one of the wimpy saws. Most reviews states that SP6000J1 has been with them for a long time (one of the reviewers alluded that the model has been with him for 6 years and it’s still functioning).

4. Quality Cut

Due to the positioning of the blade upon its entry (guide or not), Makita SP6000J1 Circular Saw promises a  smooth, clean cut, free of wood splinters and imperfections from wood or burrs.

This model can achieve the smooth cut through its built-in depth stop, which allows a preliminary cut of about 1/16 inch cut to be performed (and allows it to be inspected) before the wood (or material) is entirely cut, ensuring the clean and smooth surface finish.

5. Close to Wall Cutting

In order for you to have an expanded cutting applications, Makita SP6000J1 Circular Saw has built a feature called 11/16 Close to Wall Cutting. Through this feature, you are ensured to have a smooth finish free of  splinters and minimal tear out.

This feature is perfectly executed because of the SP6000J1 12 amp motor, big cutting capacity (and flexibility), device lightness (made possible because of its magnesium parts) and electronic speed control.

This characteristic is also great when making practice cuts (for self familiarization of the product), guide cuts and even plunge cuts.

Why should we Use Makita SP6000J1 6-½- Inch Plunge Circular Saw?

Are you still unsure in buying Makita SP6000J1 6-½- Inch Plunge Circular Saw? Check out our Top Five Reasons in Buying Makita SP6000J1 Plunge Circular Saw below:

1. It has a high product review rating.

A lot of expensive saw brands rely on their branding and big corporate names for sales. With SP6000J1, we rely on our notoriety as one of the best hand held circular saw. Our product satisfaction ratings are evident in various sites such as amazon, and protoolreviews.

2. Its guides will help you have better control of the tool.

The flexible bevel guide adjustment range of -1°  to 48°, as well as the positive stops at 22.5° and 45°  makes sure that the device has  cut flexibility and greater maneuverability.

3. You can say goodbye to your messy work room.

Makita SP6000J1 cleans up for itself. You can fit it with a dust bag to store sawdust. For a more cleaner output, attach the Makita vacuum cleaner to your dust port.

4. It is cost effective.

I say this, not because of SP6000J1’s cost. I can say this because (thanks to various product) reviews and various blogger’s attestations say so. One blogger said that he had his Makita SP6000J1 6-½- Inch Plunge Circular Saw for six years (and counting).

Other reviews state that for seven years that he owned this model, he never had a problem with its adjustments and controls. All of the hundreds of review on this model speak for itself (I hope it speaks to you as well).

5. It is very easy to use and comes with a downloadable handbook as a user guide.

What more could you ask for? This handbook comes with clear and detailed instruction guide for SP6000J1 model. It also offers suggestions for ease of use.

Product Benefits
  • It is very easy to use
  • Offers effortless cut and smooth end product.
  • It can cut large pieces easily
  • It offers you consistent cutting speed
  • Large scale and easy to set depth adjustment
  • Dual bevel support (front and back)
  • Precise bevel cutting
  • Guide rails
  • Rubberized handles
  • Light weight
The Negative Things
  • Not ideal for big thick lugs
  • Cannot be used in (hard) metals
  • Does not replace your jobsite contractor saw

 Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I use this as a regular saw?

A: Yes you can. However it won’t work well with thick wood or metals.

Q: Does it stood the test of time?

A:  Yes it does! In fact, some of the users report to have a functioning saw for 7 years.

Q: Can you use this saw without guide rails?

A: Yes you can. But it will be a bit more difficult to use especially for the newbies.

Q: Can you use this on metal or marble?

A: No. This saw is strictly for wood and plastic use only.

Q:Can I use this on other brand’s track?

A: Makita is compatible (and perfectly interchangeable) with the Festool track. Using other tracks prove to be a problem though.

Final Verdict

Makita SP6000J1 6-½- Inch Plunge Circular Saw is the woodcutters’ power tool if he wants a clear and smooth finish, ease of use and durability. If you are a small scale wood worker, this is the perfect tool for you.

For those who are working on wood (in a big scale), the Makita SP6000J1 is would be the most suitable secondary or assisting tool (much like an auxiliary engine for ships and cars).


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