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December 11, 2017

Makita 2705 Table Saw Review

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Makita 2705 10-inch Contractor Table SawThe Makita 2705 Table Saw is Makita’s dedicated 10-inch contractor table saw – it’s actually a benchtop table saw aimed at contractors rather than being a contractor saw.Designed for professionals and contractors who want a highly portable, large capacity table saw it has a number of excellent features, including telescoping fence rails which extends the large 24-5/8″ x 22-1/4″ table surface to give you that critical 25-inch rip capacity (critical because a rip capacity greater than 24 inches means you can do anything you need to with a 4X8 sheet of plywood).

Weighing 65.5 lbs it’s not the lightest table saw out there, but the solid construction with a cast frame to hold the motor make it very sturdy and stable in use. It can still be lifted into the back of a pickup or moved around the shop although perhaps not single handedly.

It’s got a very powerful 15 amp motor and also has an electric brake which is a feature you don’t see on many benchtop table saws. The power is good enough to make use of the large cutting capacity (3-5/8 inches at 90 degrees and 2-1/2 inches at 45 degrees)  and you can use up to a 6 x 13/16-inch dado blade.

What to Look for When Buying a Table Saw
The central tool in almost all cabinetmaking shops is the table saw, probably the most useful single tool the average woodworker is going to have, because the work it does serves as a base for everything that comes afterwards. There are 3 main types – bench top, contractor and cabinet saw – with bench top table saws being the lightest, used most often by contractors and other people who need a lightweight, portable job-site saw.

Once you’ve used one you’ll wonder how you managed without it and you certainly won’t want it sitting back in the workshop when you’re out on site – hence the popularity of lightweight, portable saws. Whatever type you choose there are a number of features that you need to look for. In this Makita 2705 Table Saw Review we’ll take a look at the power of the motor, the guard, the fence, the miter gauge and since this is a contractor/job-site saw we’ll also look at the portability and sturdiness.

Makita did it again. They built a great table saw with a great motor equipped with a blade brake and plenty of power.

Powerful 15 Amp Motor
Despite its compact and lightweight design, the Makita 2705 still has a powerful 15 Amp motor with a no-load speed of 4,800 rpm which is adequate to let you make full use of the large cutting capacity (3-5/8 inches at 90 degrees and 2-1/2 inches at 45 degrees)  and you can also use up to a 6 x 13/16-inch dado blade. It’s got a cast frame holding the motor which helps keep it stable, plus it’s got an electric brake which is a nice feature you don’t normally get on a benchtop table saw.

Tool-less Modular Blade Guard System
Like all the other quality benchtop table saw the Makita 2705 has a tool-less modular blade guard system which is a three-part, modular system that includes a riving knife, anti-kickback pawls and top guard.

The tool-free riving knife helps to reduce the occurrence of kickback and allows you to easily change riving knives in order to accommodate for various blade thicknesses. The riving knife can be adjusted to three different positions for making through cuts, non-through cuts and dado cuts, and you can adjust it without having to remove the throat plate.

Telescoping Extension Table
To increase the cutting capacity of this compact saw, the Makita 2705 has telescoping right extension table; this means you can retract the extension table when you’re carrying it around and then by extending the rails you get that critical 25-inch rip capacity to the right of the blade. For contractors and anyone else using full-sized sheets of plywood 24 inches is the magic number as it means you can do anything you need to with a full sheet.

Miter Gauge
In line with pretty well every table saw on the market, including expensive cabinet saws, the miter gauge that is supplied with this saw is fairly basic. If you plan to do a lot of cross cutting then you should consider investing in an after market miter gauge. There are some excellent miter gauges on the market and you can read reviews of the best of them at Miter Gauge Reviews

Makita 2705 Table Saw Riving Knife and GuardSturdy and portable design
This saw gives you everything that you need in a portable saw – although the DW744XRS is not that compact, it’s reasonably lightweight at only 58lbs (excluding the stand which weighs 33lbs) meaning you can easily move it around and lift it into your pickup, and as it’s designed with the job site in mind it’s also very sturdy with a number of useful features, including a heavy-duty kickstand which allows the stand to balance upright, quick connect stand brackets, a wide stand base and offset rear legs for stability, folding legs with quick release levers which collapse under the stand, minimizing overall size and heavy-duty aluminum construction which can withstand loads up to 200lbs.

How much should you expect to pay?
You should expect to pay $500 – $550 for the Makita 2705

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What are other people saying?
The Dewalt DW744XRS Table Saw has received a lot of excellent comments from users

  • “This saw has been the only real choice for professionals wanting a portable table saw for the last 15+ years”
  • “Overall this saw is the best when it comes to yanking it out of the truck and making a quality cut within seconds of plugging it in”
  • “Highly recommended and add a freud 24 tooth thin rip blade and it is amazing”
  • “You would have a hard time matching this combo of saw and stand”
  • “I’ve given it five stars for its combination of quality, portability and competitive price among saws with comparable features”

Any complaints?
We couldn’t find any major complaints about this table saw, although there were a couple of minor gripes about the miter gauge. As we said earlier, the miter gauge that is supplied with this saw (and with pretty well every other table saw including high-end cabinet saws) is fairly basic – you should consider upgrading if you are going to do a lot of cross cutting. You can read reviews of the best miter gauges on the market at Miter Gauge Reviews

Makita 2705 10-inch Table Saw

What kind of warranty is there?
Even though this saw is aimed at the job-site and can expect to get a bit of heavy treatment, you still get a three-year limited warranty, one-year free service, and 90-day money-back guarantee

 

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