Makita BSS611 Circular Saw archive
Friday 30 April 2010
Derek Jones tries out the new compact cordless from Makita
Makita doesn't make the most exciting tools in the world and I kind of like that. It suggests to me that the resources needed to produce a really good product have been used wisely on things that matter.
At last the new generation of Li-ion batteries has made the cordless circular saw a realistic option, so how does it handle? At a little over 3kg, the BSS611 doesn't feel lightweight but it does feel compact; a little too compact for my liking, with the front grip being a bit small and rather close to the rear grip. Mind, I soon got used to it and the arrangement allowed good visibility of the scale on the front of the baseplate for quick freehand cuts to a pencil line.
In action I have no complaints. Cross-cutting and ripping at 50mm was effortless, but this was at the limits of the tool's capability.
Charging is only 22 minutes for a spent battery.
The BSS611 is easily adjustable for both depth of cut and bevel with one simple lever for each features. I do feel that Makita may have been a little mean with the fence; to gain any real stability it would need a sub-fence adding.