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Today we’re going to be talking circular saws. Not just any circular saw, but the Makita 5377MG Magnesium. If you know tools, you know Makita, and you’re definitely going to want to get to know this installment in their series of top-notch circular saws.
We’re going to be taking a pretty in-depth look at this tool in the review that follows. But for now, there’s a little bit of information that we can provide you with that should give you a better feel for what exactly it is that we’re talking about.
To start, it’s worth mentioning that this tool skews toward higher-end commercial circular saws. If you’re aiming for a lower budget this might not be for you.
However, if you do decide to dig deep into your wallet, you won’t be disappointed.
What really sets this tool apart from others like it is its components. This unit features magnesium and hypoid—components designed to strengthen the machine’s durability without increasing its weight.
We’ll also, of course, talk about the ways in which this tool is mediocre. For example, we did notice that the depth and guardrail bend a little bit easier than most would prefer.
Read on for a more in-depth look at this product’s achievements and short-comings.
Power Rating: 15 Amp
Rotations Per Minute: 4,500
Weight: 13 Pounds
Power Source: Corded
Given that this saw weighs 13 pounds, some readers will undoubtedly be a little bit surprised to find this listed as one of the tool’s positive features.
While there are definitely some circular saws out there that weigh a tad lighter, we can virtually guarantee that none of them are this durable.
We’ll talk some more about the durability of the unit a little bit later, but it is worth mentioning that for a circular saw that’s sturdy enough to be taken to a jobsite, you aren’t going to find many options that are lighter than this.
The tool’s components are really its main selling point. As we mentioned in the introduction, you’re dealing with a product that’s infused with both magnesium and hypoid.
Even if that doesn’t mean much to you, there’s no need to break out the periodic table. In layman’s terms, this means that the saw manages to be both extremely durable and relatively lightweight.
If you need a saw that’s really tough then these features will prove invaluable. However, shoppers should note that they also come with a hike in price. If you’re shopping with budget in mind, you may want to go for a similar saw with a simpler build.
There are things to like about the power of this unit, and then there are things that aren’t so great. On the one hand, the motor is solid. The 15 AMP motor that comes with this unit should stand up to most of your required tasks without much trouble.
The issue lies with the rotations per minute. While 4,500 RPM is not a terrible rating by any stretch of the imagination, there are definitely better ratings out there in similarly priced saws.
Why does this matter? Generally speaking, the higher the RPM the cleaner the cut. While 4,500 rotations per minute shouldn’t have any trouble helping you produce good work, you should nevertheless note that there are faster options out there if you’re interested in them.
So, what sort of warranty are we talking about here?
The warranty on all Makita products is pretty standard. They have a 30-day money-back guarantee policy if you aren’t satisfied with the saw after one month of use.
They also have a 12-month general warranty that covers more major issues if something goes wrong, and a 3-year limited warranty.
Does this saw come with a case?
Unfortunately, there is no case included with this saw. If you need to transport it, you’ll probably want to invest in one.
What about noise pollution? I prefer quieter tools.
Who doesn’t? The good news is that we found this saw to be quieter and smoother than many comparable options on the market.
General impressions of the saw are positive. Users appreciate that it runs quietly, performs well with most materials, and features a strong build that’s more resistant to the effects of wear and tear.
However, enthusiasm for the tool’s durability does wane a touch when users talk about parts like the guardrail, which is unfortunately prone to bending.
Most comments, however, seem praiseworthy.
So, what are we thinking? As I’m sure that you noticed throughout the course of the review, there are things to like about this tool, and things that many users might not be so crazy about.
It’s a little pricey, some of the attachments are fragile, and it’s not as fast as other saws on the market.
Even with all of these things considered, it’s hard not to acknowledge that this is a good tool for the right person. Here’s bottom line: if you’re looking for something that’s durable enough to take to a jobsite, this is a great option for you.
Does this mean that we think you should buy it? We would never say that. Our job is to inform, not sell. Our only hope is that we’ve made the shopping experience a little easier for you.
Hi there! My name is Adam and I write for HealthyHandyman. I have a great passion for writing about everything related to tools, home improvement, and DIY. In my spare time, I'm either fishing, playing the guitar, or spending quality time with my beloved wife. You'll also often find me in my workshop working on some new project!