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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 10:06 pm 
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Makita have come up with an answer to the Festool TSC55R - which is you are a Makita cordless user like I am is very interesting -



The motor is variable speed and brushless, but two batteries are required (it won't run on one alone)

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I have to say that the cord on my plunge saw is a nuisance when it's on the track, but I don't like faffing about with batteries every twenty minutes either

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Problem is, what do you do whjen you are on a site or part of a site where there is no power, but where the accuracy and cleanliness of a plunge saw is perhaps required (think firestopping doors, or installing kitchens in powerless voids, for example)? Admittedly a one trick pony, but a useful alternative to the Festool - especially as there are lot moe guys out there with Mak batteries than Fes ones

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What about dust extraction though?


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Yes. That's a bit of a bugbear on all cordless saws. I know you can hook this cordlessnsaw up to a corded vac. such as the Starmix/Metabo/Mafell models, but that's actually pretty darned pointless. No sign of a bag from Makita, either, so a bit of a mystery at present. Hopefully they'll sort it out before we see the beastie in Europe

Edit: Just realised - Makita do have a cordless vacuum, the DVC350, as a basic unit and there is a full HEPA (like M-class) battery extractor avauilable in the USA whic (hopefully) will appear here in due course. You can actually see the vac in question (marked "36v" which means 2 x 18v) at floor level at about 0:37 to 0:46 in the video below as well as talked about at 1:10 to 1:32 as well as at 1:51 to 1:58



I have mentioned this in an earlier thread on Makita vacuums

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So assuming you want a cordless vac too then you need 4 batteries of high Ah. Then of course you still have the problem of a hose which for me is more of a pain than the power cable :lol:


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So assuming you want a cordless vac too then you need 4 batteries of high Ah. Then of course you still have the problem of a hose which for me is more of a pain than the power cable :lol:

Actually it's more like 8 batteries and a couple of dual battery chargers.......

Anyway, it's now on sale at D&M, Fastfix and others with a bare in Makpac price hovering just under £400. Don't know if Makita have got a dust bag to go with it a la Festool yet, but they are supposed to have sorted out a few of the niggles from the SP6000K. I'm certainly interested, but maybe no quite yet.

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OK, so I finally sprung for one, since which time I've been having a few "technical issues" (meaning that it went back to Makita on warranty when the dealer turned out to be a complete waste of space). In the end I was sent a new one, so I'm starting out with it yet again. In the short time I had the original item it did about 80 or so cuts in (mainly) 18mm hardwood plywood and it certainly has plenty of power and reasonable battery life. I can also add that the supplied blade is a super thin 52-tooth jobbie (1.45mm kerf) and that it's to all intents and purposes a battery-powered SP6000J. Full report to follow when I've got enough experience of the tool to write something sensible and (hopefully) considered. I will say, though, that I do like it a lot

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What about dust extraction though?

I'm just about to try a Makita "turbo extraction box" which clips on in place of a conventional dust bag. It'll k]land next week. In the meantime whilst Makita don't do a conventional dust bag for the saw, the Mafell MT55 18M bl cordless dust bag (part number 206921) fits just fine and works well, as this video seems to confirm. On the other hand the Festool SB-TSC dust bag (part no. 500393 - designed for the TSC55 and HKC55 cordless saws) appears to need modification to get it to fit the Makita comfortably.

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Be interested to hear how that works out.


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