A few months ago I was looking for a 165mm mains circular saw & ended up
with a Macalister from B&Q for £45. Spec looked good for the money.
Less than 3 months old, relatively little use & it started playing up.
Cross cutting a 2 x 4 & it started to fight back badly, could only just hang
on to it.
Appears that the bearing on the shaft had gone, causing the blade to wobble
like a dado head.
It went back for a full refund this morning. I've ordered a Makita 5604R.
I should know better by now. Last time I buy any kind of B&Q power tool.
I'm amused by your comment ( no reflection on TMH). Provided that you
control an impact driver properly, it is useful. Do not be prissy with
it. Ensure that you put significant pressure on it before striking it.
I wondered if someone would come back with that comment. It is still
critical to ensure that you put enough pressure on the appliance whether
manual or otherwise powered. If you do not put pressure on it then you
have a small useless bowl!
Indeed, having spent more years than I care to remember using power
impact wrenches it's very noticeable how the amount of pressure
applied to the tool has an effect on how effective the impact wrench
is - it's also extremely funny to watch an inexperienced person see
the tool jump off the fixing when they forget to hold the tool down
upon pressing the trigger!
Yes, agreed. It was actually the Makita jigsaw, reinforced by the Makita
impact driver. I won't buy anything but Makita from now on, it's just so
good and 'does exactly what is says on the tin'.
You just don't realise the difference until you use the kit every day. It's
not just the longevity, its the way they do the job.
Its certainly a safe way to know you will get something that is at a
minimum "good" and will last (and I have never been disappointed with
any of my Makita kit), but don't discount the other quality brands since
each will have tools that come out as "best of breed".
For example, the Makita portable planar thicknesser is a very good
machine, but I think my DeWalt DW733 has the edge on it in a number of
small but important details. The big 9" Hitachi circular saws are very
nice, as are Trend and Freud routers etc.
I think the jigsaw test is an ideal way to convince anyone who doubts
the value of decent tools. The Makita in particular is just *so* much
better than most peoples experience of a jigsaw as to be really quite
surprising even if you are expecting it to be lots better.
I was even more suprised when I bought some *GOOD* blades for my
fairly modest jigsaw,
saved me spending £80 odd on a Makita etc ;)))
I expect most peoples experiences are of crap blades in a cheap
Good blades certainly do help, expecially in jig saws and circular saws.
However, in the case of a jig saw, the quality and engineering of the
blade holding mechanisms etc. are key to the ability of the saw to
maintain the stability of the cut.
There is a world of difference between the sub £50 jigsaw and the £100
products of Bosch, Makita et al.
It might not work out with a cheaper jigsaw and any old blade on one
attempt, but it doesn't mean it can't be done.
OK the right blade and a little technique are needed but it's quite
possible to get very good results.
Thats exactly it John. I can't be arsed to look at every make & with a
165mm circukar saw there aren't that many about anyway. I know if I buy
Makita - based on the router, jigsaw, drill driver, impact driver I already
have, it's going to do what is says on the tin.
Agreed 100%. I smile every time I use it, worlds apart from other jigsaws.
I will never buy a Makita product.
This recall notice is a lie. A user in New Zealand lost an eye when
his sander pad broke apart, and Makita didn't want to compensate him
until forced to by public opinion..
Losing an eye is NOT a "minor injury".
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
(CPSC), Makita U.S.A. Inc., of La Mirada, Calif., is voluntarily
recalling about 350,000 electric orbit sanders. The pads on the
sanders can break apart during use and strike the operator, posing an
injury hazard to consumers.
Makita U.S.A. Inc. has received 13 reports of pads coming apart,
including three minor injuries that resulted from pieces of the pad
You need to read it a little more carefully. It says "Makita U.S.A. Inc.
has received 13 reports of pads coming apart, including three minor
injuries". It seems unlikely that a New Zealand user would have
reported a problem to Makita USA. So it is probably true, that they have
only had minor injuries reported, and that the recall is voluntary in
As you know, unfortunate things happen when people don't read and
follow the instructions.
For some reason, they think that it is then the manufacturer's fault as
opposed the person who should have known better.
Newspaper reports have now vanished from their archives.
I note that the eye-losing accident occurred many months after the
recall was announced in the US on March 7 2003. In NZ we cannot claim
against manufacturers for such accidents, so it is not considered so
necessary to publicise recalls. But that would have saved the guy's
Here's a Usenet discussion with all the points that are sure to be
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