Makita is a power tool brand that requires absolutely no introduction. They are perhaps one of the most popular power tool companies that produce table saws. Their table saws are also amongst one of the best you can buy with money.
Today we will be looking at the Makita 2705 table saw which is one of their top end machines. The manufacturer also has an alternative to the Makita 2705 which is the Makita 2705X1 table saw. The only difference between the two is that the Makita 2705X1 comes with a stand and the Makita 2705 doesn’t.
Although both the models have some differences, the key factor remains the same; these machines are designed for professional contractors.
But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t buy one if you aren’t a contractor. The reason why we believe this is a contractor machine is because of this huge ripping capacity.
The Makita 2705 also has some very unique features that aren’t available on any other table saws. We will discuss these features in detail below.
Features of Makita 2705 Table Saw
Over the top build quality – the Makita 2705 is designed to take a beating. It was built to withstand hard work and hence has an excellent build quality. There are many other machines that lack the proper construction and their material quality is subpar. But the Makita 2705 definitely win 10 points in its quality aspects.
Telescopic Fence Rails – Makita 2705 features telescopic fence rails which easily makes it big size easy to handle. It measures around 24 x 22 inches and can be extended to a larger area. Thanks to its telescopic fence, once enlarged, it has a cutting capacity of 4 x 8 sheets. So you can add in big sheets and cut them with confidence.
Powerful motor – featured on the machine is a powerful 15 amp 4,800 RPM motor which is quite frankly, one of the most powerful motor when compared to similar table saws in the same price range. Plus the motor also features an electric brake which will be discussed later.
With its powerful 4800 RPM motor, expect to cut anywhere from 3-5/8 inches to 2-1/2 inches at 90 and 45 degree angles respectively. The blade on the machine is also big in size coming in at 10 inches of diameter. The dado is 6 x 13/16 which is also a huge plus against other models.
Electric Brake – when it comes to safety, the Makita 2705 tops everyone else thanks to its electric brakes. This is extremely helpful during working hours when you accidently lose control and want to immediately stop the blade. Thankfully, the electric brake means you can immediately shut off the blade rendering it impossible to do any damage.
The electric brake switch is conveniently located and is big in size so you can stop the blades from working within less than a second.
Telescopic Table – the presence of telescopic table is a huge added benefit on the Makita 2705. This extends the table to 25 inch rip capacity which is very important. It is important simply because many plywood sheets are by default 24 inches in size. Having a large capacity means you can simply throw in the sheet in its full size and start cutting it.
Pros and cons of Makita 2705
- Excellent build quality
- Great portability
- Extendable table
- Electric brake for maximum security and safety
- Cost effective solution
- Designed for contractors/non-contractors in mind
- Powerful 4800 RPM motor for worry free cutting
- Less portability – The Makita 2705 doesn’t include a stand like Makita 2705X1. This means that if you want to move the table, you will have to put in a bit more effort because it doesn’t have any wheels. But if you just spend a little more and get the Makita 2705X1 instead, you get increased portability.
Tips of using Makita 2705
The Makita 2705 comes equipped with most features a good portable table saw should have. But we recommend using it when you are properly prepared. Thanks to its large electric switch blade, you really don’t have to worry about safety.
But still to be sure, you can always use your elbows or knees to press the electric brake switch when emergency calls for it. Just make sure you are prepared at all times and keep safety on the top of the list.
Read: Table Saw Safety Tips
The Makita 2705 is without any doubt one of the best table saws available in the market. It is a great investment especially if you want to spend money on a high performing machine that contractors use.
The Makita 2705 also uses a modular build setup which means that you will have absolutely no trouble attaching or changing the riving knife, anti-kickback pawls or the blade guard. Thanks to its electric brake switch, you will also stay safe from any accidents.
We definitely recommend getting the Makita 2705 if you are serious about cutting at maximum power with full security and safety offered in this industry. Also if portability is not a problem, you can go for this model with confidence otherwise spend a little more and get the Makita 2705X1.