When people hear names manufacture names like DeWalt, Craftsman, and Milwaukee, they automatically think of quality tools that are designed to last and produce professional results. That is also true with Makita. Makita has been producing quality power tools for a long time and continue that tradition with their 2705 contractor table saw.
Designed primarily for the jobsite, this wood-eating monster is powered by a 15-amp motor that delivers a no-load speed of nearly 5,000 RPM and is loaded with additional features that demonstrates Makita’s commitment to quality.
Some of the best features on the 2705 include the T-slot miter gauge which enables other T-slot accessories to be used on this saw, thereby increasing its versatility. The tool-less modular blade guard system makes adjustments on the riving knife and spreader super-fast and easy with three set positions; through, non-through, and DADO cuts. And probably the best feature of this saw, its ability to cut 4X material with one cut.
The advantages of the 2705 are many. First, it is able to be fitted with 6, 13/16-inch DADO blades making it very useful for cabinetry working. Secondly, the large cutting capacity means this saw can cut up to 3-5/8 inches at 90 degrees and 2-1/2 inches at 45 degrees. The third advantage is the 2705’s large cutting surface. With a table that measures 24-5/8 inches by 22-1/4 inches, this model can cut full sheets of plywood, 4 x 8, easily.
A disadvantage of this saw is its weight. This bad boy is heavy when compared to other jobsite table saws and weighs a back-breaking 66 lbs. This is not the saw you want to have to carry repeatedly up and down stairs. The body is another drawback for this tool.
Being a cast metal base and serving as the mount for the motor, its mobility is severely lacking when compared to other portable table saw models in the same class. As with many Makita models, the fence on the 2705 has been reported as not securing tightly and effecting the cutting performance. Additionally, the 2705 is not cheap. With a starting price tag of over $500.00 and reaching as high as $900.00 +, this saw is as heavy on your budget as it is on your shoulders.
Best Suited For
Despite the drawbacks of this saw, the 2705 is still a great addition to any shop even though it was designed as a portable table saw. Its wait and difficult mobility makes it better suited for both a professionals shop and the beginners.
Additionally, it is capable of being equipped with 6, 13/16th DADO blades using the, sold separately, hub, nuts, and washers. That means projects requiring special cuts are simple with this model. Even though the equipped rip fence is less than perfect, there are plenty of aftermarket fences that can be used on the 2705 that will eliminate the fence “play”. With that said, the Makita 2705 is equally suited for both the professional woodworkers shop and the beginners or hobbyist shop. If for some reason this table saw isn’t what you are looking for you can always check out our table saw page where you will be able to see all of the saws that we review.