Our Review of the Makita SP6000J1 6.5 Inch Plunge Circular Saw with Guide Rail

This is our review of the expensive, but popular Makita SP6000J1 6.5 Inch Plunge Circular Saw with Guide Rail. There are over 300 online buyer reviews for this saw at Amazon and other online retailers, so it is a strong seller, despite the high price.

This model from Makita can be bought as the saw only, the saw with a guide rail, or as a saw with the guide rail and a connector kit. The price will of course vary depending on which, if any, option you decide to go for.

It does have a large cutting capacity which is 2-3/16" at 90 degrees and 1-9/16" at a 45 degree angle cut. It also has variable speed and is powered by a strong and well engineered 12.0 Amp motor.

Just below you can see an image of this Makita SP600J1 model. This saw when used with the rail guide is also referred to as a track saw.

Makita SP6000J1 circular saw

Makita SP6000J1 plunge saw being used to cut plywood

You can see from the image above,the SP600J1 being used to cut a sheet of melamine board. The guide rail when doing this is in our opinion an essential accessory to have as it makes straight line cutting a very simple task.

Who Would or Should Buy the Makita SP6000?

This type of track saw setup is a good choice for anyone working with sheet goods. There are a few options of these on the market such as the Festool brand range. This is the offer from Makita that sells the best.

Buyers use this to do straight or bevelled cuts on plywood, melamine and laminate materials. It can be used on any type of sheet or for making cabinets etc.

How Do Buyers Rate the Makita SP6000J1 Model

A great way of deciding if this is the right circular saw for your own needs, is to review what buyers actually think, and have to say about the product. Most people however don't have the time to do this. That is why we do that for you and then summarise it.

Just below you will see an actual summary breakdown of how buyers rate this Makita saw. Below that you can find out what buyers had to say about this saw.

90%
Buyer Satisfaction
  • Overall buyers have rated this with a 90% buyer satisfaction which is based on the ratings given to this saw by over 300 online buyers
  • 76% of those buyers rated this as a 5 star choice
  • 5% of all buyers gave this saw a bad review and rating

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We know that overall this one gets very good consistent ratings. It is however always worth digging a little deeper, to see what buyers are actually saying about this ​product

That of course includes the good and bad features. We have summarised those below in a an easy to read "pros and cons" list.

  • Buyers say the saw gives smooth straight cuts and is much safer than doing a similar cut on a table saw
  • Buyers say this saw will easily rip full sheet play and other tougher woods with considerable accuracy
  • The dust collection when connected to a vacuum is according to the majority of buyers extremely good
  • Some buyers said the saw is light when compared to other saws of this type
  • Most buyers said that changing blades is fast and easy
  • Buyers said this one is well made and easy to use
  • A few buyers said that the guide rail was warped
  • A few thought it was just too expensive when compared to other saws
  • A few thought the Makita warranty was poor as it only had 90 day's warranty on the rail, but a year on the saw

When reading any reviews it is always important to understand that some of them will be very good and well written, and others will be of poor quality. Here at the "Tool and Go" website we do spend our time reading countless reviews.

More importantly though we try to make sense of them all, so as anyone reading our reviews gets a fair and balanced view. With reference to this plunge saw, there are about 10 bad reviews out of 300. Mainly they are complaining about the rail, and the lack of warranty.

The saw itself has not received a great deal of criticism and that is worth noting.

Video Review of the Makita SP6000J1

We have included two very good video reviews of the product just below. if you watch these you will get a very good understanding of the features of this circular saw, and how to use it.

Specification and Important Features

Many buyers of power tools, myself included, do like to know the technical specifications of any power tool that we buy. I have included those below in an easy to read format.

  • 6-1/2" inch circular plunge saw
  • Weighs  16.5 lbs
  • Measures 16 x 12 x 13 inches
  • 1 - Year Warranty
  • This is a 110 Volt corded electric plunge saw
  • 55" guide rail
  • Has a depth guide adjusted by a simple knob
Makita SP6000J1 specification

Just below I have listed the three most important features that makes this Makita model different to the competition on the market, for this type of saw.

Feature 1

Motor Size

This is a 12 Amp motor and that is more powerful than many of the competitors on the market. It also means that it can deliver power when you need it and won't get stuck in the cut.

Feature 2

Tip Lock

This is a very useful feature to have when doing bevel cuts, as this lock stops the saw from sliding off the track when doing an angled cut

Feature 3

Score Feature

This is an amazing feature to have on any circular saw. It gets referred to as a pre-cut or a score cut. When this feature is used it allows the saw to cut 2 mm into the wood and gives you a neat line to view.

This is particularly useful when working with melamine boards or laminates for a neat finish.

Makita SP6000J1 cutting plywood

Makita SP6000J1 cutting sheet plywood

Our Overall Verdict on the Makita SP6000J1

The reviews are very good and this saw is from the excellent Makita brand. It is however an expensive option and the price will put many people off. To buy this as just a circular saw we think would be a waste of your money.

This saw works well to replace the functions of a table saw, and that only works if you use it with a guide rail. There are better options if you just want a stand alone circular saw.

You can check out our article on the best circular saws by clicking here.

What makes this SP6000 model different is that although it can be used as just a circular saw, when used with the guide rail it makes straight cuts of large boards a great deal easier.

Many buyers compare this one to the Festool TS55 track saw. That Festool model is even more expensive at around $700 but it does have a riving knife splitter. You can check that Festool option out at Amazon by clicking here.

However this Makita option is a cheaper alternative and works really well in comparison. 

Enda McLarnon
 

Enda McLarnon is now retired and is now enjoying writing about his love of power tools. All types of these tools are now available and they make working on projects and DIY jobs around the home a great deal of fun