Makita 2705 and 2705X1 Table Saw Review
Makita is a brand that needs no introduction. They are a reputable company and their saws are up there with the best. For this reason, I wanted to review the Makita 2705 and the Makita 2705X1 table saw for you guys.
They’re essentially the same except that the 2705X1 comes with a stand while the 2705 doesn’t. So which one should you go with? That depends on if you need something portable or not.
Makita 2705X1 – 2705 Features
Both models are usually recommended for professional contractors, although if you aren’t one don’t worry they are still a good option. The 2705 has a large rip capacity, good build quality, and some features you simply won’t find on other table saws.
The 2705 has telescopic fence rails that will come in handy. The table is pretty large, measuring around 24 x 22 inches. The rails give you a 25-inch rip capacity which enables you to do a lot of different projects.
Most good table saws for woodworking have attachments and safety features that can be mounted quite easily. Both of these models have a three-piece modular safety system that includes a riving knife, anti-kickback pawls, and blade guard. You can even set the riving knife in 3 different positions.
If you are a contractor on the move then the X1 is a good option because of its spring-loaded stand and light weight of 115lbs. This table saw is easy to move around thanks to the transport wheels. As said before, the 05 doesn’t have a stand but is cheaper, so if portability is not something you really need you can just get that one.
With the monster 15-amp motor (4,800 RPM) in these saws, you can cut as deep as 3-5/8 inches at a 90-degree angle, or 2-1/2 inches at a 45-degree angle. The blade that this unit has is 10 inches in diameter. You can even use as much as a 6 x 13/16″ dado, which is something many competing table saws can’t say.
When it comes to table saws you can never be too safe. I am very impressed to see that Makita has included an electric brake on the 2705 model. This is great for those emergency situations when the blade needs to stop instantly.
With the brake you can stop the whole system in milliseconds, potentially preventing a tragedy. I like that the switch is big and stands out. You can even hit it with your elbow or knees if needed.
A telescopic extension, which extends to the right of the blade is a big bonus on this table saw. When the extension is in place it makes for a 25-inch rip capacity.
This is important for the following reason: Full-size plywood sheets or any other material are usually 24 inches in width. This means you can cut full-sized sheets, contractors rejoice!
Either of these saws is a great choice in my opinion. The 2705 has the electric brake which is a feature not commonly found on table saws. I would definitely recommend either of these units and suggest you go with the 2705 if you don’t need a stand, or go with the 2705X1 if you do need one.