Flip Over Saw Stuff

Finally you’re stepping up and getting a real mans saw!

flip over saw dewalt dw743Seriously though, over the years I have seen too many tradesmen struggling with daft little mitre saws. Flip over saws are the dogs gonads and can pretty much do anything, on site or off. Check out my articles on flip saws for more info.

I’ve had my DW743 for years and I use it all the time, on everything from heavy framing or roofing work, right down to fine finishing works with tiny trims.

Right, on with the show, drum roll please….and here they are, introducing…

The top three best saws in the Flip Over Saw Hall of Fame!

No 1: The DeWALT D27105/7

The D27107 from Dewalt, the latest flip over saw

See now at TooledUp

The DeWalt D27107 (240v) and the D27105 (110v) flip over saw’s massive 305mm blade means an impressive 155mm depth of cut. This latest generation of flip saw combines the old tried and tested designs and modern manufacturing techniques and more advanced materials.

Read all the specs for the D27105 here.

My research found the D27107 at Tooled Up to be the cheapest, although amazon.co.uk have the D27107 as well, (more info……)

No 2: The Makita LF1000

The LF1000 "flipper", flip over saw from makita

See now at amazon.co.uk

The new LF1000 from Makita offers a significant cost saving over its rivals. Its 260mm blade is powered by a 1650w 240v motor designed to cut tricky material and hard wood.

It’s legs fold away legs fits easily into a van or even a carboot. Aluminium is used extensively, including both the base and table, which gives superb rigidity and accuracy. Conversion is also quick and easy.

Read all the specs for the LF1000 here.

You can try amazon.co.uk for the Makita LF1000 they are usually the cheapest, [intlink (more info….)

No 3: The evergreen DeWALT DW743

flip over saw, dw743 from dewalt

See now at Tooled Up

Last but definitely not least and arguably the ‘daddy’ of them all. Based on the tried and tested Elu design of yore. Indestructible. Powerful and capable machine suitable for just about anything.

You can read my huge review of the DW743 here

Sold in big numbers just about everywhere, and the DW743 is still available from Tooled Up.

OK, thats the saws, let me know if you think that there is a flip over saw missing!

In case you stumbled in here wanting to know what flip over saws (or flip saws as some call them) are, I’ll briefly explain. A flipover saw is a dual purpose machine that is both a compound mitre saw and when flipped over, a table saw complete with fence.

Flip saws are mostly aimed at the pro market but plenty find their way into the home workshop because of the space saved by not having two machines. This means that the design of most of the flip over saws on the market today is tough and very capable of handling most woodworking jobs.

There are others and I know that Silverline and McAllister also make them, but I feel that we should stick to the pro versions (sorry, don’t sue me!). Feel free to let me know if you know of a flip over saw that should be on this list.

Feel free to have a wander around in here, there are lots of information, articles and stories about “[intlink id=”2170″ type=”page”]flip over saws here[/intlink]” or under the ‘Reviews’ tag (up there!) or you can just ping me an email or leave a comment and I’ll get back to you.

Here are our up to date prices for the most popular saws……



Stay well

6 Responses to Flip Over Saw Stuff

  1. Ian says:

    Hi Jana,
    Well, call me biased but I’d go for the DeWALT every time! I think the Makita ‘flipper’ just looks so agricultural! I will be honest and say that I’ve only played with one in the store, but I did leave feeling very pleased with my self and smug that I have DeWALTs…..

    I’m also a bit of a perfectionist and most of my work is for others so I have to be good! Of course no saw cuts 100% perfect every time because timber just doesn’t come as 100% either, but I never have any problem I could attribute to the saws accuracy, or lack thereof.

    I use the scale on the fence and it’s accurate to a fraction of a mm and I never have problems gluing up angles (even picture frames etc).

    If money allows (and I’d love to have one, but I don’t seem to be able to wear out my DW743’s!) I’d have a look at the latest one from DeWALT, the D27105 (or the DeWalt D27105V with added laser sights). It certainly looks the business with a few improved design features.

    The only problem is, it seems to be difficult to find them these days and yet the much older design DW742/3 are in abundance. Maybe the D27105 didn’t sell very well?

    Either way, although I love Makita tools and always buy my cordless drills from them I’d stick to DeWALT for flip over saws.

    BUT (lol!) Re-reading the question before posting I see that you have plenty of room. Well then I wonder if you’d be better with separates? It’s just that especially when working with long material and especially sheet material I often wish I had a dedicated table saw with a better fence (that clamps front and back). Plus you can build a bench/support around it and customised jigs galore.

    You’ll struggle to build jigs to fit the flip over saw because it just doesn’t have the proper rebated fence guide in the saw bed. I tried to build a ‘sled’ once, but the accuracy was hopeless as the fence guide is just a depression in the pressed metal saw bed.

    Flip over saws are ‘site saws’ and as such are a compromise in a small space. A jack of all trades for sure, but not a ‘master’ when compared to larger separate machines.

    Thanks for reaching out and let me know how you get on. I don’t do much on this blog any more as I am more concentrating on handycrowd.com where I’m building a comunity of like minded ‘practical’ folks, call in and have a look 🙂
    Cheers
    Ian

  2. Hi Ian and thank you for putting these infos together and giving us your opinion. I’m in the process of outfitting a workshop from scratch – so far the only things I have are a Black&Decker Multi-Evo screwdriver (and additional compressor head), a Crock Lock, and a plastic small parts cabinet. I like multi-purpose tools, so when I found the Makita LF1000, I thought I found my perfect workshop saw. Then I saw the DeWalt 743. Now I’m a bit stumped as to which one to get.

    My requirements are:

    – small, medium and large projects. For example, I’m thinking of building a laundry chest with attached vanity, for which the longest dimension lumber would be ~2.5 meters (chest top/vanity table top) – that I consider a large project. Also I’m planning to build a reading platform which I’d consider a medium project.

    – I have a really large workshop so space isn’t an issue. Whichever saw I end up getting, I’m planning to build a table with guards/fences/jigs for it to help me handle long/wide lumber.

    – I’m sensitive to noise, so more silent = more better, but I’m definitely investing in ear protectors, so there’s that.

    – I’m a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to the quality of angles, cuts etc. Which means I’d rather measure/set up 5 times than twice, and probably will discard a visible part if I made a mistake. So how good are the fences and angle devices for either saw?

    – I’m also a bit nervous about safety features. I have worked with wood and power tools, but I can be a bit of a klutz, so good safety features that will help me prevent losing fingers are a good selling point for me

    – weight of the saw is not really an issue since it’ll be in the workshop at (probably) all times

    – ease of conversion from table to mitre saw, ease of maintenance, dust extraction etc. – how do the two saws compare?

    (I will say I’m super excited to be equipping my workshop. It’s going to take a while, especially since it’s a pastime and my budget is limited to about $1000 a year, but I’m so looking forward to it! A dream is coming true! And I’d rather spend big $$$ on quality tools once and then save up again than buy cheap sub-par stuff – also re- safety features 🙂 )

    Thanks in advance and cheers!
    Jana

  3. Ben Pingot says:

    How and where we can buy any 110v flip over saw in the USA?

  4. Ian says:

    What a small world. I find that mails to directbrandtools.com are received by ideabright ltd who also happen to be the supplier of the LF1000 to Amazon.co.uk!

    The plot thickens!

  5. Ian says:

    Thanks Steve, thats a great price! I have contacted both Tooled Up and Direct brand tools to try and find out what they are playing at 🙂

    Its an unusual price spread from £500 to about £710, so I will be interested to find out why.

    Thanks for stopping by Steve.
    Stay well.

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