You have got to love those marketing guys, producing a great machine and then sticking an moniker on it that seems more aimed at kids! Name apart though, the LF1000 AKA ‘Flipper’ (snigger), may be the new kid on the block, (flip over saw wise), but coming from Makita alone makes it worthy of a look in my book.
Incidentally, I have respect for Makita because I have their jigsaw (the 4350FCT) which has two design features that I find invaluable, a worklite that illuminates the cut line, which I can’t manage without and the simplest tool free blade change on the planet. I also, believe it or not still use a pair of ‘stick battery’ Makita cordless drills (remember them!?) which must be decades old. All seen tough site use too. In case you were wondering about Makita’s pedigree on site.
Check out Makita’s website MakitaUK.com, if you want to learn more about Makita as a brand or head over to Tooled Up if you want to price one up, (and thanks Makita for providing me with the numbers). Here are just some of the specs of this competitively priced flip over saw from Makita. Read on…..
- Lightweight design makes flipping over quick and easy.
- Powerful motor good enough to cut tricky material and even hardwoods.
- Max thickness for mitre or table cutting is very importantly over 2″.
- Motor has ‘soft-start’ and maintains a constant speed under heavy load.
- Machined aluminium table for stiffness, strength, lightness and accuracy.
- On-off switch with useful anti restart safety feature.
- Aluminium cast base gives superb rigidity for tis weight.
- Ingeniously designed fold away legs for easy transport in car or van.
- Weighs only 33kg making it easy for one man pick up.
- Excellent for all aspects of site work, 1st and 2nd fix or even posh DIY!.
- Versatile machine just as at home in your workshop or your domain/shed.
- TCT blade for general purpose work.
- Great fully adjustable fence for easy ripping down of stock into exact sizes.
- Bevel guide for those biggie skirtings.
- Push stick to safeguard your pinkies!
- Blade guard ‘ditto’
- Dust cover dust bag, (Nope I don’t really understand this either, lost in translation perhaps?)
- Wrench, for changing the blade one in a while.
Capacities for cutting
- Max Mitre Range: 90° To 45° Left And Right
- Max Bevel Range: 45° To 0° Left
- Table Saw Blade Angle Range: 90° To 45°
- Max Table Cut At 90°: 68x155mm
- Max Mitre Cut At 45°: 50x140mm
- Max Table Cut At 90°: 70mm
- Max Table Cut At 45°: 32mm
- Blade Diameter: 260mm
- Bore Size: 30mm
Price wise, Tooled Up are usually the cheapest, you can click here for todays LF1000 prices.
If you decide to grab one, I would love it if you could pop back here and let us know how you get on with it. As a lifelong fan of the DW743 I am interested in comparing the LF1000 as the other Makita stuff I have is very well designed.