Makita LF1000 Flip Over Saw or ‘Flipper’

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…..

Makita LF1000

Main features

FL1000 flip saw from Makita, or flipper as it is known

LF1000 from Makita

  • 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.

Standard Equipment

  • 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

FL1000 in table mode

LF1000 in table mode

  • 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.
Stay well

6 Responses to Makita LF1000 Flip Over Saw or ‘Flipper’

  1. Ian says:

    Sorry to hear to hear about your op, but there might be an easier way…. I too am getting a little long in the tooth and have an additional problem now I’ve re-located to Norway (ice, snow and the fact that many Norwegian houses are some distance away from where you can get a vehicle) so I came up with a solution. Sack trucks. I have a couple, plus some good bungies/straps and now I’m sorted. Strap the saw onto the sack truck and simply wheel it in. I have another one to stack the other tools on as well (plunge saw, jigsaw, multisaw, drills, screws, fixings box etc etc.).

    Seriously, sack trucks are the most underused tool in the UK. Twice as useful as an apprentice and not much loss in conversation either lol! I know a couple of other guys who have welded extra bits on theirs to really customise their truck into a mobile tool platform for serious long distance maintenance jobs in hospitals and the like.

    For jobs where I do have good access I have a method where I shuffle the saw just over the back of the load bed till I can get two legs in, then pull the saw up and around, balancing till I can get the other two legs in and then I can manhandle it from that height to where I need it.

    Re the abuse of the DeWALTs, well, mine has seen some serious daily work over many years, and sure I need to tweak it a little from time to time. This week for example I had a bucket of small stones spill over it (for the icy pathways) and that sure jiggers up the turntable! So I’ll be getting to it with the airline and giving it a sort out soon. As I said, a couple of hours with an allen key etc can really sort out minor mis-adjustments (if thats a real word!).

    Cheers
    Ian

  2. Andrew Drinnan says:

    I think my view on the DeWalt may possibly be skewed because of the bad experiences I’ve had from the 2 used saws. The 2nd hand saw I bought was an emergency buy after my van got cleaned out while I was staying in Liverpool. I doubt it was looked after much and I did get it cheap. The DeWalt I used more recently with the bad sea saw action has probably seen better days and who knows, it may have been abused too. I could just be lucky in that the makita had been looked after.
    The main reason I’m swaying away from the makita is like you say, the agricultural look and feel with it having larger dimensions. I’ve recently had a hernia operation and it’s just that little bit more awkward to carry. Walking through a customer’s new pvc door, there is no easy way. You can’t always walk forwards as the new pvc doors are quite narrow and sidestepping while clutching the thing tight to your chest, I’ve found myself hitting the frame. That’s maybe just a mix of old age and the pain I still get from my op lol but the DeWalt IS way easier to carry.
    Anyway I hope we have more input in the next couple of months that will help me choose.
    Thanks for the reply and the time Ian

    Andrew

  3. Ian says:

    Hi Andrew,
    Great to hear from someone who has both saws, that makes you a rare chap! Interesting that you are currently favoring the Makita as I always considered it to be the ‘poor’ cousin to the DeWALT (even though I love my Makita drill drivers, sander and jigsaws etc). I think it looks a bit erm, how can I politely say… a little agricultural? Whereas the DW743 looks the part. BUT, as you say the proof is in the cut and it’s perfectly fair to base your opinion on the actual results, arguably the only way!

    But in the DW743s defence I’ve never had a problem with accuracy and I like to think that I can produce as good a mitred set of architraves as the next man. You can check just about every aspect of their cut though, maybe it’s time to take a couple of hours to ensure it’s set up 100%?

    Actually, you’ve just reminded me about a DW743 we bought around 2006 which had huge (and ultimately unfixable) accuracy problems in table saw mode which was eventually diagnosed as poor table beds made in Italy. We never did get it sorted and it became a rough/framing/shuttering saw for us lol!

    If you’re buying new are you not tempted by the D27107? (or D27105) It looks fantastic and the huge depth of cut from the 305mm blade is useful, but maybe it’s heavy? Probably a bunch more cash too.

    Be very interested to hear what you choose Andrew and indeed how you get on with it! Let me know.
    Thanks for taking the time to comment,
    Cheers
    Ian

  4. Andrew Drinnan says:

    I’ve used both of these for years in between. Bought a 2nd hand 743 after my Elu flipover was stolen until I was able to buy a brand new 743 and recently had a 2nd hand LF1000. Now contemplating buying another as I’m handing down my LF1000 to my apprentice as a passing gift.
    The thing I like about the 743 is it is a little lighter (not by much) than the LF1000……that’s pretty much where the advantages end for me. The 2nd hand DeWalt flipover I used doesn’t even compare to the Elu. I never liked the 2nd hand 743 as it just never seemed to give me the perfect cut, which I thought was just down to it being 2nd hand. It also had problems with the chop saw trigger AND table saw button. Just about everyone I know in the trade has had similar problems. I also used a colleague’s 743 and his had a problem with the table in the chop saw position where there was a slight sea-saw action so mitre’s cut on the left hand where ever so slightly different from mitres on the right side. Without slating DeWalt too much as it’s all just my opinion and experiences I will move on to the Makita.
    I have been using the 2nd hand LF1000 for 2 years now and my only issues is the extra weight compared to the 743, which I assume is because the legs are part of the table instead of removable and it is a larger/boxier object making carrying a little more cumbersome. The only other niggle I have is the butterfly screw to lock the table at an angle. When you have the chopsaw set 45 degrees to the left, the motor case is a bit close to the butterfly screw.
    On mentioning these problems, I am currently swinging more towards the LF1000 but I have still not made my mind up yet and currently reading up……..which is what brought me here

  5. Ian says:

    DeWALT is a better saw in every way but it cost more. You get what you pay for.
    Cheers
    Ian

  6. Gitta says:

    Hello, I’m trying to compare these two flip saws too. What did you decide? Which one do you think is best and why? Hope to hear from you. Kind regards, Gitta

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