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2703 Portable Tablesaw

Makita - 2703 Portable Tablesaw

With its folding stand (available separately from Rousseau), this portable tablesaw can rip a 4x4 in half in a single pass

$300.00 (As of 7/1/2005)

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Editor's Review: Testing the Best Portable Tablesaws

review date: July 1, 2005

This portable tablesaw from Makita is basically a benchtop saw that drops into a folding stand (manufactured by Rousseau and sold separately). This is the best stand we saw without wheels. Makita also has the most solid system for cutting full sheets of plywood on the best tabletop worksurface with the longest rip fence. With the saw and the stand sold separately, it's also the most expensive. The Makita 2703 was one of only two saws tested that could rip a 4x4 in half in a single pass.

On the downside, the miter gauge and blade guard are disappointing. The miter-gauge slots are too small for an aftermarket miter gauge, and the miter gauge that comes with the saw feels more like a toy than a tool--tiny, plastic, and inaccurate. Even though a lot of thought seems to have gone into designing the three-piece blade guard (each side flips forward), the guard won't flip back out of the way, and it's cumbersome to install and remove. Onboard tool storage could be better; all that's there is a slot for holding the miter gauge.

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Editor Test Results:

Overall Rating N/A
Table Flatness N/A
Blade to Miter Slot Parallel N/A
Arbor Runout N/A
Noise Rating 90 db.
Portability 3 out of 5
Adjustments 4.25 out of 5

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Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Makita
Manufacturer's Web Site www.makita.com
Manufacturer's Phone Number 800-462-5482
Weight 42 lb.
Dimensions 27 in. by 22 in. by 18 in.
Max Rip Capacity N/A
Dust Collection N/A
Fence Type Dead-on cam locking
Table Size 27 in. by 21 in.
Blade Size 10 in.
Blade Tilt Positive stops at 45 and 90 degrees
Horsepower N/A
Amps 15
Accessories Miter gauge included; stand available separately

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