5037NBK Circular Saw Review
Bevel markings on this circular saw from Makita are in 1-degree increments
This circular saw’s baseplate is made of flat, lightweight aluminum alloy that is largely unreinforced and prone to bending. Despite this, the saw is heavy. It adjusts to a 51-degree bevel, and the bevel is marked in 1-degree increments. (Bevel markings on most of the other saws in our test were in 5-degree increments.) The trigger-finger hole is too small, and the sharp edges around the hole are rough even for a carpenter’s hands. Also, the handle for retracting the blade guard is too short to reach easily with the thumb of your leading hand. This saw has a decent vacuum hookup, but unless you need this feature, you are better off buying a less expensive saw.