Depending on the type, you can also make angular cuts too. For this guide, we want to look at the Makita 5477NB and the Makita 5377MG models to see how good they are as hypoid saws.
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Looking at its features the Makita 5477NB model is designed for beginners. It will help them get used to working with hypoid saws. The model is easy to use and has no hassles when setting it up. It also has some of the best stability features to help the beginners control the saw effectively.
The Makita 5377MG on the other hand is best for professionals who want a durable and powerful hypoid saw. You will find that the tool is extremely durable thanks to the magnesium material used in making it. It is also robust, making it good for heavy duty ripping applications.
With the many positive reviews about the Makita 5477NB model, it should be interesting to see what the hypoid saw has to offer. Below, we look at its best features for any buyer to keep in mind.
Heat-Treated Hypoid Gears
Makita uses heat treated hypoid gears to make the unit have a better performance. For this reason, you will find that the model performs better in terms of superior cuts. These efficient hypoid gears also allow for the best durability.
You will end up using the model for years to come without necessarily doing a lot of maintenance. Just make sure you follow the maintenance instructions as suggested by the manufacturer.
For its many top features, we find the saw being highly versatile. It is commonly used for framing walls, roofs, siding, and many more. You are likely to see it common with framers, builders, general contractors, and carpenters.
This is for professionals who want a reliable product that can last longer for them to work on multiple projects.
As part of making it stand out, this unit features a 15-amp motor. The motor has a ball bearing construction. This increases the motor’s durability and productivity. The bearings will keep working for years without fail.
The use of hypoid gears makes it possible to have a better surface contact when using the saw. It also ensures that you get consistent power delivery each time.
The model comes with a sealed gear housing and oil bath technology to reduce the maintenance needs. As such, you now have the best hypoid saw with less maintenance needs.
As for the blade, the unit comes with the full size 7-1/4-inch blade. This type of blade features an advanced tooth design. The new design allows for quick and efficient cuts each time when using it.
Also, the presence of carbide tips will help the blade to withstand the different harsh applications. This blade type comes with vents for cooling. You no longer have to worry about the blade overheating.
What We Like
- The model comes with a durable construction
- Its blade has vents for cooling
- The gears are heat treated for better performance
What We Don’t Like
- Some feel it is heavy and thus affects portability
The Solution: Weight is often a personal preference. It might be slightly heavier than usual, but it will always get the job done. Its performance will make the weight issue not a priority.
It is always good to look at the performance of a close competitor to see how the 5477NB model compares. We chose to use the Makita 5377MG model as the competitor. Let us see what makes it so great to be in this guide.
As expected, Makita still made this one to have the best power. This is possible thanks to the powerful 15-amp industrial motor in the unit. This motor can deliver up to 4,500RPM in terms of speed. When this speed is combined with the lightweight and balanced components, you get the best power-to-weight ratio.
Even with the use of hypoid gears, you should find them being virtually maintenance free. Still, they can deliver consistent power as compared to the worm-driven gears. With more surface contact from the saw, there will be a better transfer of power to the workpieces.
The model is also liked for its cutting depth. It will deliver an impressive 2-3/8 inches of cutting depth at 90 degrees. It can also bevel up to 51.5 degrees.
Having power is only good if you can use it efficiently. It is why you will like the ergonomics of the unit. The 5377MG model is lightweight at 13 pounds. This should allow for ease of portability. Another thing you will like is that it is well-balanced and how it fits in the hand. With its handle design, you should find the model being easy to control on overall.
The bevel and depth markings are large so that you can have an easier time setting it up correctly.
When we look at the size of the blade, we find that the 7-1/4-inch diameter should be adequate in handling various projects. We have already mentioned the cutting depth.
As you can see, it will be an ideal tool for framing, dense engineered lumber, bevel cutting, and metal cutting. The unit still has the blade wrench, which is important for changing the blades faster.
What We Like
- This model comes with the best ergonomics
- The ultra-coated blade delivers the best cutting experience
- It comes with the best power for versatility
What We Don’t Like
- It lacks an electric brake
The Solution: The electric brake might be important for some users, but most are used to models without the electric brake. As much as it might take longer to stop the blade, it is not too much time to wait.
Which is Better?
These two are some of the best hypoid saws to get right now. The blade types on the models are the same. These blades have an advanced tooth design with the aim of improving the overall performance and cutting capacity.
Still, the two models have strong motors meant to boost their applications. Since they can both bevel up to 51.5 degrees, this makes them good for angular cuts.
The 5377MG is the best between the two. This is because the model has a better build quality. Also, many find it easier to change the blade and get back to working. With its many top features, it is highly versatile for various jobs even those including tough lumber applications.
If you look at the two models, you will notice that the differences are not many. However, these differences affect where they can be used. The 5477NB model is best for beginners and those on a budget.
If the budget is not an issue, then consider the 5377MG model as it has more performance benefits, which a professional could use for their projects.