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Offline AlaskaLes

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Beam saw...Big Boy 14" or Makita 16"
« on: November 07, 2017, 02:56:16 pm »
Planning on picking up one of these.
Which one are you guys using?
Which would you buy today if you were doing it again?

Thanks for the help.
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Re: Beam saw...Big Boy 14" or Makita 16"
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2017, 07:29:43 pm »
Purchased my Makita 16" about 30?? years ago.  A good saw, slightly underpowered but considering the size and running on 110 volts, still pretty good.  Ergonomically the design is OK, not outstanding.  I have made many many good cuts with this machine and can recommend it as long as you plan to be careful, cut slow. 

This year I purchased the Milwaukee 10" saw and love it!!!!   Easy to handle, very accurate, powerful.  Easy for ripping as well as cross cuts.  Unless I have a 4"+ beam to cut, I use the Milwaukee a lot more than the Makita. 

These 2 saws are designed for different purposes so you need to determine what your needs are.
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Re: Beam saw...Big Boy 14" or Makita 16"
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2017, 10:04:50 pm »
Haven't used a Big Boy...I have the Makita 16".

Pros: will cut 7"

Cons: safety button in a weird place, blade guard is a huge pain especially when cutting an angle, and I can't seem to cut square consistently (yes I check the saw for square every time I use it).

I have found that I prefer my Makita 10 1/4" and just make an extra cut.

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Re: Beam saw...Big Boy 14" or Makita 16"
« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2017, 03:23:07 pm »
I have a big boy 14 inch and it is also underpowered. I works best when the cut is initially made with a 10-1/4 and then brought to full depth with the larger saw. I bought the big boy used because I figured if it ever burnt up I could swap the parts over to another skillsaw mag77 and be back in business. I have a skilsaw sawsquatch 10-1/4 and I really like it and it is my go to on anything I don't use a cordless m18 7-1/4 saw on.

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Re: Beam saw...Big Boy 14" or Makita 16"
« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2017, 10:05:25 pm »
I think one of the biggest concerns with the 16" Makita is safety. Sure it will cut a big beam or post in one cut, if... and that's the big question: if you can hold it up safely (weighs a ton), if you can keep it from going gyro on you (tons of torque that twists it everywhich way) and if you can keep fingers, toes, legs and such out of the way through the cut and after. I find myself actually dreading using it. I have a 10" also which is much more functional and much safer as well, not to mention cheaper.

As they (used to) say: you pays your money and takes your chances...

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Re: Beam saw...Big Boy 14" or Makita 16"
« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2017, 08:49:41 pm »
All good info, thank you!
I've read several comments about starting the deep cuts with the 10 1/4 and finishing with a BIG saw or a handsaw. 
I'm curious which is the more prevalent technique...finish with big saw, or, finish with hand saw.
I've only made a handful of cuts with the big Makita during a timber course.
It was indeed huge and awkward, but felt like I could get the hang of it pretty quickly.
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Re: Beam saw...Big Boy 14" or Makita 16"
« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2017, 09:07:25 pm »
My technique (through trial and extensive error) is I cut two sides with the 10 1/4 and if necessary, I finish with a handsaw. I have one of the old Makita 16" and I just cannot get the darn thing to cut square (maybe too much room for deflection). The only time I use the big saw is cut the top of the posts when a tenon will follow. My 10 1/4 is flawless. Thats just my way. I have used the new Makita 16" and that one seems to cut well, but even it has a shoe that is kind of Fisher Price