Makita 4112HS electric stone saw

Makita has a reputation for excellence in the construction industry. Talk drills, breakers, planers or sanders — this company knows exactly what is required by commercial tradesmen. And much of the equipment overlaps into the business of hard landscaping. This electric stone saw is a prime example of Makita design and development for the professional world. If you have a lot of paving slabs to cut, this could be the tool for you.

It's electric - but very much a commercial piece of kit - and has an amazing 2,400W of power. What we like about it is the ease of use and the features that keep the operator safe and comfortable. We especially like the Super Joint System, which behaves like a clutch to disengage the drive if the cutting wheel becomes jammed. It protects the operator and the tool's drive gear.
Stone cutting must rank as one of the dirtiest, noisiest and generally unpleasant outdoor tasks. Yet Makita manages to take away much of the stress of the work. For starters, there is the full rubber sheathing to protect the operator's hands. Then there is the pattern. This rests on the slab so that the saw works to required depth. Depth is adjustable from zero to 100mm and the cutting guide makes cutting a straight line easy. The motor and handle can be positioned within a 45? angle so you can always be sure of being comfortable and in control. A dust extraction connection is standard on the 4112HS.
Our tester finds it easy to maintain control of the saw and finds little vibration during the process. "There is no problem with controlling the saw and guiding it across the slab once you get the plate down flat - it simply can't go anywhere else but straight," he comments. "It's not fair to compare electric with engine-powered cut-off saws, but the reduced vibration is certainly noticeable."

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