Makita DCS6400

Makita’s engineering team deserves recognition. This new-generation saw has exactly what is required for life in the professional world. It’s strong, feels solid and there’s nothing sticking out that could get knocked off. It’s light in weight but it is no lightweight performer — it’s got grunt.
On top of that, maintenance is a breeze. We have only one criticism — it drinks fuel as though it was five minutes until closing time.
The DCS6400 is a very high revving machine. When you sink it into the wood, the saw just keeps on going. Round after round, this saw effortlessly slices through the timber.
Starting is easy. There is no decompression valve. Instead, an automatic half-throttle lock is operated by a pull lever that combines the half-throttle and the choke functions. The on/off switch is conveniently placed.
The chain brake is of the twin-sided style — attached to both sides of the saw. There’s no messing with this one. It’s positive and responsive, easy to engage and click off again. The saw is beautifully balanced, and very little vibration escapes.
We are impressed with the ease of in-field maintenance. Access to the filter is tool free — just release two steel clips and the housing pops off. A further clip holds the filter in place. Chain tensioning is convenient, with the external mechanism on the side of the machine. Fuelling up is simple, thanks to reasonable-sized filler holes — which is just as well because this machine is so thirsty.

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