Makita 5008MGA Magnesium 8-1/4-Inch Circular Saw with Electric Brake

Powerful 15.0 AMP motor delivers 5,200 RPM for proven performanceThe Makita 8-1/4-Inch Magnesium Circular Saw with Electric Brake features highly durable magnesium components and a powerful 15 AMP Makita-built industrial motor, powerful enough to cut through the densest lumber. The 5008MGA balances weight, power, durability, and ease of use with a 3-inch maximum cutting capacity, making it perfect for framers, roofers, as well as general contractors who require a best-in-class engineered circular saw.

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View larger5008MGA FeaturesDURABILITY – Magnesium components create a saw with less weight (10.6 lbs.) — that’s jobsite tough!POWER – 15 AMP motor delivers enough power to cut through the densest lumberEFFICIENCY – Quick change from 0° to 45° and back using positive stopsPERFORMANCE – Electric brake for maximum productivityINCLUDES – Carbide tipped blade, rip fence and wrench

Tool SpecificationsBlade Diameter8-1/4″Arbor5/8″Max. Cutting Capacity at 90°3″Max. Cutting Capacity at 45°2-1/4″No Load Speed5,200 RPMWatts Out2,300AMPS (120V)15.0Length13-1/8″Net Weight10.6 lbs.Makita-Built Motor Engineered for Versatile Power
The 5008MGA features a Makita-built 15 AMP industrial motor that delivers 5,200 RPM, combined with well-balanced magnesium components for a lighter weight saw that delivers true power the professional user demands. The saw has a large cutting capacity (3 inches at 90°) with a maximum bevel capacity of 50° and positive stops at 22.5° and 45° for quick back-and-forth changes. The 5008MGA includes an electric brake to stop the blade quickly for maximum productivity, as well as a premium carbide-tipped blade and a blade wrench attached to the saw for fast and convenient blade changing.

Ergonomic and Ease-of-Use
Features Magnesium components allowed Makita to engineer a saw with less weight (10.6 pounds) that is well-balanced and jobsite tough. Additional design details include greater clearance between the rear handle and the blade case to provide a better grip for larger hands or for users with gloves, as well as a wider space between the blade and housing for a clearer view of the blade and measurement scale. The saw features twin L.E.D. lights for better illumination, as well as ducting designed to blow dust away from the line of cut. Makita also engineered ergonomics and ease-of-use into the saw, including clearly visible depth and bevel markings and ergonomic hand grips to improve overall control while minimizing operator fatigue. The large rubberized levers provide quick, one-handed adjustments for more efficient work.

Engineered for a Range of Applications
The 5008MGA 8-1/4-Inch Circular Saw is built for framing walls, floors and roofs using a range of dimensional lumber and dense engineered lumber, including LVL, Parallam and I-Joists, headers and microlams; as well as ripping panels such as plywood, OSB, particle board, and dense structural panels like Advantech. Other applications include plunge cutting, pocket cutting, bevel cutting, masonry and metal cutting. The 5008MGA is just another example of Makita’s commitment to innovative technology and best-in-class engineering.

About Makita’s Magnesium Series
Magnesium components are stronger and lighter than conventional materials, resulting in saws that weigh less with improved ergonomic features. There’s plenty of power thanks to Makita engineering, and a precision balanced design that delivers clean, accurate cuts.

About Makita
Makita is a worldwide manufacturer of industrial quality power tools and offers a wide range of industrial accessories. Makita applies leading-edge innovation to engineer power tools that are more compact and energy efficient, yet deliver industrial strength power and results. Makita U.S.A., Inc. is located in La Mirada, California, and operates an extensive distribution network located throughout the U.S. For more information, please call 800/4-MAKITA (800/462-5482) or visit Makita is Best in Class Engineering.

Every Makita tool is thoroughly inspected and tested before leaving the factory. If you are not satisfied with any Makita tool within 30 days of purchase, return it and Makita will provide a replacement or refund. Each Makita tool is warranted to be free of defects from workmanship and materials for the period of ONE YEAR from the date of original purchase. Should any trouble develop during this one-year period, return the COMPLETE tool, freight prepaid, to one of Makita’s Factory or Authorized Service Centers. Please see for complete details.

What’s in the Box
Makita 5008MGA 8-1/4-Inch Magnesium Circular Saw, 24T carbide-tipped framing blade, rip fence and hex blade wrench.

Product Features

  • Quick change from 0° to 45° and back using positive stops that are connected to easy-to-grip-levers
  • Easy-to-read number and ruler markings on base and depth guide allow user to measure and follow cuts accurately
  • Reinforced power cord withstands jobsite abuse
  • Make one-handed adjustments using large, rubberized levers
  • 1 year warranty
  • 24T Carbide Tipped Blade (D-21521)
  • 4100NH
  • 4100NHX1
  • 4101RH
  • 5005BA
  • 5007F
  • 5007FA
  • 5007MG
  • 5007MGA
  • 5104
  • 5377MG
  • 5402NA
  • 5477NB
  • 5740NB
  • Better fit and more control with comfortable rubber grip on handle
  • Blade Wrench (783204-6)
  • Blade wrench is attached to saw for fast and convenient blade changing
  • Built-in dust blower clears the line of cut for greater accuracy
  • Electric brake for maximum productivity
  • Large cutting capacity (3″ at 90°) and bevel capacity (0°-50°) with positive stops at 22.5° and 45°
  • Magnesium components create a lightweight saw (11.4 lbs.) that is well balanced and jobsite tough
  • Make quick, one-handed adjustments using large, rubberized levers
  • Powerful 15.0 AMP motor delivers 5,200 RPM for proven performance
  • Reinforced power cord withstands jobsite abuse and lowers repair costs
  • Rip Fence (164095-8)
  • SP6000J
  • SP6000J1
  • Settings are easy to read with oversized number and ruler markings
  • Two built-in L.E.D. lights illuminate the line of cut for increased accuracy

2 thoughts on “Makita 5008MGA Magnesium 8-1/4-Inch Circular Saw with Electric Brake

  1. smooth and sweet After spending a couple of weeks looking at circular saws by everyone from Craftsman to Festool, I selected this one.In the past I have tended to buy Milwaukee or Porter Cable, but their saws either didn’t have the features I wanted, or the quality didn’t make the “cut”. I wanted a high quality, well finished, and well engineered saw that I could rely on for many years to come. I also wanted blade braking, and I thought an illuminated blade path would be nice for those times when…

  2. Best CS for the EZ Track saw system. We modify Circular saws to work better with our track saw system.We buy retail, via Amazon, and we don’t have to support any manufacturers.After extensive testing we pick the best saws to modify and provide “EZ Ready” saws to our customers. ( dust collection, antichip protection and alignments.)This is one of the best saws for use on our patented track system.I can go on and on about the benefits of this saw but you can visit our forum and talk with other woodworkers…

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