Makita 5377MG Review
Editor Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewed by: Timothy Henderson
Published on: October 6, 2017
Finding a suitable power tool for yourself isn’t an easy task, especially if you don’t know what to look for in the first place. There are plenty of models on the market, and they all look similar to each other. That’s why it’s so hard to determine whether or not the ones you’ve chosen meet the expectations. A lot of units nowadays look like high-end ones but perform poorly. Therefore, it isn’t a rarity to end up with a subpar model in your hands because you thought it was a good deal.
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- Weight – 13 pounds
- Dimensions – 21.8 x 11.8 x 12.5 inches
- Power source – Corded
- Voltage – 120 Volts
Makita 5377M – The Basics
As you may know, magnesium components are the way to go if you’re looking for durability and light weight. Truth be told, the power does suffer a bit when magnesium gears are in question, but it’s only a minor difference which is not even noticeable in real time. However, some models do tend to suffer from low torque after continuous use.
Ergonomics are great, the build quality is excellent, and most importantly – it’s accurate and precise. If you have any tough jobs planned ahead, the 5377MG is the perfect candidate for tackling those projects. It’s good both for DIY-ers and professionals meaning it’s easy to use and yet powerful enough to cut through anything without too many issues along the way.
All Makita models in this particular category have pretty similar designs. Even though the colors and aesthetics are more of a personal preference, we cannot skip mentioning how great it looks. Both hand grips are cushioned with a rubberized coating meaning you don’t have to worry about vibrations and fatigue. Speaking of fatigue, the 13 pounds of weight shouldn’t be a burden to carry around, especially if you have a convenient case for the unit.
The 15-amp motor delivers 4500 RPM. As you can tell, that’s more than enough power to cut through anything within a few seconds. The cutting capacity is pretty large; it’s 2-3/8 inches at 90 degrees with positive stops at 22.5, 45, and 51.5 degrees. The blade is quite easy to change; all you need is a wrench which comes included with the unit. Therefore, it’s virtually a tool-free operation.
Sadly, there is no electric brake for the blade. While many people think it’s not a crucial shortcoming, we beg to differ. Truth be told, a large percentage of users know that it’s not recommended to have your hands near the blade even if the machine is turned off. However, absolute beginners might not realize the danger of it and consequently get injured because there’s no electric brake integrated. It’s not an expensive feature, and we would like to see it in most of these high-end machines.
The retractable hook comes in handy because it allows you to remain close to the blade but never in the way.
Things that make this machine convenient are ease of use, light weight, and its ergonomics. You can rest assured that there won’t be any issues with this particular machine as long as you use it properly. In fact, we strongly recommend reading the user manual in order to get familiar with the mechanics involved.
No electric brake
Oil tends to leak
Things we liked about it
The versatility of this unit is what caught our eye. While it’s a good machine for flooring and roofing, it’s also great for plenty of other applications such as cutting bevels.
The smoothness of operation is also pretty great. Thanks to the innovative Oil bath technology, the gears within the unit are always 100% lubed and sealed. Therefore, the wearing of gears is at a bare minimum.
Things we didn’t like
As we said, the thing that struck us the most is the lack of electric brake. No matter how affordable and accessible a unit is, we think it should feature an electric brake. It’s an easy thing to do, and it definitely saves lives. The rubberized levers are okay, but some people think they are too large. It may or may not be a problem for you personally, but the levers could have been designed a bit better. Some people complained about oil leaks, but those were pretty isolated cases and probably faulty units.
General user impressions
People seem to like this unit. On the other hand, no one seems impressed by anything; it’s simply a basic hypoid saw with a couple of good features. While it’s a great solution for most DIY-ers, there’s nothing special to be excited about. Professionals might find it useful for some projects, but it’s not foreseen for 24/7 use, to say the least. Even though the opinions are mixed, we do recommend this unit to those who are on a tight budget but want a decent power tool in their garage.
If you’re looking for a good hypoid saw with great ergonomics, this might be an interesting one for you to look into. As far as the budget predicaments go, you won’t have any in this case because it’s a pretty affordable machine. However, don’t expect a miraculous performance, because it’s not going to happen. On the other hand, there’s no need to panic; you can rest assured that this model performs as advertised and is a worthy investment.
In case you didn’t like the capabilities of the 5377MG, don’t hesitate to check our other reviews out and get more info about some other ones available on the market. You will surely find something of interest.