Makita HS7601J Circular Saw Review 

By  The Saw Guy

Thanks for taking your time to read our review of the big selling Makita HS7601J Circular Saw. This is a 190 mm corded electrical circular saw. So far it has attracted over 1,300 online buyer reviews which should tell you that it sells really well.

It has achieved and maintained a superb 96% buyer satisfaction, which should tell you that this is a very good product that does exactly what it is supposed to do.

How Buyers Rate the Makita HS7601J Model?

Buyer Satisfaction
  • Overall the buyer satisfaction with this Makita circular saw is about as good as it gets with a pretty amazing 96% buyer satisfaction
  • 88% of all online buyers give this saw a full 5 star review
  • Only 1% of all buyers have given this a poor review

These figures are based on just over 1,500 online buyer reviews at the time of writing our review.

What Buyers say about the Makita HS7601J


  • Buyers agree that this saw is extremely well made 
  • Buyers also said that the blade cut guides on bevel and straight are extremely accurate  
  • Buyers also said that changing the blade is very easy
  • Buyers also said that the plunge and bevel locks work really well


  • A few buyers said this saw is too heavy 
  • A couple of buyers said it was too big for smaller jobs 
  • Some buyers said the case was too big for the saw


Buyers use this saw for a whole range of tasks that include cutting laminate flooring, cutting joists, framing, shaving doors, etc.

Makita HS7601J Specification

  • The model number is HS7601J
  • Measures 23.2 x 25.5 x 30.9 cm
  • Weighs 7.19 Kgs
  • It has a 1200 watt motor
  • Works off the mains 240 volt electric supply
  • Classed as a 190 mm circular saw with a 30 mm bore
  • Depth of cut: 90 degree is 66 mm and at 45 degrees is 46 mm
  • You operate a single action lever for quick adjustment of the cutting depth
  • It has a no load speed of 5200 RPM
  • This saw has a rear dust exhaust port that is connectable to a dust extractor
  • It also has a rear angular guide for smooth and precise adjustment of the bevel
  • It has a soft grip handle which makes for comfortable use
  • It has an aluminium die-cast safety cover and base plate

The Makita Guarantee

Every Makita product is thoroughly inspected before it leaves the factory and can be guaranteed to conform to its Makita specification. Their Guarantee is only applicable to the United Kingdom and is only available to
consumers who have purchased a new Makita product for their personal use.

The standard guarantee period for your Makita product is for one year. This time period can be extended by an additional 2 years if you satisfy the following criteria:

  • If you purchased a Makita product that is CE marked (with the exceptions of batteries, battery chargers, product accessories, petrol powered products, production tools and air tools and compressors) on or after 1st July 2012; and
  • You registered the product with Makita within 30 days of the date of purchase by one of the following means:
    • Online registration at www.makitauk.com by following the links to the 3 year warranty registration page; or
    • If you do not have access to the Internet, by calling Makita customer services on [01908 211678].

The Makita Brand

Makita are Makita UK Ltd, a company registered in England under registration number 01086698 whose registered office is at Michigan Drive, Tongwell, Milton Keynes, Buckingham MK15 8JD.  Makita are one of the foremost manufacturer of power tools in the world, and have more than 100 years' experience.

They have a dedicated research and development centre in Japan. They have a manufacturing plant in Telford and it is the only full-production facility for power tools in the UK. 

Our Verdict on the Makita HS7601J Circular Saw

This has a nice compact and lightweight design, and yet it is a very powerful circular saw. It comes with a good quality carry case made of a hard plastic. It is also a really nice balanced saw that sits really well in your hands.

Buyers said the cord is a nice length and that makes it a lot easier to use. Buyers said this saw is easy to use and also easy to change blades and set the correct depth.

Overall, they said it was a nice weight and cut really cleanly and with great accuracy.

If this is not the circular saw for you, then check out our top 10 list of circular saws, by clicking here.

The Saw Guy

We review the different types of powers saws on the UK market. We do a lot of research to make sure we bring you the very latest information and reviews on the full range of mitre, circular, chop, reciprocating and jigsaws.

Enda McLarnon

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