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Kevin covered Makita’s hypoid 7 1/4″ circular saw back in June, but there’s another feature in the range worth noting. That model, the 5477NB, has the same internals as the 5377MG pictured above, so you get the 15A motor, carbide-tipped blade, 2 3/8″ cut depth at 90°, and wear-resistant hypoid gears, but they’re contained in a magnesium casing. The result is a weight drop from 13.9 pounds to 13.0 pounds, and Makita claims the balance is improved as well.

Street prices seem to have gone up since the original post; both are hovering within a few bucks of the $147 mark on Amazon with surprisingly few cheaper sources, according to Google’s product search.

If the 5377MG isn’t exactly what you’re after, but you like the magnesium casing, there are several other similar models available. The range-topper features an 8 1/4″ blade, electric brake, and work light built in, and there are four different 7 1/4″ offerings with various feature combinations.

Makita 5377MG Via Amazon [What’s This?]
Makita 5377MG [Google Products]
Makita Magnesium Circular Saws [Makita] (Note: PN 5007NHK, listed in the search results, does not have a magnesium casing)

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7 Responses to Magnesium Makitas

  1. jeffrey immer says:

    when the other was posted i talked about my 5377mg, and i absolutely love it, the blade it came with was not as good as a freud, but i love that saw

  2. berettaguy says:

    Isn’t magnesium very flammable? I might be off, but I thought that was the main ingredient in sparklers.

  3. Lex Dodson says:

    Magnesium is only flammable when it’s powdered or finely chipped. Magnesium castings are pretty safe. Magnesium may be an ingredient in sparkers, but carbon is an ingredient in gunpowder, and carbon’s not exactly dangerous in most forms.

  4. Chris W says:

    Aluminum is used as the fuel in the Space Shuttle’s solid rocket boosters.

  5. Tony Clifton says:

    Yes, magnesium is flammable.

    However, read this story to see what happens when someone tried to purposely set a magnesium NeXT case on fire: http://simson.net/hacks/cubefire.html

  6. Bob The Drywall Guy says:

    I own this model of saw. the 5477NB. it’s pretty light for a hypoid saw, and a lot of fun to use! I’ve swung this thing around one handed quite a bit, cutting down scrap lumber for burning. It was a good buy for me!

  7. I use the German pendant. It it quite good also.

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