hi, iv just been to my mates and tried his L/H saw, it was a ryobi cordless not makita but i it dosent really matter just wanted to try a lightweight L/H saw out, i just cant get away with the lade being on the left, i might just wait another month or so and see if the 630 lowers in price at all, if not i might have buy the 610 and try it out and if i still dont like it, swap it for the 501, R/H side saw, thanks for the advice and explaning which saw is better out of the 610/611
I've now bought and tried the 610. I got it bare unit only, and it comes without any box, they just supplied the unit with manual and allen key. The manual says to only use the saw with the offcut on the saw side (left), so I guess J&K is breaking that rule? I did the same and didn't see any problem - it's not a heavy saw but you might risk a less accurate cut that way round.
In fact, in order to use the saw as Makita intended, with offcut on the blade-side you have to clamp the wood, draw two lines, the first where you want the end of your piece of wood, the second ~2mm into the offcut, then run the blade between the two lines. This way the 2nd line stays visible in the notch through the cut, which IMHO makes it much easier. I hope my unit isn't misaligned, but it does look like it was supposed to be that way.
I didn't find the job light much use when cutting, I didn't think it added much, chances are you already have light over your bench. It's not like the ones on the Makita drills, which are invaluable and in my view a major selling point. Can't comment on dust extraction, I'd need to try one without to understand if that's needed.
Once thing I did notice, is that unlike the Makita LXT hammer drill there is no third connector to the battery, only two. The impact driver also has only two connectors. I am guessing that the third connector is for monitoring the battery temperature and allows the hammer drill to cut out when it gets too hot (it's done this on me when drilling about 6-7 wall plugs in a row). The 610 is missing the third connector, and that says to me that you should only use it for short cuts. If you're doing longer cuts take regular breaks or risk your battery. It will be interesting to see if the 630 has the third connector.