Makita 5012B Commercial Electric Chain Saw Review

Makita 5012B Chain Saw

If you’re looking for a reliable and durable performing chainsaw, then look no further than the 5012B Commercial Grade chain saw from Makita. Built both lightweight and compact, this chain should have a lifespan that outlasts a vast number of trendy chainsaws in its class.

It has an 11 3/4th inch guide bar and the chain speed is 5,500 FPM for zipping through large branches and other kinds of material. It is made with a durable polycarbonate so that means it will last a long time, the sprocket is installed at the inside of the end of the chain bar so that it can operate smoothly, and the hand protector is large enough to deflect chips that may fly out during operation.

To protect the operator from power surges it has a built in overload protector. In this machine, you get power and safety all in one fell swoop. You shouldn’t have to sacrifice one for the other.

Makita has made a chainsaw that is just as strong as its brand, so you can feel safe that it is built to last. You finally can feel good about a no holds bar performer while you’re using this on your projects.

The features of the machine set this a part from the nominal performers in its class and its durability factor makes this an instant classic.

To find out what it means to own a Makita power tool, pick up this chain saw and allow yourself to be “wow’ed” with its strength, innovation and performance. The delivered box comes with an eleven and three-fourths inch chain and an eleven and three-fourths inch guide bar as well as a chain cover, a socket wrench and a Philips screwdriver. It also comes with a cord hook and file in the package.

About its Manufacturer: Makita

Although its been in existence for almost one-hundred years, Makita’s brand is just a fresh and vibrant as ever. They apply the latest innovation to manufacture and engineer some of the best power tools in the world. Not only satisfied with girth and strength, they aim to make tools that encompass more power with less weight, so that their machines are as efficient as they are compact.

They pride themselves on having some of the longest lasting motors in the power tool market and go through some of the most rigorous testing methods on all of their finished products. Their quality control includes nineteen performance tests on the motor alone, heat treating the gears and shafts and putting it through some of the tightest tolerances to ensure they get a long lasting performance.

Here are some of the other features...

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    It’s lightweight and compact for simple and easy operation.
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    It’s a durable and reliable performer.
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    Chain action is 5,500 FPM speed for high action and fast cutting
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    Housed in durable polycarbonate.
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    Sprocket inside the chain to enable smooth chain action
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    Double insulated and UL listed
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    Hand protector to deflect flying objects

Here are some of the pros and cons...


Smooth cutting – due to its strength, this makes cutting easy as pie.

Relatively quiet –even though it’s a powerful machine, it does have some quiet elements to it so it doesn’t make noise.

Fast cutting– the chain moves very fast to ensure that it quickly cuts through wood. You can see every bit of 5,500 FPM speed.

Makita 5012B Electric Chain Saw


Lack of detailed instructions – for instance to change the sprocket, you may have to call tech support.

Anti-kickback device – you can’t get the tip of the saw into the wood makes it bad for carving.


The Makita 5012B Electric Chain Saw is a great product in a long line of quality products from Makita. Built both compact and tough, the performance of this machine allows you to make quick work of cutting jobs so that you can move on to what’s most important to you. Other than a few minor inconveniences, this is definitely an upper tiered device in a market that is usually only built for either strong machines or quick ones, this has both elements.

RATING: 4.0 out of 5

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