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Old 01-08-2014, 12:51 AM
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Default 5008MGA blade guard can't retract with fin?

I recently received my 5008MGA with the base pre-attached, but I'm having some troubles getting the blade guard to retract with the anti-kickback fin in place. Is there some trick to this? I notched out enough space for it to retract, but now the fin flops out and I'm not sure if I should be gluing it in.

On my 7" Makita hypoid I didn't have this problem... is there a shorter version available for larger saws or some other thing I need to do?
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Old 02-05-2014, 07:07 PM
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Mine is like this too. Even with the fin insert removed, the guard will bump against the saw base, depending on the depth the blade is set to.
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Old 02-05-2014, 07:39 PM
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Suggest a call to Eurekazone to find out the official fix. This problem has been reported before and with all the 5008's out there we need a post explaining how to deal with it.


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Old 02-06-2014, 12:46 AM
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Mine does it too. I run it with the rear insert in, filed a notch in it for the guard, and ditched the fin.....
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Old 02-12-2014, 01:49 AM
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I've attached an image of how I notched mine. I don't use the rear insert, though. Should I be?
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Old 02-12-2014, 09:41 AM
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Hi guys,
Working to fix the issue with the 5008" and maybe more saws later...
For now we must remove anything that don't allow the guard to retract.
The fin and fin plate can always get screwed to the base.
Few more ezdays and we will find a solution.

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Old 02-12-2014, 09:42 AM
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Suggest a call to Eurekazone to find out the official fix. This problem has been reported before and with all the 5008's out there we need a post explaining how to deal with it.


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As always..thanks for your advice ez master.

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Old 02-12-2014, 05:29 PM
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As always..thanks for your advice ez master.

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Dino,

Thanks. I know the company is working on a solution.


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Old 12-20-2014, 05:53 PM
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Default 5008mga

Anyone know if the guard and fin problem on the Makita 5008MGA is resolved.
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Old 12-31-2014, 05:02 PM
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Default Attaching Smart Base to Makita 5008

Hello to all,

I recently got an EZ track and a 5008MGA saw and am putting the base on myself. However, I discovered the blade and guard don't fit with the current base and now I see there are some old-ish posts describing the same thing. I'm wondering if there was a recommended solution?

If not, here's what I'm planning to do and wanted to check with the community before I go further. In fact, now that I've browsed and read these forums for the past couple hours I'm a little worried about my choice of saw. Seems the Makita's weak link is it's stamped steel pivot points, though I'll see if I can shorten the bushing. What's probably needed, is a stiffer pivort arm. Anyway... back to the base, there are actually 2 issues when setting up the base for use on the track.

1. The blade touches the front support piece. I'm going to presume this by design to provide an anti-chip edge on both sides of the blade? I'll cut through it when I make my first plunge. (see pic #1) (EDIT: I just want to make sure this is in fact, by design. For those of you with 7.25" saws, did the blade touch the front support too?)

2. With the rear fin installed, I will have to cut away a good portion of the fin and plate. I've drawn about how much to cut away. Is this what others have done? It seems like I'm cutting away a lot of the fin and wondering if it will work as well as it is supposed to after it loses some rigidity from the cut-away.

3. For use without the fin or the front track piece I only needed to make a small cut out to allow the blade guard to move freely. (pic #3). This seems inconsequential.

Thanks for your thoughts/advice on how to proceed.
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