Makita recognise the rapid advances in many spheres of the construction industry and there are none moving faster than the interior décor, shop fitting and external aluminium cladding operations, says the company. New, lightweight decorative materials are being introduced to make more 'appealing building interiors; faster completion of build and interior refurbishments; and more accurate fascia finishes'. Aluminium sandwich panel systems are high on this list of innovative materials, light, attractive and easy to style, according to Makita.
They researched this new trend over recent years and worked with the panel manufactures and installers. The new Makita CA5000XJ aluminium groove cutter is the result of this close collaboration. A machine 'designed to enhance the application of a material'. This new high-tech saw precisely cuts a 90° V-shaped groove along the aluminium composite panel, which enables the panel to be accurately folded around the groove.
Powered by a 1,300 watt motor, available in either 110V or 240V versions, the new Makita CA5000XJ groove saw will run up to 6,400rpm. It features the Soft Start system and constant speed control, which is selected by a small dial on the motor body. The 118mm 6-tooth blade supplied with the saw is covered by a full housing. When the depth of groove has been set using the adjustment dial and the rigid base plate fitted to the guide rail; the operator pushes the motor body down in a plunge saw movement to bring the cutter blade into contact with the material. An optional profile blade is available to give a 135° groove for alternative folded shapes. Cutting capacity with the guide rail is 11mm.
This advanced groove cutter can be used as a plunge saw by removing the skirt and replace the easy-to-change cutter blade with an optional 165mm TCT blade. The new Makita CA5000XJ weighs just 5.1kg and is delivered in a robust Type 4 MAKPAC case.