Makita Circular Saw Instruction Manual (HS6600)

Makita Circular Saw Instruction Manual (HS6600)
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Model: HS6600
Blade diameter 165 mm
Max. Cutting depth at 0° bevel 
at 45° bevel
54.5 mm
37.5 mm 

No load speed 5,200 min-1
Overall length 296 mm
Net weight 3.5 kg
Safety class /II

•  Due to our continuing program of research and development, the specifications herein are subject to change without notice. 

•  Specifications may differ from country to country. 

•  Weight according to EPTA-Procedure 01/2014 


The following show the symbols used for the equipment. Be sure that you understand their meaning before  use. 

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Only for EU countries 
Do not dispose of electric equipment together with household waste material! In observance of the European Directive, on  Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment and its implementation in accordance with national law, electric equipment that have reached the end of their life must be collected separately and returned to an environmentally compatible recycling facility.


Intended use 

The tool is intended for performing lengthways and  crossways straight cuts and mitre cuts with angles in  wood while in firm contact with the workpiece. With appropriate Makita genuine saw blades, other materials  can also be sawed. 

Power supply 

The tool should be connected only to a power supply of  the same voltage as indicated on the nameplate, and  can only be operated on single-phase AC supply. They  are double-insulated and can, therefore, also be used  from sockets without earth wire. 

General power tool safety warnings 

WARNING: Read all safety warnings, instruc tions, illustrations and specifications provided  with this power tool. Failure to follow all instructions  listed below may result in electric shock, fire and/or serious injury. 

Save all warnings and instructions for future reference. The term “power tool” in the warnings refers to your  mains-operated (corded) power tool or battery-operated  (cordless) power tool. 

Work area safety 

1. Keep work area clean and well lit. Cluttered or  dark areas invite accidents. 

2. Do not operate power tools in explosive atmo spheres, such as in the presence of flammable  liquids, gases or dust. Power tools create sparks which may ignite the dust or fumes. 

3. Keep children and bystanders away while  operating a power tool. Distractions can cause  you to lose control. 

Electrical Safety 

1. Power tool plugs must match the outlet. Never  modify the plug in any way. Do not use any  adapter plugs with earthed (grounded) power  tools. Unmodified plugs and matching outlets will reduce risk of electric shock. 

2. Avoid body contact with earthed or grounded  surfaces, such as pipes, radiators, ranges and  refrigerators. There is an increased risk of elec tric shock if your body is earthed or grounded. 

3. Do not expose power tools to rain or wet con ditions. Water entering a power tool will increase the risk of electric shock. 

4. Do not abuse the cord. Never use the cord for  carrying, pulling or unplugging the power tool.  Keep cord away from heat, oil, sharp edges  or moving parts. Damaged or entangled cords  increase the risk of electric shock. 

5. When operating a power tool outdoors, use an  extension cord suitable for outdoor use. Use of  a cord suitable for outdoor use reduces the risk of  electric shock. 

6. If operating a power tool in a damp location  is unavoidable, use a residual current device  (RCD) protected supply. Use of an RCD reduces  the risk of electric shock. 

7. Use of power supply via an RCD with a rated  residual current of 30 mA or less is always recommended.

8. Power tools can produce electromagnetic fields  (EMF) that are not harmful to the user. However,  users of pacemakers and other similar medical  devices should contact the maker of their device and/ or doctor for advice before operating this power tool. 

9. Do not touch the power plug with wet hands. 10. If the cord is damaged, have it replaced by the manu facturer or his agent in order to avoid a safety hazard. 

Personal Safety 

1. Stay alert, watch what you are doing and use  common sense when operating a power tool.  Do not use a power tool while you are tired or  under the influence of drugs, alcohol or med ication. A moment of inattention while operating  power tools may result in serious personal injury. 

2. Use personal protective equipment. Always  wear eye protection. Protective equipment such as a dust mask, non-skid safety shoes, hard hat or  hearing protection used for appropriate conditions  will reduce personal injuries. 

3. Prevent unintentional starting. Ensure the  switch is in the off-position before connecting  to power source and/or battery pack, picking  up or carrying the tool. Carrying power tools with  your finger on the switch or energising power tools that have the switch on invites accidents. 

4. Remove any adjusting key or wrench before turning  the power tool on. A wrench or a key left attached to a  rotating part of the power tool may result in personal injury. 

5. Do not overreach. Keep proper footing and  balance at all times. This enables better control  of the power tool in unexpected situations. 

6. Dress properly. Do not wear loose clothing or  jewellery. Keep your hair and clothing away  from moving parts. Loose clothes, jewellery or long hair can be caught in moving parts. 

7. If devices are provided for the connection of  dust extraction and collection facilities, ensure  these are connected and properly used. Use of  dust collection can reduce dust-related hazards. 

8. Do not let familiarity gained from frequent use  of tools allow you to become complacent and  ignore tool safety principles. A careless action can  cause severe injury within a fraction of a second. 

9. Always wear protective goggles to protect your eyes  from injury when using power tools.The goggles  must comply with ANSI Z87.1 in the USA, EN 166 in  Europe, or AS/NZS 1336 in Australia/New Zealand. In  Australia/New Zealand, it is legally required to wear  a face shield to protect your face, too. 

It is an employer’s responsibility to enforce  the use of appropriate safety protective equip ments by the tool operators and by other per sons in the immediate working area. 

Power tool use and care 

1. Do not force the power tool. Use the correct  power tool for your application. The correct  power tool will do the job better and safer at the rate for which it was designed. 

2. Do not use the power tool if the switch does  not turn it on and off. Any power tool that cannot  be controlled with the switch is dangerous and  must be repaired. 

3. Disconnect the plug from the power source  and/or remove the battery pack, if detachable,  from the power tool before making any adjust ments, changing accessories, or storing power  tools. Such preventive safety measures reduce  the risk of starting the power tool accidentally. 

4. Store idle power tools out of the reach of chil dren and do not allow persons unfamiliar with  the power tool or these instructions to operate  the power tool. Power tools are dangerous in the hands of untrained users. 

5. Maintain power tools and accessories. Check for  misalignment or binding of moving parts, break age of parts and any other condition that may  affect the power tool’s operation. If damaged, have  the power tool repaired before use. Many accidents  are caused by poorly maintained power tools. 

6. Keep cutting tools sharp and clean. Properly maintained cutting tools with sharp cutting edges  are less likely to bind and are easier to control. 

7. Use the power tool, accessories and tool bits etc.  in accordance with these instructions, taking into  account the working conditions and the work to be  performed. Use of the power tool for operations different  from those intended could result in a hazardous situation. 

8. Keep handles and grasping surfaces dry, clean  and free from oil and grease. Slippery handles and  grasping surfaces do not allow for safe handling and  control of the tool in unexpected situations. 

9. When using the tool, do not wear cloth work  gloves which may be entangled. The entangle ment of cloth work gloves in the moving parts may  result in personal injury. 


1. Have your power tool serviced by a qualified  repair person using only identical replacement  parts. This will ensure that the safety of the power  tool is maintained. 

2. Follow instruction for lubricating and chang ing accessories. 

Circular saw safety warnings 

Cutting procedures 

1. DANGER: Keep hands away from cutting area  and the blade. Keep your second hand on auxil iary handle, or motor housing. If both hands are  holding the saw, they cannot be cut by the blade. 

2. Do not reach underneath the workpiece. The  guard cannot protect you from the blade below the  workpiece.

3. Adjust the cutting depth to the thickness of  the workpiece. Less than a full tooth of the blade  teeth should be visible below the workpiece. 

4. Never hold the workpiece in your hands or  across your leg while cutting. Secure the  workpiece to a stable platform. It is important to  support the work properly to minimise body expo sure, blade binding, or loss of control. 

5. Hold the power tool by insulated gripping  surfaces, when performing an operation where  the cutting tool may contact hidden wiring or  its own cord. Contact with a “live” wire will also  make exposed metal parts of the power tool “live”  and could give the operator an electric shock. 

6. When ripping, always use a rip fence or  straight edge guide. This improves the accuracy  of cut and reduces the chance of blade binding. 

7. Always use blades with correct size and shape  (diamond versus round) of arbour holes. Blades that do not match the mounting hardware  of the saw will run off-centre, causing loss of  control. 

8. Never use damaged or incorrect blade wash ers or bolt. The blade washers and bolt were  specially designed for your saw, for optimum  performance and safety of operation. 

Kickback causes and related warnings 

— kickback is a sudden reaction to a pinched,  jammed or misaligned saw blade, causing an uncontrolled saw to lift up and out of the workpiece  toward the operator; 

—  when the blade is pinched or jammed tightly by the kerf closing down, the blade stalls and the motor  reaction drives the unit rapidly back toward the  operator; 

— if the blade becomes twisted or misaligned in the  cut, the teeth at the back edge of the blade can dig  into the top surface of the wood causing the blade  to climb out of the kerf and jump back toward the operator. 

Kickback is the result of saw misuse and/or incorrect  operating procedures or conditions and can be avoided  by taking proper precautions as given below.

1. Maintain a firm grip with both hands on the saw and position your arms to resist kickback  forces. Position your body to either side of the  blade, but not in line with the blade. Kickback  could cause the saw to jump backwards, but kickback forces can be controlled by the operator,  if proper precautions are taken.  

2. When blade is binding, or when interrupting a  cut for any reason, release the trigger and hold  the saw motionless in the material until the  blade comes to a complete stop. Never attempt  to remove the saw from the work or pull the  saw backward while the blade is in motion  or kickback may occur. Investigate and take  corrective actions to eliminate the cause of blade  binding. 

3. When restarting a saw in the workpiece, centre  the saw blade in the kerf so that the saw teeth  are not engaged into the material. If a saw blade  binds, it may walk up or kickback from the work piece as the saw is restarted. 

4. Support large panels to minimise the risk of  blade pinching and kickback. Large panels tend  to sag under their own weight. Supports must be  placed under the panel on both sides, near the line  of cut and near the edge of the panel. 

5. Do not use dull or damaged blades. Unsharpened or improperly set blades produce  narrow kerf causing excessive friction, blade  binding and kickback. 

6. Blade depth and bevel adjusting locking levers  must be tight and secure before making the  cut. If blade adjustment shifts while cutting, it may cause binding and kickback. 

7. Use extra caution when sawing into existing  walls or other blind areas. The protruding blade  may cut objects that can cause kickback. 

8. ALWAYS hold the tool firmly with both hands.  NEVER place your hand, leg or any part of your  body under the tool base or behind the saw,  especially when making cross-cuts. If kickback  occurs, the saw could easily jump backwards over your hand, leading to serious personal injury.

9. Never force the saw. Push the saw forward at a  speed so that the blade cuts without slowing. Forcing the saw can cause uneven cuts, loss of  accuracy, and possible kickback. 

Lower guard function 

1. Check the lower guard for proper closing before  each use. Do not operate the saw if the lower guard  does not move freely and close instantly. Never  clamp or tie the lower guard into the open position. If the saw is accidentally dropped, the lower guard may  be bent. Raise the lower guard with the retracting handle  and make sure it moves freely and does not touch the  blade or any other part, in all angles and depths of cut. 

2. Check the operation of the lower guard spring. If  the guard and the spring are not operating prop erly, they must be serviced before use. Lower  guard may operate sluggishly due to damaged  parts, gummy deposits, or a build-up of debris. 

3. The lower guard may be retracted manually only for  special cuts such as “plunge cuts” and “compound  cuts”. Raise the lower guard by the retracting  handle and as soon as the blade enters the mate rial, the lower guard must be released. For all other  sawing, the lower guard should operate automatically. 

4. Always observe that the lower guard is covering the blade before placing the saw down on  bench or floor. An unprotected, coasting blade  will cause the saw to walk backwards, cutting  whatever is in its path. Be aware of the time it  takes for the blade to stop after switch is released. 

5. To check lower guard, open lower guard by hand,  then release and watch guard closure. Also check  to see that retracting handle does not touch  tool housing. Leaving blade exposed is VERY  DANGEROUS and can lead to serious personal injury. 

Additional safety warnings 

1. Use extra caution when cutting damp wood, pres sure treated lumber, or wood containing knots. Maintain smooth advancement of tool without decrease  in blade speed to avoid overheating the blade tips. 

2. Do not attempt to remove cut material when  blade is moving. Wait until blade stops before  grasping cut material. Blades coast after turn off. 

3. Avoid cutting nails. Inspect for and remove all  nails from lumber before cutting. 

4. Place the wider portion of the saw base on that part  of the workpiece which is solidly supported, not on  the section that will fall off when the cut is made. If  the workpiece is short or small, clamp it down. DO  NOT TRY TO HOLD SHORT PIECES BY HAND! 

5. Before setting the tool down after completing a  cut, be sure that the guard has closed and the  blade has come to a complete stop. 

6. Never attempt to saw with the circular saw  held upside down in a vise. This is extremely  dangerous and can lead to serious accidents. 

7. Some material contains chemicals which may  be toxic. Take caution to prevent dust inhala tion and skin contact. Follow material supplier  safety data. 

8. Do not stop the blades by lateral pressure on  the saw blade. 

9. Do not use any abrasive wheels. 

10. Only use the saw blade with the diameter that  is marked on the tool or specified in the man ual. Use of an incorrectly sized blade may affect  the proper guarding of the blade or guard opera tion which could result in serious personal injury. 

11. Keep blade sharp and clean. Gum and wood  pitch hardened on blades slows saw and increases potential for kickback. Keep blade clean  by first removing it from tool, then cleaning it with gum and pitch remover, hot water or kerosene.  Never use gasoline.  

12. Wear a dust mask and hearing protection when  use the tool. 

13. Always use the saw blade intended for cutting  the material that you are going to cut. 

14. Only use the saw blades that are marked with  a speed equal or higher than the speed marked  on the tool. 

15. (For European countries only)  

Always use the blade which conforms to  EN847-1. 


WARNING: DO NOT let comfort or familiarity  with product (gained from repeated use) replace  strict adherence to safety rules for the subject  product. MISUSE or failure to follow the safety  rules stated in this instruction manual may cause  serious personal injury. 


CAUTION: Always be sure that the tool is  switched off and unplugged before adjusting or  checking function on the tool. 

Adjusting depth of cut 

CAUTION: After adjusting the depth of cut,  always tighten the lever securely. 

Loosen the lever on the depth guide and move the base  up or down. At the desired depth of cut, secure the base  by tightening the lever. 

For cleaner, safer cuts, set cut depth so that no more  than one blade tooth projects below workpiece. Using proper cut depth helps to reduce potential for dangerous KICKBACKS which can cause personal injury. 

1. Lever 

Bevel cutting 

1. Clamping screw 2. Bevel scale plate 

1. Clamping screw 

Loosen the clamping screws. Set for the desired angle  (0° – 45°) by tilting accordingly, then tighten the clamp ing screws securely. 


For straight cuts, align the 0° position on the front of the  base with your cutting line. For 45° bevel cuts, align the  45° position with it. 

1. Cutting line (0° position) 2. Cutting line (45°  position) 

Switch action 

WARNING: Before plugging in the tool,  always check to see that the switch trigger actuates properly and returns to the “OFF” position  when released. 

1. Switch trigger 2. Lock button / Lock-off button

For tool with lock button 

To start the tool, simply pull the switch trigger. Release the switch trigger to stop. For continuous operation pull the switch trigger, push in the lock button and then release the switch trigger. To stop the tool from the locked position, pull the trigger fully, then release it.   

CAUTION: Switch can be locked in “ON” position for ease of operator comfort during extended use. Apply caution when locking tool in “ON” position and maintain firm grasp on tool. 

For tool with lock-off button 

To prevent the switch trigger from being accidentally pulled, a lock-off button is provided. To start the tool,  press the lock-off button and pull the switch trigger.  Release the switch trigger to stop.  

WARNING: NEVER defeat the lock-off button  by taping down or some other means. A switch with  a negated lock-off button may result in unintentional  operation and serious personal injury. 

WARNING: NEVER use the tool if it runs when  you simply pull the switch trigger without press ing the lock-off button. A switch in need of repair  may result in unintentional operation and serious  personal injury. Return tool to a Makita service center for proper repairs BEFORE further usage. 

NOTICE: Do not pull the switch trigger hard  without pressing in the lock-off button. This can  cause switch breakage. 


CAUTION: Always be sure that the tool is  switched off and unplugged before carrying out  any work on the tool. 

Removing or installing circular saw  blade 

CAUTION: Be sure the circular saw blade is  installed with teeth pointing up at the front of the  tool. 

CAUTION: Use only the Makita wrench to install or remove the circular saw blade. 

To remove the circular saw blade, press the shaft lock  fully so that the circular saw blade cannot revolve and  use the wrench to loosen the hex bolt counterclockwise.  Then remove the hex bolt, ring (country specific), outer flange and circular saw blade. 

1. Hex wrench 2. Shaft lock 3. Loosen 4. Tighten

For tool without the ring 

1. Hex bolt 2. Outer flange 3. Circular saw blade  4. Inner flange 

For tool with the ring 

1. Hex bolt 2. Outer flange 3. Circular saw blade  4. Ring 5. Inner flange 

To install the circular saw blade, follow the removal  procedure in reverse.

For tool with the inner flange for other  than 15.88 mm hole-diameter saw blade 

The inner flange has a certain diameter protrusion on one side of it and a different diameter protrusion on the  other side. Choose a correct side on which protrusion  fits into the saw blade hole perfectly. Mount the inner flange onto the mounting shaft so that the correct side of protrusion on the inner flange faces outward and then place saw blade and outer flange. 

► 1. Mounting shaft 2. Inner flange 3. Circular saw blade 4. Outer flange 5. Hex bolt

WARNING: BE SURE TO TIGHTEN THE HEX  BOLT CLOCKWISE SECURELY. Also be careful  not to tighten the bolt forcibly. Slipping your hand  from the hex wrench can cause a personal injury. 

WARNING: Make sure that the protrusion “a”  on the inner flange that is positioned outside fits  into the saw blade hole “a” perfectly. Mounting the  blade on the wrong side can result in the dangerous  vibration. 

For tool with the inner flange for a 15.88 mm hole-diameter saw blade  (country specific) 

Mount the inner flange with its recessed side facing outward onto the mounting shaft and then place saw  blade (with the ring attached if needed), outer flange and hex bolt. 

For tool without the ring 

1. Mounting shaft 2. Inner flange 3. Circular saw  blade 4. Outer flange 5. Hex bolt 

For tool with the ring 

1. Mounting shaft 2. Inner flange 3. Circular saw  blade 4. Outer flange 5. Hex bolt 6. Ring 

WARNING: BE SURE TO TIGHTEN THE HEX  BOLT CLOCKWISE SECURELY. Also be careful  not to tighten the bolt forcibly. Slipping your hand  from the hex wrench can cause a personal injury. 

WARNING: If the ring is needed to mount the blade onto the spindle, always be sure that the correct ring for the blade’s arbor hole you intend  to use is installed between the inner and the outer  flanges. Use of the incorrect arbor hole ring may  result in the improper mounting of the blade causing  blade movement and severe vibration resulting in possible loss of control during operation and in serious personal injury.  

Blade guard cleaning 

When changing the circular saw blade, make sure to also clean the upper and lower blade guards of accu mulated sawdust as discussed in the Maintenance  section. Such efforts do not replace the need to check  lower guard operation before each use. 

Hex wrench storage 

1. Hex wrench 

When not in use, store the hex wrench as shown in the figure to keep it from being lost.

Connecting a vacuum cleaner 

Optional accessory 

When you wish to perform clean cutting operation, connect a Makita vacuum cleaner to your tool using the  dust nozzle. 

1. If your circular saw has a long lever (country spe cific), replace it with the short lever supplied with the dust nozzle. 

Do not use the dust nozzle with the long lever attached.  You will not be able to make a cut because the lower  guard movement is hindered by the dust nozzle. 

2. Install the dust nozzle on the tool using the screw. 

1. Dust nozzle 2. Screw 

3. Connect a hose of the vacuum cleaner to the dust  nozzle. 

1. Hose 2. Vacuum cleaner 


CAUTION: Be sure to move the tool forward  in a straight line gently. Forcing or twisting the tool  will result in overheating the motor and dangerous  kickback, possibly causing severe injury. 

Hold the tool firmly. The tool is provided with both a front grip and rear handle. Use both to best grasp the tool.  If both hands are holding saw, they cannot be cut by  the circular saw blade. Set the base on the workpiece  to be cut without the circular saw blade making any  contact. Then turn the tool on and wait until the circular  saw blade attains full speed. Now simply move the tool  forward over the workpiece surface, keeping it flat and advancing smoothly until the sawing is completed. To get clean cuts, keep your sawing line straight and your  speed of advance uniform. If the cut fails to properly follow your  intended cut line, do not attempt to turn or force the tool back  to the cut line. Doing so may bind the circular saw blade and  lead to dangerous kickback and possible serious injury. Release switch, wait for circular saw blade to stop and then withdraw tool.  Realign tool on new cut line, and start cut again. Attempt to avoid  positioning which exposes operator to chips and wood dust being  ejected from saw. Use eye protection to help avoid injury. 

Rip fence (Guide rule) 

Optional accessory 

1. Rip fence (Guide rule) 2. Clamping screw 

The handy rip fence allows you to do extra-accurate  straight cuts. Simply slide the rip fence up snugly  against the side of the workpiece and secure it in positIon with the clamping screw on the front of the base. It  also makes repeated cuts of uniform width possible.


CAUTION: Always be sure that the tool is  switched off and unplugged before attempting to  perform inspection or maintenance. 

CAUTION: Clean out the guard to ensure  there is no accumulated sawdust and chips  which may impede the operation of the guarding  system. A dirty guarding system may limit the proper  operation which could result in serious personal  injury. The most effective way to accomplish this cleaning is with compressed air. If the dust is being  blown out of the guard, be sure the proper eye  and breathing protection is used. 

NOTICE: Never use gasoline, benzine, thinner,  alcohol or the like. Discoloration, deformation or  cracks may result. 

Adjusting the parallelism 

This adjustment has been made at the factory. But if it is off, you can adjust it as the following procedure. 

1. Screw 

1. Make sure all levers and screws are tightened.  Slightly loosen the screw illustrated. 

2.  While opening the lower guard, move the rear of the base so that the distance A and B becomes equal. 

3. Tighten the screws and make a test cut to check  the parallelism. 

Adjusting 0°-cut accuracy 

This adjustment has been made at the factory. But if it is off, you can adjust it as the following procedure. 

1. Adjusting bolt 

1. Triangular rule 2. Clamping screw 

1. Slightly loosen the clamping screws on the front  and rear of the tool. 

2. Make the base perpendicular to the blade using  a triangular rule or square rule by turning the adjusting bolt. 

3. Tighten the clamping screws and make a test cut  to check the verticalness. 

Replacing carbon brushes 

1. Limit mark

Check the carbon brushes regularly. 

Replace them when they wear down to the limit mark.  Keep the carbon brushes clean and free to slip in the  holders. Both carbon brushes should be replaced at the  same time. Use only identical carbon brushes. 

1. Use a screwdriver to remove the brush holder  caps. 

2. Take out the worn carbon brushes, insert the new  ones and secure the brush holder caps. 

1. Brush holder cap 

To maintain product SAFETY and RELIABILITY,  repairs, any other maintenance or adjustment should be performed by Makita Authorized or Factory Service  Centers, always using Makita replacement parts. 

READ ALSO: Makita Circular Saw instruction manual(MODEL 5005BA)


CAUTION: These accessories or attachments  are recommended for use with your Makita tool  specified in this manual. The use of any other  accessories or attachments might present a risk of  injury to persons. Only use accessory or attachment for its stated purpose. 

If you need any assistance for more details regard ing these accessories, ask your local Makita Service  Center. 

•  Circular saw blade 

•  Rip fence (Guide rule) 

•  Hex wrench 

•  Dust nozzle 

•  Guide rail 

•  Bevel guide 

•  Clamp 

•  Sheet 

•  Rubber sheet 

•  Position sheet 

•  Guide rail adapter 

•  Rule bar 

NOTE: Some items in the list may be included in the  tool package as standard accessories. They may differ from country to country.

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