The Forestry Forum is sponsored in part by:

iDRY Vacuum Kilns

Forestry Forum
Sponsored by:

TimberKing Sawmills

Toll Free 1-800-582-0470

LogRite Tools

Norwood Industries Inc.

Your source for Portable Sawmills, Edgers, Resaws, Sharpeners, Setters, Bandsaw Blades and Sawmill Parts

EZ Boardwalk Sawmills. More Saw For Less Money! sponsored by Northeast STIHL

Woodland Sawmills

Peterson Swingmills

 KASCO SharpTech WoodMaxx Blades


Sawmill Exchange

Michigan Firewood, your BRUTE FORCE Authorized Dealer

Baker Products


iDRY Wood Lumber Vacuum Drying for everyon

Nyle Kiln Dry Systems

Chainsawr, The Worlds Largest Inventory of Chainsaw Parts

Smith Sawmill Service

Dynamic Green Products Inc.

Author Topic: Opinions on Makita DCS510  (Read 4218 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline big33

  • member
  • *
  • Posts: 2
    • Share Post
Opinions on Makita DCS510
« on: April 25, 2011, 10:45:28 PM »
Looking for a good firewood saw. Cut about 6 to 7 cord a year of standing dead or fallen trees on state land each year.  Trees range from 6" to maybe 20" in diameter with the norm about 14".  I'm thinking about the Makita DCS510.  Does it have a metal crank case?  How much of the saw is metal?


Offline beenthere

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 26932
  • Location: Southern Wisconsin, USA
  • Gender: Male
    • Share Post
Re: Opinions on Makita DCS510
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2011, 11:33:19 PM »
Welcome to the Forestry Forum.

What is the price of the Makita DCS510 with a 20" bar?
south central Wisconsin
 It may be that my sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others

Offline thecfarm

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 30387
  • Age: 59
  • Location: Chesterville,Maine
  • Gender: Male
  • If I don't do it,it don't get done
    • Share Post
Re: Opinions on Makita DCS510
« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2011, 08:48:29 AM »
Do you have a dealer closer by or can you work on it yourself? I always push a good dealer when looking for a saw.
Model 6020-20hp Manual Thomas bandsaw,TC40A 4wd 40 hp New Holland tractor, 450 Norse Winch, Heatmor 400 OWB,YCC 1978-79

Offline sawguy21

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 10991
  • Age: 71
  • Location: Enderby B.C. Canada
  • Gender: Male
    • Share Post
Re: Opinions on Makita DCS510
« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2011, 09:54:38 AM »
Almost identical to the Dolmar 510 which is a good mid range saw for farmers, ranchers, and weekend warriors.  ;D As thecfarm noted, dealer support is important regardless of brand.
old age and treachery will always overcome youth and enthusiasm

Offline John Mc

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 5455
  • Age: 58
  • Location: Monkton, Vermont
  • Gender: Male
    • Share Post
Re: Opinions on Makita DCS510
« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2011, 10:04:31 AM »
What is the price of the Makita DCS510 with a 20" bar?

Bailey's sells them for $365.


If I'm remembering correctly, the Makita saws are basically the same as the Dolmars with similar model numbers, just a different color. I know the Domlar PS-510 is a decent mid-range saw - not up to their PS-5100/5105 pro saw, but then the price isn't up in that range either. One knock I've heard against the DCS510 is that it's a bit heavier than a number of other 50cc saw options, but if that doesn't bother you, they are good saws for the money.

A good 50 cc will be a bit slow at the larger end of the size range you mentioned (especially if you are cutting hardwoods), but it will work -- just keep the chain sharp. I did exactly what you are doing with a 50cc Jonsered 2152 (twin sister saw to a Husky 353) for several years. Same HP as the DCS510, but weighs about 1# less. It was rare that I was cutting 20". Most of my cutting could be handled with a 16" bar, so that's what I kept on my saw.

I will second thecfarm's suggestion that picking a good dealer in your area is just as important as picking a good saw. If you can work on them yourself, maybe that's not as much of an issue for you.

If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.   - Abraham Maslow

Offline SawTroll

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 2468
  • Age: 63
  • Location: Troms, North Norway
  • Gender: Male
    • Share Post
Re: Opinions on Makita DCS510
« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2011, 12:46:30 PM »
Metal case yes - but is the heavier aluminum, and not the usual magnesium.

The saw really is too heavy for its power, but it is up to you if it matters.... :)

Why are there two of these threads?? ???
Information collector.

Offline Greenerpastures

  • Full Member x2
  • ***
  • Posts: 128
  • Location: Vacation Island
  • Gender: Male
  • Learning as I go
    • Share Post
Re: Opinions on Makita DCS510
« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2018, 09:47:44 AM »
Old thread, no point in commenting.

Share via delicious Share via digg Share via facebook Share via linkedin Share via pinterest Share via reddit Share via stumble Share via tumblr Share via twitter

Makita DCS510 Opinions?

Started by big33 on Chainsaws

1 Replies
Last post April 27, 2011, 12:34:39 PM
by SawTroll
MOVED: Opinions on Makita DCS510

Started by Kevin on Firewood and Wood Heating

0 Replies
Last post April 26, 2011, 11:09:07 AM
by Kevin
1st timer Makita DCS510 16" 91vx chain question

Started by MakitaCS on Chainsaws

8 Replies
Last post November 18, 2008, 10:25:52 AM
by MakitaCS
Makita DCS 4601-20.......Opinions????

Started by deadred on Chainsaws

1 Replies
Last post December 29, 2004, 08:18:37 PM
by rahtreelimbs

Powered by EzPortal