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Hi all, I bagged myself a bargain Makita 7900 and it just arrived this afternoon. Originally bought from Radmore Tucker for about 580. I’m a bit disappointed with cosmetics and build quality first impressions, looks quite plasticky, no captive bar nuts, cheap rubber add ons to the clutch cover, little spring-back on the brake. I was surprised as I remember seeing a Dolmar 6100 and thought that looked like a tank. Is the build quality the same when they were taken over or did Makita take some shortcuts? I can’t figure out why the 5600 farm saw and 6100 have captive nuts and these are the tiny nuts like on my Husqy 135 😂
 

I’ve read almost everywhere that they are awesome saws. Sure hope it runs better than it looks, or am I just being picky?

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On the plus side - it feels good in hand and light for an 80cc saw!

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4 minutes ago, Meds said:

Hi all, I bagged myself a bargain Makita 7900 and it just arrived this afternoon. Originally bought from Radmore Tucker for about 580. I’m a bit disappointed with cosmetics and build quality first impressions, looks quite plasticky, no captive bar nuts, cheap rubber add ons to the clutch cover, little spring-back on the brake. I was surprised as I remember seeing a Dolmar 6100 and thought that looked like a tank. Is the build quality the same when they were taken over or did Makita take some shortcuts? I can’t figure out why the 5600 farm saw and 6100 have captive nuts and these are the tiny nuts like on my Husqy 135 😂
 

I’ve read almost everywhere that they are awesome saws. Sure hope it runs better than it looks, or am I just being picky?

I,ve recently bought a 6100 from Shavey and it,s a brilliant saw,as you say built a like a tank,hope when you use it you are pleased with it,it is going to be my next purchase hopefully

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4 minutes ago, trigger_andy said:

 

 


I think you just answered your own comments. 🤣

 

 

I’ve not run it yet but it’s got to go better than it looks or I’m really in trouble!

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9 minutes ago, gary112 said:

I,ve recently bought a 6100 from Shavey and it,s a brilliant saw,as you say built a like a tank,hope when you use it you are pleased with it,it is going to be my next purchase hopefully

I was looking to deal with Shavey but seems to have gone quiet on here. 


But yeah I’m also confused why the 6100 has a larger fuel tank..maybe ergonomics?

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16 minutes ago, Meds said:

I was looking to deal with Shavey but seems to have gone quiet on here. 


 

Have you sent him a pm ?

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5 minutes ago, Stubby said:

Have you sent him a pm ?

Yeah and sent an email to the business too.

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1 minute ago, Meds said:

Yeah and sent an email to the business too.

ok . 🙂

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1 hour ago, Meds said:

I was looking to deal with Shavey but seems to have gone quiet on here. 


But yeah I’m also confused why the 6100 has a larger fuel tank..maybe ergonomics?

Always best to give him a ring

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