Win with the Popular Mechanics Workshop Challenge

Win with the Popular Mechanics Workshop Challenge
Date:18 August 2015

Accept the PM Home Workshop Challenge and a Makita DHS710 Cordless Circular Saw hamper, valued at R8 000, could be yours.

The Theme: Loadshedding

It’s load shedding and you’re left with 2½ hours of downtime. Or… you could complete a winning project.

The Challenge: A project that, as far as possible, uses no AC mains power directly to design and build. Battery-operated rechargeable tools are fine, as are hand tools, of course. You score extra brownie points for a project that can be completed in 2½ hours, that uses no AC mains power anywhere in its timeline (including production of the raw materials) and that mitigates the effects of load shedding.

The Prize: The Makita DHS710 Circular Saw (185 mm) is powerful, lightweight, well balanced and ideal for cutting roof rafters, sheeting and more. This model is powered by two 18 V batteries, installed in series, that supply energy to the powerful 36 V DC motor drive system.

The DHS710 has a maximum cutting capacity of 68,5 mm at0 degrees and 49 mm at 45 degrees. The locking guide makes it easy to adjust the depth of cut required, while the convenient blower function at the front of the machine directs sawdust off the cut line for a better cutting view.

Operator comfort and more control during operation have not been overlooked. An ergonomically designed handle with soft grip reduces vibration and hand fatigue.

Included in the prize are a Makita DHS710 circular saw, two x 3,0 Ah Makita lithium-Ion batteries (BL1830 recharge time is 22 minutes per battery) and a Makita compact fast charger (DC18RC).

To find out more, visit, like Makita on Facebook: Makita-PowerToolsSA or call 011 878 2600.

Your project will appear in a future issue of Popular Mechanics.

Email your plans and a picture of the results to by 21 August, 2015.

For the competition rules, click here. By entering this competition you agree that you have read, understand and agree to the terms of this competition.