Stanley FME721-QS: excellent value for money


In this article we will discover together the review of the Stanley FME721-QS, a really interesting mid-high-end cut-off machine.

Although not really professional, this model can be used not only by hobbyists but also by carpenters and joiners. Certainly there are more powerful machines on the market, but the Stanley FME721-QS stands out for its excellent value for money: a feature that, among other things, we often find in the products of this brand.

So, let’s not delay, and let’s analyze in detail all the most important technical features belonging to this cut-off machine!

  • Powerful 1,500 watt motor for fast and precise cuts
  • High-quality aluminum base plate for precise and clean cutting results
  • Laser for exact visualisation of the cutting line
  • Exchangeable carbon brushes for a long service life

  • Power of 1,500 W
  • Blade diameter 216 mm
  • Bore diameter of 30 mm
  • Weight of the mitre saw 14 kg
  • Model: Radial cut-off machine
  • Multi-material cutting (with limits)

As far as the structure is concerned, the Stanley FME721-QS immediately shows that it belongs to a higher category. It is in fact one with a solid die-cast aluminum base, and with robust and very resistant plastic components, in ABS. Despite this, however, does not sacrifice the lightness: the weight (14 kg) is not high, so the model in question is rather easy to move and carry.

Note of merit for the presence of the laser guide, which unfortunately we do not find on all the saws in this range. The guide is an extra that we personally consider very important, for a reason simple to understand: being able to project a beam of light on the piece to be cut, you have the possibility to know where to place the blade without initially resting it on the block. In short, you won’t run the risk of chopping the material as soon as you start the saw.

It is also worth noting the presence of the hole to replace the carbon brushes, so this is a cut-off machine with a brush motor. It is not the best option, but at this price, it is really complex to find brushless motors. Also, the stability on the worktop is great and the Stanley FME721-QS is sold together with a chip bag. Of course, you can replace it by fitting a vacuum hose, which is not essential anyway.

Finally, being radial, the blade arm can be moved telescopically along a dual track carriage.

The Stanley FME721-QS mounts a 216 mm diameter blade with a 30 mm mounting hole. Consider that the blade is made of steel, while the teeth (40) are made of tungsten carbide: in short, the blade is a multi-material that gives its best with cutting wood and plywood. It can also be used for cutting plastic, and there are no problems with either MDF (medium density wood) or hardwood.

However, it is not compatible with metal cutting, so we do not recommend using it to saw aluminum and steel parts. It was not designed for this purpose, as it is intended for carpenters and joiners. Finally, regarding the cutting capacity, here you can find a table with all the precise references.

  • Cutting at 90 degrees (90 degree tilt): 305 x 70 mm
  • 45 degree cut (45 degree tilt): 203 x 41 mm
  • Powerful 1,500 watt motor for fast and precise cuts
  • High-quality aluminium base plate for precise and clean cutting results
  • Laser for exact visualisation of the cutting line
  • Exchangeable carbon brushes for a long service life

The blade can only be tilted to one side (to your left – i.e. to the right of the machine), but this is up to a maximum of 47 degrees, which is slightly above average. If instead we talk about the bevel cut, the plate can be moved in both directions (right and left) up to a maximum of -45/45 degrees.

The motor is very performant, given a 1,500-watt wattage, but we’ll repeat that this is a brushless model and not brushless. Moreover, here you don’t find the direct drive, an element that anyway belongs only to the top range radial cut-off machines, with a price from 900 euro to go up. The performances are however very good, especially if you evaluate the cutting of wood of any hardness, plywood and plastic.

It is right to specify that the Stanley FME721-QS is not equipped with the Soft Start function, which instead we find in other models in the same price range. It means that the motor doesn’t have a slow start, so you have to be very careful when placing the blade on the wood. On the other hand, the laser guide compensates for this lack and adds a very important extra when it comes to the final result and cutting precision. Before closing this review on the Stanley FME721-QS, we would like to emphasize the presence of a very long electric cable (4 meters), and the possibility to extend the worktop thanks to the side extenders. In conclusion, although not the best in absolute, this cut-off machine is still effective, lightweight and very easy to use.

  • Powerful 1,500 watt motor for fast and precise cuts
  • High-quality aluminium base plate for precise and clean cutting results
  • Laser for exact display of the cutting line
  • Replaceable carbon brushes for a long service life


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