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  • rnt80
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    Circular saw recommendations

    Any recommendations for a circular saw? I got rid of an old Craftsman and I'm looking for one that I can use primarily to cut down sheet goods and take to a job site with me. I was looking at the Ridgid 6 1/2" because of it's size and good reviews. Any suggestions or comments would be welcome.

  • J-man12
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    you bet newman

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  • Newman
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    Originally posted by john from brussels View Post
    Worm saws are great for cutting plywood but if your cutting rafters for 3 or 4 hrs at a time your arm will be licked using a worm saw.
    When i built houses i had both types of saws for that same reason.
    Why get rid of the wormdrive when all you need to do is get bigger arms?

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  • john from brussels
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    Originally posted by J-man12 View Post
    get a ridgid worm drive its great
    Worm saws are great for cutting plywood but if your cutting rafters for 3 or 4 hrs at a time your arm will be licked using a worm saw.
    When i built houses i had both types of saws for that same reason.

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  • J-man12
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    get a ridgid worm drive its great

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  • john from brussels
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    I have been using skill saws for years and i have found Porter Cable to be the best.
    They are not as heavy and have lots of power with a 15 amp motor.

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  • Newman
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    Yeah, I don't know why Skil always includes a POS steel blade that's is going in the trash out of the box!
    The only problem is the limited selection of 5 1/2" blades...

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  • Woussko
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    The little yet great SKIL circular saw:
    http://www.skiltools.com/en/AllTools...510&cid=192162

    Here is another 5-1/2 inch model to check out.
    http://www.makita.com/menu.php?pg=pr...det&tag=5005BA
    Last edited by Woussko; 03-11-2007, 11:52 PM.

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  • Newman
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    Originally posted by rnt80 View Post
    I'm not necessarily looking for battery power. It will primarily be used for finishing work. Cordless would be nice when I take it out but that's not high on my priority list.


    If you want a small but powerful trim saw, nothing beats a Skil HD5510 5-1/2 (again, blade-left). It' a work horse. I've even used it a few times for framing when my worm drive was MIA.

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  • Newman
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    Originally posted by zenophus View Post
    ...
    OH Yeah......almost forgot. Until someone comes out with a cordless that can make it through a 96" plywood rip without pooping out I would STAY AWAY from cordless.
    ahhh the advances in technology...

    http://www.milwaukeeconnect.com/weba...0028&langId=-1

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  • Newman
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    I also have a Porter-Cable 743K left-blade sidewinder, and I must admit it's probably the best sidewinder out there. It's powerful (as far as sidewinders go anyway), lightweight, and best of all the blade is on left side (the way a real saw should be!)
    Last edited by Newman; 03-11-2007, 08:44 PM.

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  • hellcatt200
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    i did research for few months. I really like the PC magnesium. It is light and beefy at same time.I asked some contractors one day in the morning getting suplies and they recomended the PC also. After i played with it in store along with others, I am gonna get the PC circ saw and my ridgid planer and hopefully ridgid router all at the same time.Good luck on your choice.

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  • oldslowchevy
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    bosch = broken or scrap cracked heap



    humm i just wonder what kind of war i just started lol

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  • djb
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    Originally posted by Newman View Post
    Bosch worm drive
    anything else is a waste of time...
    How did I know Newman would say that...?

    - djb

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  • zenophus
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    "The only drawback I find with it is that depending on the depth of cut (mostly in 2x material) I sometimes rub the middle knuckle of my fist"

    Amen to that. I borrowed one of these at a job cutting 1/2" ply for headers and I still have the darn blister scars on my knuckle! I currently own 2 circular saws.....one a big heavy DeWalt and the other a Porter Cable 325MAG. The PC is an excellent workshop saw for several reasons:

    1. The thick base plate acts like a little "fence" (one of the only saws I have seen with it) that makes following a straight-cut guide a breeze....no drift.

    2. It's light but quite powerful.

    3. It's a pretty color.

    4. The quick-change blade system rocks.


    Z

    OH Yeah......almost forgot. Until someone comes out with a cordless that can make it through a 96" plywood rip without pooping out I would STAY AWAY from cordless.
    Last edited by zenophus; 03-11-2007, 07:49 AM.

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