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  • I need a circular saw and advice on which one to get...

    I am running into situations in which I need a circular saw. I don't want to buy just any saw, I want to get a good one that will last.

    I have seen several that look like they would do the job, what are your thoughts and what has worked good for you?

    Here are several that I am possibly looking at:

    Ridgid 7 ¼", Worm Drive Circular Saw
    Bosch CS20 7 ¼" Circular Saw
    Porter Cable MAG423 Circular Saw
    Milwaukee 6390-21 Tilt-Lok 15 Amp 7-1/4-Inch Circular Saw

    Thanks,
    Chris

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    Re: I need a circular saw and advice on which one to get...

    I had researched circular saws prior to buying the R4511. For safety reasons, I really wanted a blade brake. The following all seem to be great saws:

    Milwaukee 6394-21
    Makita 5007 MGA
    Porter Cable 325 MAG (423 MAG is left-bladed version)
    DeWalt DW364 and DW369CSK

    I'm leaning toward the Porter Cable due to it's dust management abilities.

    Here's an interesting review article.

    Dave

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    • #3
      Re: I need a circular saw and advice on which one to get...

      I know this is a Ridgid board, and they make some good stuff.... but get one of the Skil 77 worm drives. I went through a bunch of circ saws, they all seemed to let the smoke out too easily. Then a friend pointed out that if you looked at what was on construction sites, it is usually a 77. He was right. Mine is now 20 years old, and still chuggin'. It's a little heavy. But you can't kill it. You might want to get the magnesium version, it's a bit lighter.

      If you don't like the 77, get a Milwaukee. Never used a Milwaukee tool that wasn't an outstanding machine and built like a tank on steroids.

      Good luck,

      Andy
      Last edited by Andy_M; 05-22-2009, 06:44 PM.

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      • #4
        Re: I need a circular saw and advice on which one to get...

        Rather than the old faithful SKIL 77 series, I would look to their parent company Bosch. Bosch bought up SKIL some time back and their worm drive saws are very refined and also high quality.

        The 1677M has a regular power cord and the 1677MD has a clever setup so you use it with an extension cord.
        http://www.boschtools.com/Products/T...aspx?catid=533

        One thing comes to mind. Are you planning to really use this tool for a long time, or will it just get used now and then for light work?
        A worm drive circular saw is a workhorse. The Milwaukee Tilt-Lok series are nice and worth checking out.
        Last edited by Woussko; 05-22-2009, 05:55 PM.

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        • #5
          Re: I need a circular saw and advice on which one to get...

          On a job site, a few years ago, someone had a saw that raised the blade guard by means of a lever on top of the saw instead of by lifting it at its base. I never like making plunge cuts with my fingers close to the spining blade. I have no rememberance of what brand the saw was but if I buy another saw I would certainly search that out. It is an excellent safety feature.

          Tom

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          • #6
            Re: I need a circular saw and advice on which one to get...

            Get a Porter Cable. Go to the local HD or where ever you can and look at the different models. Find the one you like, and go search eBay for one.

            I have bought most of my hand tools on ebay, finding some gently used but in great shape tools for about half to three quarters what I would have paid retail for new. Got a PC circular saw, Bosch jig saw, several PC air nailers, Bosch combo router set, Dewalt recip. saw, the list goes on and on.

            For example, my PC circular saw, paid $65 for it with case and extra blade. It looks like it was used no more than 2 or 3 times.

            You gotta be patient and bid smartly, but they are there to be had.

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