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Old 02-16-2015, 08:32 AM
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Best circular saw for under $200? I do a lot of weekend projects, I find myself using my circular saw all the time. If I did one small project a year I would get something cheap. I have had a few differnent ones, working on a porta cable now that is on the way out the door. It got dropped and the table is bent. Any thoughts on the higher end Makitas? Not a huge Dewalt fan at all. Have had good luck with Rigid stuff also. For drills, sanders, and routers I have almost exclusively Boush. Thoughts?
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$100 Makita good med duty saw
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Very weird area to post the question but none the less Makita is the tits
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I've always used a makita, anything else I grab feels awkward. Saying that a guy on the crew just got a new dewalt and I really like it. Feels good in your hand, lighter than the makita and will lay over to a 55 degree bevel
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I would suggest any work driven saw. Gives you more power and seam to last longer especially if your cutting heavy think stuff. Rag's
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Originally Posted by Ragtop409 View Post
I would suggest any work driven saw. Gives you more power and seam to last longer especially if your cutting heavy think stuff. Rag's
Thinking he may have meant Worm drive. And he's probably right. More power and easier to control.
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Milwaukee makes a nice circ saw. I like heavy heavier saws for ripping. Easier to keep strait, just like a heavy rifle.
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Whatever you decide on, get a good sharp carbide tipped blade.
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Thinking he may have meant Worm drive. And he's probably right. More power and easier to control.
Thanks rotten. Dam auto correct. WORM drive is the way to go. Rag's
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Old 02-18-2015, 08:45 PM
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I like my bosch skill saw . Maybe up your budget and look into a Festool system.
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Skillsaw with the blade forward and left of the motor. This makes it much easier to see the line the blade is cutting along.
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I have been buying Hitachi and am very happy...my hitachi circ. saw will really impress.
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I'd buy another Porter Cable, corded saw in a second if mine pooped out.. However any of the upper end models from Makita, Milwaukee, Hitachi or Bosch are all very good.
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Originally Posted by porksoda View Post
Whatever you decide on, get a good sharp carbide tipped blade.
This is the best advice so far, although not what you asked. Use the right blade for the job and when it gets dull, replace it.

As for the saw itself, go with what feels right. As good as a worm gear is, some don't like how it feels (takes some getting used to). Some saws are heavy or cumbersome, you need to be comfortable using whatever saw you get. I would think that every name brand saw in the $200 range is going to last you a lifetime. I have a $100 (or less) Makita that's lightweight that I use when weight matters and it's over 20 years old. I have a HEAVY Craftsman that I've had for 40 years that my father used regularly and it still works fine. Personally, I wouldn't go super cheap Black and Decker. I wouldn't get a cordless for everyday work, but I love my cordless when I need it.

I Googled reviews on circular saws and for $120, this one seems good: Hitachi C7BMR 7-1/4 15-Amp Circular Saw with Brake and IDI Technology.

One of my favorite saws is a Rockwell RK3440K VersaCut Circular Saw. This is not a saw for cutting 2 X material, it's a saw for special purposes.
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Makita Magnesium for me
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