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Looking for my first circular saw

by JohnyTD
posted 02-08-2018 02:39 PM

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#1 posted 02-08-2018 04:20 PM

καλως ΗΡΘΑΤΕ Johny

if I had it to do over again – I would find a good saw with the motor on the right hand side of the blade.
it is called a “worm drive” saw. you would have to compare the prices, but if you plan on doing a lot of work
with the circular saw, it will be worth it in the long run. IF you are right handed.
if you are left handed, any of the standard saws with the motor on the left side will be fine.
this is just a personal choice for you and your budget. I like any of the tools that you mentioned above.
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#2 posted 02-08-2018 04:26 PM

Any of them will work fine.

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#3 posted 02-08-2018 04:31 PM

Thank you for your kind words!I hope you come again soon!

I saw the “worm drive” option while I was searching,but I didn’t know what it meant.Looking again now I can see that they cheapest of them are way out of my budget,so unfortunately I’ll have to stick with one of these three.
Do you think that I should be worried about the 15 Amp craze that’s going on out there?Will these be underpowered?I thought that I should get the cheapest of them and invest in some more blades.

Again,thank you for your answers!

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#4 posted 02-08-2018 05:38 PM

I would personally get the Makita. I’ve had several direct drive circ saws throughout the years and my favorite has always been the Makita. Just seems smoother and nicer to use. Most of the time that’s what I see professional framers using. A few months back I found a great deal on a Bosch worm drive and since then it’s been my go-to and I don’t touch the sidewinder anymore.

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#5 posted 02-08-2018 05:51 PM

There are a few companies that make right hand non-worm saws. I have a Milwaukee. I also have the Makita Hypoid {Makitas’ name for worm drive}. If you need the power then go with that Makita. It is not going to stall or bog down. I have it for cutting brick and block when I do masonry work, but it is great for wood too. it does have a few drawbacks…again, it is heavy so if you are holding it all day cutting boards it gets fatiguing real quick, and it doesn’t have as wide of a base so you have to be careful to keep it flat on the board. There is one other thing, it has a motor that is powerful and spins perpendicular to the blade. This causes the saw to jump with torque when you first pull the trigger. Lay down a board and mark it, get the saw all set up right on the line, pull the trigger and it jumps 3 inches to the side, so now you have to reset it to the mark and make your cut. Kind of aggravating to me, but then again…this is America!!! We don’t care of it flips completely out of our hand for the torque and we have to climb down the 40 ft ladder to retrieve it every cut….as long as we got the power!!!

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#6 posted 02-08-2018 05:59 PM

Not sure if its out of your price range but I use my Porter Cable cordless tools nearly 95% of the time.

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#7 posted 02-08-2018 06:20 PM

I ‘ve heard a lot good reviews about Porter Cable and Milwakee tools (also Ridgid?) but the value for money they are famous for does not apply here.Due to taxes and shipping they fall in a much higher price range,otherwise I’d have no problem buying one of those.
Considering power the Bosch is 1400W and the Makita is 1200.Should I be worried about that?I’m taking the dewalt out because I think it is more for garage-oriented use,at least the DWE560,I’m really impressed with the rest of their tools.
I can’t choose between the Makita and the Bosch because the first has something like a double insulation feature from what I ‘ve read and the Bosch are famous for the materials they use in their blue line to increase durability.
Which one do you think is more durable?

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#8 posted 02-08-2018 08:17 PM

Milwaukee 6391-21 Is what I have cuts great!

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#9 posted 02-08-2018 08:58 PM

You’re going to get varying opinions, nobody can give you the best answer for you. Best thing for you to do now is get on Amazon and read some reviews….but again, a lot of opinion in thrown in there. You’ll be happy with any of your choices.

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#10 posted 02-08-2018 09:30 PM

all my trucks carry skil worm drives, for the heavy work, and makita for the soft work.

i myself have an old miller falls that still purrs like a kitty and a newer porter cable, standard circ saws. i like the magnesium and thick base plates, good saws if maintained.

good luck, saws are a personal thing, jmo

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#11 posted 02-08-2018 10:05 PM

Thank you for your answers!

I get it that everyone has their own opinion about the tools they use so I’m not trying to find the best,just trying to avoid any major problems I am not aware of with the tools that I chose.All of the above tools are much cheaper to buy if you are a USA resident,so even though I’ve read good things,their price for me is out of limits.
I really like the makita,I can get it cheaper too,but I’m going to stick with the bosch due to the increased wattage and the fact that in case I need the warranty,it’s easier to find a service point.

Thank you for your time again!

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#12 posted 02-09-2018 01:38 AM

It depends a lot on what you’ll be using it for. If you plan to mainly be breaking down sheet goods, or doing simple framing, pretty much any 7-1/4” saw will do the job. Something light and agile will be easier to work with. Maybe even consider cordless for the convenience it provides. Like others said, the right/left side blade choice is a personal one.

I have an older Skil Mag 77 from back when they were made in the USA that’s a workhorse. I use it to true up one edge of mesquite slabs that are completely rough, that is with bark on both sides, in order to get them ready for milling. I don’t know of any lighter weight 7-1/4” saw that can cut through 2” slabs of that stuff as efficiently.

The guy that owns a mesquite yard I buy from does a lot of custom work on mantels, etc, and he has the Makita 16-5/16” beast that has a 6” depth of cut. My little Skil wouldn’t come close to meeting his needs.

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#13 posted 02-09-2018 02:23 AM

Skil 77

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#14 posted 02-09-2018 02:13 PM

The Skill seems nice but this line here is really expensive and we don’t get good deals on used equipment.I’ll mostly use it for 18mm (11/16) plywood and some medium density woods,nothing too extreme.I reckon it ‘ll be fine with 1200-1400W saws such as the bosch or the makita.I also read that choosing a thinner kerf could be easier for smaller wattage saws,so I’ll look into it

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