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06-08-2016 11:06 PM

I looking at getting a circular saw as a start to build my tool collection back up. I am looking at getting the DeWalt DWE575 circular saw, but I am wondering do I need the electric brake or not?

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#1 posted 06-08-2016 11:22 PM

I have DeWalt DW368 that I like a lot. Don’t know if they still make it (this one is about 8 years old).

I don’t know anything about a brake one way or the other.

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#2 posted 06-08-2016 11:52 PM

I don’t think they make the DeWalt DW368 anymore, I have a Skilsaw 5825 6-1/2’’ wormdrive but its to heavy for all day use.

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#3 posted 06-09-2016 12:52 AM

Old saw did not have brake. New Makita 5007MGA does. I like having the brake…

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#4 posted 06-09-2016 05:07 AM

Not a fan of sidewinders – I guess that is an east coast-west coast thing – but just bought a new Makita 5377MG hypoid that is growing on me. Seems well sorted out.

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#5 posted 06-09-2016 05:24 AM

I recommend makita for a circular saw with a diablo blade.

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#6 posted 06-09-2016 05:58 AM

I also recently got the 5007-mg and I love it so far. The dust blower and the LED’s are really nice extra features and the magnesium plate glides across the straight edge.

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#7 posted 06-09-2016 06:45 AM

I use a 25 yr. old B&D commercial grade side drive with a good plywood blade. Almost exclusively for breaking down plywood in the shop. It doesn’t have a brake but if I replaced it I’d look at one with a brake. If I was planning to do much framing and construction, I’d prefer a wormdrive.

That DeWalt looks like a nice saw.

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#8 posted 06-09-2016 10:13 AM

The wormdrive is a heavy saw, most of the carpenters in the south prefer sidewinders. I will check into the Makita as well.

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#9 posted 06-09-2016 12:21 PM

A wormdrive is heavier and longer, but the raw torque makes up for it . also having the cut visible if you are a righty is very handy. I find the longer profile to help a lot when making long straight cuts or using a door board or straight edge.

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#10 posted 06-09-2016 12:50 PM

Can I ask what you plan on using the saw for? That may help determine which is the best saw,

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#11 posted 06-09-2016 12:57 PM

Can I ask what you plan on using the saw for? That may help determine which is the best saw,

- tmasondarnell

Yup. A wormdrive is intended for heavy duty use by framers, roofers, etc.

They are also much heavier than a standard skilsaw.

I think all the major brands would suffice a ww’er. I would pay particular attention to the base thickness.

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#12 posted 06-09-2016 01:10 PM

DirtyMike spoke for me also. Makita with a Diablo blade. My choice was made after buying and using (and regifting and selling some) Craftsman, Hitachi, and a couple of cheapos. I was after a saw with a good solid base that wouldn’t be ruined if you dropped it, and easily adjustable depth of cut. Several saws would have met my needs, but I went with the Makita. No regrets at all. Second choice was one of the Dewalt saws.

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#13 posted 06-09-2016 01:19 PM

They don’t make ‘em like they used to :)

That thing is all metal and will cut through a Ford F-150 if you let it loose on one! And surprisingly enough, is not really all that heavy.


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#14 posted 06-09-2016 02:08 PM

I am going to be using the saw to cut 2×4 and sheathing

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#15 posted 06-09-2016 02:27 PM

You might want to look at the Bosch CS20. I’ve had one for a few years and love it. What I really like about it is the “bring your own cord”...your extension cord plugs directly into the handle of the saw so you don’t worry about cord issues on the saw (including but not limited to accidently cutting the cord).

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