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09-11-2019 02:06 PM


I think it’s time for a new circular saw. I have an old cordless Ryobi 18v. Sometimes even with a fully charged battery, it will not make it all the way through a cut. I need a saw with more power.

What do you think? Does anyone recommend another cordless.? (My entire battery set is based on Ryobi) or is ti good to also have a corded one in the tool collection?


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#1 posted 09-11-2019 02:23 PM

Depends on your budget and if you want to stay cordless. I have four Makita cordless circular saws. 6-1/2” 18V, 7-1/4” 36V left bladed, 7-1/4” 36V right bladed, and 36V track saw. I love them all. Power of corded without the cord.

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#2 posted 09-11-2019 02:27 PM

I have a Dewalt cordless but found it sometimes struggled to breakdown heavy plywood. While it is still my primary circ saw, I use cheap Harbor Freight corded saw when needed.

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#3 posted 09-11-2019 04:16 PM

Just recently bought a Ryobi CSB144LZK. Put a Frued blade on it. I cut the stringers for 3 sets of stairs with it and it worked excellent. It is a corded saw. 15 Amp.

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#4 posted 09-11-2019 04:19 PM

Call me old school if you will, but I’m in the corded circ saw camp. I have a PC USA-made that just keeps on runnin’. A quality blade is a must.

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#5 posted 09-11-2019 04:20 PM

I have a few

Honestly while there’s a few cordless ones buried in there, I’ll grab the DeWalt or 7 1/4” Makita out of habit nearly every time. They perform excellently, have more power than 99.9% of cordless saws and they’re light. Unless you really need the cordless feature, it costs more and performs less.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#6 posted 09-11-2019 04:40 PM

Have you determined if it is just the batteries or the saw at this point? It sounds like the battery if failing during the high demand of the saw. Unfortunately spare batteries cost about as much as the tool + battery. Some of the battery shops like batteries plus will “rebuild” battery packs for a reasonable amount.

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#7 posted 09-11-2019 04:43 PM

I’d go corded unless you need the cordless capability. For use around the house, I never reach for my cordless saw. Always the corded one.

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#8 posted 09-11-2019 04:56 PM

DeWalt, Makita and Milwaukee can’t be beat. I waited until I found a good sale and it happened to be for a Milwaukee M18 drill driver kit. I’ve since expanded to other tools in that line. Always going for sale prices.

One was the 6 1/2” circular saw. It has no problem cutting through 8/4 hardwood, even with the 60 tooth blade I keep on it for clean cuts. If you want to spend more, Milwaukee has their Fuel line that includes a full size 7 1/4” circular saw with even more power.

Keep an eye out on eBay. I got the drill/driver kit that retails for $299 for just over $200, new in the box with free shipping. Same deals can be found on batteries and other components. I only paid $60 for my circular saw, again new in the box with free shipping. That’s half of what you’ll pay at Home Depot.

Sit back and watch. When you see a deal on an 18 or 20V kit from one of those three companies, jump on it

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#9 posted 09-11-2019 06:22 PM

Quite franky, I have never been a big fan of Hitatchi. However, about a year ago I won a Hitatchi 6.5” cordless circular saw. I am impressed! They have about the most frills I have seen; hi and low cutting speed, battery gauge, blade brake, and a light. Even though pricy, I would highly recommend them!

-- Dale Miller Modesto, CA "I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13. "Woodworking minus patience equals firewood."

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#10 posted 09-11-2019 06:43 PM

Over here in Spain, interestingly, milwaukee seems to be gunning for makita and dewalt, theyve got displays up front and center in all the suppliers I frequent.

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#11 posted 09-11-2019 07:22 PM

They aren’t for everyone but, I love my Skill 77 worm drive. Like yeti, I have a few others but, that 77 just fits my hand.
I work mainly with live edge mesquite slabs and have built my own track saw using t track. The 77 is fitted with the t track insert and, that’s how I prepare the slabs. It’s great for breaking down plywood, too.
My framing days are over but, that old 77 has cut a lot of two bys. It’s about 40 years old and not a lick of trouble.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#12 posted 09-11-2019 07:27 PM

I’m old enough now that I think I will have no more battery powered tools. I know they are convenient but I still own and use the original power drill my dad bought me for Christmas, over 50 years ago. I have used up a lot of battery powered one in that time. I work a lot slower now, I can move cords around.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#13 posted 09-11-2019 07:41 PM

They aren t for everyone but, I love my Skill 77 worm drive. Like yeti, I have a few others but, that 77 just fits my hand.

- Gene Howe

For sure, Gene. I have a Mag 77 I bought back when they were still made in the good old USA. I use it when I rip 8/4 mesquite with natural edges to get a clean line.

By the way, I hired your law firm. You’re with Dewey, Cheatam and Howe, right? Such stooges. (Young people might not get that one).

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#14 posted 09-11-2019 09:54 PM

I just scanned through most of the posts and didn’t see batteries being addressed. A lot of the time lack of power in a cordless saw can be attributed to poor quality or low amp hour batteries. As an example, I have an old B&D drill that won’t run more than a few minutes with the battery fully charged, the problem is that the battery is actually pretty worn out. On the other hand, My 20v Dewalt Circular saw won”t go long enough to charge the other battery that came with the kit. The problem here is that the kit I have came with 2, 2 amp hour batteries and they are just don’t have enough juice to run a saw for very long. They’ll run the drill and driver quite well though. So I picked up some 4 amp Hour batteries for the saws (circular and Reciprocating) and things work great. I can go long enough for the back up battery to fully charge at least. I recommend figuring out what the amp hour rating of your current batteries is and seeing if Ryobi has something larger that might last longer.

-- Larry A. - I've made a small fortune with my woodworking. The trouble is, I started with a large fortune.

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#15 posted 09-11-2019 11:36 PM

Buy a good cord saw and you can give it to the grandkids.

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