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Old 08-08-2010, 04:12 PM   #1
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We have a cordless porter-cable that came in a set of 4 other tools with ni-cad batteries. Problem is the batteries are getting so hot. We are thinking it might be better to buy a corded circular saw.

Any particular make & model suggestions? Looking for something of good value, for, we don't need a porsche but we want something that works well of course! thanks!

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I like Worm Drive circular saws. Skil has always been the classic, and it's just about the only decent tool Skil makes anymore (or has that gone downhill too?).

Makita makes decent saws for good prices.

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DeWalt or Milwaukee - either one will do. I like this one:

http://www.dewalt.com/tools/saws-cir...-dw369csk.aspx

$140 at Lowes. Has an electric brake and stops at 22.5 and 45, which are nice features.
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Whatever brand you buy make sure it’s a worm drive (unless your left handed).

It’s nice to be able to see what you’re cutting.
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I'm a Skill worm drive user,too.

Porter cable makes a sidewinder with the blade on the left--I've heard very good things about that one-
--Some people like a lighter saw--if that's you, look at the porter cable.---Mike--
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if you are looking at worm drives, look hard at the Dewalt and/or Makita version. They use a slightly different gear design (hypoid instead of worm drive). These have a sealed motor, that doesn't require oil changes like worm drives. They are also a little lighter than most of the worm drives on the market.
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I "supposedly" do HandyMan type work, but lately I added an 8 x 10 storage room onto the home of the Dad of a close friend. You know, they hit my soft spot to do it. Framing this up with my DeWalt circular saw go to where this saw was heavy after using it for 4-6 hours straight. Then again, I wished several times that I had a "sidewinder" type saw. I'm right-handed, the blades on the right and I have to look over the guard to see a line. But then again, I don't do this type work every day. I suppose finding an answer to your question would be to figure out how often you would use this saw, which type would you need, and how much do you want to spend on it. David
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When it comes to worm drives Skill built America. I have many and Skill has always been my workhorse. Working them “full time” you occasionally replace the trigger switch or brushes. Only once have I burned up a Skill Saw.

The Makita is to light IMO. The saw jerks when you pull the trigger. To much torque for the weight of the saw.

A couple of years ago I was gifted/tipped a DeWalt and have been using it ever since. The one thing it has over the Skill is you can have the table set at a 45 and be cutting a angle like a hip rafter and the guard doesn’t bind up or get in the way. That’s always been a problem with Skill.

Bottom line for OP is, if you’re right handed get a saw with the blade on the left side of the saw. If you’re a lefty just about any sidewinder will do.
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Unless you're going to do a lot a cutting, I don't know why you'd want to spend the extra money for a worm drive... even then, I personally find them too heavy. I just spent a lot of time looking for a Circular
Saw and finally settled on the Hitachi C7SB2... it's 15 amps... plenty of power... Lowes has it for $79.97.
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I use the $100 makita from the home depot.
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Has anyone looked at the rigid worm drive?
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Unless you're going to do a lot a cutting, I don't know why you'd want to spend the extra money for a worm drive... even then, I personally find them too heavy. I just spent a lot of time looking for a Circular
Saw and finally settled on the Hitachi C7SB2... it's 15 amps... plenty of power... Lowes has it for $79.97.
Because the blade is on the left side of the saw, you don’t have to look over the top of the saw to see what you’re cutting.

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Has anyone looked at the rigid worm drive?
I’ve used one for a few days with no complaints.
Lighter than the Skill, $20 cheaper, cuts 51 deg. I’d buy one.
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Ive used one for a few days with no complaints.
Lighter than the Skill, $20 cheaper, cuts 51 deg. Id buy one.
Thanks, now I can add another tool to my collection with confidence...
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There is plenty of information regarding circular saws online, so if you do a little you should be able to find some good reviews and recommendations. As much as I agree that certain brands are better than others, I would hesitate to buy a Makita or DeWalt saw just because of the name ... there are big differences in saws even from one brand. Just my 2 cents!

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