Buy a circular saw

Are you looking for a new circular saw? I am. I have an old, cheap one I bought at Home Depot about 10 years ago, which almost had it with my torture. Now I’m looking at my options to purchase a new circular saw. Am I going cordless? How much will I use it for? What do I need it for? How much power do I really need in my circular saw?

I talked to my brother Joe about it. He is a contractor in Buffalo, New York and a big fan of DeWalt tools. He is always working on the best quality in his tools. Joe said cordless circular saws are good if you work on a roof or in places where there is limited access to power. In terms of strength, Joey says the newer wireless tools almost have the power of cord tools. Almost, but not completely and definitely not if you use it to cut frame pieces all day. Joe has a worm motor and a regular circular saw. He pulls out his Skil HD77M worm cutter circular saw when he has to get through the big things. But when it comes to cutting 2x4s all day, he uses the lighter weight DeWalt 368K. And to top it off, he uses his DeWalt cordless DC300K with a NANO battery. Joe said he has embraced NANO technology because it is getting bitterly cold in Buffalo and he wants the reliability of Lithium Ion batteries, which will work just as well in cold temperatures. And the nicest of them is that the DeWalt NANO batteries are backwards compatible with all its DeWalt wireless tools.

Hmmm. But what kind of circular saw do I want? Although I’m not a contractor, I’m an avid Do-It-Yourselfer with a sweet job as an instrument blog editor. Yup, I’ve got a big discount on the high quality tools sold at the Toolking Superstore, and you know, I’m taking advantage of it! (shameless plug; 0) Seriously, even though I did not get the discount, ToolKing has the lowest prices, especially if you go for the revamped versions (believe me, I checked it out). ToolKing’s secret (for all those who want e-commerce) is that they buy in very large quantities from companies like DeWalt and Makita, and that they get a better price offer, which they then pass on to their customers, or: U. .

Anyhoo ~ back to my circular saw purchase.

Wire versus wireless

I’m wondering if I should go with a cordless or cordless saw. My husband and I bought the craziest, smallest house in our area, so we’re in the middle of renovating our entire house. Since we both work full time, we grow into spurts. Our circular saw we just tackled with the last project. We have installed an outdoor patio with 6x6s to lay paving. Poop, let’s go circular saw, it’s had enough. Like I said earlier, it was old, cheap and from Home Depot. Okay, maybe we pushed it a bit on the 6x6s, but who does not push their tools to the extreme for which they should be used? Especially homeowners who usually do not have the large variety of tools that a contractor has, or do not always have the ‘right tools’ for the job (the right tools for this job would have been a circular saw with a Prazi) beam cutter- attachment).

After a bit of debate, we decided to go with a circular saw or a lithium-ion battery powered circular saw, because we often go between projects for a few weeks or months. If we have to use the circular saw, we want to use it now. Lithium-ion batteries have a long shelf life, which means they will stay charged even if they sit on the shelf in your garage (in the cold) for a few weeks. They are also extremely lightweight. So if we go wireless, we will opt for the battery-powered lithium-ion circular saw. Makita makes a beautiful LiIon circular saw and you can get one with the purchase of their LXT700 18v LiIon combo kit. The LiIon circular saw included in the LXT700 kit has a 6-1 / 2 inch saw blade, not a 7-1 / 4, this is what we are looking for.

I entered the Toolking store. The ToolKing store has an excellent setup, Doug and the guys redesigned the entire layout so you can now touch all the tools. I like that! You can really feel for which one you like better, because when it comes to the options, there are many high quality tools available, but in which one feels better Your hands? Most contractor grade circular saws have a 15 amp, powerful motor, magnesium housing (for lightweight and strength), at least a 45 degree inclination and excellent safety features. I have to pick each one up as if I were using it, and look at the position of the handles for convenience and how good my line of sight will be for the blade.

These are the circular saws I compared:

1. I picked up the DeWalt DW368K. It is durable enough to withstand a drop of 1 floor. The DeWalt DW368K also has an inclination of 56 degrees.

2. The Makita 5007FAK is a bit heavier, but it has a cool LED light on board and a ruler on the footplate. How many times do you work in a room with the light on your back?

3. I’m a big fan of the Bosch company because of everything I learned from this power tool recycling program and other proactive environmental projects. The very good feature of the Bosch CS20 (10.3 lbs) saw is their Direct Connect cord management system. The Bosch CS20 does not have a cord, you plug the power cable into it. So you never have to replace the cord or throw out your tools because the cord is split. The Bosch CS20 also has a blower on the front that blows the sawdust out of your way as you cut so you can see where you are cutting. The Bosch CS20 is also inclined at 56 degrees.

4. Then there was the Porter-Cable 324MAG. Super lightweight, the 324MAG weighs 9.6 pounds. From the circular saws I looked at, only the Porter Cable brand has an exhaust port for a vacuum attachment, a beautiful feature to work in the garage or house.

5. Milwaukee makes the 6394-21 Tilt Lock. It’s the most expensive of the group at $ 175, but has an exclusive Tilt-Lok handle that is probably more adjustable than me. The Tilt Lock on the Milwaukee 6294-21 adjusts in 8 different locking positions, making it easier to work on angles and overheads. The Milwaukee circular saw also has a 10-foot Quik-Lok cord for easy cord replacement and with a 3-hp motor, works as hard as my Polish carpenter.

A good circular saw should have enough power to cut through wet wood without slowing down or giving dangerous kickback. A good circular saw should also be light and durable because you accidentally drop it on the ground. You need to choose a circular saw based on balance, mobility and how it feels when you hold it. Strength!

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