It always seems like problems arise when I am in the middle of a big project. On thursday I had to cut up some plywood for a customer’s project when my old craftsman circular saw was not complying. It would not cut a straight line despite me using an arrow straight piece of steel as a fence and it was bogging down a lot. At closer inspection a chunk of plastic fell from the motor housing and the saw blade was wobbling when i pulled the trigger. It was a goner so after the blade ruined the piece i was trying to cut and I had finished throwing the saw at a wall in frustration I decided it was time for an upgrade.
I bought myself a new skilsaw worm drive! My god this thing is amazing it zipped through the plywood in seconds. It was a huge improvement over my old saw I will not go back to a direct drive unless I win the lottery and buy a Festool or something. I just cannot get over how much better this tool is everything from the angle and depth adjusters to the cord is just better. The only downside is the weight and the fact that the saw is right handed (I’m not) but I will get used to it or I might fabricate a new top handle so the angle fits my cutting style better
-- tools are only as good as the hands that hold them https://www.custommade.com/by/emeraldcrafts/