circular saw upgrade. Wormdrive for life

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Blog entry by emart posted 10-19-2014 06:42 AM 1805 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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

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#1 posted 10-19-2014 02:26 PM

Congratulations, I do have one but I have used one they are good improvement on a standard saw

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#2 posted 10-19-2014 02:39 PM

I have one thats 20 yrs old and still works just fine, as for the weight, it will give you workout but they do make one that uses magnesium and is quite a bit lighter but is also more expensive

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Gene Howe

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#3 posted 10-19-2014 02:51 PM

Good choice! Mine’s about 30 years old and it’s still working great. I’m done framing anything, so now it’s used just for breaking down sheet goods. The weight is a +. Gravity is your friend.
I made a guide for mine by embedding a T track in 8’ long 3/4 ply and attaching the mating insert to the bottom of the saw. The initial cut establishes the cut line. No need to calculate any offsets.

-- 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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#4 posted 10-19-2014 10:12 PM

You will never regret the upgrade, I bought mine in the 80’s and have rode it hard and put it away wet and it still it does just what it’s designed to do …
I have a 60 tooth blade for breaking down sheet goods, (works well on everything except the paper thin veneers of the big box store stuff).
I predict that you will never use a sidewinder again unless it is battery powered.

Oh by the way, put a bit of wax on the sole plate (just like your table saw top) (unplugged of course) much easier to use.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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