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Glen Peterson

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#1 posted 02-28-2010 02:59 PM

I’ve probably had 4 circular saws in my life. One was my dads and I have no ideas what happened to it. The first one I bought was a cheap plastic model that died after a few years. The one I’ve been using for over a decade is a DeWalt. I generally like it. It’s tough. It’s strong. It’s reliable. It’s keeps it’s settings accurately. It has a plastic carrying case that provides good protection. The thing I like least about it is that it throws dust everywhere. I’ve always thought that tphe marking system that inicates where the cut will be is unclear. The offset between the blade and the edge of the base isn’t indicated. It should also be a very easy distance to remember like 1 1/2 inches. When stored the cords are tightly wrapped around the tool so I’ve broken the rubber piece where the cord exits the tool.
I also have a Ryobi cordless. One of my sisters gave me one of those tool packs from HD for Christmas one year. I don’t use it much because it doesn’t have much power. But just about the only thing I use the circular saw for these days is to cut down sheets of plywood to managable sizes before putting them onto the table saw for final size.

I’ve always been interested in industrial design. I don’t own one, and don’t plann on owning one, but the Festool saw is seems well designed with lots of accessories designed to make the work easier. I believe Festool is German. Metabo, another German company makes a ciruclar saw they claim can plunge. I nice innovation if it works well. I wonder what the Italians use for circular saws. I like their design, but I suspect they buy the German or Japanese models.

-- Glen

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