|Review by dfdye||posted 03-10-2010 08:59 AM||8306 views||0 times favorited||16 comments|
- Worx WT431K Revolver Bladerunner 15-Amp 7-1/4" Circular Saw
- Brand: Worx | Category: Circular Saws
Unfortunately, I always run the risk of walking out of my local Woodcraft with more than I intended to. Such was the case this weekend when I went in for a plane blade and a set of cabinet scrapers and walked out with a new circular saw as well. Though I can’t deny that this was an impulse buy, I have been looking for a premium circular saw to replace my junk Skill saw, though most of the saws I was considering were in the $125-$160 range.
This Worx “revolver” saw was on clearance for $70, half of what it originally retailed for, and since I hadn’t found anything decent within $50 of that, (other than a Hitachi that was ~$90), I figured for the price I would be willing to take a chance. Normally, I would want to give a saw more than an evenings worth of use before writing a review of it, but after looking around online, it seems as if many places are listing this saw as on clearance, so you may need to move quickly to get one. Since I was very impressed with the saw (especially for the price!) I didn’t want to wait too long to share my thoughts in case this saw isn’t available for too much longer.
So, with that introduction, here are my opinions of the Worx Revolver circular saw:
Put simply, this is the best saw for $70 I have ever seen! It is comparable in build quality to the nice Porter Cable, Bosch, and Delta circular saws (three that I was very closely considering buying), with dual bevel angle locking nuts to keep the saw where you want it, a good depth adjustment indicator gauge, and a good general “feel.” I’m not really sure how to describe it, but I am guessing most of you can tell a “good” tool from an “OK” tool just by the way it feels in your hands—this “feels” like a solid tool.
The base was a big draw for me—it has a nice 90 degree adjustment set screw, a well defined edge for cutting along a guide, a rip guide slot (and an included rip guide, which is not anything special), and a slot along the left of the base for what I assume to be a guide rail system. I am sure you can look this up.
The “gizmo” part of this saw, the ability to rotate the handle during a cut, didn’t do anything for me at all. I practiced making a cut with the pivot of the motor, and I didn’t feel like I was completely in control of the plane. Fortunately, there is a solid locking screw that allows the saw to work as a standard “fixed” circular saw. The benefit of the pivot feature for me was that I could adjust the handle position before a cut to compensate for the angle of the saw based on different depth of cut settings. I hate that if I make a shallow cut with a standard circular saw, my hand is out of position relative to how I would make a through cut in a 2X.. To me, the pivot feature easily allows me to get my hands in the most comfortable cutting position prior to making a cut.
The saw is everything you would want out of a premium saw—good materials, lots of power, and comfortable to work with. The only “non-premium” part of this saw is its current bargain price. Thus I give it a 5/5 for price/performance. If the saw was $140, I would be disappointed with the lack of am included dust collection adapter, and would definitely take a star off.
So, long story short, I have not seen another saw come close to this quality for the price. I would highly recommend this saw if you need one.
(PS yes, I did take the pictures just before I used it for the first time today, thus the lack of dust. The wood that the saw is sitting on is the beginnings of my new workbench just before I cut the MDF in half.)
-- David from Indiana --