|Review by Don K.||posted 04-25-2009 06:53 AM||12539 views||2 times favorited||16 comments|
I know many woodworkers do not use a “Worm gear” saw because it is not precise enough for fine detail cutting. But at times I still find I need to use one (other than in my remodel business). A few weeks ago, (before easter) I was asked to build a project for my church (A 20ft tall mountain for a Easter play) and I pulled out my trusty 20+ year old Skil worm drive saw to begin work. Guess what, didn’t work anymore. So I jumped in my truck and head down to my local Lowe’s to by a new one.
Enter the Mag77 Worm Drive – Mag77 – Magnesium Worm Drive Circular Saw, I had read the reviews on this saw….and they did not lie. It is much lighter than the old worm gear saw, but feels like it is a tank. Power ? I have used cheap table saws that did not have as much power as this monster. Very easy to use, well balanced, and the top handle is postioned just right (I do hear it is awkward to use for left handed people). The base plate looks like it could take a real beating and never bend.
All in all this is a great worm gear saw for those in the market.There is one small problem I have found with the saw. The factory preset postions are not accurate at 90deg. Like all hand held saws, these are not adjustable settings, you flip the lever and go back and forth between 45 and 90 degree untill you hit a metal tab that stops the saw. I was making my project for the church with my new saw, when I noticed the cuts were at a slight angle. I played with the adjusting lever, but no mater what I did, it would not sit at a exact 90, close, but not dead on.
The project I was working on was not that critical, so I finished cutting with it, and the next day took it back to the store and got a exchange. Thinking it was nothing more than a slight factory blim, I grabed my new one and out the door I went. Imagine my surprise when I got home, took it out of the box, and the blade still went past 90 at the 90 deg. stop.
As I said, it is close, and for framing work and the such, it is just fine. But if your going to use it for some more precise cutting, don’t trust the factory stop, it goes a few degrees PAST 90, you will need to use a small square to set it at 90.
This is not a big deal, and I highly recomend this saw for anyone wanting a true power house to do rough cutting, framing etc.
-- Don S.E. OK