So, it finally occurred to me that I should be looking to Craigslist for used tool deals. It’s not like I didn’t know I should. Sometimes, it takes more twacks from the two-by-four.
I live in a rural area, in the middle of nowhere, equidistant from anything important. It took a bit of search engine extortion to get listings for my fair little cow country. The best deal was a Makita Model 5008NBA 8-1/4” Circular Saw (less blade) for twenty-five bucks:
Not a lot of bananas for a quality tool. Within the hour I was listening to it fire up (such sweet music, truly) and smiling all the way home while it road beside me.
It has some time on it, needs a good cleaning and a better power cord, but everything else that matters is rock solid. I know of several characters that have made decent table saws from circular saws. Two of them with a Makita. Definitely. I see a future project peaking above the horizon.