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Forum topic by Anamaria posted 02-28-2010 07:04 AM 1423 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-28-2010 07:04 AM

Topic tags/keywords: circular saw questions help cordless

I am a industrial design student at Appalachian State University and I am re-designing the cordless circular saw for a project. Because of your expertise in the subject, I was hoping you would be able to help me by answering a few questions, if you don’t mind?

Well here it goes…

Which is you favorite corded saw and what are specific reasons as to why you favor it over others?

Which is your favorite corded saw and what are specific reasons as to why you favor them over others?

If you could redesign your favorite cordless circular saw, what things would you add or take away from it?

Do you find a lot of complaints about circular saws being hard to use for left handed people?

What are the top things that most professionals look for when buying a circular saw?

If you could help me with these that would be amazing. Thanks in advance, and have a good week!

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#1 posted 02-28-2010 07:57 AM

My favorite skillsaw would be a black n decker i bought almost 25 years ago it’s been through a fire, a flooded basement, ya just can’t kill it. with a good blade i can cut heavy timbers all day.I’ve burned out 3 – 1 1/2 hp craftsmans on a single set stairs. I drop a makita and bent the base plate. My worm drive is entirely to heavy for prolong use. never seen a battery powered saw that i could get a decent amount of cuts out of. Being left handed i learned to use my tools a little differently, never been a problem.

something i’d add maybe a baseplate that bevels left and right

-- dannymac

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#2 posted 02-28-2010 08:00 AM

I may not be able to answer all questions. But being cordless tool fan esp. Circular saw, I like my DeWalt DC390 18V. ( if the budget permited, I would have bought 36V)

1) The saw blade on the left side (I’m right handed)
2) Lightweight
3) Easy depth adjustment (If within my budget I would have bought the plunge CS like Festool)
4) Easy tilt

I always wish a CS with option of using either DC/AC with friendly switching device, option of using it with guide rail and edge fence, and other useful attachments that the inventor might be able to imagine.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 02-28-2010 08:05 AM

skill mag 77 .
and the 5 1/2 ” skil too .

i wont use a saw that has the blade on the right ,
as i can’t see the cut .

i have never understood why there are so many made that way .

something you could do ,
make the air blower better ,
so it cleans the v notch ,
and the line .
blowing on it is dumb .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 02-28-2010 08:49 AM

my bro inlaw has one not sure what brand but he has broken blades on it before stalling it out and not a worm drive , and it has also a lazer line … it fell out of his truck one day at 30mph …and that was a few years ago and the only thing he has changed was the cord..
and it keeps on ticking
not sure of the brand name

-- Marius PG_BC_CA

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#5 posted 02-28-2010 10:06 AM

My skill 77 has been around the block a few times, even cutting cinder blocks. I like it because the handle is closer to the cut of the blade, makes it more friendly to make a straight cut. And of course the power of the worm drive. The down side is that as I get older, it is heavy, But it is the only saw that I use to cut down sheet goods before I move them into the shop. One improvement in the sole, make it slicker, and replaceable to reduce friction, and damage to the sheet goods.

-- Life is to short to own an ugly boat.

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#6 posted 02-28-2010 02:24 PM

I hate the so called safety switch buttons. The ones you have to figure a way to depress or hold while you activate the main switch. If the safety mechanism is designed to prevent accidental starts, then there must be a better way!

-- Sawdust looks better in the garage than cars, explain that to your wife!

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#7 posted 02-28-2010 02:39 PM

I don’t see battery technology to a point that warrants a cordless circular saw. Maybe if you’re only going to be cutting 1/4” plywood with it. Otherwise, such an underpowered tool would just tick me off for most task i pick up a circular saw for.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#8 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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Thos. Angle

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#9 posted 02-28-2010 03:54 PM

I have a Skil HD77 worm drive. It has stood up to every thing we’ve thrown at it. Like Glen said it would be nice if the right side was an easily used measurement as most of us run these saws along a guide when breaking down sheet goods. You might check out John Lucas did extensive tests on the Festool model 55. He proved it would cut plywood without splintering the edge. This is a very impressive tool at a very high price. If one had the use for it I believe it would be worth the price. I see no way to make a top quality tool at a cheap price. I don’t own a cordless saw. I’ve used a couple and they seemed to be under powered.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#10 posted 02-28-2010 03:58 PM

I also have the DeWalt 18 volt and, in general, I like it. I like the saw blade on the left side (I’m right handed). One little thing that I like is the distance from right side of the plate to the blade is exactly 4” and not some odd fractional distance. It makes it easier to know where to put a guide track. The weight and the balance of this saw seem right.

What I really don’t like is the safety switch. I don’t object to safety switches in general, but the one on this saw is particularly hard to manage.

The only corded circular saw I have ever owned is a Sears Craftsman that I bought at least 20 years ago. I only use it when I need some extra power (which is rarely). It is just too heavy.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#11 posted 02-28-2010 04:09 PM

I have an old Dewalt corded saw that’s pushing 20 years old and I love because it’s a true work horse. It has cut everything up to and including plate steel and keeps on going. Of course the one limitation is that you’re tied to a power cord which can be a pain at a job site. I also have a Ridgid cordless which is great for light duty on the move but heavy use just sucks the batteries dry too fast.

-- Greg, Severn MD

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