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06-14-2010 04:17 AM

Looking to purchase new corded circular saw 7 1/4” and most reviews are leading me to think that for $200 or less the Milwaukee 6394-21 is the way to go. Any of you have that saw and what is your opinon. Is there a better saw in the $200 to $250 range or less?

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#1 posted 06-14-2010 04:44 AM

I was eying that saw but in the left side blade version (I’m right handed but left sided saws work better for me.) The only thing that prevented me from buying that one was the fact that my old B&D shat the bed on a Sunday and I needed a saw right away. The only left side blade saw I could find in my area was a Porter-Cable Mag….which has worked great by the way.

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#2 posted 06-14-2010 04:48 AM

what kind a job are you going to do?

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#3 posted 06-14-2010 04:55 AM

I have owned both Makita & DeWalt circ saws in the past, but now use a Porter Cable 423 MAG saw with the blade on the left side. For right handed woodworkers, this seems the best option, is a great saw with plenty of power, and the table holds square adjustments well.

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#4 posted 06-14-2010 04:56 AM

Porter Cable is a great saw ! Powerful and lightweight .

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#5 posted 06-14-2010 05:00 AM

Many carpenters use skill worm drives .For a lot of work I use my 6” PC

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#6 posted 06-14-2010 05:05 AM

I’ve had a Makita since my old chrome plated Craftsman died about 15 years ago. It works like a charm.

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#7 posted 06-14-2010 05:17 AM

Makita 5007/5008

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#8 posted 06-14-2010 05:33 AM

I’ve had a Skil 7-1/4 for at least 8 Years now. It’s always performed well. The latest job was cutting 2” Cap Stones for a Garden Wall I’m doing. Special Silicone Carbide, Concrete cutting blade was used. BUT! it really Gummed up the saw and I like to take care of my tools. I tore it down, cleaned and greased it after that. I do that once every year or 2 with all my Power tools.

Believe I paid under $100.00 for it back then. Just went to SKIL’s Site and if the LINK BELOW works, the Model there LOOKS Identical. BUT! I think the Quality of some Power Tools has gone down over the Years. SKIL might be one of them. Lowes is selling it for about $60.00US, probably the least expensive one out there. I’m not familiar with the Milwaukee other than it’s about $180.00US.

I agree with the guys above. If I bought another one I’d have a serious look at Porter Cable at $170.00US or Bosch at $170.00US. Dewalt and Makita are in the same price range.


EDIT: I just noticed on the LINK to the Skil Saw that it’s only 12 Amps. I would NOT buy this one. Had a look at mine, it’s 15 Amps. I think the rest are 15 Amps.

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#9 posted 06-14-2010 01:32 PM

I have the Porter Cable blade left saw and love it. Never could get a good straight cut looking over the motor on a blade right saw, and this one solved that.

Lightweight cuts well, have had it for about 6 years and it runs like a champ.

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#10 posted 06-14-2010 01:52 PM

skil worm drive hands down ,

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#11 posted 06-14-2010 03:34 PM

I can’t say much about brands because I have not bought a corded circular saw in a long time. However, I have a cordless circular saw with the blade on the left side. When/if I ever buy another corded circular saw I will definitely get the blade on the left side.

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

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#12 posted 06-14-2010 03:51 PM

Skil Worm Drive. But remember, the saw is only as good as the blade.

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#13 posted 06-14-2010 04:30 PM

another vote for skil worm drive

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#14 posted 06-14-2010 04:33 PM

In that price range, you should get a good saw. I would pick the brand you like the best.

I have the Skil worm drive. I don’t need it much, but I love the saw. For years Skil has been the more popular circular saw. Even when they cheapened their line overall, they kept the worm drive as a quality saw.

Makita and Milwakee are good too.


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#15 posted 06-14-2010 05:01 PM

This is a good question. I have had a Sears Craftsman circular saw for 30 years now…I paid $49.99 for it and it still works like the day I bought it. Even after falling off decks and workbenches.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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