Are we going to let all the hand tool guys have all the fun? They have got some great threads going on drills, planes, and now saws with a lot of posts. So how bout we get going with some cool portable power tools?
Here are some Black & Decker circular saws that I’ve collected through the ages.
On the right is my 60s era saw, a number 73. It has an all aluminum body and draws 13 amps. Next, 2nd from right, is one of the best saws ever made. The original Super Sawcat, number 997. This was the first saw that featured an electric blade brake. Hell on brushes, but I have not seen any other saw of this type that stops the blade as quickly. This saw also has a two piece shoe, with a removable piece on the blade side, that will allow you to cut closer to the blade then is possible with a standard one piece shoe. Next up, 2nd from the left, is a later generation of the Sawcat a model number 3057 type 1, which in my opinion is a poor imitation. These saws were B&Ds answer to Makitas 5007 which was selling very well during this era, due to it’s lower cost and decent quality. This saw was later made in Dewalt yellow and was just recently discontinued. The last saw on the left was a home owner quality saw, with a completely plastic body. Not a very high quality saw. I’ not very happy about the direction that Black & Decker went on through the ages to reach their position in the market today. I dream about a clone of the original Sawcat done in carbon fiber and titanium. I hope some American manufacturer steps up to the plate and again offers a world class portable circular saw. I would have NO problem paying Festool + prices for a real quality saw that was built to be durable and easy to repair rather than one that was built to be cheap and look good.
-- “The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.” ― Franklin D. Roosevelt