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Forum topic by tool_junkie posted 03-07-2012 04:36 AM 3294 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-07-2012 04:36 AM


I have been wanting to get a corded Left Blade Circular Saw. Initially I was looking for a used one, but I have decided to bite the bullet and spend the extra money to get a brand new one. I will mostly use it to break down sheet material.

I have looked at the worm drive versions, but I think they are too heavy. So, the only left-blade saws in the side-winder configuration to pick from are Bosch CS5 and Milwaukee 6391-21. They both seem to be comparable feature and price-wise. One down side is that neither has an Electric Brake – a feature I would really love to have.

I am having a hard time deciding which of the two to pick from. If you have experience with either one, please share here to help make my decision easy. Also, if there are other options in the Left Blade configuration, please suggest those. I already have a cordless left-blade saw which I am not a big fan of, because the batteries are getting old and don’t have enough juice left, so not looking for a cordless recommendation.

Would highly appreciate your help.


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#1 posted 03-07-2012 04:42 AM

Any particular reason you want a left blade ?

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#2 posted 03-07-2012 04:53 AM

I find it easier to work with a left blade saw than a right blade. A left blade saw provides better blade and cut visibility, and above all I feel I have more control. I have used a right blade saw before, it just didn’t feel right and I messed up the straight line cut on more than few occasions.

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#3 posted 03-07-2012 04:53 AM

Do you want the blade on the left when held in your right hand or do you want a left handed saw with the blade on the Right?

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#4 posted 03-07-2012 05:12 AM


I want the blade on the left when held in my right hand.

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#5 posted 03-07-2012 05:32 AM

Never tried the Bosch but I tried the Milwakee, wasn’t impressed. I bought a Porter Cable Saw Boss and with a 40 tooth blade, you’ll never tell it was cut with a circular saw.


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#6 posted 03-07-2012 05:38 AM

i have the porter cable left an right…..i use the left in my right hand more…yes its better for ripn sheet goods in the field..


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#7 posted 03-07-2012 07:40 AM

I’ve been researching circular saws myself.

I plan on going for the bosch CS5. It seems like a simple, solid design. Nothing against the milwaukee, but the bosch is cheaper. Watch the price; not too long ago it was under $100.

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#8 posted 03-07-2012 10:58 AM

The Milwaukee and the Bosch are great saws. You really can not go wrong with either.

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