Cordless circular saws ???

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Forum topic by MNbuzzdust posted 04-04-2009 02:57 AM 1551 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-04-2009 02:57 AM

I am in the market for a new circular saw. My old one is a 40 yr old skil and it will still go through anything like its cutting paper. Problem is it just is too heavy for me to handle safely it weighs 18 pounds!! Especially when I get it extended like cutting plywood. I am looking for something light. I am thinking corded but how well do the cordless models work?? Do they have good power?? I would think the battery would make them heavier so that is a con for me
Also what is with the laser on a circular saw
I can see them being useful on a miter but are they helpful on a circular saw and how??

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#1 posted 04-04-2009 03:03 AM

I have two cordless saws- a Rigid and a Dewalt. They are just about the only thing that I will use when making a quick cut or breaking down a sheet of plywood. I would not want to take them to a construction site since the battery would not hold out but for breaking down 1` or 2 sheets of plywood they work just fine. As far as being heavy they really do not weigh any more than a cordless drill. I just like to use them especially for the convenience factor since I do not have to run down an extension cord or outlet.

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#2 posted 04-04-2009 03:23 AM

I agree with Scott, I have a dewalt 18 volt and its great. Good for a few sheets or quick cuts for construction. Just like any cordless tool the harder you work it the less you get out of the battery.

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#3 posted 04-04-2009 03:27 AM

I have 2 Porter Cable and like Scott, I use them for breaking down larger sheets of plywood or when I go to the lumber yard and the pieces I want to buy are too long to safely transport in my truck. And the weight is comfortable for me.

-- Pat - Biloxi, MS

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#4 posted 04-04-2009 03:39 AM

The 18 and 24 volt tools are heavier than their comperable 120 volt power tools. They lack endurance as stated above. I’d buy a light weight 120 volt saw.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 04-04-2009 03:43 AM

Oops! I missed part 2—The laser on mine shoots a straight red line out front to show where the cut will be.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 04-04-2009 03:47 AM

PC makes a corded “Trim” saw. It was not originally intended for breaking down plywood but it does a great job. The blade diameter is not very large (4-5” I think) so it will not replace a standard circular saw for all functions. However, it is light in weight.

As for the Laser, well on a bright sunny day- outside you may not be able to see it.

Makita makes a nice corded circular saw.

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#7 posted 04-04-2009 05:32 AM

I have a Makita 18-volt. It is light and cuts well. Like Scott said, you would not want a cordless saw to frame a house due to battery and power limitations, but for a little sheet goods work they’re great.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 04-04-2009 06:50 AM

Ditto Charlie, I use an 18v Li-Ion and it works great. very light and just when you think the saw is going to bogg, it doesn’t….powers thru 4x material also

-- Childress Woodworks

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#9 posted 04-04-2009 07:23 AM

I have a Makita 18v saw that came with a 4 piece combo kit. Used it to break down sheet stock for the shop before I got the table saw. Nice not having to drag a cord around when cutting.

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#10 posted 04-05-2009 01:54 AM

Thanks for the replies everyone.
Wow never thought about bring a cordless to the lumber yard to cut down long peices for hauling…that sounds like a nice use.
Still not sure if a laser light is helpful or not though ?

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#11 posted 04-05-2009 03:06 AM

I have a Dewalt XRP and love it.

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#12 posted 04-05-2009 03:19 AM

I have the Ryobi Lithium Ion Battery one I got it at HD. The price was a lot less than others.

I don’t use it much but the battery life is great. I used it to cut down some Corian so that it would fit in my van and also about 5 sheets of Ply to manageable sizes to fit into the van again.

At the buying spot I didn’t have availability of a corded saw.

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#13 posted 04-05-2009 03:39 AM

I have a corded and 18V cordless. Unless I’m making a lot of cuts or working with thick material the cordless is the first I grab.

-- Chris

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#14 posted 04-05-2009 03:51 AM

Lasers on portable circular saws are a gimmick more than anything right now, and no matter anyway, if you can’t keep a straight line anyway. The best thing you can do and from advice given already, is use a straight edge. Don’t rely on the laser light.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#15 posted 04-05-2009 04:06 AM

I used to use my dewalt codrless 18v. it would do well, and battery would hold for a sheet or 2… problem is my battery doesnt hold charge anymore, and even when it did, it was a PITA in the middle of a sheet to have to wait for the battery to recharge (and I had 3!)

anyways… I now use a porter cable corded saw, it’s light and comfortable. and has built in DUST CONTROL chute that can connect to a Shop-Vac – thats the only saw in the market (except for the track saws) that I’ve seen with this feature- and it makes it all worth it. plus, the power never runs out on this one.

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