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Forum topic by JayTay posted 04-12-2015 03:14 PM 2487 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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JayTay

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04-12-2015 03:14 PM

ok so i bought a Bosch CS10 at lowes on sale for $79. man did i like that saw. it felt great in the hands and has plenty of power. but after using it awhile…what a pos. this thing cant cut a 90 degree angle to save it’s life. i use, well used to use it, to break down sheet goods but the fact that every piece has to go back through the table saw to remove the ~5 degree bevel it puts on every thing i just stopped using it.

i found the problem to be the way the front of the foot is mounted to the motor housing. it uses a piece of molded plastic coming off the motor housing and to the front foot bracket. this plastic flexes like crazy creating the bevels.
told bosch about it but they dont care. i actually stopped a guy from buying this saw at the store. seen him looking at it and showed him the problem….he got a different one.

so anyhow, recommend me a saw for under $100.


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firefighterontheside

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#1 posted 04-12-2015 03:26 PM

I would try the hitachi for under $100.
My real recommendation is to spend a bit more and get this

http://www.amazon.com/Makita-5007F-7-1-4-Inch-Circular/dp/B004YIALZI/ref=sr_1_1?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1428852556&sr=1-1&keywords=makita+circular+saw

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nailbanger2

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#2 posted 04-12-2015 04:07 PM

^ Bill’s got it right. I’ve also used (and still own) a DeWalt that served me well, I don’t know the model number, but it was over $100.

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Woodbum

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#3 posted 04-12-2015 04:30 PM

Buy a sub $100 circular saw…get the results of a sub $100 circular saw. I would recommend that you save your pennies and wait for a Makita or a Milwaukee. In all probability, you will never have to buy another one. HD has a Makita for $97, but I can’t attest to it’s qualities. Google Makita and Milwaukee circular saws and shop on the web; and then try to buy your researched saw locally. I think in the long run, you will be happier with a heavier duty saw like framers and carpenters use. Just my humble opinion…and I could be wrong. Have fun and work safely.

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MT_Stringer

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#4 posted 04-12-2015 05:52 PM

I have a Makita – works great for shop use.
Disclamer: I am not a framer, and don’t intend to start any time soon.
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Makita-7-1-4-in-Magnesium-Circular-Saw-5007MG/100594811

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#5 posted 04-13-2015 12:46 AM

The Bosch CS10 is no cheap circular saw. Big box stores tend to have “special editions” that are put on sale. Not sure if yours falls into that category, but from what I can tell, the Bosch CS10 cost over $120 from my research.

I have a Porter Cable PC15TCSMK and I really like it. It has the cast magnesium shoe and is a very no frills circular saw. Hasn’t let me down yet.

-- paxorion

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distrbd

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#6 posted 04-13-2015 01:36 AM

I have a Bosch CS-5 which is a left blade saw ,I’m not sure if it is in the same category as CS-10 but mine is an excellent saw,I paid over a $100 for it and there’s nothing cheap about it,lots of power and very accurate.

Paxorion maybe right about big box stores and their cheaper versions of tools that they put on sale, I have heard that from different sources before,there might be some truth in it.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#7 posted 04-13-2015 01:46 AM

I use the Bosch CS-5 left blade saw as well. I normally lean toward Dewalt tools, but the left blade sold me. You can use your right hand to operate the saw, and still see your cutline.
I have made finish crosscuts on dining tables etc. with the CS-5 and it performs admirably. I also recommend the 7-1/4” freud blades. They are widely available for under $10 and make really nice cuts.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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JayTay

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#8 posted 04-13-2015 02:27 AM

thanks for the recommendations guys. the only problem i have is that most of the saw over the $100 mark use that plastic bit coming off the motor housing to mount to the front of the foot. this is the problem with the cs10. that piece flexes.

i need one that mounts the foot to the blade guard as those seem to be sturdier and cheaper. unless someone knows something about the guard mounting that makes it a no no.

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MT_Stringer

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#9 posted 04-13-2015 03:42 AM



thanks for the recommendations guys. the only problem i have is that most of the saw over the $100 mark use that plastic bit coming off the motor housing to mount to the front of the foot. this is the problem with the cs10. that piece flexes.

i need one that mounts the foot to the blade guard as those seem to be sturdier and cheaper. unless someone knows something about the guard mounting that makes it a no no.

- JayTay

I gave my suggestion. The rest is up to you. Good equipment doesn’t come cheap.Good luck.

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DKV

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#10 posted 04-13-2015 04:00 AM

Jaytay, did you listen to any of these guys? These are some pretty smart woodworkers. Pos…what kind of language is that?

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daddywoofdawg

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#11 posted 04-13-2015 05:22 AM

I have a skil the one thing they still make right,you didn’t say if your looking for a worm drive or not,but my skil is all metal foot.

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#12 posted 04-13-2015 12:23 PM

recommend me a circular saw for under $100

I can’t, this the best I can do.

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#13 posted 04-13-2015 01:34 PM

http://www.cpopowertools.com/factory-reconditioned-dewalt-dwe575sbr-7-1-4-in--next-gen-circular-saw-kit-with-electric-brake/dewrdwe575sbr,default,pd.html?start=16&cgid=dewalt-circular-saws

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