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Almost but not quite and certainly not if you are using them to cut framing pieces all day long. Joe has both a wormdrive and a regular circular saw. He pulls out his Skil HD77M wormdrive circular saw when he needs to get through the big stuff. But when he will be cutting 2x4s all day he uses the lighter weight DeWalt 368K. And for cutting up on the roof he uses his DeWalt cordless DC300K with a NANO battery. Joe said he got into the NANO technology because it gets damn cold in Buffalo and he wants the reliability of Lithium Ion batteries which will perform just as well in cold temperatures. And the nicest thing about them is that the DeWalt NANO batteries are backwards compatible with all his DeWalt cordless tools. Hmmm. But what kind of circular saw do I want? While I am not a contractor I am an avid Do-It-Yourselfer who has a sweet job as the editor of a tool blog. Yup I get a great discount on the high quality tools that are sold at the Toolking Superstore and you betcha Ive been taking advantage of that! (shameless plug ;0) Seriously though even if I didnt get the discount ToolKing has the lowest prices especially if you go for the reconditioned versions (believe me Ive checked around).
Circular saws have a flat pivoting shoe that moves up and down for depth adjustment and to the right or left (although generally to the left from zero to 45 or 50 degrees) for angled cuts or edging. Circular saws are also built with a blade guard which covers the blade almost entirely to protect operators from the jaws of a spinning blade. Most circular saws also have additional safety features like blade and trigger locks -- but dont let these mechanisms fool you. Circular saws can be very dangerous and because they are relatively simple to use and maneuver it is easy to forget the potential dangers of a sharp and spinning power tool as you work. Circular saws are excellent for rip cuts cutting with the grain and also for cross cuts or cuts made against the grain. The saw is also surprisingly accurate - even without a guide. Because the blade is so large its bigger size generally keeps your cuts on track.
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ToolKings secret (for all you e-commerce wannabes) is that they purchase in very large quantities from companies like DeWalt and Makita and that leverage gets them a better price deal which they then pass on to their customer aka: You. Anyhoo ~ back to my circular saw purchase. Corded versus Cordless Im debating whether to go with a cordless or corded circular saw. My husband and I bought the crappiest smallest house in our neighborhood so we are in the middle of remodeling pretty much our entire home. Because we both work full-time jobs we remodel in spurts. Our circular saw just crapped out on us on the last project. We were framing an outdoor patio area with 6x6s to lay pavers. Poop went our circular saw it had had enough.
Cutting angle quality depends on the design of the angle adjustment mechanism of the saw. Rivet spots and mechanism components must be well manufactured and of sufficient strength to maximize both accuracy and ease of adjustment. Some saws use smaller blades that have a more shallow depth of cut. This is often true in cordless saws marketed to the average DIYer or homeowner. Cordless saw can be found that use blade sizes: 3 3/8" 5 1/2" 5 3/8" 6 1/2" 7 1/2" and a few other less common sizes. Bigger blades usually mean greater cutting depth. There are corded circular saws with 10" blades that can be used in construction and woodworking. These are usually worm-drive saws because the larger blades need the extra cutting power that a worm-drive or hypoid saw can provide. - Anti-Snag Lower Blade Guard: All common hand held circular saws will have a lower blade guard that moves during cuts but some may snag on the edge of materials being cut.