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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).
With just a little lube and a little extra time from those of us who glean so much work and happiness from our worm-drive circ saws though the early demise of these tools is entirely preventable Before explaining how to flush these bad-boys though Ill start with a quick tip: users should check the oil level in their worm-drive circular saws before each and every use. This takes only a moment and ensures your saw will perform at its best each and every time you use it. Note: the oil level in the tool should never fall below the lowest threads in the oil housing. So to continue if you are one of those users who doesnt keep the best tabs on your oil levels and now you have a sludgy mess on your hands and inside your saw flushing and replacing the oil in your tool is the only way to revitalize its performance and longevity. Fortunately though although a bit more time consuming than simply topping-off the oil flushing it and replacing it is a quite simple procedure. Disclaimer: Although it is not necessary to remove the saw blade to flush the oil from a worm-drive circular sawl it is always safer to remove it. This eliminates any chance of injury to both you and the saw blade. Also when not running to the tool to warm old oil or flush with kerosene (*see below) ensure the tool is fully disengaged from its power source while working on it. To begin simply let the circular saw run for about one minute. This allows the sludgy oil to warm and loosen making it simpler to drain. Next remove the oil plug.
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An anti-snag lower guard is becoming the standard but some saws may still have trouble with snagging during beveled cuts. A lower guard that snags on the edge of a board can be dangerous. It can increase the chance of damage to the wood or blade but most importantly it can lead to serious injuries for people just learning to use a circular saw. - Motor Brake: This is exactly what it sounds like. Once you release the power trigger a brake engages that stops the motor from turning in about 2 seconds. It increases the safety of a saw though all circular saws have a lower guard that also helps protect a person and work surfaces from the spinning blade when the saw is not actually being used to make cuts. One additional advantage of a motor brake though is that it can allow you to make repetitive cuts quickly by reducing the time you wait for the blade to stop spinning from previous cuts. - Blower: A built-in blower is a nice feature.