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Also there are times when having a saw that pulls 15 amps may not be desirable. If youre using a long extension cord and/or a smaller power generator a saw that pulls 10 amps might be a better choice. - Oh and what about cordless circular saws? The size and power of the battery is the thing to consider for these. Youll see these rated in volts with 18 volt and 20 volt saws (saws designed to work with 20 volt batteries) being very common in budget and mid-level saws. The volt rating is something that can be used as part of comparing different saws but shouldnt be the only aspect considered. Keep in mind that the convenience of a cordless saw can mean a compromise on cutting power. - Weight: Theres so much variety in circular saw designs and engineering that no category of hand held circular saw can claim to be the heaviest or lightest. While generally speaking direct drive circular saws are lighter than hypoid and worm drive saws there are certainly direct-drive saws that are heavier.
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).
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The Blade Guard: A blade guard that provides absolute safety and works easily is a crucial feature. A sticking blade guard is very dangerous and has been the cause of most manufacturer recalls. Try out your circular saw and make sure the blade guard works properly when cutting bevels. That will be the ultimate test of reliability. Safety Devices: The safety switch should have a lock-out feature to prevent starting the saw accidentally. This is a must-have. A spindle lock is needed to hold the blade in place when changing blades. Another feature I like is an electric brake. This feature will add to the cost of the saw but its worth it. No waiting for the blade to wind down before starting another cut not to mention the danger from a spinning blade. Weight and Balance: The circular saw may not seem too heavy when you first start using it but after a few hours its gets really heavy. The typical 7 ¼ inch saws weight in the range of eight to 12 lbs while the 10 inch circular saws weigh up to 20 lbs. This is where the ergonomics of how you hold the saw and the balance come into play. You have to think about the type of cuts that you do mostly; are they overhead or are they on sawhorses? Are you doing mostly crosscuts or do you do a lot of ripping? Handle the saw before you buy it and try to get a feel of how it handles. Base Plate: The base plate must be sturdy and stable. The cheap saws will have stamped steel plates while the more expensive saw will have base plates made of aircraft aluminum or magnesium.