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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).
The oil plug is the metal nut that sits just above the oil reservoir (the reservoir should be clearly indicated with images or text). To remove the plug use the wrench that came with the tool (the same one you use to remove the saw blade) and twist the plug off. Tip the saw upside-down allowing as much oil as possible to drain from the reservoir. After draining the sludgy oil refill the oil reservoir with kerosene. Replace the oil plug and allow the tool to run for another minute. This pushes the kerosene throughout and entirely flushes the gear housing clearing it and the reservoir of any residual oil build-up. Invert the tool once more to drain the kerosene entirely from the reservoir. Next and last you simply need to refill the reservoir with a brand specific lubricant. For example if you use a Skil saw you need to refill the reservoir with Skil oil. It is important that you use only these specific lubricants as other oils are not designed with the same particularities. Rest the tool on its foot atop a vertical surface (like a work bench or table) and fill the oil reservoir until oil spills slightly from the lowest point on the oil hole (the part closest to the oil reservoir) and replace the oil plug. Remember to check the oil in your worm-drive circular saw before each use top-it off when it needs it flush the oil when it gets nasty and and you and that circ saw should be well on your way for a long life of successful productivity.
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Although the thing does not include a rear pivot or electric brake the saw does everything you need it to do while providing smooth cuts and fierce precision. Circular saws come in three kinds: worm drive and hypoid saws used mostly in construction projects plunge saws with guide rails and standard-drive circular saws commonly found in both home workshops and construction jobs. The circular saw is extremely popular among carpenters and home woodworkers because of its power and the ability to cut large pieces of material without a lot of physical fatigue and getting tired arms. The disadvantage of a circular saw is that its not extremely accurate because of the difficulty of being to follow a cut line. When youre working on decks or roofs this level of inaccuracy is acceptable. But if youre a more demanding woodworker and have a cabinet project you would probably depend more on a sturdier table saw. This is because table saws have strong fences that give a consistent reference point and produce straighter cuts. A circular saw with a worm drive is popular with professional carpenters who need power and durability in their tools.