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Old 04-07-2010, 05:55 AM   #1
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Default Best used circular saw to look for?

I was in Home Depot looking at saws yesterday.. then I wondered whether I couldn't find a better deal on a used circular saw on Craigslist.

That's where you come in!

What brands/models of saws should I look for? Any I should stay away from? I'm not asking about the condition which varies from saw to saw, but the overall brand/model quality.

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Old 04-07-2010, 06:04 AM   #2
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I really like my Dewalt Circular saw, it's feels well balanced and has more then enough power for what I use it for. Which is mainly to cut 2X4's a hair too short.

I have a Porter Cable circular saw that I absolutely love except for the guard mechanism doesn't spring back. I currently use it to cut backer board (cement board) with a special CBU blade on it. Cut's through the cement board like a hot knife through butter. You can see my thread on this porter cable right here

The contractor and friend that rebuilt my mother's house use a very nice looking Hilti Circular saw. He loves it, but I've never used it so can't provide a review on it. I am keeping my eyes open for a Worm drive circular saw, not because I need one, but because I WANT one.
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Old 04-07-2010, 06:30 AM   #4
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I have a Skil and a Rigid. I prefer the Rigid because it's a worm drive. PC makes great saws. I'd look for a worm drive myself.
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Old 04-07-2010, 06:40 AM   #5
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I have two that I use:

Ridgid R3210 Worm Drive Saw and a Dewalt DW364K and I love both. I wouldn't use any other circular saws.
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Old 04-07-2010, 09:12 AM   #6
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Have a Craftsman Pro (Made in USA, closeout when they transitioned to offshore a couple years ago) worm drive and would never go back to a standard.

Local pawns seem to have Skil's for $25 or less as far as the eye can see.

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Old 04-07-2010, 09:35 AM   #7
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Skil 77.

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Old 04-07-2010, 10:17 AM   #8
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The older direct drive Milwaukee saws are REALLY powerful. IMO they are almost as powerful as a Skil worm drive, but not nearly as awkward.

That is not to say the old Milwaukee's are light!

http://cgi.ebay.com/Milwaukee-6365-H...item20b00bfa41

Obviously this one is beat to hell, but my dad and I both have this saw, and it puts the DeWalts and Porter Cables to shame! Even at only 13A it pulls harder than any 15A saw I have used.
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Old 04-07-2010, 10:53 AM   #9
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Condition, condition, condition. Any of the top brands, Milwaukee, Skil, Makita, DeWalt, Porter Cable, will do the job for you. Since they've all gone to plastic handles, it is much easier to assess condition. The old metal handles would be shiny when the armature was worn out. Take the blade off, run it up and down, listen for noise from the gears, bearings and armature.

There are literally dozens of used saws on craigslist every week. Don't buy one from a pawn shop, contractor or framer unless it is NIB. Find one from a homeowner who is moving or broke.

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Old 04-07-2010, 10:57 AM   #10
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Mag 77. That is pretty much "the" saw IMO. Around $200 new.
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Old 04-07-2010, 11:04 AM   #11
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Don't buy one from a pawn shop, contractor or framer unless it is NIB. Find one from a homeowner who is moving or broke.
Good advice.

What model Skils are you guys talking about?! Apart from the worm-drives, Skil hasn't made a pro saw in years...

As far as the sidewinders are concerned, I'd go Milwaukee before any of the others:

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Old 04-07-2010, 11:38 AM   #12
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Depends upon what you're using it for. A lot of guys want the most power and if you're sawing all day that's the best course. On the other hand, if you're twenty feet in the air up in the rafters, something small, light and with not a lot of kick will do better than a Skil 77.
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Old 04-07-2010, 12:34 PM   #14
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For all around work I like the Makita 71/4" model 5007 NB or its new equivalent. Simple no bells or whistles but gets the job done.
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Old 04-07-2010, 12:41 PM   #15
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I've got a worm drive Makita. It's a real nice saw but way more power and weight than you need a lot of times. I've also got a Milwaukee V18 cordless and use it way more often than the Makita. It's nowhere near as powerful but way lighter and no cord to drag around.
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Old 04-07-2010, 12:46 PM   #16
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Black and Decker SawCat, one model became the Dewalt DW364K with a yellow body rather than the Black body.

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Old 04-07-2010, 01:30 PM   #17
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Makita 5007. That is what all the framers around us seem to use. I've had mine for about 7 yrs but rarely use it (plywood) since I got a makita slider. I would drop the $100 bucks for a new one. Unless you found some super deal on a like new.The ATL CL is full of junk black and decker for $30-50.
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Have a Craftsman Pro (Made in USA, closeout when they transitioned to offshore a couple years ago) worm drive and would never go back to a standard.

Local pawns seem to have Skil's for $25 or less as far as the eye can see.

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Hey, me too! I've mostly used it to cut plywood so far. I'm not sure if I like it for cutting 2x lumber, since I haven't done much lately.

BTW, I also bought the Cman Pro trim saw on clearance. I really like it, and it comes in handy quite a bit. The only thing is that I haven't been able to figure out exactly how to change the blade. The stop doesn't seem to engage properly.
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Old 04-07-2010, 02:19 PM   #19
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It is hard to beat a new cheap saw.
Back in 1980 I bought a cheap Black and Decker circular saw. I used it to build an addition on my house, build my cabinets, and every little thing I needed after that. In 1992, I built a garage with it, and in 2003, I built a second garage with it. The saw cost me about $30 new.
By the time I finished the exterior of my second garage, the bearings in the saw were full of sawdust and dragging. Rather than try to fix it, I threw it away and bought a new Skil brand one in 2004 for $35. I figure this one should be good for another 20 years.
Why mess with used junk that needs work at that price?
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In my opinion the best are the older Porter Cable and Milwaukee saws.
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