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Rated 5 out of 5Â by toolguy lightweight and powerful
powerful,easy to handle saw.works well left-handed.good to find corded 6 and1/2 inch saw with blade on right
August 20, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â by coggs Light and Powerful
At last count, I own 8 different circular saws, and this has become my go to saw because it is the perfect mix of weight and power. I used to always use a 7 1/4 inch saw for general purpose work, but this saw is several pounds lighter, and just as powerful. Cuts 2x, CCA, plywood, etc. Its easy to maneuver, the sawdust blower is a great little feature that works, wish it was on some of my other saws as well. In terms of durability, we will have to see, I'm not hard on my tools, but I use them plenty. For heavy duty cutting, I usually break out the worm drive, but this saw with a good thin kerf blade can do plenty, ad its easy to use on its side cutting posts, or over your head cutting rafter tails, etc.
June 29, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by fatboy great saw
saw is lightweight and easy to use. compact but strong enough to get the job done.
July 24, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Litterbug Having fun cutting everthing in sight!
I'm just getting into woodworking, and although I worked with a table saw and other shop standards a few decades ago, this is my first ever experience with a circular saw. My shop consists of a few plastic sawhorses on my apartment's porch and half of what's supposed to be my dining room, stocked with a drill, impact driver, hand saws, and a modest assortment of hand tools. I really want to start making some basic furniture, starting with a workbench, so the next logical power tool was a circular saw. I knew I wanted a corded saw and well-placed handles designed for smaller hands, and after fondling saws on mutiple visits to HD end I narrowed it down to this 6 1/2 Ridgid saw and the Makita 5740. They have very similar specs and both felt good in my hands, but the Ridgid felt just a tiny bit better.
Thanks to some YouTube videos, my saw and I are getting acquainted by making various cutting jigs with hardboard, plywood, and a little lumber, and I've been very pleased that with a plywood cutting blade, straight and square cross cut and ripping jigs, and a little patience I can make very precise and straight cuts with this beast, including cutting ridiculously thin slices of plywood with the finishing blade just because I can.
I'm now finishing a badly-needed hardboard-faced plywood shelf for the wire shelves in the kitchen, and the next task will probably be making sturdier sawhorses and then using them to build the workbench I've wanted for the past year. I'd given up on more than a basic bench, but having learned how versatile a circular saw be, I'm considering going for a bench with enough drawers for my most used measuring and hand tools. Sure, a table saw would be grand, as would a drill press, router table, and band saw, but until I have the space and money for them, this baby will make me very happy.
September 9, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5Â by JoeP Not for new or novice DIY users
In my opinion this saw is not for new or novice do it yourself users. As a non professional I required the use of a rip fence to make long straight cuts. While this saw has a slot for a rip fence to be used, it did not come with the bolt needed to attach the rip fence to the saw. Disappointingly the owners manual did not mention what size bolt to use and the rip fence made by the saw's manufacturer was not sold at the Home Depot that the saw was purchased. Rather than take the saw to Home Depot and try various bolts I simply returned it and purchased a different saw that made it easy to utilize a rip fence.
June 24, 2014