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Rated 5 out of 5Â by RoofFramer Best saw for cutting rafters
This is the perfect saw for any kind of heavy cutting like rafters. This is the second Skilsaw I've bought in the past 20 years, the only reason I had to replace the first one is because it was dropped 14' to the concrete
August 3, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Kellen All day ripping
I wasn't sure if I'd care for the worm drive until I got a chance to use this circular saw. It's a simple thing but the extra visibility and the position of the weight are just better for cutting. The saw itself is a bit heavier than what I'm used to but it's not uncomfortable to use and I certainly don't feel fatigued after cutting a few boards with it.
This saw and blade combo are quite powerful and it doesn't buck or hiccup at any knots in any of the wood I've tossed at it (mostly just framing 2x4s and plywood, which is simple enough of stuff to begin with).
July 7, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by AJAY Commercial Quality Circular Saw
This saw is head and shoulders above my old 7.5" saw. This thing has so much power I'm impressed. It is bigger (longer) than I am used to, but I quickly got used to it during a recent project. Controls and adjustments are intuitive. My only complaint is that it is much heavier than what I am used to. Seems the increase in weight is due to the heavy-duty worm-drive mechanism. I'm willing to endure the heavier saw for the increase in power and what I hope is longevity of operation.
July 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by jred Great but heavy saw
I have previously used what I would describe as consumer-grade circular saws, so using this saw was a bit of a different experience for me.
The strongest impressions I have of this saw are that it cuts great, but is also heavy compared to the consumer-grade circular saws I have used in the past. Of the cuts I have made so far it easily cuts through wood with no indications of slowing down under load. However, this saw is heavy. I have no issue using it for "normal" cutting where it is resting on the wood where I am cutting, but if I were having to do a vertical cut or something where I have to support the saw weight with my arms, I suspect I would quickly start noticing the how heavy this was. (By way of comparison, while I love my big 18V cordless drill for a lot of work, when I am working over my head I much prefer my light-weight 12V model. Weight matters when you are working up instead of down.)
Two other things worth mentioning:
1) This worm-drive saw has an oil reservoir. While I would expect you would not need to add oil often (as long as you keep the cap closed & sealed), this may be a surprise to people who are used to other saws.
2) This saw does not come with a storage case. This is not necessarily a bad thing (if I want a specific case, why pay twice for an included case I don't use plus a second one that I do), but it's been a long time since I've purchased a power tool in this price range that didn't come with a case.
July 6, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â by msdickerson Heavy duty circular saw
Very heavy duty saw. Has a couple interesting items on it which seem like they would be quite handy in many situations. There is a fold out handle on the side of this device which allows you to hang it on anything around the job site. I could have used it while I was sheathing my new house a year ago, since my old circular saw kept sliding off the roof. This one could have easily hooked on my roof while working thus keeping itself there without extra effort.
The saw is a bit clumsy for taking a blade on and off, since the lock and wrench require 2 hands due to the location of the blade lock.
The saw is also quite heavy, so it might be tough to use single handedly, or above your head in a construction project.
Overall I like the saw and am glad to have it.
May 29, 2014