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Hey all well today my circular saw went out so im in the market for a cheap do-it-all saw the 3 in my price range to pick from are these, but im not sure which one to pick any advice or recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

Skil at Lowe's: 7 1/4" Circular Saw

Ryobi 12 Amp 7-1/4 in. Circular Saw - CSB123 at The Home Depot

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I dont really notice anything drastically different about the 3 different brands so not sure which one to go with.

Uses would include, Cutting plywood down to size, 2x4's etc pretty much general wood working nothing to fancy.
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I'd go with the Skil.

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I agree, go with the Skil.

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Of the 3, I too have to vote Skil
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Hi Paul- Guess given those choices, I would go along with the crowd and say Skil.
Only thing I have noticed about the Skil stuff I have had is that they seem to be somewhat underpowered.
Another option would be to look into remanufactured/reconditioned. You may be able to find something contractor grade within your budget. Two outlets I have used are CPOOutlets.com for Dewalt, Makita, Ridgid, Milwaukee, Porter Cable and Bosch. They also carry Skil and Ryobi. The other outlet is reconditionedtools.com for Hitachi and Freud. Both have given excellant service as well as good prices and resonable shipping.

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John has a great idea! That is what i did with my Saws-awl . Never a complaint. Also have a Rotozip, Bought 3 new ones, they all had bad bearing in the tool end. Finely, the rep. that i called said" I am sending a rebuilt" and She said, "If we have a problem, They catch it and replace them". The rebuilt is over 10 years old, and was used quite hard.

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My Skil Saw is 15+ years old and just cut some 2 inch thick oak planks with it today. Not even a hiccup. I have to say go with the Skil

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In my experience if your gonna buy a cheep saw try your local pawn shop a lot of times you ll find a good worm-drive saw for a new direct drive saw price..

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Hi Paul - I confess that I didn't check out your links before my last post so I wasn't exactly sure what your threshold of pain on the cost was. I did find a couple that should be in your budget but with a little bit of extra for the same money:
Ryobi-
Ryobi ZRCSB122 Factory-Reconditioned 12 Amp, 7-1/4" Circular Saw

Skil-
Skil 5585-01-RT Factory Reconditioned 7-1/4" Skilsaw™ Circular Saw

Black and Decker-
Black & Decker CS1030LR Factory-Reconditioned 13 Amp 7-1/4" Laser Circular Saw

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Thank you all for the quick response.

Will check those out john I hadn't even thought about the reconditioned tools cant beat getting more bang for my buck good thinking! thank you!
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