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g' day fellas

I have just bought some Makita tools ( 18v drill and impact driver ) last weekend, very excited, my next one that I have in mind is the circular saw of the same brand, anyone with sugestions on what size, type or different brand would be greatly appreciated.
I would only using these on small project, nothing serious as I don't have a lot of time yet.
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If you continue to go cordless, might consider going with the same brand and size to keep your batteries consistent.
Makita is a good place to start, they make pretty good stuff in general.
I would go with a corded circular saw like the Makita 500 series.

Best bet, if you're selecting off-the-shelf, is to pickup several different saws, check out the "feel" and features.

Makita, Milwaukee, DeWalt, Hitachi all do well. Porter Cable is a tough call, I have several excellent older tools by PC but the new stuff has "changed" a bit to fit the DIY market.

Don't know if Home Depot has made it to your location but the Ridgid brand is not bad either.
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Wayne, most of the major name brand tools will give good service for many years. Members in Oz can steer you to the best deals and value available there. I can tell you I am looking at replacing my ancient Makita circular saw with their new track saw. This is a 6-1/2" saw that can be used free hand or with their guide rail. They have an adapter that will let you use the guide rail with your router too. This is handy when working with sheet goods and allows for quicker set up's and a high degree of accuracy.

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Hi Wayne ...........
While I have brands I like better than others and we all have an opinion or two ( or three ) on which one are junk, I won't suggest a brand but I get the impression you are interested in work shop work as opposed to general carpentry or working out and about the home building decks etc.

Other than a battery powered hex driver ( screw driver bits and drill bits ) you might consider that you always have power at hand in a workshop for your tools. a good corded tool cost less than a GOOD battery tool, as well I have tools sitting there I may not use in 6 months and need it right now for a few hours. With corded tools in a shop plug it in and work through the night, with battery tools you use once in a while the battery may or may not be up to or ready for occasional hard work.

It's my feeling cheap tools of either type are seldom good value and do not produce good results.

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Hi Wayne ...........
While I have brands I like better than others and we all have an opinion or two ( or three ) on which one are junk, I won't suggest a brand but I get the impression you are interested in work shop work as opposed to general carpentry or working out and about the home building decks etc.

Other than a battery powered hex driver ( screw driver bits and drill bits ) you might consider that you always have power at hand in a workshop for your tools. a good corded tool cost less than a GOOD battery tool, as well I have tools sitting there I may not use in 6 months and need it right now for a few hours. With corded tools in a shop plug it in and work through the night, with battery tools you use once in a while the battery may or may not be up to or ready for occasional hard work.

It's my feeling cheap tools of either type are seldom good value and do not produce good results.

I tend to agree, Richard.

The only battery tools I use are a pair of Ryobi 14.4V hand drills. If I am going to get serious, I drag out one of my few corded drills.

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Me three. I'm down to one battery powered drill and that's where I intend to keep it to. I do have a pretty good collection of old ones that were cheaper to replace than buy new batteries for.

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All of my tools are "corded", except for 2- cordless Hitachi Drill/Drivers. I like corded because it is always ready when I need it, but it is really nice when working off a ladder to avoid an extension cord - hence the cordless drill/drivers. Hitachi is a very good customer of mine and I got the two identical drill/drivers at Lowe's at the same time. This way, I have 4- identical batteries to choose from.

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g' day fellas

I have just bought some Makita tools ( 18v drill and impact driver ) last weekend, very excited, my next one that I have in mind is the circular saw of the same brand, anyone with sugestions on what size, type or different brand would be greatly appreciated.
I would only using these on small project, nothing serious as I don't have a lot of time yet.
thank you
Hi Wayne, I believe I would stay with the Makita 18v. I use a full set of Milwaukee including the 18v circular saw. We use it for all sheet goods breakdown and it does very well. If the Makita is as good as the Milwaukee, and I believe it probably is, that's the way I would go. You already have the battery or batteries so you are half way there. I have three batteries so we always have a fresh battery.

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Makita is better about battery availability than some.

Just thinking about it.. if you have oh, let's say 6 tools(or potentially more) dependent on a pair(or 3, or 4) batteries, when those batteries die( and they seem to fail more or less at the same time), you now have 6(or potentially more) dead tools!

I guess live by the battery, die when the batteries die?

I also remember the Columbus Sears repair shop had a Milwaukee cordless sawsall. Some one stole the batteries(common problem there, we couldn't leave batteries on display). At that time batteries for that thing were $125 each! We trashed the tool. I could have had it for free, but $250 for a pair of batteries is waaaaay more than I paid for my PC recip saw!

I use cordless drills, no other cordless tools... may well keep it that way!

I have found that hand tools are the best choice when I want to make mistakes at a slower rate of speed.

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g' day fellas

I have just bought some Makita tools ( 18v drill and impact driver ) last weekend, very excited, my next one that I have in mind is the circular saw of the same brand, anyone with sugestions on what size, type or different brand would be greatly appreciated.
I would only using these on small project, nothing serious as I don't have a lot of time yet.
thank you
Wayne the reason I suggested you stay with a Makita cordless is because of your last line in your post, which no one seems to be paying any attention to. "I would only using these on small project, nothing serious as I don't have a lot of time yet"

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