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I used my $50.00 Craigslist saw for the first time yesterday and saw it's in pretty rough shape. It's bent up and missing the lever you use to swing the blade guard out of the way and I just don't feel too comfortable using it. I need a new saw for these deck projects and with Amazon Prime I can get it fast.

I think I like the blue ones. What do you think.


Bosch CSW41 7-1/4-Inch Worm Drive Circular Saw

Skilsaw 77 Mag

Makita 5377 Mag

Or what?
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I used my $50.00 Craigslist saw for the first time yesterday and saw it's in pretty rough shape. It's bent up and missing the lever you use to swing the blade guard out of the way and I just don't feel too comfortable using it. I need a new saw for these deck projects and with Amazon Prime I can get it fast.

I think I like the blue ones. What do you think.


Bosch CSW41 7-1/4-Inch Worm Drive Circular Saw

Skilsaw 77 Mag

Makita 5377 Mag

Or what?

Bosch CSW41 7-1/4-Inch Worm Drive Circular Saw or Skilsaw 77 Mag...
Same company... both are very good saws.... the 77 is the proffered saw,,..
Bosch SCS/TS adds to making them winners...

Makita 5377 Mag...
yesteryear - definitively...
today-year... let is go...
CS/TS is okay but no where near what Bosch is...
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I used my $50.00 Craigslist saw for the first time yesterday and saw it's in pretty rough shape. It's bent up and missing the lever you use to swing the blade guard out of the way
the lever can be replaced and what is bent up???
if it's the shoe.. that can be hammered or replaced...

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Bryan...sorry to hear about the CL saw...could have been a great deal...a replacement lever shouldn't be a problem...if that is all that is wrong with it...

Just a thought if you're planning on buying new...buy a good circular saw instead of a worm drive...

It's cheaper for a lot of quality, lighter, more versatile...and it can do as good a job as the worm drive.

As an example, the Milwaukee 639x series has an adjustable angle handle (Tilt-Lok)...my go-to saw for general work...plenty of power...

If you "have to have" a worm drive, I would go with the Mag 77...
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the lever can be replaced and what is bent up???
if it's the shoe.. that can be hammered or replaced...
Yes, I'm going to try to hammer it straight and I know I can still use it and will but being disappointed with it makes me want something new and lighter. I was having to make cuts in the side of my house and trying to hold the stub of the blade guard.

One more thing, I found termites. I'm meeting with Orkin this afternoon.
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Bryan...sorry to hear about the CL saw...could have been a great deal...a replacement lever shouldn't be a problem...if that is all that is wrong with it...

Just a thought if you're planning on buying new...buy a good circular saw instead of a worm drive...

It's cheaper for a lot of quality, lighter, more versatile...and it can do as good a job as the worm drive.

As an example, the Milwaukee 639x series has an adjustable angle handle (Tilt-Lok)...my go-to saw for general work...plenty of power...

If you "have to have" a worm drive, I would go with the Mag 77...
Nick,

I guess I've always wanted a saw where I could see the blade without having to lean over it but since you mentioned it I do have an old craftsman 7 1/4hp saw I could try first.
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Personally, I've only ever owned 8 1/4" circ saws. I just prefer the greater depth of cut...higher tip speed as well (But slightly less torque at the tip).
It'll almost make it through a piece of rough sawn 4" Cedar in two passes.
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I guess I've always wanted a saw where I could see the blade without having to lean over it but since you mentioned it I do have an old craftsman 7 1/4hp saw I could try first.
Circular saws do come in LH and RH...may be worth your while to do a quick Google...

I have the Mag77 and I do use it but more for ripping lumber or breaking down sheets...but lifting it and getting it started isn't a one hand job anymore...

If I were to bring only one to do a deck it would be the Milwaukee (and a 12" speed square)...

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Nick, I couldn't really look at this too well on my work computer probably because of the fire walls but I was able to see the Bosch left side blade circular saw and read some reviews. I didn't even know about the left side blade saws and thought I'd have to have a worm drive. I'll read more from home.

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