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post #1 of 53 (permalink) Old 07-05-2016, 02:45 PM Thread Starter
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Just found out my son-in-law's 12 year old circular saw (corded) died on him last week end. Just so happens his birthday is next week - funny how that works.

For just doing work around the house do I get him corded or battery?
Battery would have to be a Dewalt 6 1/2" 18v since he has a few Dewalt's with batteries and charger. Corded could be most anything - and would be a 7 1/4".

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for circs I'm a big fan of Milwaukee...smooth, power, adjustable handle...

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Bosch, all day long!
Corded for sure.
https://www.boschtools.com/ca/en/bos...-cs10-27833-p/
Also available in a left handed version.
Very quiet operation and comfortable to hold.
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My first circular saw was a Montgomery Wards special (relegated to cutting blocks with abrasive disc until it died). I replaced it with a Rockwell which I thought was a really great saw (as apparently did the person who stole it). Replaced that with a Porter Cable which does a great job breaking down plywood using a straightedge and Oldham blade (can't say enough good about that blade). I now have a Makita 7-1/4" set up to use as a track saw and also a Milwaukee which I use on a different brand of track. Of the three, the Milwaukee runs the quietest and smoothest, and gives very clean cuts on plywood if used with the appropriate blade (not had too much luck with the Diable thin kerf blades).
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Jus kiddn ,
but geez I hate battery operated circular saws . Maybe because our company cheaped out and went with a crafsman . It was only 14v and it sure didn't cut much before it calved .
Hopefully these newer ones are better
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corded... hands down.

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Kind of depends on what he's using it for, but if it is a conventional saw, I have and like my Makita. But mostly I use my 18v DeWalt. If I were buying a battery operated saw again, it would be a Bosch, but that brand choice is true for most replacement tools. The potability of the DC circ saw is a gigantic plus for me. Get one with a 20v battery, the new type, unless he already has some tools with another type, brand or voltage batteries. The advantage of the 7.5 circ saw is raw power and half an inch deeper cut. But I love working with the lighter and quite powerful 6.5 inch saw. I often break down sheet goods while still on the truck and for that, the battery operated saw is a delight. The blade is very narrow kerf, and it is really easy to keep straight on a simple straight edge jig.

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Since he has DeWalt 18v already, you could buy the "naked" version which comes without a battery. For Christmas, get him more batteries. If he likes cordless, he will appreciate the DeWalt. Nice machine.

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BTW, a battery rebuild shop will let him keep using the 18v system for many years.

Further, I have trouble at my age handling an aggressive circular saw. Just too heavy. That and the fact I already had some 18v tools (jig and reciprocating saw), the DeWalt unit was an obvious choice. If I were beginning again, it would be Bosch, but that is not my situation.

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Leaning towards a corded, since it's what he had and it'd be for around the house and garage - plenty of juice available.

Plus, it's cheaper.

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