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Black & Decker CS144 14.4 Volt FireStorm Cordless Circular Saw


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  • Sightline window for maximum visibility of blade and cutline for straight and accurate cuts
  • Saw cuts 2X material
  • Bail handle for controlled comfortable cutting at 90 and 45 degrees
  • Electric brake allows for more control when cutting
  • Two year home use warranty
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Technical Details
Item Weight9 pounds
Product Dimensions16.2 x 9.4 x 10.1 inches
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Item model numberCS144
Discontinued by manufacturerYes
  
Additional Information
ASINB0000302UN
Best Sellers Rank #525,228 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight9.6 pounds
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
Date First AvailableNovember 8, 1999
  
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Black & Decker's 14.4V 5-3/8 in. saw with 2,200 RPM cuts 2X materials. Features include: Sightline window to provide maximum visibility of cut line, electric brake, bail handle for controlled, comfortable cutting in 90 degree to 45 degree applications, inline blade design for additional control, and a lock off switch. Includes 5-3/8-inch, 16 tooth carbide tipped blade, battery and charger.

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Customer Reviews

One with a battery that might interchange with DeWalt.
"jhopkin609"
It is a great saw, because it walks through a 2x4 like a knife through butter.
James Metze
This great little saw added some versatility and color to my woodshop!
"leesofbmk"

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

65 of 68 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 1, 2000
If you're looking for a cordless saw for acurrate light/medium cutting around the house,this is it.I originally got mine to take some strain off a sore arm. I wanted something quick & easy to use and not get too deep finacially into it. This filled the bill and now I use it over all my other saws. It's really nice not having a cord trailling behind you especially when cutting plywood sheets. The gauge for angle cuts is quick and very accurate to use.It worked well for me when I did a floor moulding project. I don't think it would be suitable for heavy professional use but it kicks but around the house.There's two drawbacks...one,the blade turns backwards,it comes thru the wood and up at you in the front of the cut. No big deal but if you buy other manufacturer's blades you need to put them on in reverse. The other is the cost of additional blades and backup power packs.They're expensive.
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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Dub Dublin on June 3, 2000
I got this as part of a combo pack with the FireStorm drill, and to be honest, I almost took it back before I'd used it because I thought maybe I wouldn't use it enough to justify the cost.
Wow, was I wrong! It's great - it handles most home cutting chores and the fact that it's cordless means it gets used most often now. If I need to cut something, this is the tool I'm most likely to grab.
It's surprisingly easy to make smooth, straight cuts with, although a bit more precision (and detents?) in the angle settings and an edge guide would be welcome additions.
Also, at least in the combo pack, it comes with a blade that's a bit on the rough-cut side. It produces good cuts, but I wouldn't mind a few more teeth. Fortunately, like its drill sibling, it's DeWalt compatible, so I'm planning to buy a nice blade for finish work. The little spring loaded window cleans with a flick and may be the reason why I can cut so well with this thing.
Honestly, at first I kind of thought this saw was a gimmick, but I've used it much more than I ever would have imagined, and better yet, I'm doing things I would have put off if I had to lug out the circular saw and an extension cord.
It's not the right tool for everything, but it's the first sub-7" circular saw I've seen that's worth beans. The fact that it works with the rest of the FireStorm gear is icing on the cake. (Remember that FS 14.4V battery packs are interchangeable with the popular DeWalt 14.4V battery packs, so I expect they'll be available for a long time to come, unlike most cordless tools which have a useful life of only a couple of years.)
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A. Contardo on April 30, 2001
I purchased this to remove cedar siding for trimming exterior windows and doors. It performed well, albeit the factory battery is virtually useless. DeWalt 14.4 batteries fit the B&D although not perfectly. The lock tabs on the Dewalt batteries are slightly shorter so you need to finagle them a bit. Once locked, you're good to go with power to spare. Bottom line, for the money this is an excellent little saw if you already own a DeWalt 14.4 tool which enables you to interchange the batteries. Otherwise, the money you thought you saved on the saw itself will certainly be spent buying aftermarket batteries and a one hour charger to make the tool usuable. BTW, it comes with a 14 tooth carbide blade which cuts well.
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40 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Bradley S. Blankenship on August 7, 2000
I bought the firestorm circular saw because I already owned the 14.4 Volt drill (which is a great product). The design of the saw is good. It is easy to make straight cuts. The flaw it the saw is the lack of power. The battery runs down quickly. The battery dies after cutting about 12 feet of 3/4 inch partical board, then needs to charge for 3 hours. Luckly I have two batteries which came with my drill and the one which came with the saw. Even so, I am unable to complete a project without long delays charging batteries. The engineers who designed this saw were not thinking too well when they coupled it with a 14.4 volt battery. Were they intentionally trying to jip me or were they just stupid. The saw would be just fine for cutting a board or two, but running out of power every five minutes is a little lame. I will nowhave to go out and buy another saw just to complete my project. I'm very disapointed..
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By "leesofbmk" on February 27, 2000
I have only had this saw for a few months but find that I am grabbing it way more than I thought I would. The strong, well built design is very comfortable to use. The 14.4 volt power pack provides plenty of "umph" for plywood and gave me no problem cross-cutting a 2x6. I like the small blade viewing window, though it gets caked with sawdust fairly quick, due to the "reverse" direction of the blade (What were they thinking?). This great little saw added some versatility and color to my woodshop!
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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful By James Metze on January 25, 2000
I got this saw for Christmas from my family, and have already put it through it's paces. It is very strong and durable, and should give you years of trouble free service. It's features make it the best. The easy to use safety switch protects you, and people in the vicinity from accidents, as does the fast electric brake. I didn't like this feature at first, but now I see its usefulness. It is a great saw, because it walks through a 2x4 like a knife through butter. Nothing seems to stop it on a full charge. You will be very pleased with this purchase. But don't expect more from it than what it promises. It is a household cordless saw with limitations. Want more? Look at some of the new 24v cordless tools. They give more than you need, but I would trade them all for my Firestorm.
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