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4.4 out of 5 stars
Hitachi C7SB2 15 Amp 7-1/4-Inch Circular Saw
Price:$79.97 + Free shipping with Amazon Prime
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86 of 95 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 2003
I compared the Hitachi C7SB2 to several other saws in its price range and chose the C7SB2 for the following reasons:
* Lever locks used for blade height and angle adjustment instead of wing nuts or knobs. My old saw used wing nuts that are difficult to tighten and loosen.
* Aluminum saw base makes the saw lighter and feels more solid than pressed steel bases.
* Blade lock makes it easy to change saw blades.
* Replaceable brushes for easy maintenance.
* Carrying case included.
* Carbide blade included.
* Priced below $100.
This saw would have received a 5 with the exception of two issues:
1) The blade guard retracting lever is made of plastic (most saw manufacturers use plastic) that could break in time.
2) The Hitachi information label is lifting at the edges and will probably come off at some point.
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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on October 22, 2005
Consumer Reports (August 2005 Issue) reviewed this saw and recommended it as a Best Buy. If your budget allows, I would recommend going with the Hitachi C7BD2 (also a CR Best Buy). The C7BD2 includes an electric brake for much quicker stopping of the blade and therefore better safety. Like the C7BD2 this saw has a powerful 15 Amp motor and a sturdy alumimum base.

I also wish both saws had better depth adjustment (there are no measurement markings to approximate the depth of cut). Lastly a Laser guide would have been nice.
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on February 17, 2008
I purchased new from Amazon for $69.95 which is a good deal. However if the price is over $100 your better off getting the Dewalt for an additional $15-$20. This saw is lightweight and powerful. It is a great home owner saw for occasional use. For full time construction/carpentry use, it falls short of the Dewalt, Makita, or Portacable. The carry case does not have a place for the wrench and the rip fence, which is not a big deal, but wrapping the power cord and closing the case is a challenge. The base of the saw is very sturdy and easy to adjust, the numbers are easy to read. Overall quality and feel is about a 3 out of 5.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on July 18, 2007
Plenty of power and, contrary to another reviewer, adjustments are simple with large lever-locks. The lack of a blade brake is a negative that can be managed if you're careful. There is no depth-adjustment scale on the saw, but my own experience is that either you just eyeball the depth anyway or, if you're making precision cuts, you measure it with a ruler. There is an angle scale on the bevel adjustment (but again, for real precision you'll want to check this with a protractor). Base plate is a solid chunk of aluminum, which is a blessing. The saw isn't heavy, but it's not balanced quite right, either, being both front heavy and motor-side heavy (as to be expected). Not quite nimble enough to merit five stars, but an easy four.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on August 5, 2013
I have been very happy with my Hitachi circular saw. Its features are well machined and everything works as it should. The included blade is of good quality. The saw is lightweight and cuts so well I don't even notice when the blade enters into the wood. I went with this model and saved some money by not going for a "laser quide". This saw will cut as straight as you can, your dad didn't need a laser guide and neither do you.

Another thing that attracted me to the saw was Hitachi's 5 year warranty. I'm tired of buying tools with useless 1 year warranties. If Hitachi is willing to guarantee their products for 5 years and the other guys only guarantee theirs for 1-3 years, guess which one I'm going to choose. It's nice when a manufacturer's warranty outlast any "extended warranty" the big box stores offer you during purchasing.

You can't go wrong for the price, I wouldn't buy anything else.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on July 4, 2007
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I replaced my 30ish years old Craftsman saw with this one. The Hitachi is lighter, more powerful, easier to adjust, easier to change blades, and more comfortable to use. I don't use a circular saw too much, but for the average home owner and hobby carpenter this saw is great, especially at Amazon's price of $52. Building a deck is my latest project and so far I've cut about 150 boards with this saw. It gets the job done. Since I've never used a circular saw with a brake I didn't see the need to spend the extra money for it. If you don't get a saw with a brake, just be careful and know that you are more responsible for safety than a mechanical device anyway. A laser cutting guide might be nice, but they are only good when the battery is good. Seems like everytime I pick up a battery powered device the battery is dead. This saw cuts accurately especially when using a speed square for cross cuts at 90 or 45 degrees. For less than $100 I don't see how you could go wrong with this saw.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2007
The saw is excellent quality and a very good deal, but I found it for minimally less expensive in Home Depot after placing my online order. The shipping time/delivery time were outstanding; only 4 days after placing the order.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 1, 2011
Based on its price point, I had limited expectations for this saw (I also own a Festool TS55, see my review). I purchased this saw based on experience with other Hitachi products. After installing a 60 tooth blade for cutting in plywood and MDF, I was pleasantly surprised with the accuracy and consistency of cuts using a home-made straight-edge made from masonite and MDF. It is very good for cutting panels to size and also cutting 2x4s as required (a 24 tooth framing blade is supplied with the saw). Although lacking in bells and whistles and reminiscent in design of a 1960s era Skilsaw, this is not necessarily a bad thing. It is exceptionally light, no small factor if one is cutting 2x4s all day on a jobsite. A step up from the cheap circular saws sold at Sears and big-box stores, and is much smoother and better balanced; all other things being equal, it appears it will last longer as well. I have no complaints; this is the saw you take when you are cutting forms or working on a deck or need to frame out a house.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on July 5, 2009
I bought this saw during an Amazon sale, and it was a great value. I have used it to cut 2 inch thick boards as well as 4 inch thick boards. While the 4 inch think boards require 2 cuts, it cuts through them like a champ. While the guard occasionally catches, this is a common problem with all circular saws. It cuts straight and doesn't jump around much. Great saw for the money.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 22, 2010
I bought this saw because I didn't want to waste money on another B&D or Skil. I also couldn't quite afford to replace my Porter-Cable MAG that went missing with a comparable saw. Yes, P-C makes cheap saws, but don't be fooled into buying a re-badged B&D. I managed to get mine for $60. Even at regular price, it is worth the money. I'm not in the trades, but tend to use it regularly. For my needs, it stack up nicely to my experience borrowing Dewalt and Ridgid saws. Wish it had an electric brake and a snap in place for the blade wrench in the case.
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