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Wonderful for a DIY-er, decent for contractor use
on January 1, 2013
There is little I can say that hasn't already been said so I'll keep it short and sweet:
For the $100 or so I paid for it this saw is a great deal. For the MSRP of over $200 I would look elsewhere, there are better saws for less.
OK a lil' more info:
For the DIY-er who works on something once or twice a month this is a saw that will probably last a lifetime so long as you can bother to remember to change the carbon brushes every now and again and strategically add a drop of oil or 2. The controls are straightforward. The base is very square and strong. The motor is more strong enough for anything you could expect a circular saw to do while also running and starting smoothly, and the blade guard won't bind or catch on stuff. Oh hey, and there is a light too which can come in handy too even in daylight conditions. DIY-ers are set!!
For the contractor who needs something to use and abuse 10 hours a day 5-6 days a week for years on end this saw will be serviceable, even good, but not great. Don't get me wrong, it'll still be a big step up from the cheaper Craftsman or Kobalt mid-tier saws and the Harbor Freight stuff will seem like the total junk it is in comparison. First is that its kind've heavy, particularly compared to the ones with a magnesium ally base. The 2nd is the angle adjustment brackets are made of plastic (flexes/less durable then metal) and have no pre-set angle stops: spending more time playing with adjustments and making sure your cuts are correct means less time doing actual cutting and work!
The blade it comes with is pretty mediocre but good enough for ripping, no one sells a saw with a good blade in the box anyways so I wouldn't ding it for that.
BTW you can make the rule measurements "pop out" on the base by rubbing a crayon (green of course) into them. Only takes a minute or 2 and cleaning up excess is easy with some Goof-Off. Voila, measurements are easy to eye ball once again!