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I love this saw.
on February 2, 2011
For 35 years I have been using a circular saw I do not really like. It was a gift. It does the job, but it does not fit my hand and the handle makes it awkward to use. Finally, I used some Christmas money and bought this one in a local home improvement store. I have used it several times. It is wonderful to use, especially compared to my cheap old saw.
The controls are easy to set. I like the inch markings on the depth gauge. I painted the small triangular marker white so it is easier to find and see.
The 28 tooth carbide-tipped blade that comes with the saw does a fine job on several different types of materials. The saw is easy to guide when cutting and just feels right in my hand. It has plenty of power, too.
The cord is longer than most cords I have seen on power tools, and that is a good thing. The cord is nicely flexible, not stiff and hard to maneuver. It naturally hangs out of the way of the blade. That is not true of every saw I have seen and used.
I checked the alignment of the base with the blade by means of a digital caliper. From the front of the blade to the back of the blade, alignment varies no more than a quarter of a millimeter. The saw rips without heeling.
The blade does not have any "run out," which is to say the blade does not move outward a tiny amount when the motor starts, as is the case on some other similarly priced saws I also considered.
The base of the saw does not deflect when the weight of my hand rests on the handle. For many saws, even saws more expensive than this one, that cannot be said. When a saw base deflects from reasonably normal downward pressure on the handle, the blade can wander away from the line to be cut, resulting in inaccurate cuts.
I had considered buying the less expensive Porter-Cable saw model with a laser saw guide, but it simply did not fit my hand nearly as well as this saw. I am looking forward to using this saw as much as I can.