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PORTER-CABLE 743K 7-1/4-Inch, 15 Amp Framers Saw with Carrying Case (Blade on Left)

3.5 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews

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Porter-Cable's 7-1/4-inch blade-left circular saw is an excellent choice for builders who want a saw with power (it has a 15 amp motor) but that's not as heavy or difficult to handle as a wormdrive saw (it weighs only 10-1/2 pounds). Traditionally, sidewinder saws have the blade on the right side, so most right-handers are accustomed to looking over the saw to sight a line. A left-side blade lets a left-hander cut the same way--and some right-handed users, especially those accustomed to using (blade-left) wormdrive saws, will also appreciate the better blade visibility such a saw affords. In the end, it's really just a matter of personal preference.

To lighten the saw, Porter-Cable used lightweight, durable magnesium--which won't crack or bend--for the blade guards and part of the housing. The saw's still tough, though; in fact, Porter-Cable boasts that this saw can sustain up to a 6-foot drop without damage. This saw also sports a very flat, very strong cast-magnesium table, too, with reinforced ribs that make it very difficult to bend or break. (Can someone tell us why some companies ruin a good saw by giving it a wimpy table?)

Porter-Cable took care of the details, too. The no-catch lip on the blade guard helps ensure the guard won't catch on an edge at the beginning of a cut, and it keeps a user's hands away from the retraction lever. The 360-degree adjustable top dust nozzle lets you direct sawdust in any direction, and you can easily attach a dust bag or a shop vac to collect the dust--a particularly handy feature for a remodeler who wants to make a couple of cuts indoors without making a mess. There's also a clip on the top of the saw that lets you clamp the cord off to the side when you're cutting sheet material, so it's less likely to drag behind and snag the edge. A heavy-duty carrying case comes included, too, though it's a little tricky getting the saw to fit inside. --Jon Groebner

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Porter-Cable 743K 7-1/4-Inch, 15 Amp Framers Saw with Carrying Case (Blade on Left)

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Technical Details

Part Number 743K
Item Weight 10.2 pounds
Product Dimensions 16.5 x 12.1 x 8.9 inches
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Item model number 743K
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes
Power Source corded-electric
Item Package Quantity 1
Included Components case
Warranty Description 30 day performance certification/One year limited warranty: Porter-Cable warrants its power tools for a period of one year from the date of original purchase. We will repair or replace, at our option, any part or parts of the product and accessories cove

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ASIN B00004NS0X
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3.5 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews

3.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,664,290 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#630 in Home Improvement > Power & Hand Tools > Power Tools > Saws > Circular Saws
Shipping Weight 16.6 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Date First Available November 9, 1999

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The only reason a right-handed person should want to use a circular saw with the blade on the right is because it is easier to control after the cut is made because the motor side is resting on the remaining work-piece. PC even makes that one advantage a mute point with this saw--It is so light it is easy to control even after the cut-off falls away. Besides being able to see your cut line with the blade on the left, you can hold a speed square on your board with your left hand to guide the saw and make a perfectly straight cut! With a right-bladed saw, the motor usually gets in the way of this operation.
To top it all off, this 15 amp saw makes fast, clean, easy work of everything I've tried to cut and is priced very reasonably.
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I have had one of the above saw for a couple of years now, and could not be more pleased. The primary use that I reserve for my 743K is the cutting of plywood stock for kitchen cabinet boxes. I simply use a straight edge made from aluminum bar stock, a couple of Quik Grips, and my 743. With a plywood blade on, the 743 goes through three-quarter inch, high grade plywood with ease. I have destroyed two other circular saws in previous years doing this mundane task of ripping and cutting sheet stock. The Sears brand lines are a waste of your money as are most of the Skil line. Do it right the first time, and get a Porter Cable. Costs a little more initially, and you don't end up with two circular saws...the 743 and brand X that no longer works!
Handy Dan
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By A Customer on November 28, 2000
This Porter-Cable circular saw has an amazing 15 amp motor and is easily the lightest saw in its class. That 17 pound Skilsaw wormdrive was really getting to my arm and I got rid of it at a yard sale. I could never make a decent sawcut except with a wormdrive because of the leftside blade. A leftside blade is the only way to go. I was astonished and did a doubletake when I saw the Porter-Cable. A left hand blade PLUS lightweight, powerful, and topnotch quality. It is actually easier to adjust angle and blade depth on this one than a wormdrive. Also, it has a built-in drive shaft lock and a blade wrench below the handle. Mine came with a sawdust chute, a deluxe thin kerf carbide blade, and a nice compact case. Even if a person wasn't savvy enough to go for the left hand blade, the same saw in a right hand blade model would be superior to any other saw on the market. In the left blade version, it is absolutely in a class by itself.
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By A Customer on June 3, 2000
My partner and I are framers - primarily residential homes, and use the 743-K daily. Finally, here is a left hand blade saw that's lightweight, contrary to the worm drives, has plenty of power, and an easily accessible cam-lever lock for quick & easy depth adjustment. After using the left hand setup, I'm not sure why anyone would use a standard right hand model. Even if you have a standard handsaw that works, buy one of these - your current saw will sit on the shelf - guaranteed.
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I have been in Industrial sales for over eight years now and I know one thing for certain. Porter Cable consistantly makes power tools the pros like. Trust me when I say some of my customers are very tough to please. I have never had any bad luck selling the Porter Cable line of 7 1/4" Saws though. They are lightweight a sturdy at the same time. One of my customers once told me that the balence of the saw helped him hold straighter lines for twice the length of his normal skill saw. The chip blower is also a nice feature many saws do not include. By having this you will keep your work surface cleaner making it easier to cut, so trust me boys, this is the circular saw to own and to sell if your in my shoes!!!
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I replaced an old B&D circular saw with this new Porter Cable and the difference is beyond description. This left blade orientation makes eyeing the cut as easy as can be for this right-hander. I replaced the factory blade with a good quality Freud blade and in a side by side comparison, will out-cut my contractors table saw in speed and smoothness. My typical use of the dust port is to just install the elbo and direct the debris away from me and the cut. But if I am sawing anything with a high dust quotient like MDF, I adapt my shop vac and a hose to it and about 90% of the dust and chips are drawn away. I don't use the vac most times because dragging that plastic hose across the work gets annoying after a short time. Everything about the tool says quality and it just feels good in the hand. Well balanced, well made, and most of the controls fall easily to hand when working with it or changing blades. My wish for any improvement? Include a small dust bag attachment and an adapter for a dust hose. I spend a lot of time comparing and researching before I spend my money on new tools, and this one came out on top in just about every aspect compared to the competition.
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By A Customer on October 29, 2000
Excellent saw. If you're a right-handed person used to a right hand blade, it will take a little while to get used to a left hand saw, but once you do, it's a great improvement. Dust port is a god-send especially when working with MDF and other dusty "woods". Typical Porter-Cable balance and finish quality. The best saw I found and I tried them all.
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