# Looking for cheap circular saw...

#### Externet

Joined Nov 29, 2005
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#### Hypatia's Protege

Joined Mar 1, 2015
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Put your emphasis on quality. How much are a few digits worth to you?

Nice play on words -- That said, emphasis upon safety of operation is always in order regardless of 'nanny features'

I have no clue on which has more quality
In my ever so humble opinion, from durability and safety standpoints --among products of commonly available manufactures-- it's: Sthil and Dewalt with Milwaukee a close runner-up...

Best regards
HP

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#### jpanhalt

Joined Jan 18, 2008
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@Externet What you show may be a left-blade saw, but the safety button is on the wrong side to be operated with the left thumb. With that view, of course, one cannot rule out a button on the other side too. Some current models put the safety switch actuator on top, which I find convenient.

I am also left-handed and have always used right-handed tools, even if they are in my left hand. As for the brands you mention, I would put Chicago (HF), Ryobi, and Black and Decker low on the list. B&D used to be good, but quality went down as it tried to compete with imports. This list of who owns what may help: https://toolguyd.com/tool-brands-corporate-affiliations/

It appears Stanley has bought or merged with B&D. Milwaukee when it was independent and made in USA was quite good. My 4" angle grinder was bought in 1982 and is still going strong. The switch failed about 2 years ago, but fortunately, it had an extra set of contacts (double throw), so I just reversed it in the handle. Maybe it will last me anther 38 years.

Craftsman is also now bought; although, most of its tools were simply branded for most of its life.

Currently, I have Milwaukee, Bosch, Porter Cable, Skil (older), Delta (USA made Unisaw), old Powermatic, and Rockwell (also old). My most recent purchases have been Bosch and Milwaukee. I don't have enough experience with Makita or Hitachi to comment. My circular saw is an older Craftsman (low end), and it is not very comfortable to use. It is very noisy and doesn't have a good feel to it (balance, etc.). On the other hand, my Craftsman cordless saw (old NiCd batteries) is comfortable to use.

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#### atferrari

Joined Jan 6, 2004
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I'm aware of said products being applied for years as rotary spark-gap prime movers (in 'conventional' Tesla coils) -- which
Hola @Hypatia's Protege
Could you elaborate briefly on the above? Thanks.

#### Externet

Joined Nov 29, 2005
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@Externet What you show may be a left-blade saw, but the safety button is on the wrong side to be operated with the left thumb.
Hello jpanhalt.
From the 4 images I posted above, can see only one that shows the safety button (on post #8) Which is meant for right hand thumb; not as you intend with a 'left thumb' and I own that one, so confirming right hand thumb and am right handed and is a delight to operate contrary to "normal" right side blade where a right hand operator cannot see the cutting line unless some body contortions happen.

This Bosch one has NO safety switch. If that is quality or no quality I do not know.
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The way it should be : ----> https://www.wikihow.com/Use-a-Circular-Saw

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The awkward way everyone does it because 99% of saws are right blade as this one. That is perhaps fine if you are left handed :

#### dl324

Joined Mar 30, 2015
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I have no clue on which has more quality : Skil, Milwaukee, Craftsman, Bosch, Makita, DeWalt, Ryobi, PorterCable, BlackDecker, Chicago, Rockwell, ... ...
How do you select such thing ? Where do you see the quality ?
I wouldn't have issues with any of those brands. Even HF has some tools that are good enough.

I have a Skil and Black and Decker 7-1/4 circular saw that I've been using for decades; though I use my 10" Delta compound miter saw most. I have a battery operated Black and Decker (around a 5" blade) that I bought from a second hand store for $5; then spent$25-30 on a battery and charger.

#### Hypatia's Protege

Joined Mar 1, 2015
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Hola @Hypatia's Protege
Could you elaborate briefly on the above? Thanks.
Merely that said saws' "full-out" continuous operation (i.e. generally two to four hours per 'session' -- often several 'sessions' per 24 hours) -- under very light load (and, hence, at high AV) is bound to 'take its toll' on the brushes/commutator -- Still they last! Which is more than might be said of many products in 'off-label' and, hence (typically) abusive, applications

Very best regards
HP

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#### atferrari

Joined Jan 6, 2004
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Merely that said saws operating 'full-out' continuously (i.e. generally two to four hours per 'session' -- often several 'sessions' per 24 hours) -- under very light load (and, hence, at high AV) is bound to 'take its toll' on the brushes/commutator -- Still they last! Which is more than might be said of many products in 'off-label' and, hence (typically) abusive, applications

Very best regards
HP
Quite clear. Thanks