Hi, I am thinking of buying one of these cordless circular saw, but
if they are any good. Has anyone tried using these saws? what is your
experience with them? How thick a piece of wood can they handle?
Could they cut a 2x4?
It looks like the one I got from Harbor Freight, except mine is orange. They are
underpowered. You can cut a few green 2x4's, 8' of 1/2" plywood/OSB, or maybe
one old (hard) 1x8.
Then, the battery is dead. The reciprocating saw is much more efficient and cuts
way more wood per
I would stick to some of the better (more expensive) brands.
The cheap Harbor Freight units use 1 amp hour nicads in their battery
packs and dont last very long. Dewalt on the other hand use 2.4 amp
hour nicads. I find my Dewalt to be one of the more handy tools around
the house. It can cut many 2x4s and sheets of ply without recharging.
On Tue, 06 Jan 2004 17:20:08 GMT, "Mark or Sue"
I have to agree about the DeWalt 18 volt saw. When I was going
to replace a sliding door with 2 double hung windows, a friend
came over to help. He laughed at the saw. I told him that when
we are through with the job, the saw would still have enough
charge to cut more. And it did, and he was impressed.
Obviously you don't want to use them for construction, but to make half a
dozen 2x4 cuts, my Ryobi is great. I wouldn't touch an unbranded saw. It
might be okay, but is probably real crap. Do you feel lucky?
Well, won myself $10 last week at the lottery booth :o)
I am not using these for construction. Just that sometimes I need to make a
cut for some stuffs around the house and my jigsaw nor rotozip just doesn't
do a very good job.
Hence don't want to go and buy a $300 Dewalt. My take is as long as this
works for the
occasional job of up to 2x4 then that's enough.
If you've got the money, go get the new Ryobi 18V kit for $269 at Home
Depot. The thing's got a friggin' chainsaw. I have a DeWalt 18V kit, but
I want that chainsaw. If I had been at the store before Christmas I
would've bought it during that 20% off all tools sale they were having and
I would have thrown the rest of the tools on the shelf.
Yeh, I want the chain saw myself. I have their weed wacker and hedge
trimmer and they are pretty good. They didn't have it before Christmas, or
I would have bought it.
They go on eBay for about $90 and I will likely get one before Spring.
This depends on how you are going to use it.
An 18 volt saw should be able to cut a number of 2x4 pieces of common pine,
but are likely to run out of power if you want to do so very often. If you
want to do any serious construction, a corded saw is almost necessary. Also,
the 5 3/8" blade is significantly smaller than normal. This will limit the
ability to make bevel cuts in 2x stock. You might also have difficult
finding replacement blades.
Even then, and cordless saw can be handy for a few cuts when power is not
easily available. I have a small ( 4 1/2 in blade, 9.6V) saw that I use for
occasional trim cuts in situation where a full sized saw would be awkward or
where pull an extension cord would be difficult.
I'm going to agree with Bob. If this is your only saw then I'd get a
Look at this way. When I bought my house I borrowed my dad's 20 year old
Makita reciprocating saw (corded). If you buy that cordless tool, will
it be any good at all in 20 years, 10, 2 even?
Unless I have a corded backup, cordless tools are not my first choice.
I'm not saying I don't want or couldn't use a cordless skill saw but I
also know I'll still have my ~$200 corded saw in 20 years.
I do use my cordless drills a lot and consider them expendable, battery
replacements are far to expensive. Cheaper just to buy a new drill with
two new batteries and twice the voltage.
My advice would be to check around. I have a 14.4v Firestorm that I paid about
$75 for a couple years back and it does a good job with 2x4's. I don't know an
exact number, but it will make several cuts without any problem on one charge.
It also came with an extra battery. If you aren't careful, you could spend
enough on that saw with shipping and a extra battery to justify buying a better
quality one locally. Good luck with your decision.
I've got some 12 volt Drill Master (Harbor Fright) drills which feel less
powerful than my 7.2 Black and Decker.
Neither of them will do anywehre near what my 14.4 Makita will do. Get what
you pay for.....
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