I have an old 1000W black and decker with a max 55mm cut...about 7 years
Its still good but I've seen a few web sites that have deals going on
although most are out of my range, eg makita,dewalt etc.
I use the B& D for accurate work 95% (as in bang on the line) of the time.
using the narrow side of the footplate to run against a guide.
But its nearly impossible to use the edge of the foot plate on the wide side
and the wide side is what I would use for mitre cuts to ensure that the foot
plate is flat on the piece.
The saw has also been used for cutting a lot of oak at 32 - 45mm thick
and it has often struggled to cope with this.
I don't think I need a mak or dewalt standard of saw. I just want something
with a 60+ mm cut, more than 1000W of power, fair to middling build quality
and preferably comes with a 24t or finer blade.
Hearing your recommendations.
I wandered into Machine Mart at lunch time and they had a Hitachi C7U
double knocked down to =A357.58.
I hadn't specced up any Hitachi machines .. .. anyway
185m blade, 1150 W. I made a guess that it would be too good to walk
and bought it.
They're not bad (or the H9U), but the splitters are a bit flimsier
than the others. They work fine as saws, but if you drop them the
splitter bends high up inside the housing and you have to dismantle
nearly the whole machine to bend it straight again.