Due to my gout im having trouble using the 7 1/4 in saw.Im
considering the smaller 5 or 6 inch,whatever size it is.Has anyone have
any experiance with these.It will only be used for cutting plywood down
to managable sizes then i will use my table saw.Do they have the jam and
would a cordless do the job if i decide to go that route or should i
stick with the plug in type.Any advise would help.
Smaller circular saws are great for cutting plywood down to size.
I prefer corded tools, simply because you do not have to worry about
recharging batteries (or batteries going flat), but if you are going to be
mobile with your saw, then cordless does do the job ok, as long as you are
not using overly thick plywood (3/4" or more).
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How about a Festool saw?
I bought one a couple of weeks ago and really love it. Currently I'm
in the process of writing a review, here's the beginning:
1) What is so special about this saw?
- The ATF 55 is a plunge saw, not a simple circular saw. The
advantages of this type of saw are that you can plunge into the middle
of wood (for example for glass parts of doors) and more safety because
of the better protected blade.
- Festool offers a unique guide rail system which can also be used for
the Festool jigsaw and the Festool router. These guide rails work
deadly accurate and ensure precision and high-quality cuts. Festool
offers a wide range of accessories for the rails. The most important
ones are available as a package (in a systainer).
- Extremely high quality blade which allows cuts without tear out even
- Almost dust-less operation if hooked up to a vac (I recommend the
Festool CT models).
2) Why should someone want such a saw?
- Well, my shop is pretty small and I don't have the space for a table
saw. But, of course, I want as much accuracy as possible, so the ATF
is the way to go because it ensures precise high-quality cuts if used
with the guide rails.
- Even if you have a large table saw, sheets are always a pain to
handle. And cutting the sheets to size with a circular saw and then
make precise cuts with the table saw is a waste of time and if you are
a professional a waste of money, too.
- Have to trim a door on a jobsite? - Take out the ATF, a guide rail
and the job is done within a few minutes. Hardly any dust, hardly any
clean up and a smiling customer.
3) Typical Festool features:
- Systainers - the most useful stackable case for tools and
- 3 year warranty
- 30 days money back warranty
- System philosophy: As mentioned above the rails can be used for
jigsaw, plunge saw and router. And there's also a special worktable,
which uses the rails. Suction hose fits the dust port on all Festool's
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Feel free to email me if you have any questions.
I can assure you that I don't work for Festool or revieve any money
from them. I'm a satisfied customer and wanted to pass this on.
Christian Aufreiter, Austria
I was looking for a small circular saw a while back. Have the cordless but
tired of having to recharge batterys. Went to Lowes and they didn't carry
anything but the cordless so off to Sears I went and they have a nice little
corded saw for $109. Web site shows 119.99 but was in the store friday and
still have it for $109.99. The little saw works great for plywood etc where
you don't need a large one.