Some people feel the barrel is easier to control. I see no advantage to
either except I used to use my dads when I was kid back in the 60's and his
was a barrel grip. After a while his would get almost too hot to handle.
The top handles are better insulated from any heat build up if that is still
Maybe it's because the hand is closer to the blade and closer to the
work. It also allows you to rotate the saw on it's longitudinal axis so
you can work upside down without having to go into contortions.
I do use it upside down in confined areas when I install countertops.
The switch in the Milwaukee is so big, it covers almost 1/3 of the
inside handle. So in the beginning, I was constantly turning it on when
picking it up. I got used to it now. It does a wondeful job when I cut
One thing I do NOT like about the Bosch barrel, the switch is on the
side and sometimes, when cutting out a sink hole in a counter top, the
switch will be right against the wall/backsplash so I can't get at it to
turn it off with backtracking my cut. I don't know if they still put the
switch there, but the one I use is about 12 years old. This one also has
a screwdriver you stick in the top handle to change blades...a real PITA.
And it is not VS.
LOL...maybe I'm due for a new one?
Mmmmm the Festool Trion PS 300 EQ looks like it would fit the bill?
or may be a Bosch?
damn switch is still on the side...then again, so is the Festool for a
hundred bucks more...mmmm
naaaaaaa.. still saving for my Lamello.
Maybe next Cristmas.?
Ho ho ho
I owned a Makita barrel grip in the late 80's
Maybe it's been improved, but it was very
"jumpy" if I remember correctly, especially
in the high orbit settings. I remember the
base getting all bent up. The Bosch saws
are so smooth, I cut my finger one time
because I thought the blade had stopped
moving after releasing the trigger, and it
hadn't, because it actually runs on for a
couple of strokes owing to less friction
in the moving parts.
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