Category Archives: Circular Saws

RIDGID 24V XLi 4-Piece Cordless Combo Kit

Tool: RIDGID 24V XLi 4-Piece Cordless Combo Kit

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Excitement, Look what I got! Four Ridgid Cordless Tools in one sack. It’s a pretty heavy sack at that and one that won’t zip closed with all the tools in it. A mega drill/driver, 6″ circular saw, reciprocating ‘saws all’ and a flashlight complete with two 24V LI batteries, charger and carry bag make up this 4-piece combo kit.

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Skilsaw Model HD77 and HD77M – 7 1/4″ circular saw

Tool: Skilsaw Model HD77M – 7 1/4″ wormdrive circular saw
Date of Service: November 2005

With it’s 15 Amp, 120V motor spinning a 7 1/4″ diamond-arbor blade at 4,600 RPM the Skil Model 77M weighs in at 14lbs. This saw has been my right hand so many times it has become an extension of my arm.

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Porter-Cable 345 6″ Saw Boss

Tool: Porter-Cable 345 6″ Saw Boss Cirular Saw

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Here is a great tool for the home builder. This is the Porter-Cable 345 Saw Boss Circular saw. A 1/2″ arbor holds the uncommon 6″ blade spinning at 6,000 rpm. It has a nice flat fence and is commonly found on all my framing jobs.

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My begrudging Festool conversion

Giving in, to better.

I’m going to have to speak frankly about my foray into owning Festool because the tools are incredibly expensive. Until recently, I’d answer questions of ‘switching over’ with a barrage of expletives. An $800 router? A $625 circular saw? A cordless screwgun for $500. Who the F is going to pay $500 for a screwgun? My Panasonic drives screws and it was expensive to me at $230. Is there sanity behind the maddening prices of Festools?  Continue reading My begrudging Festool conversion