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post #21 of 24 Old 07-28-2016, 11:25 AM
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Great! My son just sent me a picture the other day of his new CS and I believe it is the same one. He loves it. Enjoy the new tool!
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post #22 of 24 Old 07-29-2016, 12:20 PM
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This is what I have. IMO, It's the best one HD sells. I love the smaller size and weight.
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Did you just pick up the saws, or try running them over a flat surface? Another poster pointed out that with the shoe resting on your workpiece, most of the weight is supported so you're not fighting gravity, just pushing the saw through your cut. For that reason while you may have a harder time carrying a heavier saw around or hoisting it onto the table, that weight doesn't much come into play when making your actual cut. I actually find I have way more control with a nice heavy worm drive. The good ones like Skil 77 and Makita Hypoid just seem to want to go in a straight line. Of little benefit when crosscutting narrow stock, but for breaking down sheet goods freehand, the results are night and day better with my worm drive than the little cordless sidewinder I sometimes use for quick cuts on 2x4's and whatnot. The Skil 77 and Makita Hypoid both come in magnesium versions that'll save you a pound or two.
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post #24 of 24 Old 08-11-2016, 01:34 AM
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Professionally, there is the Skil 77 (and the B&D knockoff) and everything else.

The reason to own both a 77 and a lightweight saw is that they tilt opposite directions.

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