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Clearlake 04-18-2012 07:43 AM

Makita or Dewalt worm drive
I have a PC 743 that is on the way out. I am looking at worm drive saws. I have it narrowed down to the Makita and Dewalt. Does anyone have any real world experience with these?


woodnthings 04-18-2012 09:29 AM

You will have better luck with that very specific question over here: http://www.contractortalk.com/
That's a framers saw typically, and as we have some carpenters here, there's a whole bunch more over at contractortalk.
My 2 worm drives are Skil and Craftsman Pro, very heavy and lots of torque. I use them to follow and edge guide when ripping 4 X 8 plywood for the most part.

You can get reviews of specific tools at Amazon and other online sources also. ;) bill

dodgeboy77 04-18-2012 10:24 AM

The Ridgid R32102 is rated very highly in tests. Have you considered it? I bought one and it seems like a good saw though I admittedly haven't used it much yet.


vinnypatternmaker 04-18-2012 11:26 PM

Worm drive
We use them, and would go with the Skill or Craftsman (if Skill still makes them for Craftsman) :thumbsup:!
Marena and Vinny

Clearlake 04-19-2012 09:28 AM

I've lurked there (contractortalk) a bit. Perhaps I'll sign in and ask them.

Clearlake 04-19-2012 09:34 AM

I don't abuse my tools, just use them. I don't have much faith in Rigid. I had a rocipercating saw from them that I burned-up in a week, and some of thier cordless tools with batteries going bad in less than 2 years.

DBird 04-19-2012 10:04 AM

I am a carpenter and have used many worm drives. I own an older makita which seems bullet proof and hasn't let me down. I would stay away from rigid and I'm not a dewalt guy. So I guess what I'm saying is buy the makita you won't be disappointed.

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