I'm in the market for a new circular saw for DIY stuff. Based on reviews I'm leaning toward the Makita 5007MGA which is fairly pricey. I went to HD to check out the saws they carry. I also went to Lowes and saw their Metabo HPT circular saws. The Metabo HPT C7SB3M was relatively inexpensive compared to the Makita and lacked a brake and some of the other features and refinements that the Makita has. If the accuracy and performance are there I could go for the Metabo HPT due to price. Anybody have any experience with this particular Metabo HPT C7SB3M model?
I've read a lot of reviews and the Makita 5007MGA comes out on top but at a premium price. There are Amazon reviews on the Metabo HPT but not at a lot of other review sites. There seems to be questions/confusion on Hitachi's purchase of Metabo, the sale of Hitachi/Metabo, the new owner's direction, the rebranding, and the subsequent quality. The Makita is pro-grade with a pro-grade price. Just wondering if the Metabo HPT C7SB3M is good quality for DIY use at a good price.....the Amazon reviews are good but I was looking for some reviews that did side by side tool comparisons to get an idea of the relative quality.
I assume that you have already ruled out other types of circular saws, like worm-drive Skil-type or smaller cordless saws, right? (Or left-blade saws?)
I assume that you want a right-blade, corded, 7-1/4 inch circular saw, right?
What will you do with it?
Yes..right blade, corded, 7 1/4 inch.
Pretty much DIY stuff e.g breaking down large plywood sheets for shelving or cabinet-type projects, cutting 2 X lumber, PVC trim, etc for home improvement projects. Not a tool I will use every day but I would like a good one when I need it. I've got an old Craftsman that is underpowered and not fun to use.
Will be using around my own home so although cordless would be nice I don't feel I need to go that route.
Worm drives seem to be a lot heavier and more expensive and I don't need that much power. From what I have read hand position on a left blade saw blocks vision.
My first circ saw is a Skil 8 1/4" monster and it still runs great. Too heavy for a first saw and too large a blade for cabinet type cuts although I made it work for years. Then I bought 2 Porter Cable 315's when I started building/remodeling my house.... Next was a Dewalt 18 volt trim saw 5 3/8" blade and I used that little bugger for everything, so much I bought 2 more, one is still NIB, unused. I had a slew of Dewalt 18 volt Ni-Cad tools so having 8 or so batteries was good for longer periods of use. Angle cuts on Cedar shiplap siding was where I used it most, light weight and no cord! Then I got a Craftsman/Black and Decker professional worm drive saw new and it's also a monster, but will cut through anything I've tried. Another one showed up at a local garage sale and for $50.00 I couldn't let it go. A 6" Porter Cable was an early purchase and it got used a bunch for remodeling and construction projects. The rigid line of battery tools had a 6 1/2" circular saw so that was a good deal since I already had 4 batteries. It's a right blade saw. A left blade Milwaukee 18 volt 6 1/2" saw joined my Milwaukee line up of drill and impacts, a jig saw and most recently a 18 V brushless router also with no cord! Ebay had a 4" Porter Cable trim saw like new and I had always want that little guy for things like breaking down plywood. A new Skilsaw magnesium base left blade sidewinder was from on sale at Amazon for $130.00! Ebay had a 8 1/4" version of the 315 in great condition and I never knew they even made that size saw, so I "needed" one.
I am probably finished buying circular saws .......
I wouldn't mind having a 10 1/4" Milwaukee or 16" Skilsaw though .....
So, the message here is they come in many configurations, blade sizes, weights, drive types, right and left bladed and corded or battery. What you intend to do or make will determine which works best for you AND you may want/need more than one .... just sayin'
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Last edited by woodnthings; 07-23-2020 at 10:26 AM.
If you're open to other options, I have had the Ridgid 6-1/2" as my only circular saw for at least ten years, and love it. It's a champ for framing, thanks to the light weight. I've used it to build garages, sheds, for cutting plywood, and concrete, with appropriate blades for each application.
Thank You for all your replies and advice. After reading your comments I went 'back to the drawing board' and watched some reviews and videos of left blade saws. I went to a big box and picked up a couple to see how they felt. After all that I just ordered the Skilsaw Southpaw Sidewinder.... 7 1/4", left blade, corded.
Thank You folks again for sharing your experiences and opinions.