circular saw conundrum
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In the next couple of weeks I need to cut an old pool table slate into two or three pieces.

Diamond blade in circular saw is my best bet but that brings us to the problem Rolleyes

I have three circular saws: Craftsman that doesn't work (surprise Rolleyes ) Black and Decker that works but is pretty lightweight and a Milwaukee 6377 that needs a new worm gear ( bought it cheap since it needed work)

So here's the problem -- do I bite the bullet and buy a new saw?  If so, worm drive or not?  I will only use it rarely, but I have a bad case of "Timitis" -- more power is always better Laugh

I think the parts for the Milwaukee would be under $75 plus my own labor.

"Standard" circular saw ~$125, worm drives ~$180

I may make a pass through a local pawn shop tomorrow Laugh

What thinks the "brain trust"?

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#12
  Re: circular saw conundrum by Wild Turkey (In the next couple o...)
I'd look into fixing the Milwaukee if you can or watch Craigslist for a throw away maybe.
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  Re: circular saw conundrum by Wild Turkey (In the next couple o...)
(08-10-2020, 05:41 PM)Wild Turkey Wrote: In the next couple of weeks I need to cut an old pool table slate into two or three pieces.

Diamond blade in circular saw is my best bet but that brings us to the problem Rolleyes

I have three circular saws: Craftsman that doesn't work (surprise Rolleyes ) Black and Decker that works but is pretty lightweight and a Milwaukee 6377 that needs a new worm gear ( bought it cheap since it needed work)

So here's the problem -- do I bite the bullet and buy a new saw?  If so, worm drive or not?  I will only use it rarely, but I have a bad case of "Timitis" -- more power is always better Laugh

I think the parts for the Milwaukee would be under $75 plus my own labor.

"Standard" circular saw ~$125, worm drives ~$180

I may make a pass through a local pawn shop tomorrow Laugh

What thinks the "brain trust"?

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Sounds like a good excuse to buy a tracksaw.
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  Re: circular saw conundrum by Wild Turkey (In the next couple o...)
I've cut hundreds of concrete pavers and dozens of yards of concrete expansion cracks with a diamond blade in a cheap old weak skillsaw I had.    Slate is softer then concrete.
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  Re: circular saw conundrum by Wild Turkey (In the next couple o...)
I am biased, love Milwaukee tools.  My "good" saw is a Milwaukee (not a worm) heavy, and high amp.  I would never use it on concrete or slate (too much hard dust).  I have an old heavy duty DeWalt set up with the diamond blade and it has cut hundreds of feet.

I am seventy five, there are no long, hard days ahead of me, but if I had the tools you mentioned, I would want a good reliable circular saw in the arsenal. 

Get you a new or almost new Milwaukee, you will not regret it.
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  Re: circular saw conundrum by Wild Turkey (In the next couple o...)
I wouldn't put a good wood saw down for that job.

Go buy a 40.00 throwaway saw and get-er-done
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  Re: circular saw conundrum by Wild Turkey (In the next couple o...)
What about just renting something that will do the job? (Then fix the Milwaukee for you to use on wood.)
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(08-11-2020, 05:17 AM)fredhargis Wrote: What about just renting something that will do the job? (Then fix the Milwaukee for you to use on wood.)

not in my little town Rolleyes
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  Re: circular saw conundrum by Wild Turkey (In the next couple o...)
Given the saws, and their conditions as you described, here's what I would do:

Step 1.  Throw away the not-working C-man.  It's not worth the waste of precious gravity.

Step 2.  Put a diamond blade on the B&D and cut the slate.  If it burns up, who cares?  It can be replaced with another $20 cheapie for the next cr***y job quickly enough.

Step 3.  Fix the Milwaukee.
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  Re: circular saw conundrum by Wild Turkey (In the next couple o...)
I have picked up 2 7-1/4" worm drive circular saws from CL, 1 Milwaukee and 1 Skil, each at $25. Changed the oil in each, and now have a dedicated masonry saw (mounted a dry diamond blade) and a near bullet-proof saw for my wood butchery. 
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