lightweight circular saw for a woman?

toadangelAugust 14, 2008

hi all - haven't posted here before (usually over in baths) but i am looking for a very lightweight (like under 7 pounds) circular saw and hoping for one that is not as intimidating to me as those "regular" circular saws are. i just envision myself dropping the saw & slicing my toe off. i need it for very casual use cutting regular 2x4 & plywood types of things.

I have worked with a miter saw & a tile saw with success, but those stay where they are, so no problem there.

I have also worked with a Milwaukee jig saw that we guess weighs about 5 pounds. i wouldn't want one much heavier, but can handle that since it is resting on the material most of the time.

i saw a different kind of circular saw on one of the hgtv shows that of course i can't remember now... they said it was a nice choice for women since it is smaller & more shielded... anyone know what I'm talking about? or have other suggestions?

thanks,

lisa

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lucy

Have you asked e.g. Home Depot about different saws and why certain ones would be good for you, and why others wouldn't? Size or weight alone might not always either do a good job or be safe.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2008 at 4:26PM
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ci_lantro

This is the one I'm going to get. Only 6.5 lbs.

Here is a link that might be useful: 5.5 inch SkilSaw

    Bookmark   August 14, 2008 at 8:54PM
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kt2155

I've found the cordless 14.4v Dewalt to be a good lightweight option. I've used it to cut 2x4's but that is about the max depth it should be used for. Works great on things like plywood sheets, since you don't have to worry about dangling cords.

KT

Here is a link that might be useful: Dewalt 14.4V Cordless Trim Saw Kit

    Bookmark   August 15, 2008 at 10:51AM
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brickeyee

When the saw kick back in use the weight becomes your friend.
It is resting on the board when in use, so the weight should not be that big an issue.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2008 at 5:06PM
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sombreuil_mongrel

ci-lantro,
I have one of those saws, since 1990. It is the sears craftsman version, same saw, though. Blades for it are darned near unavailable; I order them online in a three-pack. A 24-tooth blade on that saw is the equivalent of about a 36-tooth blade on a 7.25" saw. I use it for plywood, light work. It will not cut a 2x4 at 45* however, so it's not a substitute for a fullsize saw. It's left-handed BTW, which I prefer. My other skilsaw is a Porter-Cable "framesaw". My third skilsaw is a wormdrive- it was stolen in 1995 and never replaced ;-)

Casey

    Bookmark   August 17, 2008 at 12:45PM
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zl700

The saw won't weigh any more than a 6-pack of beer.
Buy the beer, invite a male over and he will make all the cuts for you

    Bookmark   August 18, 2008 at 2:12PM
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toadangel

thanks for the responses, guys. i hadn't seen that skil saw - i may check that out but be sure to check for blades too.
the dewalt may work well, also. i did see "trim" saws but didn't see any that cut 2x4's like that one would.

i read that when the blade is on the left then, although you do get the benefit of seeing the line better, the saw doesn't have the support of the non-waste piece after you're done with the cut, so you have to be sure you have the full weight of the saw under control as you finish. it seems to be the "in" type of design, though, so it may be difficult to find a lightweight one with the blade on the right. have any of you noticed that issue?

bobs - i also started by looking at the corded ones, since they don't have heavy batteries, but i think the corded ones are more powerful, which ends up being more weight.

i found a few cordless ones that may work, and hopefully with these suggestions i will find one that may fit the bill. i trust this site much more than the sales guys at the local HD :)

and i guess if i can't find one, there is always the 6-pack suggestion :)

thanks all.
lisa

    Bookmark   August 18, 2008 at 10:26PM
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bobismyuncle

Get yourself a Skil 77 and use it for a few weeks cutting rafters. After wrestling with that side-winder (14.9 Pounds), everything else will seem light :-)

I am right-handed but personally prefer a blade-left saw as it allows me to see the cut without having to lean over the saw. It probably means more sawdust shooting my way. I think it's a personal preference, though. Most sidewinders are left-bladed and most of the rest are right-bladed.

Here is a link that might be useful: Skil 77

    Bookmark   August 20, 2008 at 4:38PM
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brickeyee

"i read that when the blade is on the left then, although you do get the benefit of seeing the line better, the saw doesn't have the support of the non-waste piece after you're done with the cut, so you have to be sure you have the full weight of the saw under control as you finish. it seems to be the "in" type of design, though, so it may be difficult to find a lightweight one with the blade on the right. have any of you noticed that issue?"

Cut from the other side.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2008 at 9:29AM
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