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Old 07-14-2009, 04:11 PM
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cordless circular saw

Anyone use cordless saws? I want to know if they can handle cutting 4x4 pressure treated wood, etc. Usually wouldn't need more than that per charge if they can handle it, for occasionally assembling transformer mounts.

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Old 07-14-2009, 06:08 PM
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Anyone use cordless saws? I want to know if they can handle cutting 4x4 pressure treated wood, etc. Usually wouldn't need more than that per charge if they can handle it, for occasionally assembling transformer mounts.

Mike
I use 4x6 for transformers. My dewalt would go thru it with 2 cuts but I carry a small stihl pruning chain saw in my trailer so I usually just cut it off with that.

My dewalt 18v circular saw is a workhorse. You could easily cut multiple posts up on a single battery. It also makes short work of 1.5 and 1.25 conduits.
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Old 07-14-2009, 09:21 PM
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the dewalt 18v comes in either 5 1/2 or 6 1/2 blade, the one you want is the larger one. it can cut over 2 inches deep, so on a 4x4 or 4x6, the depth is actually 3 1/2 inches, so cutting on each side is no problem cutting through . the smaller saw only goes to 1 and 9/16, and won't go through.
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Old 07-14-2009, 10:48 PM
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Thanks, guys. Sounds good.

Billy, I didn't even think of 2 cycle equipment. I suppose I could use my stihl 290 farm boss. lol.
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Old 07-14-2009, 10:57 PM
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18 volt Milwaukee. Been fine for me had mine for 9 years still going had get a new batteries thou.
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Old 07-15-2009, 10:22 AM
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18V NiMh Hitachi kit here... the circ. saw works great. Two cuts and you are through a 4x4 with ease.
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Old 07-15-2009, 10:24 AM
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for what they charge for new batteries you can almost buy the new tool... Here is a good hint. I picked up my dewalt 18v combo set with all the toys

Hammer drill
flashlight
angle grinder
sawzall
circular saw
impact driver
2 batteries

brand new in box not refurbished 300 bucks. I already had 2 extra batteries and a charger from my friends drill that died.

Most of the top brands wont disapoint. I used to have a ryobi set for 5 years too which never let me down but the batteries were lame.

Look at milwaukee...Makita... porter cable...dewalt... I didnt like Hitachi. I had one and the chuck wouldnt hold tight on the drill.
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Old 07-15-2009, 10:54 AM
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Craftsman 19.2v combo kit here with tough plastic rolling storage.
I use the sawzall and right angle drill daily. Come to think of it I have not used the regular drill yet!

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Old 07-15-2009, 10:57 AM
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you know I got a package like Billy's but made by craftsman (18v?). It was cheap, i just wanted it for my RV to keep in the storage. I have used about every tool it came with and it works really well, including the circular saw. I was cutting oak logs with it and it worked flawlessly. So far the batteries have been really good. I have had it for almost 2 years now. Came in a nice soft case, pretty sweet. But if I was going to be using this daily or weekly without a doubt I would go with Milwaukee or Dewalt.
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I have to say, the DeWalt XRP system is the bottom of the heap as far as I am concerned. The battery technology they employ does not come close to that of the Hitachi, or Milwaukee. The DeWalts are too heavy, feature poor and have been nothing but a waste of $$ for me over time. Their warranty does not come even close to that of Hitachi or Milwaukee either. (5 Full years incld. batteries for the 'red' tools!)
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