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Circular Saws (SideWinders)

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  • #53606
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    DirtyWhiteBoy
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    Honolulu,, Hi.

    I’d like to check to see who likes the sidewinder over the inline worm drive and why? I have and use both. We carpenters love the pics so here are a few…….

    Dirty

    A Working Pro since 1988!

    Member since January 26, 2013.

    #53626
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    kurt@welkerhomes.com
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    Owatonna, MN - Minnesota

    Dirty, is that an older Makita 16″

    #53629
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    cranbrook2
    Pro
    Belgrave, Ontario , Canada

    I use sidewinders all the time .Much lighter to hold if your cutting all day .

    #53743
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    DirtyWhiteBoy
    Pro
    Honolulu,, Hi.

    Kurt the top one is a newer 16¼” that came out of Buford Ga. the older ones came from Japan. The 10¼” gold saw is from Japan and a bit older but still works just fine!

    Dirty

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    Member since January 26, 2013.

    #53795

    This is a great topic Dirty! But I am woefully ignorant about this one…. so I am going to stick mostly to questions on this topic 😛

    How often do you find yourself using the 16 1/4″? And I am curious what others have to say still about their preference of sidewinders vs inline….

    John S

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    DirtyWhiteBoy
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    Honolulu,, Hi.

    Well John the 16″ comes out every time I have to cut a 45 on any beam that is a 4X10 or 12 or 14 or 6×10 or 12 or 14 so it comes out about 4 or 5 times a year.

    Dirty

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    Member since January 26, 2013.

    #53806
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    DirtyWhiteBoy
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    Honolulu,, Hi.

    ….

    Dirty

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    #53810
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    MKE_Voltage
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    Saint Francis, WI

    Well Dirty my answer is much more plain on this one. I use a sidewinder because I don’t have a worm drive. I am looking to pick up a worm drive but can’t decide on Skill or Milwaukee.

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    kurt@welkerhomes.com
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    Owatonna, MN - Minnesota

    Great photos Dirty. We dont do much with timbers around here so the 10 1/4 Milwaukee we haveis large enough. My guys prefer tzhe 7 1/4 sidewinders to the worm drives. We dont see a lot of worm drives in any jobsites around here. I

    #53817
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    cranbrook2
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    Belgrave, Ontario , Canada

    That big saw would come in handy for a lot of the bulky lumber that I have in my shop .

    #63663
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    DirtyWhiteBoy
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    Honolulu,, Hi.

    Although I love my Makita 10¼” sometimes I need to cut off 4×6 or 4×8 rafter or joist the are below my feet and with that handle on top circular saw set up is cutting down below my feet is difficult. I would love to pick up a 10¼” inline wormdrive saw.

    Dirty

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    Member since January 26, 2013.

    #63685
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    svensshutters
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    Colorado Springs, CO

    Thanks for the thread Dirty, I just realized that I din’t need either one of these, at least I don’t see a need right now.

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    mattryyc
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    Calgary, Alberta

    Most of the time I use my 6 1/2″ Dewalt 20v, if not I actually have a 6 1/2″ Mastercraft that has a rough blade in it that I use if I think I’m going to possible hit a nail, or for going through lvl or something that will eat up blades. I also have a 7 1/4″ old craftsman that is a workhorse but doesn’t come out to play all that often just because the smaller guys do 95% of what I need.

    Dirty – I’ve heard the noise of the big Makita is quite something?

    #63736
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    DirtyWhiteBoy
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    Honolulu,, Hi.

    Dirty – I’ve heard the noise of the big Makita is quite something?

    Just keep the PowerBoxx on 19

    Dirty

    A Working Pro since 1988!

    Member since January 26, 2013.

    #89834
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    DirtyWhiteBoy
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    Honolulu,, Hi.

    Hey anybody need a great looking Makita cicr. 10¼” saw? Just PM me as I don’t think I can post it here. It looks just like mine.

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    Dirty

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    #89839
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    ChadM
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    East Palestine, Ohio

    I tend to go to the sidewinder first, I think mostly because that was all I had ever used until about 5 years ago. I do like worm drives, they power through cuts (like wet PT lumber) that most sidewinders bog down on and they seem easier to make a nice straight cut with.

    Chad

    A Working Pro since 1993

    Member since 12/07/2013

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    #123999

    Hey anybody need a great looking Makita cicr. 10¼” saw? Just PM me as I don’t think I can post it here. It looks just like mine.

    PMed. though, i’m sure shipping from hawaii will suck.

    #124001
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    CrpntrFeak
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    Globe, AZ

    Well Dirty my answer is much more plain on this one. I use a sidewinder because I don’t have a worm drive. I am looking to pick up a worm drive but can’t decide on Skill or Milwaukee.

    Skil and Bosch are about the same so I would keep that in mind when ready to buy. I also highly recommend the Ridgid. Great worm drive.

    I have never used the Waukke but I remember it being very heavy back when I looked at it about 10 years ago. Back then it weighed about 19lbs. WOW!! Glad to see they have shed 4 pounds according to the spec sheet from them.

    The only sidewinder I have is a DeWalt. About 17 years old. I keep it just in case and it was the first saw I ever had. Sentimental…ya know. lol

    #124007

    I have both styles. I like the wormdrive, but the sidewinder does come out about as much because that’s what my partner prefers. We also have a 10 1/4″ Milwaukee sidewinder for big beams or large I joists.

    I just saw a tool article or review the other day that Bosch has a near identical worm drive out or coming out that is like the newer Skil Mag Lt. That wouldbe nice to see show up on the rewards list!

    Andrew

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    Member since March 26, 2014.

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    hdpro
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    Upstate, NY

    I have both. I think a lot of it is regional. Not too many guys in my area have worm drives here. Most everyone uses sidewinders.

    I lucked out on an eBay auction a few years ago. Someone was selling new old stock skil worm drives they’d discovered in a hardware store basement they’d bought out. (These were the older USA made style.) Less than a hundred bucks with shipping! And in the original sealed box. Sweeeeet!

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