Excerpt: I very rarely need a saw, just for very infrequent uses around the house. Kit box is great since saw is in storage 99.99% of the time. Box keeps saw clean, protected, and easy to transport. Bevel and depth of cut adjustment seems straightforward and accurate. Saw looks new except for few scratches at bottom of base plate. Reconditioned saving is perfect for my situation and probably would be a good value for a professional craftsman.
Excerpt: I bought this saw in March of 2012. I didn't buy it from CPO but I wish I had. CPO sells it for $25 less than I paid. This saw is used in my workshop about 75% of the time. I use it with a homemade guide instead of a table saw for making cabinet quality cuts in sheet goods. I also rip and cross cut my dimensional (solid) stock with it. I purchased this saw because of the ability to adjust the blade parallel with the shoe. That is important for cabinet and furniture work.
Pros: Easy To Use, Fast Cutting Speed, Good Design, Long Run Time, Powerful, Safe
Excerpt: I have owned this saw for over 10 years, from day one it's had a hard life, compound cuts for rafters through 2x12 lumber, decking, general framing and usage. I purchased mine for $185.00 over 10 years ago, and haven't looked back,, it's been a great saw, just don't drop it, that alum show bends quickly. I've had to straighten mine several times.
Pros: Easy To Use, Fast Cutting Speed, Good Design, Powerful
Excerpt: This is my favorite model saw. My emlpoyees love it too. Rear pivot gives more reach when blade is set shallow and cuting across a sheet of plywood. I consider the electric brake essential on saws provided to my crew. There are two improvements I'd like to see, a more rigid base plate and a left blade version.
Pros: Easiest Depth Adjustment, Easy To Use, Powerful
Excerpt: I was in the middle of cutting stringers out of PT 2×12 when I realized it was time to upgrade to a real saw. The skill saw wasn’t “cutting it”. I called my brother who is in the home building business and he recomended this saw to me…I LOVE IT! What a difference. This saw was a dream to use. VERY powerful. I love the electric brake as well which is rare in these saws or so it seemed. Features: Rear pivot depth of cut adjustment allows your hand to remain...
Summary: I've been a cut man on framing crews for over ten years. I started with Porter-Cable's old top handle style saws. I used to take the best spare parts from all the others and build my own Frankensteins. A few years ago my boss decided to replace our old worn out saws with the new style PC's(model 347K). After a few days I went back to my Frankenstein.
Pros: All around easiest saw to use.
Cons: I can't think of anything I don't like, honestly.
Best consumer/professional grade circular saw I've used
3 June 2013
Summary: I've been in the framing/dock/deck building business for over 15 years, and I've used a number of circular saws from several makers(Skil, Makita, Hitachi, B&D,and some generics)I bought my first 364 about 10 years ago, and it's still going strong, with only blade and brush changes so far. It's even survived being dropped in the lake twice on jobsites. I now have 3 in the toolboxes, and they are my go-to saws for most jobs.