Summary: I'm cutting a timberframe and needed a saw to make accurate 3" deep cuts. I own the big Makita, but that 16" blade tends to wander a bit with the grain. Plus, the base on that saw is very flexible. It's difficult to get dependable 90 degree cuts with it. I was hoping the Dewalt would give better results. Unfortunately, the Dewalt was a big disappointment. The biggest problem was the obstructed sightlines.
Summary: I needed an 8 1/4" saw. I shopped the site, checked reviews and price. My gut told me that I should buy the Mikita because I really like their saws. But, have always had good luck with Dewalt tools, so I decided to save 40 bucks and buy the Dewalt. Wish I had of listened to my gut feeling. The Dewalt is heavy duty and has great power. But, I am cutting through 2 1/2" of foam with poly straps in it (ICF forms). The Dewalt is heavy to use cutting horizontally on a wall.
Summary: I had several saws before , but this time I decided to spend the bucks and buy a good one that would be worth fixing if the bearing went out. Well this is everything I thought it would be and more, The only draw back is that this baby has some weight to it, My wife helps out alot and she complained the firest time she picked it up so if your not a strong arm person , this is not the saw for you.
Summary: Simply put, this saw has a lot of power and is great for framing and ripping 2x4's. I used this saw to rip 3x10's and it handled the job with ease. I would have to recommend this saw over the 7-1/4 types. If you only can afford one saw, this is the one to buy. 7-1/4 inch type saws are lighter and easier to handle all day long, but they won't cut like this one. I own both types of saws and I usually go for the 8-1/4. They really should make a case for this thing.
Summary: I am actively involved in timber framing for myself, and have been looking for the right mid-sized circular saw for a while. I came dangerously close to ordering the Milwaukee 10-1/4" until I read a very helpful review on this site about the paper thin foot that easily bent. I already own a 16-5/16" Makita, and it is a beast, with a maximum 6-1/2" depth of cut at 90 degrees.
Summary: I used this babe for over two years, and have been the best saw than I own. Very well build tool have also the safety feature of an electric brake than stop it in less than two seconds when you release the switch. Very easy to adjust the zero point (kerf indicator) and parallelism between the blade and the shoe. Surprising for me was the oustanding balance and plenty of power for the hardest of the tropical woods (Use carbide tiped blade..