Summary: The day before I purchased this saw (09/30/09), while framing an addition, I cut my leg with my Porter Cable (blade on left) saw. I needed surgery and I'm still, as of 11/01/09, not back to work. I'll be fine, coulda been way worse. But the Salvadorian laborer on the job, after witnessing my injury, felt my circular saw was evil and cut the cord off and drove two 16 penny nails into the motor. Once I heard what he had done, I immediately ordered a new saw.
Summary: I won't go into depth about the power and handling of the saw, because so many others have adequately covered how nicely it works and how powerful it is. I will cover some of the rather esoteric stuff. The included saw blade is only good for "really" rough cutting. It seems to be a good blade, but it will chew up a pine board or plywood/OSB panels. I bought a couple of Freud Diablo finish blades and a couple of good high tooth count plywood blades and I'm quite happy.
Summary: Bought this to place a heavy worm drive saw for cabinet making. This is a really nice saw except for the base plate. It is made of aluminum and has raw edges on the sides that are not machined very well. Not a problem unless you use a saw guide like I do. I actually sent back the first one as the base plate had such rough edges that it would not follow the saw guide well at all.
Summary: Amazing how long it has taken to start developing a line of standard circular saws for right-handed users! I have been using a Craftsman saw I bought 20 years ago, and was always annoyed at having to 'peek around the back' as well as coordination of pushing a little button in advance of being able to pull the start trigger. That saw just became my 'loan-out' tool when others ask to borrow.
Summary: First of all let me say that if you're a lefty and have never used a left-handed saw, you don't know what you're missing....BUY ONE!!! As for this particular saw, I was VERY pleased with its weight, construction, and ease of use. I used it a moderate amount during its first project and it performed wonderfully. I was pleased with the purchase and would buy it again.
Summary: I am not sure if it is just me but out of the box, I found that at best after 3 or so feet into the cut with the help of a fence consisted of a spare sheet material to guide the base alongside, the saw likes to get stuck, deviates from the straight line, and pretty much messes up the perfect straight line cut. the line deviates from 1/8 to no more than 3/16ths from the line. Material I have used this saw on is 3/4 MDF and plywood. Both have the same results.
Summary: Power, balance, adjustable grip, Smooooth, this is a great saw. I have a Craftsman and Black and Decker but this saw is the best I have used. I did extensive internet research and in 3 different reviews the Milwaukee 6391 was the top rated saw in its class. I have to agree, this is a heck of a saw. With the right blades it cuts 1/2 inch and 3/4 inch ply like butter. Keeps a straight cut and it is easy to see the blade while cutting.
Summary: I already owned the right handed saw just like this one so I knew what to expect for the most part. I like the saw and it feels the same as the right handed milwaukee tilt-lok I bought 7 years ago (used it a lot since then too) as far as quality goes. I had been wanting this saw to be made for years and the other day I saw it online. I always wanted a left and right handed saw of the same brand and model to have on the job.
Bruce MacMahon "MacMahon Renovation Solutions..., Amazon
7 January 2008
Summary: No complaints at all. I love the adjustable handle angle. More than enough power for general carpentry needs. I'm not planning on using it on concrete or anything of that nature, so I can't comment on its performance in that category. The left-hand blade took some getting used to as my old saw was a cheap B&D model. Love it now.
Summary: I needed an alternative to my skil 77 wormdrive, it was either this or the Porter Cable so I went with this one. I am a pro, so I use it daily. So far it performs as expected. Mitre adjustment works well, depth adjustment works well. Havent tried the handle adjustment (and you probably never will either) The only negative seemed to be two raised indentations on the plate which needed to be filed down. Plenty of power, well balanced.