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We are gearing up to do a wood frame project starting next month. Again (not my favorite type of project).

Normally, we have a worm drive (skill 77) or two around and that is sufficient for almost anything we do. We have been talking about going batter powered. I like the idea of the M-12 circular saw. Has anyone used one? Feelings Thoughts? Consternations?

Mostly we use them to cut blocks for bracing etc.; so a worm drive is probably overkill. Plus dealing with cords etc. we are told that the sparkies are attempting to do a lot less with temp power on this project.


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I just bought the M12 C saw, I really don’t use a C saw much, so I didn’t buy the M18 (I have an old Porter Cable C saw at home, but I hate the wire). recently I’ve been building shelves and a gaming table. the M12 C saw has a 5-3/8” blade, I have 2x XC3.0 batteries for it. I haven’t used the blade it came with, which I think is a framing blade, I bought a finish blade (36 teeth) for the gaming table.
I used it Last week to cut 2x4’s for blocking for a rough-in, it’s great.
I’d say It cuts about 30’-40’ of 1/2” wood before the battery dies. It struggles a bit in 3/4”so cut slowly, but that might be cuz of the finish blade.
I found when cutting flat or ply type wood you want to set the blade just enough to cut through the wood or it will struggle a bit.
 

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I have the 7.25” m18 fuel. We use it for cutting blocks and ripping plywood for mounting manifolds and it rips through wood just like any corded saw of the same size that I’ve ever used. Make sure you get the m18 fuel and not the cheaper one.
 

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I have a m18 circular saw, not the fuel. I do like it better than the 18 Dewalt, doesn’t catch and jump as much, but I still like my Mikita corded best. Although I will have to say, I very rarely use one on the job. If I need to cut a backer, a sawzall does just as good of a job for me.
 

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I have a m18 circular saw, not the fuel. I do like it better than the 18 Dewalt, doesn’t catch and jump as much, but I still like my Mikita corded best. Although I will have to say, I very rarely use one on the job. If I need to cut a backer, a sawzall does just as good of a job for me.
We have definitely talked about some of that. We also like multi tools/oscillating tools. But they just don’t have the speed. This project needs to be really efficient. It’s one of those prefab as much as we can and get it done.

One of my freshly minted journeymen (he didn’t apprentice under me; I kind of wish he had) figured out a smart way to use hole saws and a multi tool to mount Koehler shower valves FAST. Apparently he had done it with a sawzall first, but the multi tool was a bit cleaner.

Also, I’ve been using a sawzall for years. Like 25 years? And I can’t cut straight for the life of me. I know others can….. I guess I won’t learn at this point.
 

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We have definitely talked about some of that. We also like multi tools/oscillating tools. But they just don’t have the speed. This project needs to be really efficient. It’s one of those prefab as much as we can and get it done.

One of my freshly minted journeymen (he didn’t apprentice under me; I kind of wish he had) figured out a smart way to use hole saws and a multi tool to mount Koehler shower valves FAST. Apparently he had done it with a sawzall first, but the multi tool was a bit cleaner.

Also, I’ve been using a sawzall for years. Like 25 years? And I can’t cut straight for the life of me. I know others can….. I guess I won’t learn at this point.
For the sawzall, I draw the line, start at a 45, bring it down flush on the line to score it, then follow at about 22°. Takes practice, but isn’t always perfectly square, but good enough for rough work.
 

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I have a Makita 36v(Two 18v) skilsaw. Other than it being left handed I like it, takes full size blades. The trim saw is 18v and takes 6-1/4" blades and it's really nice too.

I often cut blocks with my bandsaw because I keep 14tpi blades on it.

Don't underestimate a handsaw and miter box. I keep a handsaw on the van too.
 
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@skoronesa I keep a handsaw on the truck too. But in a construction situation, we use power tools.

You’ve got me thinking about bandsaw. Which bandsaw do you have? Makita?

Not everyone on my crew will/ ever has had a circular saw, but everyone’s got a bandsaw; that may be a good solution. I need to play with it a little.
 

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@skoronesa I keep a handsaw on the truck too. But in a construction situation, we use power tools.

You’ve got me thinking about bandsaw. Which bandsaw do you have? Makita?

Not everyone on my crew will/ ever has had a circular saw, but everyone’s got a bandsaw; that may be a good solution. I need to play with it a little.
I have the Makita that takes a 44-7/8" blade. Jaw is 4-5/8" max so you can cut any 4" pipe.

For cutting a board to go between joists a handsaw is plenty quick and can be stuck anywhere in a van. I use a pruning saw blade with a plumber's saw handle now but had a 10$ stanley crosscut saw with a plastic handle on the van for years. The pruning saw cuts wood faster just as nicely but is rough on plastic.
 

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Typically, we have a worm drive (expertise 77) or two around and that is adequate for nearly anything we do. We have been looking at going hitter fueled. I like the possibility of the M-12 roundabout saw. Has anybody utilized one? Sentiments Considerations? Frustrations?
 
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