When I first set out to buy a cordless circular saw, I intended to use it for rough-cutting sheet goods before final dimensioning at the table saw. In my small shop, it's tough for me to get a whole 4'x8’ sheet of plywood through the table saw, so first I cut it with a circular saw to about 1/2" larger than the final size.
I wanted the Makita from the start, but the salesman at my local tool shop, whom I've learned to trust, talked me into buying a different brand with a lower voltage. (I don't want to mention the name, but it uses 15.6 volt 3 amp hour batteries. ) From the start, it seemed too weak. It cut the wood, but not without protesting and bogging down from time-to-time.
I used the saw throughout the project and on some other small jobs around the house until I finally brought it back. The salesman balked at my claim that it was underpowered, but he reluctantly exchanged it for the Makita, and I couldn't be happier. This saw has plenty of guts for anything that I've thrown its way. Plywood is a piece of cake, but the real test came yesterday when I had some 6/4 poplar that was too big (12" width and 10’ lengths) to get onto my mitre saw stand. The Makita cut it with no problem. I was happy that I had the right tool for the job.
This tool makes fast, easy work of tasks that have always been inconvenient. It is well worth the money.
Joe Pescatello is an author, an avid woodworker and commercial software developer. Visit http://UncleBobsAttic.com for a sample of his work.