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Old 09-07-2013, 12:31 AM   #21
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Thanks for the input.

So unless you change the connector on a 12g cord, you're pretty much bound to a "chargers only" cord?? (Of course, my idea of the acceptable uses of a 14g cord is just my opinion )

That's a big step in the wrong direction. Points are racking up against them.
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Old 09-07-2013, 01:09 AM   #22
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I've got the Bosch wormdrive with the quick-connect. I like it. I use an extension cord with the neon light in the end and can see if the circuit just blew!
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I love mine. As a saw, it is a very good tool. As a cord system, it is ok if you hook a 50 footer to it. The problem is that most 12 gauge cords have large plugs which don't work. This leaves you using a 14 gauge cord and that is hard on the saw. Then the 14 gauge cord slips out, so I usually use a flat 14 which works the best, but is short.

So my vote is I like it, but the plug should be bigger.
The light up ends fit you just have to take the prongs out. Those 2 rusted to hell clips are supposed to make it tighter connection. All they do is interfere. This is the side winder , the worm's are burried somewhere in this garage
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I use a 25' 12 gauge Ridgid cord and it fits fine. According to the little chart in the manual, you can use a 14 gauge up to 25 feet and a 12 gauge up to 50 feet.
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I use a 25' 12 gauge Ridgid cord and it fits fine. According to the little chart in the manual, you can use a 14 gauge up to 25 feet and a 12 gauge up to 50 feet.
Yea my comment about the uses of 14g cords was incorrect. I was thinking of the little tiny orange ones you buy at walmart.

It was late....what can ya do

Thanks for setting me straight though.
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The light up ends fit you just have to take the prongs out. Those 2 rusted to hell clips are supposed to make it tighter connection. All they do is interfere. This is the side winder , the worm's are burried somewhere in this garage
On my saw, again I leave the cord on permanently, I stuffed the end in with those clips and snugged it down with a zip tie. It never comes out now, rarely did before.
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On my saw, again I leave the cord on permanently, I stuffed the end in with those clips and snugged it down with a zip tie. It never comes out now, rarely did before.
So then why not have one with the cord permanently attached? Seems to me you've done the same thing.
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So then why not have one with the cord permanently attached? Seems to me you've done the same thing.
To have the longer cord. I also feel, strain relief design or not, the cord hook is a better design just because it puts less strain on the cord if you are raising and lowering the saw.
Really I would sum up my feelings on the direct connect by saying, I would not go out of my way, or spend more money to get one, but it is kinda nice.
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I had one once, the Bosch Sidewinder. I didn't especially care for it....
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By me it seems alot of large commecial bridge contractors like the cordless sidewinders with the twist lock end..

I guess it reduces the chances of theft alittle bit.. atleast the stupid guys that dont think they can buy an adapter or replacment end wont steal them.

I worked for a guy once who had one with the twist lock end. i instantly knew he stole it from his day job...
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We have the bosch wormdrive at work. I always thought it was kind of a pain in the neck that it didn't have it's own cord.

In theory, it seems that you would always need to find an extension cord anyway. In practice, it seems there are a lot of times when you could just plug into an outlet or power strip and get to cutting.

That's what annoyed me about the saw until one day a 50' extension got stuck in the socket. I mean REALLY stuck. Like it's welded onto the prongs somehow. I have no idea what happened but that saw now has a dedicated extension cord.

Another downside was that a lot of replacement cord ends wouldn't fit into the socket.
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Aside from the minor advantage in storage space for the saw, I see no real benefit in a detachable cord.

As mentioned, the extra connector can wear and have a poor connection--which creates heat and voltage drop that isn't kind to any motor. And if it's proprietary, you're pretty well screwed for on-site repair. It only takes a few minutes to replace a hardwired cord with another one of any length you desire.
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You guys have definitely given me a lot to think about. I was almost to the point of "ready to buy". Now that I've stepped back, and heard some of the bad things, I'm not sure I'm going to pull the trigger right now...if at all.

Thanks for all the feedback.
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Ill have to agree with the worst idea ever. I've never used that exact saw but, I don't see it being any different than having a super short cord coming off the saw. Nothing more annoying than being up in a lift or on a ladder and having the end of the cord pulling downwards on the saw while you're trying to make a cut. I've seen guys hardwire nice flexible cords about 20' directly into the saw.. Those were nice. Having the advantage to wrap the actual extension cord around something and having the slack from the tools cord beside you is ideal.
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I have a leaf blower that has the same extension hook up. Don't think I would want it on a circ saw though
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I have a hedge trimmer, and a Milwaukee hammer drill with a twist-lock cord. I like that feature on the hammer drill because it's easier to store.
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I've had the sidewinder since it came out. I've always liked it.
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I loved mine on my RS20 Reciprocating saw....I wish they had started doing that will all the tools.
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By me it seems alot of large commecial bridge contractors like the cordless sidewinders with the twist lock end..

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cordless with a twistlock?

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cordless with a twistlock?

Meaning cordless in having no cord since its a direct connect....

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