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Old 11-24-2011, 11:15 PM   #1
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Alright, alright, maybe I've missed the reviews,
but I wanna see a knock down-drag out fight!

Work drives. No doubt Skil is the best forever, but there's been
a few new WD's (wormdrives) out since I last played with my toys.
So, for those of you who've used them, let see what you got...

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Old 11-24-2011, 11:20 PM   #2
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As soon as I wear out 4 USA made Skilsaws, I intend to try something else.

I'm not sure I will live long enough to do so though.

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Here's my 20+ year old skilly going at it with the prazi attachment.

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As soon as I wear out 4 USA made Skilsaws, I intend to try something else.

I'm not sure I will live long enough to do so though.
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I've got a few US build Skils and one Chinese one and one old Default
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Years ago, I had the Craftsman WD, obviously manufactured by Skil, but I saw more than one of them tossed in the garbage after a short service life. If I recall, the rumor was that the Craftsman relied on brass bushings rather than bearings inside the gearbox.

I also had 2 Black & Decker WDs about 25 years ago. I liked the saws, but they always had a knock and neither lasted more than a couple years.

I"d like to get my hands on an old Rockwell WD.

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and her friend


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I'd like to try a wormdrive one day, they dont have them here.

I dont know about the blade being on that side though, I have a Makita 9 1/4" (235mm) with a blade on the right I use for making up patch panels and a milwaukee cordless that has the blade on the left which I cant get used to and it throws dust all over the cut line when I'm cutting ply up.
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If I'm not mistaken, PC and Rockwell merged at one point, or one was a spinoff of the other.

Very similar in design between both.
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Yup. Rockwell bought PC in 1960

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porter-Cable
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Yup. Rockwell bought PC in 1960

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porter-Cable
not sure of the date on it Lone. Ill check tomorrow see if there is anything on the plate. It is pretty much exact of rockwell.
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I got the red skil but only use it with prazi.

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If I was going to buy one to use as intended I would go with the Makita Hypoid. Weight is a big factor for me. Plus makita got some good reviews, and I generally have a very high opinion of Makita. The brand has proven themselves time and time again to me and never let me down unlike most other brands.

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Does that old Speedmatic have a hollow ground blade on it?
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I had a Bosch 1677MD Direct Connect.
I loved it, but I destroyed it on my first job.

Well, my workers did. They used it to cut 6" of Buit-Up Roofing
over 150 years old. It gunked up my spanking brand new saw.
Those idiots just didn't know what a saw in distress sounded like.
I came up and caught them and yelled "STOP!" I said "Don't you hear it?
It's not going to go!" I tried to cut with it showing them how to hold the saw hovering above the work to cut out a wood section, but it was too late. Some piece broke in it. I was as mad as all hell.

But, before they got a hold of it, it was a joy. Of course, I showed "Dumb & Dumber" how to cut into a roof with a Sawzall and the job got done.

Another 1677MD with Bosch's Blue Extension Cord (I love them), and I'd be one happy camper. 25' of cord is the perfect length for my site work and for the roof, a 100' cord that plugs directly "into" the saw. Perfect.





Are any of the newer saws better?
(DeWalt, Milwaukee, Ridgid, etc...)
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Are any of the newer saws better?
(DeWalt, Milwaukee, Ridgid, etc...)
I gave up my MAG77 for a Ridgid. I still believe that MAG was a good saw but I have not looked back. Started to have blade wobble really bad.

The Ridgid is awesome. IMO. Unfortunately it too is made in China but has outlasted that MAG77 so I can't ask for too much than that.

By the way the MAG77 was purchased in 03 so I do believe it was made in the U.S. at that time. It lasted till 06,07 something like that. That is when I bought the Ridgid.
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I'm drooling. I'd love to have that saw. I have the same sidewinder, except it says Rockwell.

I have a Skil 77 with a Prazi, Mag 77 with a finish blade, and a Bosch with a framing blade. No problems with any of them.

I also have a 12" Mall WD with the blade on the right. It cuts fine, but the bearing between the motor arbor and the gear case leaks, and gear lube will drain into the motor housing unless you hang the front of the saw down.

(edit: I don't have any pictures of it after I fixed it up.)

If I was going to buy a new saw, I'd get the new Makita. I hated the old Makita (which I saw they still sell at HD yesterday), but the new one seems pretty nice.

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I have 3 of those bosch 25' cords all from the direct connect worms. All 3 saws died do to guys lowering the saw from the cord but not making sure it was hooked the handle. Thats enough to make ya snap! My most sucessful worm drive has been the ridgid. Smooth cutting saw and comfortable. But after 7 yrs i finally killed it yesterday. Was cutting a steel beam with it and well i guess i wasnt totally letting the blade do the cutting. but now im looking at least 1 more ridgid and the makita hypoid mag. The dewalt worms are junk IMO had 2 and iness than 6 months smoked them both. Both were replaced but already one is doing the same thing. I sold the other one
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In the past 25 yr. I've bought 2 HD77, 2 MAG and one Mikita. The Mikita was returned the same day I purchased it. Dam thing has so much tork when you start it that I was afraid it would spin right out my hands the first time I wasn't paying attention to it.

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