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You state side in the U.K. they do use them but not as much as the states do due to the use of brick but I use a lot of wet timber that’s treated so need more grunt but I’d have to take the skillsaw and put a U.K. 110 site plug on it which will zap power by how much I don’t know need to know from someone who’s done it in theory it should work
 

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Best for what? Best for who?
I recently got a sweet deal on a Makita 2x18v worm drive and I think it's the best saw I've ever owned, but I keep using the little brushless 18v blade left sidewinder. Why? 'cause I'm shingling right now and I don't need a big heavy saw to clip cedar shingles up on a scaffold. Once I'm back framing I'll put the little one away and grab the 2x18v rear handle. So which one is best? If I only did one thing then it might be easier to chose one tool.
 

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Best for what? Best for who?
I recently got a sweet deal on a Makita 2x18v worm drive and I think it's the best saw I've ever owned, but I keep using the little brushless 18v blade left sidewinder. Why? 'cause I'm shingling right now and I don't need a big heavy saw to clip cedar shingles up on a scaffold. Once I'm back framing I'll put the little one away and grab the 2x18v rear handle. So which one is best? If I only did one thing then it might be easier to chose one tool.
I totally agree. The 36v Makita is what we use all day every day for framing. I love a skilsaw mag 77, but it won't fully cut through a floor joist at a depth of 2.5 inches, but the Makita 36v will. 4 batteries will keep that saw cutting all day, every day. Plus, it has a wide, sturdy hanger that can hang on anything. And it cuts almost as good as a corded saw. It's a sidewinder, so no twist when you fire it up. Plus the safety isn't awkward, and it's a rear handle. Best saw ever, and it comes with (2) 5a/h batteries, a double bay charger, and a bag. Plus, the right chainsaw wrench works for changing the blade, in case you lose the included tool.

As for worm drive vs sidewinder, I usually love worm drive because they're rear handle. the Makita 36v proved to me that the location of the handle is more important than where the motor is. Rear handle allows you to push the saw more easily, while top handled saws require more effort. However, when you fire up a worm drive saw, the entire saw will twist in the direction of the motors rotation. Sidewinders don't twist. But that twist is a small consideration and easy to adapt to. The location of the handle(s) is much more important.
 

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I forgot to mention, the Makita 36v is heavier than a skil mag 77. That's one downside to it. Another plus is there's other Makita 36v tools like a sawzall and rotohammer.
 

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Was just using this cordless makita today. I do mostly handyman type chit so not framing all day/everyday, but this little saw continues to amaze me. Don't have much to compare it to other than my corded Milwaukee, but for ease of use, I can't think of a better option for my needs. Went through this door like buttah!
 

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I haven't used a 7.25 in I don't know how long. I like the little cordless ones even though the bases flex and cutting plumb is an adventure.

I still use an older 8.25 corded skill saw.i like the weight, I feel it holds the line better
 

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Been through several and they were all the best, at the time. Milwaukee, for years. Dewalt was better, for a while. Then Makita, which was probably the best ergonomically for me. Now we only have Dewalt Felxvolt circular saw. (Now worm drive look)
I can't imagine anything better, but I couldn't imagine anything better than any of the others, before something better came along.

Crap, that should be a saying. I might add that to my profile. Or...I'm working too late. Hope my wife doesn't think the same thing. ahhsahhahahahha
 

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I've gone back to a rear handle saw. The Milwaukie.

Still have the 6 1/2, but it rarely gets pulled out. I like the wieght of the bigger saw and it's what we used for years.



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My favorite saw is the older Porter Cable 743 left blade sidewinders, all I use for years, I also use the small Skil HD5510 LH blade 5 1/2" saws and a Porter Cable 345 Saw Boss.

Cordless saws I run 6 1/2" 18 volt Milwaukee's and 18 volt LH blade Makita.

For cordless the Makita is my fav, sooo much better ergos and balance...
 

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Was just using this cordless makita today. I do mostly handyman type chit so not framing all day/everyday, but this little saw continues to amaze me. Don't have much to compare it to other than my corded Milwaukee, but for ease of use, I can't think of a better option for my needs. Went through this door like buttah!
The brushless one? That saw is awesome for it's size. It's the go to for siding or anything that has to get cut up high. It can almost keep up for framing but the 36v gets pulled out for that.
 

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I find the Makita is a sweet battery saw, it has great balance and ergos in the hand. I also have the Milwaukee fuel LH blade and imo it has terrible ergos and poor balance, it always wants to fall off the bench. My next cordless Makita will be the 08 model with RH blade and the tracksaw compatible base.
 
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