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I have a dewalt, ridgid, hd 77 and I gave away a mag77

Out of those, the dewalt is the best. no issues, wide rafter hook fits on joist, good quality cord and it cuts great


The ridgid is good, although it has a bit or an arbor wobble and sounds like a bag of rocks. hook is too small for i joist


the mag 77 was good, it wasn't as nice to use as the dewalt.

the hd 77 is a boat abchor. I haven't used it in years. the arbor wobbles, it sounds like something is ready to explode inside. It vibrates badly and its stupid heavy. I hate that pos. It's relegated to prazi duty.

I have a brand new mag 77 in the box I got at clearance. I'm probably just going to sell it, because I don't love the skil worm drives. It was half price so I had to buy it though.


One thing to remember, the legendary old school worm drives were made in the USA. They were very good but, IMO the Chinese saws are not the same quality or durability.

You won't find a new worm drive that will last as long as the USA made ones.

to summarize, my personal ranking of wormdrives. (from my experience)

1 Dewalt
2 Ridgid
3 Mag77
4 HD77 (grey skil)
I'll take that Mag77 off your hands when I'm down to Calgary in January...
 

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I'll take that Mag77 off your hands when I'm down to Calgary in January...
I can save it for you. I looked at it once but it's never been plugged in our had a blade installed. It's still in the box
 

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I pulled the tigger on the dewalt. It's a good saw. Already used it for framing for a couple of days.

Still waiting for ridgid to make good on their lifetime warranty...
 

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A few months later and I still like my dewalt worm drive saw.

Ridgid did replace my old saw with a new ridgid worm drive. The replacement ridgid saw developed a bad oil leak recently. I've had it for less than nine months and the ridgid is already useless junk destined for the land fill.
 

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I've got 2 mag77, one usually has a metal blade in it. I've got a makita worm drive that stays at home/shop. My go to is the mag77 Lt, I love that saw.

Also got 2 makita cordless 6 1/2" which are handy for little stuff. I've heard the Milwaukees are better.

I wanted a 75th anniversary mag77 but didn't get one. Guy I used to work for had two, one still in the box. He also had two of the 50th anniversary ones. He was a collector of them. I was told that they were originally invented for cutting sugar cane? I've never researched it but it's kind of like collecting old hand planes, cool carpenter stuff.


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I can't stand the Skil worms. Just feel too old school. No ergonomics, all clunky. Maybe it's the boring color, or the skinny top handle. Not sure.

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I have the Makita, what is the advantage of the Mag77? Weight? The Makita is a boat anchor.


I think that they are lighter, my makita is the same. I did run a newer model makita about 2 years ago and it was lighter. The heavy ones are good for keeping a demo blade in for that type of work, or keeping a metal blade in, that's what I do. I've also gotten into festool in the last year or so, so the track saw and the hk saw are becoming the new go to unless we're strictly framing, but the hk is good for cutting truss tails.


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