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I am looking at getting a Bosch CS5 120V 7-1/4-Inch Circular Saw or a Ridgid 6.5 Fuego Framing Saw to replace my Skil circular saw for framing and general construction projects. I know Ridgid clam their saw can do so much, but I am think the Bosch is a better since its 15 amp compare to the 12 amp Ridgid. I am wondering which is better.
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i think i saw on here someone stated that the fuego was garbage. I have the bosch and it is UNREAL!!!!!!!! I definitely say get the Bosch. i think fuego is only good for cement board.
I have the Fuego and I absolutely love it. Mind you, I am a wormdrive guy, so if that tells you something...

Light, great lines of sight.

I only pull out the worms when I absolutely need them. There isn't anything I have NOT been able to cut with the Feugo yet.
All of the framing crews I know use the Makita circ saws. They are the standard circ saw at most of the tool houses here as well. I prefer my Makita worm drive, but it can cut anything.
:thumbsup: fuego is awsome, like greg said light,powerful,and clear sight, great control, havent pulled out my 7 1/4 in almost a year!:thumbup:

and theres a 30 day trail, so try it you got nothing to lose!
+1 for the Makita worm drives. I am amazed that the dam thing wont bog down no matter what you do with it.
I like my old makita magneseum, poor girl is in need of some parts but, just as smooth runner as day one.
I'm weird I guess I prefer the left hand blade porter cable even tho I'm right handed:rolleyes:
Dido on the positive comments on the Feugo. The sight line blower is a real help . The only thing is that is does have some gearbox noise that makes it seem that the gear tolerance could be better. I did have to tighten the rivet on the shoe base pivot, and it does have a lot of plastic. Maybe it is just my saw. Does have the LSA for repairs.
Just used my older left hand PC framer after I did a tear down, clean, grease. Now like new, smoothest cut, dust collection, excellent build, quality made in USA about 20 years old, is still the best overall sidewinder design but heavier than the Feugo.

The Feugo is not in any of the store out here. I paid $89 on clearance last year.
+1 for the Makita worm drives. I am amazed that the dam thing wont bog down no matter what you do with it.
Dido on the positive comments on the Feugo. The sight line blower is a real help . The only thing is that is does have some gearbox noise that makes it seem that the gear tolerance could be better. I did have to tighten the rivet on the shoe base pivot, and it does have a lot of plastic. Maybe it is just my saw. Does have the LSA for repairs.
Just used my older left hand PC framer after I did a tear down, clean, grease. Now like new, smoothest cut, dust collection, excellent build, quality made in USA about 20 years old, is still the best overall sidewinder design but heavier than the Feugo.

The Feugo is not in any of the store out here. I paid $89 on clearance last year.
Finally wore our my Makita worm drive and replaced it with a dewalt that has the same symptoms as your Feugo. Fairly under powered comparatively speaking
Thanks guys, I will get the Bosch 15 amp circular saw and pass on the Ridgid Feugo.
The Ridgid saw cuts OK I just do not like the noise of it. The DW18v 6.5" CS is even worse. I almost never use that. The older Ryobi is really good for a smaller blade 5.5" which is better running than the DW.
I bought and returned 3 of those Bosch's.

Out of the box they were off 3 degrees, table to blade. All of them were the same.
? The scale was off or the 90* pos. stop was off...you can adjust the pos. stop.

I have a Fuego and I also have used the Bosch CS20....the bosch is smooth with great feautures, but the Fuego is a great saw. Small, light, great sight lines, great blower, great depth scale, long cord....the gear box does make noise under load, but for over a year now I have had no problems... I hate using a full size now.


I bought and returned 3 of those Bosch's.

Out of the box they were off 3 degrees, table to blade. All of them were the same.
Best part of the fuego is that the Hilti rep scored me a deal on blades. They were $2 or something ridiculous. Needeless to say I bought a ton.
Yeah I bought a bunch of the Gold Ridgid Blades before they all went to that new Avanti Crap. Renaming blades...wtf is that. They are the same as the old Oldham ones... Avanti was a good name, now Lowes Dropped the Avanti line and carrys CMT. There is a nice 12" 96 toother with a full kerf....looks like a nice blade.
I haven't needed a new saw for it seems like 15 years. Porter Cable left hand is my favorite. I have a my original 6 1/2 skil saw I repaired for a guy when I worked in my Dad's motor repair shop who said he didn't want it back as it was too heavy and old.

I still use it in my shop. It is tight straight and powerful and heavy, the guy was right.
I guess both, I did adjust the scale to hit it to 90 but when going back and forth I wanted to bottom out at 90 and I saw no adjusting screws to keep the table from bottoming out past 90 each time.

I liked the saw other than that.
? The scale was off or the 90* pos. stop was off...you can adjust the pos. stop.

I have a Fuego and I also have used the Bosch CS20....the bosch is smooth with great feautures, but the Fuego is a great saw. Small, light, great sight lines, great blower, great depth scale, long cord....the gear box does make noise under load, but for over a year now I have had no problems... I hate using a full size now.


The Ridgid gold blades are very good, but now are not being carried. Those "new" poorly made avanti blades suck, and the price is not even good. HD buyers are idiots, They constantly discontinue things needed, bring in cheap walmart type tools, and eliminate excellent products. The 6.5" Feugo CS is an example. They are getting rid of Vaughan pry bars,quality , made in USA, for example. Why, for some made in China junk with a higher profit margin no doubt.

The Feugo saw does have a stop in the base, but after I adjusted it I added some paint to the threads to better hold the setting as it is composite. I find most saws need some tweaking. I did some minor sanding to the rt. shoe edge to be exactly 1" to a TK Ridgid gold or red Freud blade. I did add some grease to the gearbox which had very little, [find many powertools are like that]and that did help somewhat with the noise. The gears have a bronze color /coating which indicates hardening, just think the tolerances could be better, but no issues with runout so far. I almost never use my other larger saws, use the Ridgid 24v CS too[also stupidly discontinued for 18v tools]but some times I prefer my old PC left framer or certain cuts. A rt. cut was on CL or $65. Almost bought it.
Yeah I bought a bunch of the Gold Ridgid Blades before they all went to that new Avanti Crap. Renaming blades...wtf is that. They are the same as the old Oldham ones... Avanti was a good name, now Lowes Dropped the Avanti line and carrys CMT. There is a nice 12" 96 toother with a full kerf....looks like a nice blade.
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