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When it comes to circular saws this one is in the top five of the best battery power range, with this one giving everything that a good circular saw needs.
It is lightweight in the circular saw world, weighing in at about 3.5kg and has a 135mm blade that can cut through most types of wood, up to 40mm thick.
The 14.4 volt battery pack is at the back with a trigger and locking button on the handle. Just in front of the locking button there is another lever that slides a little cover over the blade. On one side of the main unit there's a second handle, which gives you more control of the saw itself.
The battery takes about 3 hours to charge up the battery from flat and once charged it lasts for a while on full pelt, with the charger having lights to let you know what stage the charge is at.
The blade sits inside the unit, with half of it sticking out of the footplate, but even this part of the blade is covered by a retractable guard that moves back into the unit when it pushes against the wood you're cutting.
On the top section of the blade area there is a little window that allows me to look over the blade as it nears the edge I want cutting, usually a pencil mark on the wood. This really helps when it comes to hitting the target directly.
It offers some fantastic power, considering it's battery operated, allowing me to slice through wood with no hassles at all.
This is safe to use, as long as you remember to treat it as it deserves, but it does give a few safety features, such as the blade is constantly covered by the guard, with the guard only moving away from the blade when it is cutting through the wood.
The other safety feature, which I found a little annoying, is that you need two hands to turn this on. One on the trigger, the other to press the button that is just out of reach of my thumb on my trigger squeezing hand.
You can use this to cut horizontal or at angles up to 45º, using the lever on the left side of the footplate to release the plate in order to swivel it. Then you simply replace the lever and you're done.
This circular saw sells for about £80 - £100, which is money well spent in my books. I still use this after all this time and it is still going strong, even though the battery does tend to lose
This bright orange monster of a boy?s toy is ideal for all those small jobs around the house. I have had circular Saws before and have always had problems with the cord getting in the way or jammed. So for safety and convenience this, to me looked ideal. It comes in its own box along with a battery and a charger. The charger was my first surprise as I have various cordless appliances that have inevitably run out of power at the wrong time. Re-charging took ages, but with this little beauty it only takes an hour to be fully charged. It also has two lights the green one lights whilst charging and the red one when charging has finished. It has an automatic cut off so it won?t over charge. This is a small saw aimed at the DIY end of the market though it still provides a professional cut. It has a 136mm blade and can cut up to 41mm and weighs in at 3k. If features a unique window sight guide. This is a see through area allowing you to see the blade actually cutting. This comes in to its own when you first use the saw. It enables you to align the site guide to the cut of the blade. There is a depth of cut adjustment and a mitring system that can be set up to 45%. The all important blade guard this covers the entire blade and retracts once the blade starts to cut the wood. The trigger can only be operated once the lock-off button has been depressed. This is a rocker switch that is just out of reach of your thumb as you hold the saw. This is a safety feature as you have to use your other hand to operate the switch as both have to operated at the same time switch and the trigger (if that makes since) to start the blade running. The instruction manual is very comprehensive, written in plain terms and easily understandable, interestingly to is only in written in English. This B&D Cordless Circular Saw retails at about £100 I have seen others that cost far more so this is a bargain. Especially if you drop on like I did and snapp
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Black & Decker 14.4V Cordless Circular Saw CS144