|Dewalt||VOLTS||RPM (no load)||Weight||Blade Diameter||CUT Depth||Rake Angle on Saw teeth|
|18||3,200||9.5 pounds||6-3/4 inches||2-3/8 inches||0 degrees|
This is a nicely detailed, well thought-out tool. The depth-of-cut is enough for one-pass cuts in 2x2 and 2x3 framing stock and small bundles of bar. It has enough oomph for two-pass cuts in 2-by framing and punches through thicker-walled products like gas pipe. I like the feel, balance, and switches. I also like the polycarbonate plastic window for seeing the blade.
DeWalt Industrial Tool Co.
|Makita||VOLTS||RPM (no load)||Weight||Blade Diameter||CUT Depth||Rake Angle on Saw teeth|
|18||2,400||8.4 pounds||6-1/4 inches||2-1/16 inches||0 degrees|
Good power, nice balance, and a good cut depth make this a nice saw on site. It plowed through every material we threw at it. I like the balance and the switches. I almost like the amber-colored blade guard; it provides excellent sight lines, but the color makes it hard to see through. The vacuum port is a good idea, but impractical for my sites.
|Milwaukee||VOLTS||RPM (no load)||Weight||Blade Diameter||CUT Depth||Rake Angle on Saw teeth|
|18||3,200||8.83 pounds||6-1/2 inches||2-1/8 inches|| 3 degrees on 60-tooth|
This is a comfortable, powerful, well-designed saw. I like the trigger switch and adjustments. It's got great sight lines, and its cut capacity keeps us moving on site, quickly cutting bundles of 2x2 and 2x3 in one pass. The tool bag is also a winner.
$320 to $448
Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp.
|Panasonic||VOLTS||RPM (no load)||Weight||Blade Diameter||CUT Depth||Rake Angle on Saw teeth|
|15.6||3,100||6.7 pounds||5-3/8 inches||1-13/16 inches||0 degrees|
I like how this tool feels. It got through lighter materials quickly and is my choice for quick cuts and one-off work where speed matters. The trigger is easy to pull and the switches are well designed. It's the smallest tool in the group at 15.6 volts and a 113/16-inch cut depth and its got a weird two-part box, but for staying light on your feet and going fast, this saw gets it done.
Panasonic Professional Cordless Tools
|Milwaukee||AMPS||RPM (no load)||Weight||Blade Diameter||CUT Depth||Rake Angle on Saw teeth|
|13||3,700||13.7 pounds|| 8 inches||2-9/16 inches||3 degrees|
on 50-tooth model, 0 degrees on 42-tooth model
Milwaukee's engineers had their thinking caps on when they built this saw. The cut capacity is the largest in the group and is great for whacking through framing and bar stock. The chip collector/blade guard empties easily and the retractable portion of the guard is smooth. The saw seems quieter, too.
$266 to $372
Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp.
|Porter-Cable||AMPS||RPM (no load)||Weight||Blade Diameter||CUT Depth||Rake Angle on Saw teeth|
|13||4,200||11.88 pounds||7-1/4 inches||1-13/16 inches||20 degrees|
I liked this saw. It's got the second largest cut capacity in the test and muscled through everything I put in front of it. Its balance is fine and the chip collector works. It doesn't get through 2x4 bundles in a single pass, though, and I wish its chip collector was easier to remove.