Specs are provided by each manufacturer and are not verified by Tools of the Trade.
DewaltVOLTSRPM (no load)WeightBlade DiameterCUT DepthRake Angle on Saw teeth
183,2009.5 pounds6-3/4 inches2-3/8 inches0 degrees
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StoryID
501357
ToolNumber
1
ComponentId
tcm:78-1626912
Tester Comments
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.
Price
$389

Contact
DeWalt Industrial Tool Co.
800-433-9258
www.dewalt.com
MakitaVOLTSRPM (no load)WeightBlade DiameterCUT DepthRake Angle on Saw teeth
182,4008.4 pounds6-1/4 inches2-1/16 inches0 degrees
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StoryID
501357
ToolNumber
2
ComponentId
tcm:78-1626912
Tester Comments
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.
Price
$349

Contact
Makita USA
800-462-5482
www.makitatools.com
MilwaukeeVOLTSRPM (no load)WeightBlade DiameterCUT DepthRake Angle on Saw teeth
183,2008.83 pounds6-1/2 inches2-1/8 inches 3 degrees on 60-tooth
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StoryID
501357
ToolNumber
3
ComponentId
tcm:78-1626912
Tester Comments
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.
Price
$320 to $448

Contact
Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp.
800-729-3878
www.milwaukeetool.com
PanasonicVOLTSRPM (no load)WeightBlade DiameterCUT DepthRake Angle on Saw teeth
15.63,1006.7 pounds5-3/8 inches1-13/16 inches0 degrees
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StoryID
501357
ToolNumber
4
ComponentId
tcm:78-1626912
Tester Comments
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.
Price
$329

Contact
Panasonic Professional Cordless Tools
800-338-0552
www.panasonic.com/
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MilwaukeeAMPSRPM (no load)WeightBlade DiameterCUT DepthRake Angle on Saw teeth
133,70013.7 pounds 8 inches2-9/16 inches3 degrees
on 50-tooth model, 0 degrees on 42-tooth model
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StoryID
501357
ToolNumber
5
ComponentId
tcm:78-1626912
Tester Comments
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.
Price
$266 to $372

Contact
Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp.
800-729-3878
www.milwaukeetool.com
Porter-CableAMPSRPM (no load)WeightBlade DiameterCUT DepthRake Angle on Saw teeth
134,20011.88 pounds7-1/4 inches1-13/16 inches20 degrees
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StoryID
501357
ToolNumber
6
ComponentId
tcm:78-1626912
Tester Comments
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.
Price
$249

Contact
Porter-Cable Corp.
800-487-8665
www.porter-cable.com