Ridgid R3203 Fuego
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We liked this saw a lot, although the 6-1/2-inch blade is smaller than we are used to. It proved to be among our favorites because it's so light and easy to use. At 8 pounds and with a 12 amp motor, it's more compact than any of the 7-1/4-inch saws, but its composite base is big enough, and at 6,100 rpm, it cuts just as fast. Its depth capacity is limited to 2-1/8 inches at 90°, but it cuts 1-5/8 inches deep at 45°, enough to clear 2-by lumber. A button overrides the 45° stop for beveling to 51°. The depth adjustment has detents at common material thicknesses, and both adjustment levers have a nice ratcheting re-positioning function. Blade changing is easy with the on-board hex wrench. Comes with a 12-foot cord and tool bag for $139.
–Thanks to Irwin for providing the Marathon blades used in this test. 800-464-7946 www.irwin.com