Power Tools: 7 1/4-in. circular saw

Reviewed by:
Scott Gibson, Contributing Editor
Makitas Model 5007NBK is a durable if basic circular saw that will handle sheet goods, trim and dimensional lumber. Its 13-amp motor provides plenty of power, and its 11-lb weight makes the saw a good compromise between smaller and lighter trim saws and heavy worm-drive saws favored by many full-time professionals.

Its cutting capacity is 2-3/8 in. at 90 degrees and 1- 3/4 in. at 45 degrees. The saw comes with a plastic carrying case and a carbide-tipped blade. It cost $240 in September 2004.

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