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My circ saw at the mill is dead, What to replace with?
« on: May 22, 2020, 10:13:26 PM »
I've had my Bosch Cordless 6.5" circular saw at the mill for a couple years.  I use it to trim a bad spot in a board, or a waney end.  I've been milling Ash on my new property the last 3+ months and I use my cordless saw to cut all the edgings to firewood length in a pile next to the trailer hitch end of the mill.  I do this because then some of the construction guys on site will load it in their vehicle every day or every other day and completely gets rid of the edgings and other bad 2x material.  

Problem is, this week, the clutch in the saw or the motor bearing went bad.  I've always hated this saw because the base lock lever goes below the base when locked, so every time to set the saw down, it unlocks the base.  It's a real pain. Please don't buy this saw!


 

I've seen some with battery powered Stihl chainsaws.  I'm not totally convinced of that option.  It seems great for trimming logs, but how is it on boards?  Boards are much lighter and you can't exactly hold a board with one hand and operate a chainsaw with the other like you can a circ saw.  It looks like the battery chainsaws are much more expensive than a cordless circ saw?

I'm open to other options/recommendations as well.
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Re: My circ saw at the mill is dead, What to replace with?
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2020, 10:24:37 PM »
I have an 18v Ridgid, but I would not recommend it. 

Never owned one, but I would lean toward a Milwaukee Fuel.
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Re: My circ saw at the mill is dead, What to replace with?
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2020, 10:35:35 PM »
I love cordless tools, but Ive yet to use a cordless circ saw that impressed me.  I use a stihl or cordless dewalt recip saw.
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Re: My circ saw at the mill is dead, What to replace with?
« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2020, 10:47:38 PM »
I am no expert but my Milwaukee Fuel impresed me in a dry 2x12  ash.  Whatever you get decide on a battery system and get all your cordless tools to use that system.
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Re: My circ saw at the mill is dead, What to replace with?
« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2020, 10:56:41 PM »
On most saws that lever can be unbolted and repositioned when it wears. I'm not a big fan of cordless circ saws but the fuel is what most of the guys around here like. I put a new armature bearing and brushes in my power planer this week. The bearing locked but when I dug into it the brushes were about done so I just did it all while I was in there. Maybe a couple of hours total, as always the next one would take 15 minutes.
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Re: My circ saw at the mill is dead, What to replace with?
« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2020, 10:59:56 PM »
I have both gen 1 and gen 2 Fuel 7 1/4" saws. The gen 1 didn't like any side bind in quick unguided cuts, but worked well. The Gen 2 is a beast, and will out cut a corded 7 1/4" saw.
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Re: My circ saw at the mill is dead, What to replace with?
« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2020, 11:20:05 PM »
I am no expert but my Milwaukee Fuel impresed me in a dry 2x12  ash.  Whatever you get decide on a battery system and get all your cordless tools to use that system.
I have 2 Bosch drills, 2 Bosch impact drivers, and the circ saw and a bunch of batteries and chargers.  I would like to get away from Bosch.  It's just hard to when you have so many tools and batteries.  I lot of timberframers have Makita, but Milwaukee and Dewalt could be options.  I'll have to look into the milwaukee stuff.
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Re: My circ saw at the mill is dead, What to replace with?
« Reply #7 on: May 22, 2020, 11:22:33 PM »
Forget the DeWalt!
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« Reply #8 on: May 22, 2020, 11:30:06 PM »
a battery drill/saw is never going to have the power and endurance of a corded saw or tool.  if I am cutting tough or thick hardwood, I run a cord.  it is a compromise.  I have DeWalt and they are ok in my opinion.  I like Makita. Milwaukee, and Bosch tools.  but I think like John Deere they make some cheap homeowner stuff.  I love Porter Cable routers, but now they crank out all kinds of trashy batt. kits.
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Re: My circ saw at the mill is dead, What to replace with?
« Reply #9 on: May 22, 2020, 11:31:09 PM »
Never had any trouble with the Dewalt 18v or the 20v stuff

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« Reply #10 on: May 22, 2020, 11:45:22 PM »
I've got a dewalt brushless 7 1/4" cordless, and it's pretty impressive. The only way it lags behind a corded saw is it has slightly less torque than my corded saw, so it stalls easier if the blade gets pinched. So I'd say it's not equal to corded, but really close. I haven't plugged my corded one in since I got the cordless, so that says something😊 The only Milwaukee Fuel tool I've got to use, and it was side by side with my Dewalt, was a 4 1/2" grinder. I only had a 4ah battery in my grinder, but that Milwaukee had the edge. Again, I'd say my Dewalt is just about like corded, but not quite. That Milwaukee felt equal to a corded grinder in every way. Oh btw Brad, I have one of the cordless chainsaws as well, the whole reason I got it was because it can be ran with one hand (safely, I think) while holding the work with the other. It's kind of a top handle configuration.
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« Reply #11 on: May 22, 2020, 11:47:07 PM »
I've got a dewalt brushless 7 1/4" cordless, and it's pretty impressive. The only way it lags behind a corded saw is it has slightly less torque than my corded saw, so it stalls easier if the blade gets pinched. So I'd say it's not equal to corded, but really close. I haven't plugged my corded one in since I got the cordless, so that says something😊 The only Milwaukee Fuel tool I've got to use, and it was side by side with my Dewalt, was a 4 1/2" grinder. I only had a 4ah battery in my grinder, but that Milwaukee had the edge. Again, I'd say my Dewalt is just about like corded, but not quite. That Milwaukee felt equal to a corded grinder in every way. Oh btw Brad, I have one of the cordless chainsaws as well, the whole reason I did was because it can be ran with one hand (safely, I think) while holding the work with the other. It's kind of a top handle configuration.
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Re: My circ saw at the mill is dead, What to replace with?
« Reply #12 on: May 22, 2020, 11:49:32 PM »
I will vote Milwaukee  cordless as well, you might try their 18volt cordless sawzall, I built most of my sawmill shed with the 18volt  trim saw truth be told, it owes me nothing.  I use a 52 cc efco or dolmar chainsaw for my trim saw on the mill, but the stihl cordless electric would be an option if i had power out to the millshed. 

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Re: My circ saw at the mill is dead, What to replace with?
« Reply #13 on: May 23, 2020, 06:38:17 AM »
Milwaukee Fuel.  Haven't used a corded power tool in a long time.
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Re: My circ saw at the mill is dead, What to replace with?
« Reply #14 on: May 23, 2020, 07:39:00 AM »
Problem is, this week, the clutch in the saw or the motor bearing went bad. I've always hated this saw because the base lock lever goes below the base when locked, so every time to set the saw down, it unlocks the base. It's a real pain. Please don't buy this saw!
As Don P mentioned, loosen the center screw and rotate the locking lever to a suitable position. Since you have so many other Bosch tools and batteries, rebuilding or at least investigating might be the best option.

I have a 40v Ryobi chainsaw that is a beast, but from your description, a circle saw is what you need to continue using.
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« Reply #15 on: May 23, 2020, 10:33:00 AM »
I hope those construction guys taking the firewood away are either paying or trading beer for it if you're cutting it to length. Otherwise yanno - they owe you for a new saw or they're cutting their own. :D

All my cordless tools are Hitachi and they've been good. Most of my builder customers run either Milwaukee or Hitachi. Doing what you want to do I'd be leaning towards the chainsaw though... a change to how/where you cut will fix the how to hold it problem (put a foot on it) and firewood you can bundle and get a rope or strap around the bundle to hold it together. More expensive for sure but... it will save time and be a better long term option I think.
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« Reply #16 on: May 23, 2020, 10:46:18 AM »
WB, yes my Dewalt stuff is 20v.
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« Reply #17 on: May 23, 2020, 12:14:24 PM »
I run a 60v DeWalt circle saw and chainsaw
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Re: My circ saw at the mill is dead, What to replace with?
« Reply #18 on: May 23, 2020, 12:31:34 PM »
Recently bought Hilti cordless impact drivers and 5" angle grinder through Home Depot online.  Farmer friend recommended.  Cost a little more than other brands but very impressed with them.  Mine are 22V.  Hilti makes a 7-1/4" 36V circular saw I'd consider if I were in need of a new one.  

Presently have a 28V Milwaukee saw does just fine for my occasional use. 
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« Reply #19 on: May 23, 2020, 12:56:59 PM »
@longtime lurker , They won't take it if it's not cut to length.  They are helping me keep things clean by getting rid of the stuff.  

I wish I had one of those wrapper machines that would wrap bundles of it.  Then it could be sold locally as kindling/firewood.

I'm gonna think on it- rebuild this one - I think If I sent it to the service center, the cost would be almost as much as a new one.  Go to a new battery system like Milwaukee...   Or spend the money on the electric chainsaw.  I'd like to try one.
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