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  • This circular saw features a magnesium housing / die-cast magnesium footplate and a no-load rpm rating of 5,300. The magnesium construction delivers a lighter weight saw that weighs 12.3 Lbs. The worm drive design means a left-side blade placement, providing a clear line of sight for right-handed users. Check out the forum thread for additional discussion.
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I've been watching the price for about a year to see if it'd drop below $190, and boy did it. It's been going between $190 and $209 for a good while. This is the lowest price ever, according to the camels, by $30.

Has good reviews on Amazon, and also good review on Pro Tool Reviews:

https://www.protoolreviews.com/tools/power/corded/saws/bosch-worm-drive/10933/​ [protoolreviews.com]

The worm drive is a great design for the circular saw, other than the fact that you need to keep it oiled, versus something like Makita's [magnesium] hypoid gear circular saw [amazon.com], which is sealed and supposedly needs no oil for the life of the saw.

This also is made of magnesium to make it lighter, which makes it pretty comparable to the magnesium Makita above, and the magnesium worm-drive Skilsaw [amazon.com] as well.

https://www.amazon.com/Bosch-CSW4...00HUCUKDS/
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First deal post - sorry if the formatting is not up to standard - just wanted to get this up.

https://www.amazon.com/Bosch-CSW4...B00HUCUKDS

I have been tracking the price on this, which is usually between $190 and $210.
Here is a review:
https://www.protoolreviews.com/to...ive/10933/
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FYI - except for the badging, this saw is identical to the skil mag77lt. No experience with this saw, but I use the skil frequently and it is a great saw.
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What is the advantage of using one of these larger worm drive saws over a regular skilsaw?
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I've been watching the price for about a year to see if it'd drop below $190, and boy did it. It's been going between $190 and $209 for a good while. This is the lowest price ever, according to the camels, by $30.

Has good reviews on Amazon, and also good review on Pro Tool Reviews:

https://www.protoolreviews.com/tools/power/corded/saws/bosch-worm-drive/10933/​ [protoolreviews.com]

The worm drive is a great design for the circular saw, other than the fact that you need to keep it oiled, versus something like Makita's [magnesium] hypoid gear circular saw [amazon.com], which is sealed and supposedly needs no oil for the life of the saw.

This also is made of magnesium to make it lighter, which makes it pretty comparable to the magnesium Makita above, and the magnesium worm-drive Skilsaw [amazon.com] as well.

https://www.amazon.com/Bosch-CSW4...00HUCUKDS/

I'd rather pay $20 more for Makita than Bosch (has bad reputation) and no worry about oil.
https://www.amazon.com/Makita-537...ms?ie=UTF8
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What is the advantage of using one of these larger worm drive saws over a regular skilsaw?
All else equal worm drive advantage is visibility, no real L/R bias, and may be less prone to bogging down at the limits of material penetration. A lot of it is personal preference, though worms are frequently said to be more common among trades on the West coast.
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I'd rather pay $20 more for Makita than Bosch (has bad reputation) and no worry about oil.
https://www.amazon.com/Makita-537...ms?ie=UTF8 [amazon.com]
Yup, that's actually exactly what I did back in March, got the Makita for $159. I really wanted the Bosch, as Bosch consistently makes the best (or at least one of the best) in other categories, like their miter saw, table saw, full-size router, and jigsaw. But they for some reason make slightly less than the best circular saw and palm-router. But I couldn't see myself properly maintaining the Bosch over the years (and I expect both of these will last many many years).

So yeah, I went with the Makita back in March when the Bosch was more expensive than the Makita, and never deleted my Bosch price alert. At this price though, I may have considered the Bosch instead.
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I was researching worm drives for a while and eventually went with the Rigid. Cant beat the free lifetime service agreement.
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I'd rather pay $20 more for Makita than Bosch (has bad reputation) and no worry about oil.
https://www.amazon.com/Makita-537...ms?ie=UTF8
Wow.. i found that slightly shocking.. i always thought Bosch always made good stuff!
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I've been eyeing the Makita [amazon.com] (not magnesium version - I didn't know they made a magnesium version), which is also $139. Magnesium parts looks like it cuts the weight down by a pound or two, which would be nice, though.

I hadn't really considered the Bosch, but for the same price (or $20 more for mag) it sounds like the Makita is still the way to go. I'm just waiting on a deal...
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Wow.. i found that slightly shocking.. i always thought Bosch always made good stuff!
They normally do. The reviews for this are actually mostly pretty good, half the bad reviews I saw seem like they could possibly be user error, and the rest are either very unspecific, or they indicate that they may have received a faulty unit (but I've seen reviews saying the same about the Makitas as well, so the moral there is, open it and try it when you get it, whichever one you choose).
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All else equal worm drive advantage is visibility, no real L/R bias, and may be less prone to bogging down at the limits of material penetration. A lot of it is personal preference, though worms are frequently said to be more common among trades on the West coast.
Yeah, in general, the worm and hypoid gears are said to transmit more power and torque than the sidewinder circular saws (which is why they're less prone to bogging down, as you said), in addition to having the saw blade on the left side, which means you can better see what you're doing if you're right handed (but also means you may get more wood chips to the face). But there are also left-blade sidewinders as well, like the Bosch CS5 [amazon.com].
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I've been eyeing the Makita [amazon.com] (not magnesium version - I didn't know they made a magnesium version), which is also $139. Magnesium parts looks like it cuts the weight down by a pound or two, which would be nice, though.

I hadn't really considered the Bosch, but for the same price (or $20 more for mag) it sounds like the Makita is still the way to go. I'm just waiting on a deal...
As far as hypoid vs worm gear, this seemed like a pretty good summary of the advantages and disadvantages of each [heraldsroute.com]. This short version is, they're both pretty good at transmitting torque. The hypoid is a newer design than the worm drive.

The main advantage for the hypoid seems to be, it's easier for manufacturers to lay out within the tool and design around, as well as the fact that it's sealed and doesn't need oiling/maintenance.

The disadvantage is that it's sealed, so if it does end up needing oil or maintenance down the line, it's time to get a new saw.
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Weird. I searched for the model name before I posted anything about it four hours ago, but it shows this was posted seven hours ago, but the first comments weren't here until three hours ago.
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Weird. I searched for the model name before I posted anything about it four hours ago, but it shows this was posted seven hours ago, but the first comments weren't here until three hours ago.
It's possible you had your search filtered to only submissions with positive scores. When you first post a deal, it's starts with zero points until someone upvotes it, and I don't like to upvote my own out of the gate if others don't find it helpful.
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