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I mostly agree with Griff, but I understand your point.
Tools come in roughly 4 categories. (mind that these categories glide into each other, so this is definitely not science)
Home use: like Black&Decker. This is crap and should be avoided. Not even meant to last.
Semi pro and Professional: Usually features the same brands (with the exception of DeWalt, Festtool and Milwaukee for example, they don't feature anything cheaper)
But if you buy Makita, Hitachi, Metabo and similar you probably won't be disappointed. Watch out for Bosch, their green tools are crap for home use. Their blue tools are supposedly professional, but they're also unreliable.
Heavy duty professional: This is the category where you usually haven't even heard about the brands, such as Atlas Copco. This is what they buy in factories where a broken tool is stopping up a whole line and thereby cost a fortune.
I have a Hitachi myself, and it just works.
Do consider putting in a few extra bucks on a plunge saw (also known as a track saw). They can do everything a circular saw can, but are safer and can do more.
I've had Black & Decker drill and circular saw. They didn't last long before the bearings wore out, and were useless if not worse because of the work that was ruined. DeWalt may cost a little more, but it saves money in the long run.
Having owned various power tools over the years from both Skil (/Sher) and B&D, I'd definitely go with Skil.
I still have and regularly use my 51+ year old Sher drill, and a somewhat less ancient circular saw.
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I've been buying Milwuakee 18V tools unless I think mains powered is required.
I have a drill driver, impact driver, reciprocating saw and torch that are 18v cordless. I have a rotary hammer drill for masonary and am eyeing off a cordless jigsaw and a 235mm mains powered circular saw.
Cause you never klnow when you may need to up the power in your IT world. Plus I work for myself and in the past month have used most of these tools to get stuff done.
The hammer drill and reciprocating saw were used for the first time in their almost 3 year existance and today I pulled out the Dremel (4200) and used it for the first time, reckon it's 3 years old too.
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Because tools are supposed to be heavy - so a little extra battery is ok.
Around here, we want one computer model, so it has to be light for the @#$%@#$ users.
HP laptops we are getting generally start with close to a days life - downhill starts soon after.
Black & Decker can be hit and miss, they sometimes sell use of their name to other manufacturers or distributors (often a combo of both),
So not all B&D are the same (usually OK-ish but sometimes utter crap).
OIOW name is only part of the story.
Others do it too, DeWalt, Stanley...
Usually in these cases the price is the warning, esp. if it looks to cheap for 'the name'
"that saw looks just like this one, same brand, but costs only 1/4 the price and even comes with 2 free blades, why??"
One's probably made in say China, the other in say USA / Germany / UK (yes UK make good tools too, just not many these days. Not just China, many German brands cheap lines often ex Poland (not as bad, China is definitely the king of crap but Poland / Hungary are Euro but they're not German quality.)
Top quality is rarely on sale
Could it be mid range on special? After checking the price check the "Made in"
It really depends on how much you intend to use and on what? Light duty, home owner stuff or really going to give it a work out? Soft wood, pines or hard wood? Why buy an expensive saw for light duty and if you're going for it spend the money and get a good one.
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It seems like twice a year (based on the cases when I had the need)... No real hard wood - way to expensive for the things I do... In the past I built a deck, some bookshelves, a twin bed, a kind of maze to the kids... stuffs like that...
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I've switched almost all of my power tools to the Ryobi 18V One+ system, and haven't regretted it a bit. I thought they'd be under-powered, compared to line powered gear, but I'm impressed. Yes, there are times when I dig out my ancient Skil saw, but it's been many years now...
The 15 amp Skil saw is promising to be able to pull more power than the 13 amp one, so it should be less likely to slow down in the middle of a cut.
You will also need a 14 gauge extension cord to reduce the power loss as heat in the cord. (And don't keep the cord tightly wound up while it's being heated.)
I do a fair bit of home renovation and odd jobs for others. My advice is to buy the best you can justify spending. If $50 buys a better tool, then spend it - you won't regret it. I used to purchase "bargain" tools but got frustrated because they wore out in the middle of projects, or produced dubious results. For my money I'd avoid B&D as they just don't last.
Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend; inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. -- Groucho Marx
Picture the scene (you may wish to close your eyes for the first bit): I'm having a shower. I'm wet, my hair is wet - and it's long hair, this pony has been growing for twenty years and I can use it as a blindfold if necessary - I reach for the towel, and the cat lets himself in. This is not a good sign, he prefers to have his Pink Blobs act as doorman.
Then he starts yowling. This is his "I caught this!" noise. He strolls past the bathroom and I can see it's quite large, probably mammalian. And moving. It's a mole. A live mole.
So ... throw clothes onto wet body, find glasses - kitchen so they don't steam up - find cat: mud patch on carpet, no mole. Cat looking intently at the chair under the stairs ... The very heavy chair under the stairs. Right beside the "miscellaneous pile of cr@p" under the stairs which is Herself's filing system.
Ten minutes to shift this lot, carefully (don't want to hurt or alarm the rodent, no idea how fast they can run but I do know they can dig like crazy) - it's (hopefully) contained, let's try and leave it that way.
Spot the bugger: snuggled into a corner with it's head under some "essential important object" that Herself hasn't touched in a few years. Pint glass in one hand, I grab with the other, and boom! It's in the glass, upside down, very angry and swearing it's head off in Moleman. Cat watches this process with a faintly amused "is that the best hunting you can do?" look on his furry face. Does he help? Does he buggery.
Over the road, release mole to hopefully have a good life.
Oh well, I needed to hoover under that chair, it's been a while ...
And at least I'm dry now, except for my hair.
Total today: 2 birds (dead), 1 mole (live). Remind me again why we have a cat, will you?
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