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  1. #11
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    Default Re: Circular Saw question

    the makita's arent officially called wormdrives though.. they call them hypoids

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    fire up the saw and make some dust

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    Default Re: Circular Saw question

    Quote Originally Posted by A. Spruce View Post
    They've been around a long time, at least 20 years.
    Are you talking about a Makita with Hypoid Motors ? Hypoid saws arent worm drives. They have sealed motors and dont last as long as Worm Drives from my experience with them due to the oil/grease cant be changed when the grease breaks down.

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    Default Re: Circular Saw question

    Betcha it's more semantics than actual difference in saw design. Didn't know that Makita's were a sealed gear system though, which seems awfully strange for something that has to take the kind of abuse the typical saw does.
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    Default Re: Circular Saw question

    hard to say,, makita claims they last longer.... havent used hte makita to know... ive used an older milwaukee and the rigid.

    my 1st gen milwauk tilt-lok is rated to last 6x longer than any other sidewinder on the market... god only knows about the current ones though... ive looked at the new version.. all i can say is it feels cheap compared to the one i own
    fire up the saw and make some dust

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    Default Re: Circular Saw question

    My first Makita lasted 24 years. I admit, it took a lot of punishment and was used on wood, metal, masonry and concrete.
    When it stopped, I asked: "that's it?"

    I did absolutely nothing to service it, just replaced blades around. Very dependable tool.

    This current Makita that I'm using now, is the same model, and is just as good. Can't ask for more from a circular saw.

    The Porter Cable is smaller and lighter. It does its job.

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