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Hitachi 18 volt 6 1/2 circular saw


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Hello Everyone

I am looking at getting an 18 volt circular saw. I am interested in either Milwaukee or Hitachi as I have batteries for both of their 18 volt platforms.  I currently own the M12 fuel circular saw, but I am bogging it down cutting through 3/4 plywood.  It gets the job done, but you have to go very slow.  My current battery situation for Milwaukee is 2 5.0 and 2 2.0, while for Hitachi I have 2 3.0 compact.  


The saws main job would be ripping plywood and mdf down, before it goes to the table saw.  I am currently working on making kitchen cabinets, and counter tops for them.  Future plans for the house will include some more projects that will involve ripping plywood.  


Lowes has clearance the 6-1/2 Hitachi brushless cordless circular saw (C18DBALP4) down to $99.00 from $199.  The saw looks like it will meet my needs for my projects.  Does anyone have any experience with this saw?  Also, have you used it with the 3.0 compact batteries?  I don't want to buy a bigger battery in Hitachi as the only tools I am running from Hitachi are the cordless brad and pin nailer.  


Link to the saw: https://www.lowes.com/pd/Hitachi-18-Volt-6-1-2-in-Cordless-Circular-Saw-with-Brake-and-Nickel-plated-Aluminum-Shoe-Bare-Tool-Only/1000396249


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28 minutes ago, Mordekyle said:

Have you tried a better blade?

My 6 1/2 inch cordless circular saw it as well with a 40 tooth blade.

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My current 12 volt Milwaukee has the 5 3/8 36 tooth blade from Diablo. I have been using it for a little while, so I could swap it out to see if my results are better.  I do like this saw especially for the size and weight, just saw this clearance deal from Lowes and got me thinking about upgrading to it.

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