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Choosing a circular saw

Discussion in 'Wood / Woodwork / Carpentry' started by thomaspassmore, 18 Oct 2013.

  1. thomaspassmore

    thomaspassmore

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    Hi Guys

    I want to make a shelving unit from MDF but have nothing to cut it with.
    I am a pretty budget carpenter, but I have made similar shelves using pine from Jewsons in the past, so I am confident I can make the shelves.

    This time they need to be deeper and they are going to be a little more complex so i need to be able to cut long straight lines in MDF.

    I have read that a circular saw with a decent blade is the way forward, but can anyone recommend one (Im on a limited budget). Are any of the following any good?

    http://www.screwfix.com/p/makita-5604r-165mm-circular-saw-240v/87642
    http://www.screwfix.com/p/dewalt-d23550-gb-165mm-circular-saw-240v/79973
    http://www.screwfix.com/p/dewalt-d23620-gb-1150w-184mm-circular-saw-240v/58155
    http://www.screwfix.com/p/erbauer-erb402csw-185mm-circular-saw-230-240v/95825

    Thanks for the advice

    Tom
     
  2. big-all

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    any off the first three
    although the first 2 are local pick up only so probably limited availability
     
  3. thomaspassmore

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    Thaks for the quick reply
    So I understand, what's good about those that I should be looking for, and what's the problem with number 4?

    Also what blade would be best for mdf?
    Cheers
     
  4. big-all

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    own brands can be ok but no follow up support or spares

    all three branded will be very close in operation
    i would think all will have ready available blades but do your homework

    any blade will cut mdf
    more the teeth cleaner the cut but greater the load
     
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    screwfix import chinese stuff and rebrand it as erbauer. have tried their stuff and it always ends up on its backside so decided to avoid it altogether. worst was 3 tile saws where the blade was not running true (3mm deviance), gave up and bought a brand name instead.
     
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