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What tool should I use to remove this screw in my miter saw motor housing?

I have a miter saw from the company "Elektra Beckum", which went out of business several years ago. The saw worked flawlessly until my house got flooded last summer. Now I had the time to ...
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Is it safe to use circular saw without workbench or saw horse?

I'm building a chicken coop, and I want to build it in-place using a cordless circular saw. I did not purchase the saw yet, until now I've used a Jigsaw, but for that I need to take it down that will ...
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Why is my neglected circular saw smoking and screeching?

I had this Evolution Fury 1B circular saw that I bought to start my DIY wood repair. I barely used it, but it got soaked down as the garage leaked. Now when I use it it sparks at the end, it was ...
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Can I use this blade to cut Hardy Side-paneling

Is the saw blade in the photo appropriate to cutout a window in HardyPanel? Wood paneling? https://www.homedepot.com/p/James-Hardie-HardiePanel-HZ10-5-16-in-x-48-in-x-96-in-Fiber-Cement-Sierra-8-...
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Dewalt circular saw, motor works but blade doesn’t turn

Dewalt DCS570 7 1/4” 20 volt cordless circular saw. I was cutting 3/16” panels and after a few cuts the blade quit turning yet the motor still works fine. I pulled the blade off and everything looked ...
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Why is black grease oozing from my Makita circular saw?

I have a Makita 5007MG circular saw. I noticed black grease oozing out of it and I believe it is coming from the arbor bearing but am not sure.
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How do I use a hole cutter drill bit (ø 6.3cm) such that I get an intact wood disk?

I want to cut wooden disks from a wood board. I bought what I thought was the right bit for my drill. However, the bit seems to be solely for the hole, not for the disk, as it comes with a centering ...
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What can hand held metal circular saws not get through? [closed]

This is not per se a DYI question, but someone here might know this: If you have a standard hand-held metal circular saw, what materials can it either not get through - or would clog it up? Basically, ...
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Circular saw doesn't cut properly

I used to own Dewalt DWE575 (7-1/4, 15 amp) and liked it quite a bit. Unfortunately, my garage got broken into and it was stolen. I bought a used DWE575SB, which is similar, but with electrical brake. ...
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Circular saw blade position: corded vs battery [duplicate]

From admittedly fairly limited research I noticed that all corded circular saws have blade on the right of the handle, whereas battery operated ones have the blade on the left. What is the reasoning ...
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Cutting extruded aluminium with a circular saw

What kind of circular saw blade is best for safely cutting aluminium? I have some long sections of aluminium, actually hip beams from a dismantled conservatory, that are roughly T-shaped and 40 x 70 ...
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Setting cut depth on a circular saw

When using a circular saw to cut through panels or dimensional lumber or whatever, the DIY folk on YouTube always set the cut depth to “a hair beyond what you’re cutting”. I’ve been blindly doing the ...
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Where is the blade/spindle lock on an old Skilsaw 5250 7 1/4" circular saw?

I have a Skilsaw 5250 7 1/4" circular saw i picked up used 20 years ago. No idea how old it is, but still works. I recently put a metal grinding blade on it to cut roofing tin. Worked great. But now ...
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Clamps for cutting PVC or other circular objects

This is about as simplistic as it gets... They make wood clamps, C clamps, etc, for securing objects with a flat surface that you are about to cut. Whether it's a circular saw, sawzall, jigsaw, ...
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Ryobi circular saw motor runs, blade doesn’t

Ryobi CSB142LZ - Used a fair amount. Recently used it and made a lot of noise. It seemed like the spindle lock was partially engaged. Now, the spindle lock does nothing, ie, doesn’t prevent the ...
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Cutting a 4.5m long 2x6 in half with a circular saw

My question is about cutting 2x6 boards in half with a circular saw ("Skil"-saw). Now, I've looked around, and there are many sites describing how to cut off a small piece from a larger piece, the ...
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Why won't the arbor lock engage on my Ryobi circular saw?

As I was putting the saw blade on my new Ryobi Circular saw my finger slipped off of the blade lock button while tightening and now I cannot get the blade lock to engage again. What would be the fix ...
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Circular vs Miter Saw Blade difference?

Why do manufactures distinguish whether a blade is for a circular saw or miter saw? Is there difference that I'm not seeing? One of the reasons I'm asking this is that I'm determining the safest way ...
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Electrical Appliance Killing Extension Leads

I've got a circular saw that has been responsible for damaging a total of three extension leads. Not in the typical sharp bit cutting the cable you may have expected. I've had the saw for a year and ...
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Can i use larger/smaller circular saw blades on my circular / plunge / table / miter saw?

I own a plunge saw and a miter saw. Can I use blades from one saw on the other saw?
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Replace rear bearing of Dewalt DWS520 Type 1 track saw

I would like to replace the rear bearing from a Dewalt DWS520 Type 1. I am not getting the armature removed. I did remove the yellow cover, but the armature is still stuck in the body of the saw. Can ...
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Is this saw blade faulty?

This may be the stupidest DIY question ever, but I want to make sure before I return it: is this non-ferrous metals saw blade faulty? In the picture, see where one of the titanium carbide teeth seems ...
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how do I fix a broken blade lock?

the blade lock on my circular saw snapped and I can't loosen the nut enough to get the guard off to fix the broken piece. anybody know a way of loosening the nut without a blade in there or a blade ...
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how better to cut laminate planks -- with saws or laminate cutter

In different videos I see that normally people prefer to use laminate planks cutter to table saw or similar. Is it just their preference or because of saw dust and such produced during sawing?
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What causes circular saw to wander when cutting?

My Makita circular saw wanders to the right, even when trying to follow a guide! Why?
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Protective clothing for circular saws?

What protective clothing (upper body, lower body, and footwear) should I wear for circular saws? Regarding lower body, I read that chainsaw Kevlar chaps stop safety-spec-conforming gas-powered (but ...
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Will craftsman trim saw make straight cuts in 2x4?

I recently found a Craftsman Circular Cordless Saw 900.112650 in a closet that I bought many years ago and never used. Will this cordless saw make straight cuts in 2x4" treated wood? I still have ...
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Making a square - Joining two pieces of wood cut at 45 degrees with a circular saw

I am trying to create a 90 degree angle from two pieces of wood so that I can eventually create a squared enclosure. I have cut two pieces of wood at 45 degrees with a circular saw's angle adjustment. ...
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How can you cut a solid bamboo wood plank?

I want to buy SVALNÄS shelves from Ikea but the widths don't perfectly align with the space. It says these shelves are made of solid bamboo. I've never worked with this material before and was ...
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Dewalt DCS391 - Can't change blade on circular saw because of stuck blade clamping screw

I need to change the blade on my Dewalt DCS391 circular saw for the first time. The blade clamping screw is for an hex key left-hand threads, but I can't unfreeze it no matter how much lever of ...
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Difference between angle grinder and circular saw

From what I've read on google, angle grinders and (portable) circular saws appear to be quite similar. Aside from a circular saw being perhaps a bit larger and maybe having some supports on the bottom,...
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Why doesn't my Makita cordless circular saw start?

I just bought a brand new never used Makita cordless circular saw. I have attached the blade put on a brand new fully charged battery. It doesn't start. Any help would be appreciated.
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Alternatives to circular saw for cutting 2x6 wood?

I need to make straight cuts to several 2x6" pieces of wood and I don't have a circular saw. I was checking several stores and a decent circular saw costs over $70. What alternatives do I have for ...
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Why does my circular saw shaft spin and blade does not?

So i was cutting wood and noticed the shaft was slipping on the blade. So i took off the blade and put it back on making sure it was tight and it stalled so i loosened the bolt a little bit it stalled ...
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Could a long time in storage cause my Black+Decker circular saw to lose power?

I have a 15amp Black+Decker Circular Saw about 8-10 years old (with a cord). I used it once when it was first purchased, and it has been stored ever since. I went to cut a 2x4, plugged it in and the ...
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Differences in capability between cross-cut, plunge, and traditional circular saws?

I just purchased a new house that needs a lot of work. I'm looking to purchase my first circular saw. I'm in Europe and like Mafell, but I'm struggling to understand the trade-offs between their: ...
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Blade types for dry cutting pavers, diamond or composite?

When are diamond blades worth the extra money, or required? I've been dry-scoring to 1/3rd thickness different types of pavers for a couple small 20-30sqft projects around the house, using the $2-$...
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Plunge vs. slide using my sliding miter saw?

I have a 7-1/4" sliding miter saw. It has the Diablo 60T blade. Cross-cutting, I found out that it cuts easier when sliding the blade through the wood (like a handheld circular saw), than ...
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Tooth Count for 6 1/2 inch Circular Saw Blades

Why are 60T and 80T finishing blades not available for smaller circular saws? Diablo makes 60T blades starting at 8-1/2 and DeWalt has 60T blades starting at 10in. Is this because the smaller ...
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Is it safer to buy a circular saw with the blade on the left or the right? I'm right-handed

I'm in the market for a circular saw and am right-handed. I was about to purchase one with a blade on the right b/c I've seen lots of pictures of right-handers (b/c their right hand is on the trigger) ...
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Wavy cuts when cutting closet doors

I have had this happen to me on a few closet doors I am installing. I needed to trim just a quarter inch off and I properly measure and set a straight edge before cutting. When cutting I am perfectly ...
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How to safely route a wide groove in 2x2?

I would like to create a groove 3/4" wide and 1" deep in a piece of red oak 2x2, approximately 5" long (it is being sized to slip over a 1x2). I have a 1/2" router bit, and have successfully created a ...
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Circular saw blade clogs nonuniformly

I rip cut few pine boards today with my circular saw and noticed that only a third part of a blade is clogged up. Should I be worried about unbalanced blade or some arbor problems?
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Buy a table saw or circular saw

At the moment I'm considering my next power tool purchase. I'm a home improvement beginner and have been enjoying the journey, and I'm now ready to get serious about investing into a proper saw. I ...
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What type of saw should I use to raise the legs of my hearth woodwork?

I need to cut down about 4cm th legs of a wooden mantel since I have now fitted an elevated hearth. It is an odd cut and I am wondering if it would best doing it with an electric saw rather than a ...
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Why does a cordless circular saw have the blade on the left? [closed]

At the moment considering the purchase of a circular saw for light work. I'm looking at a corded model and a cordless model. But the question I have is not about which one is better. My question ...
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Circular saw blade won't tighten

I have a Milwalkee 7 1/4" circular saw. When I tighten the nut to secure the blade it continues to turn never completely stopping. Then when I run the saw it comes loose again every time. I've taken ...
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How to tighten a circular saw without a spindle / arbor lock? [duplicate]

I have an older Black & Decker Sawcat #987. It does not appear to have any way of locking the spindle that I can find. How are you supposed to tighten down the blade bolt if you can't hold the ...
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How to stabilize a wooden lawn mower ramp over stairs?

I'd like to build a ramp for a lawn mower that is in the basement. The only way out is a set of stairs with a very little space to turn to them (that's why the ramp doesn't extend all the way to the ...
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Loose Blade, Tight Arbor Bolt

I have a circular saw with an overly tightened arbor bolt and a blade that spins freely> How can I get that repaired? This saw was one that I inherited from my dad and I need to use it for some up ...
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