Magnificent Mob of Makitas
We know a carpenter with 35-plus years of experience who says he's used every circular saw in the book (and catalog). But for the past 30 years, he's used one kind only—the magnificent Makita 5007.
He's purchased four of these saws and still has three of them (the fourth was permanently lent out). He says old 5007s never die—they just get relegated to rougher tasks. His oldest one sports a diamond blade for scoring stone and concrete. The second oldest holds a “nail eating” blade for remodeling, and his newest one has a good carbide blade for day-to-day use.
There's nothing fancy about them, but they're seemingly invincible. He built one house that required ripping miles of 3/4-in. plywood (literally), and the 10-1/2-amp motors never flinched. The baseplates are made of plate aluminum—not wimpy stamped metal and have withstood drops of 15 ft. without bending or breaking. They're well balanced, quiet (at least for a circ saw) and light enough to push all day. There are no lasers, LED lights or dust blowers, but he insists you can't find a better circular saw at any price.