1677M Circular Saw Review
This well-balanced worm-drive saw from Bosch has a unique baseplate with a waffle pattern
The 1677M is a 7-1/4-in. saw with the blade on the left side of the motor. It weighs 14 lb. and, not coincidentally, is similar to the rear-handle Skil 77, which has been around for decades and which was the model for Bosch’s new saw.
The saw’s 3-hp. motor operates at around 4,400 rpm and has new, user-friendly features like a soft-grip handle and a built-in saw hook for hanging the saw on nearby joists or rafters between cuts. A set screw lets you fine-tune 90-degree cuts. The saw features a 50-degree bevel capacity with a positive stop at 45 degrees. It also has a newly designed antisnag blade guard allowing easier mitering and thinner rips without hanging up. The lever on the blade guard is easier to grab, and it retracts easily because it has a stronger spring. A waffle-design footplate, fashioned out of die-cast magnesium, offers a clear view of the cutline.
In my opinion, the in-line, rear-handle Bosch 1677M saw has proper balance. It’s safe for me to say that this is the best saw I’ve ever used.