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1677M Circular Saw

Bosch - 1677M Circular Saw

This well-balanced worm-drive saw from Bosch has a unique baseplate with a waffle pattern

$179.00 (As of 1/1/2008)

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Editor's Review: Testing Worm-Drive Saws

review date: January 1, 2008

The baseplate on this worm-drive saw is made of molded magnesium. Its unique waffle pattern is designed to add strength where it is needed without adding much weight. This well-balanced saw handles well, although it lacks some of the features of other saws, such as an onboard Allen wrench and rubberized levers.

Bosch offers this saw in a direct-connect model for an extra $10. Bosch claims that this model has two advantages over the 1677M. First, it can be safely lowered by the cord without damaging the saw or disconnecting the cord. Second, it is easier to repair an extension cord on the job site.

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Editor Test Results:

Overall Rating B+
Ergonomics B+
Sightlines N/A
Depth and Bevel Adjustments B+
Base and Blade Guard A- (base)
Power B
Extra Features B

Editor's Review: New Bosch Circular Saws

review date: March 1, 2002

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.

Editor Test Results:

Overall Rating N/A
Ergonomics Good
Sightlines Good
Depth and Bevel Adjustments Good
Base and Blade Guard Very good

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Bosch
Manufacturer's Web Site
Manufacturer's Phone Number 877-267-2499
Weight 13.5 lb.
Dimensions N/A
Blade Size 7-1/4 in.
Max Depth of Cut (90/45 degrees) 2-3/8 in. at 90 degrees; 1-15/16 in. at 45 degrees
Amps 15
Corded/Cordless Corded
Bevel Range Up to 50 degrees
Speed 4,400 rpm
Type Worm-drive

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