Metabo/Hitachi Worm Drive Circular Saw
With an oil-bath gearbox and a cord instead of a battery, this rear-handle framing saw is built for all-day cutting.
Note: Hitachi Tools is now Metabo HPT, but you can still buy many of the same great tools now under the new name, including the worm-drive saw reviewed in this video.
Because of their high torque, great visibility of the cutline, and extra reach, worm drives are prized by framers. The Metabo HPT (formerly Hitachi) 7-1/4-in. C7WDM worm-drive circular saw gives fans of old-school worm drives something to cheer about. Unlike other recently introduced rear-handle saws from other makers, this saw is AC powered and has a real worm-gear drive train. The new saw also has a magnesium base, an easy-to-read depth scale, and a rafter hook. In this installment of Tool Tech, host Patrick McCombe walks us through the saw’s features and then puts it to work by burying the blade in a pressure-treated 6×6.
Metabo HPT 7-1/4-in. Worm Drive Circular Saw
Product number: C7WDM
Price: $160 – $200
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