Building with Dewalt, Mikita, and Diablo

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When I’m not working on cars I do enjoy building things around the house, I do not claim to be any type of ‘builder’ or ‘woodworker’ but I do enjoy it as a hobby when I’m not wrenching. This weekends project was to build a pergola for the back patio. I am super happy with how it turned out and also super happy with the awesome tools I used to build it. If anyone might want to build this for themselves I can make a guided plan with all the supplies needed, so let me know if that’s something you might want and I will make it into a future WCG blog post! For today though I’m going to be focusing on some of the tools that helped me get this project done super easily!

To start off I used the new Dewalt flex volt 60v Max brushless worm drive style circular saw….and wow! This saw is really amazing, if you’re not paying attention you might think that it is corded tool. This saw is designed with the blade oriented to the left of the motor and the handle positioned at the rear of the saw for an easy line of sight, which makes it easy to see where you are cutting. It also has an electric brake so whenever you release the trigger the blade stops turning right then, which is super awesome because without that feature it can be kind of an annoyance to wait for the blade to stop each time you’re done with a cut. The kit I have comes with the saw, a charger, a 60v 9Ah battery, a blade, and a bag. You can pick it up here DEWALT FLEXVOLT 60-Volt MAX Wormdrive Style Circ Saw I think if you’re looking for a good circular saw this is your answer. I was personally extremely impressed with the performance of this saw. Dewalt knocked it out of the park (as always) with this one. Also, after my whole project my battery indicator was still full, so I’d say battery life is going to be very long. 

I needed to trim up some 4×4’s and some screws in spots so I turned to the Makita 18v LXT Lithium-Ion Sub-Compact Brushless Reciprocating Saw. For the size of this saw I was impressed with how well if powered through the 4×4’s I needed to trim up. I think my favorite thing about this saw is how it looks…I know that sounds dumb but come on, the all black body with white lettering looks so good and clean! The compact size and power of this saw really makes it a valuable tool to have available for any project! And like everything cordless that is coming out now, it is brushless so that is going to help get longer battery life. If this sounds like something you’d like to check out you can see more here Makita18-Volt LXT Lithium-Ion Sub-Compact Brushless Cordless Reciprocating Saw Makita has some really awesome cordless tools out right now and I am looking forwarding to trying some other ones out, I think Makita is a great option when it comes to cordless tools.

Lastly, for this project I wanted to take my Dewalt saw to the next level so I added a Diablo 7-1/4in. x 24-teeth tracking point framing saw blade to it. You can pick this blade up here Diablo 7-1/4 in. x 24-Teeth Tracking Point Framing Saw Blade This blade is made to last up to 5x longer than your standard blade which is a pretty impressive statement. I can say from experience that this thing cut through all the wood for this project like butter! I think this blade you turn you cheap saw into a mean machine, and for the low price tag on it I think its a must have. So whether you’re adding it onto a cheap saw or putting onto the Dewalt 60v, I think you’ll be happy you went with Diablo.

Alright so here it is!



If you want to build this yourself leave a comment on this post or shoot me an email and I can put together plans on a future blog post! Thanks for stopping by the WCG blog.

Also as a side note…I never had to get out the extension cord for this project! Cordless is the way to go!!

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