You can't go wrrong with the Carpenter's Favorite MAG-77
Posted May 8, 2012 10:15 PM
The Skil 77 7-1/4" worm-drive saw is the defacto framing saw for the world, and most of them have switched over to the MAG-77 that's a bit lighter as their Primary Saw. (The old one is now the Backup.) If you plan to do a lot of roof framing get one of the swing-out hanger hooks.
The Modular power cord that unplugs at the handle is slick, when you goof up and cut the cord on yourself (It Happens) you can change it without any tools at all.
Of course, the Pros always think they'll live forever and take the safety guard totally off, and you REALLY don't want to do that unless you absolutely have to - these suckers will take a leg off Real Fast if you slip, or forget and try putting it down before it stops.
If anything, I'll block the safety open for the one odd cut, then release it for regular use. I'm an Electrician not a Framer, I don't use the thing NEAR enough to get used to running it barefooted. Same thing with disabling the safeties on nail guns, only in a pinch and then put it right back.
And there are a few custom timber saws made that take a standard 77 motor head and mate it to an oversized shoe and guard to swing a 10" or 12" miter-saw blade - for doing miters on 4X and 6X Glu-Lam beams. But they are real pricy, don't buy yourself one until you're building your timber-framed house and actually need one - Or you score a Gloat-Worthy deal...
Oh, and an Old-School brush type Universal Motor runs on DC too - perfect if you have an old Hobart Welder where the auxilliary power outlet is 120V DC.