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DeWalt DC390K

Highlights: Comes with a 7-inch rip fence.

Tester: Mike Randall, Hurley, Wis.

Skill level: Average DIYer ("I've installed doors and replaced trim.")

Used tool for: Cutting ½-inch plywood, 2x4s, and a 4x4 post.

My two cents: "The measurements embossed on the rip fence make it easy to adjust."

Tool stats: 8.7 pounds, 16-tooth blade with 50-degree bevel capacity and 2¼-inch maximum cutting depth, magnesium shoe and blade housing, 3,700 rpm.

Price: About $200 with one nicad battery, about $130 extra for lithium-ion battery, as tested (DeWalt)

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