a Makita circular saw
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Makita BSS610 Circular Saw

Price: About $320; Makita

Weight: 7.6 pounds

The verdict: Rock-steady on crosscuts—thanks to fine build quality and balance—this one's a framing ace. Its silver-on-black shoe markings read even in dim light (and far better than its black-on-black depth gauge). Long cuts heat up its blade housing to hand-recoiling temps. The LED highlights the blade's leading edge for eyeballing crosscuts.

Fine print: Aluminum shoe and blade housing. Plastic blade guard. Charger and two batteries.
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