Kevin covered Makita’s hypoid 7 1/4″ circular saw back in June, but there’s another feature in the range worth noting. That model, the 5477NB, has the same internals as the 5377MG pictured above, so you get the 15A motor, carbide-tipped blade, 2 3/8″ cut depth at 90°, and wear-resistant hypoid gears, but they’re contained in a magnesium casing. The result is a weight drop from 13.9 pounds to 13.0 pounds, and Makita claims the balance is improved as well.
Street prices seem to have gone up since the original post; both are hovering within a few bucks of the $147 mark on Amazon with surprisingly few cheaper sources, according to Google’s product search.
If the 5377MG isn’t exactly what you’re after, but you like the magnesium casing, there are several other similar models available. The range-topper features an 8 1/4″ blade, electric brake, and work light built in, and there are four different 7 1/4″ offerings with various feature combinations.