DeWalt says their new 6-3/4″ metal-cutting circular saw can plow through up to 2″ conduit and pipe in a single pass. A stainless-steel shoe prevents rust and helps smoothly push chips away to keep them from tearing up your cutting surface, too. But is DeWalt’s 18V battery line enough to keep it running all day?
You’ll have to help me out here. I’ll admit that I don’t own a metal circ saw. I understand that they’re popular among electricians, and I imagine that even fairly large conduit doesn’t put up much of a fight. But I have used more than a few cordless wood circ saws, and while they work very well in trim sizes — and they’re awesome for quick small job work where you’re away from power — you’d better bring lots of batteries if you’re planning to cut loads of ply or use ’em for a day’s framing. Also, is it common to use these for cutting sheet?
If you’re already bought in to the DeWalt 18V line, you can score the bare tool (no batteries or charger, called the DW934B) for around $200. A full kit with two batteries and a charger (DW934K2H) will set you back around $600.