At a time when brands have started focusing on cordless framing saws, Hitachi has come out with a new 7-1/4″ 15A corded worm drive circular saw.
The new Hitachi worm drive saw, C7WDM, looks competitive on paper.
- 7-1/4″ blade size
- 15A motor
- 5,000 RPM (no load)
- Rafter hook
- Non-slip soft handle grip
- Includes (2) 7-1/4″ 24T VPR blades
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Assuming the $200 price is accurate and not an inflated “preorder” price, the new Hitachi worm drive saw is positioned among the highest-end pro-grade models. At this price, I would expect to see top performance, durability, longevity, accuracy, and user comfort.
It seems a little unusual for Hitachi to focus on corded tools when most brands have their efforts more or less dedicated to cordless, but it’s nevertheless good to see.
To be frank, if I were in the market for a worm drive saw for heavy duty cutting or framing work, I’d need more convincing. Why spend so much on this Hitachi saw when I could get a Bosch or Skilsaw worm drive for not much more?
On the other hand, would I want to see greater compromise in favor of lower pricing? No. In that case, it seems Hitachi has made the right call here.