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  • Q: Why won't my circular saw make square cuts?

    Hi All:   A few years ago, my brother-in-law gave me a used DeWalt 7-1/4" circular saw - a rugged, hefty model.  For the life of me, I've never been able to get that thing to cut an edge that's square to the face (the surface the saw is resting on during the cut).  I've set the base absolutely square to the blade, tweaked the 90° stop to perfection, checked it and re-checked it a hundred times.  But under power, even when tracking against an edge guide, it cuts crooked - maybe about 92° instead of 90°.  It's as if the blade is deflecting only while running, tilting in toward the saw at the top and out at the bottom.  After a bad cut, I'd stop and check the base and blade with a square - perfect 90°.  What the heck?  I've tried different blades, but that made no difference.  Got any ideas about this?  Is there something wrong with my technique?  Could this have something to do with the motor shaft a/o bearings?  Should I just junk the thing and get a new one?  Any insights and advice would be appreciated.   Thanks! Ron

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