"What's the point of a 6 1/2-inch circular saw?" That was my question when I first laid eyes on Ridgid's Fuego circular saw. My crew and I were accustomed to our 7 1/4-inch saws; a smaller version just seemed gimmicky. The only other 6 1/2-inch model we'd used was an 18-volt cordless number that never lived up to expectations and was downgraded to punch-list status soon after we bought it. But the Fuego was hard to dismiss: Ridgid says that because its blade spins at 6,100 rpm, it cuts faster than any other framing saw.

I decided to put the claim to the test. My Porter-Cable 324MAG 7 1/4-inch circ saw spins at about 5,600 rpm, and my DeWalt 378 hypoid at about 4,600 rpm. While a co-worker timed me with a stopwatch, I compared cutting times among the three tools. With every material I tried, the Fuego beat the older saws by at least a second or two. In addition...

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