Late last year, Hilti introduced its first circular saw, the WSC 267-E. This 71/4-inch model has some unusual features, so I was eager to try it out. Right off the bat, I was struck by the saw's shape and configuration. The tool has an in-line motor but is proportioned and balanced like a sidewinder.

The in-line gearing allows it to produce high torque at low rpm. Like most in-line models, the Hilti is narrow from side to side — but it's also short from front to back, making it far less nose-heavy than other in-line saws. Not counting the cord, this tool weighs 10 pounds, which means it's slightly heavier than a sidewinder but significantly...

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