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I have a dewalt DW368 Circ saw, which has problems making square cuts because the baseplate flexes allowing the blade angle to change. Is this a known problem? I can easily flex the baseplate 1/8" side to side.

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I have never had that happen to me and I have owned atleast 30 circ saws. If the plate itself is flexing and not just movement on loose armature then I'd say it is a defect in the casting of the baseplate.

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You may need a heavier plated blade. You may simply need a different saw. Those Dewalts are great workhorses, and I love the design, but it's my experience that when you're trying to miter hardwoods of any substantial size there's a little bit of drift in the cut as the blade comes through the wood.
You can try cutting at a slower rate.
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Kind of a pain, isn't it?
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I hope this information allows you to resolve this issue. If you need further assistance, please post back with a comment to this thread.
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