The vast majority of wood that people cut is 1-1/2″ thick or thinner. So, why use an oversized cumbersome heavy weight 7-1/4″ saw? The light weight and small size of the 5-1/2″ Skil HD5510 saw improves accuracy, dexterity, safety and reduces fatigue.
Couple the Skil 5-1/2″ Circular Saw with the 95100 rip fence accessory and you can cut long even thin strips of wood, vastly easier than is possible with a table saw. The old adage applies, it is much easier to bring the tool the work, than the work to the tool.
– Bruce Hallman
Skil HD5510 5-1/2-inch Circular Saw
No longer available from Amazon
Bosch #95100 Saw Adjustable Rip Fence
Available from Amazon
[Note: Skil no longer produces a 5 1/2" model, however, it looks like Makita has a similar model which is equally well reviewed for around the same price.--OH]