No home workshop would be complete without a circular saw. These handheld saws are used to not only cut wood but is also used to cut plastic, masonry and sometimes even metal. There are many household projects that wouldn’t even get off of the floor without one of these handy tools.
Of course, deciding on whether or not they need one of these tools isn’t usually the prime concern of the handyman. No, the concern is finding the best circular saw available, a task which can be difficult thanks to the sheer volume of them available online. And that’s why I’ve decided to list ten of the models which I feel are the best circular saw models available today.
10. Rockwell RK3441K 4.5-Inch Compact Saw
Designed to be a model that can replace conventional 7.25-inch saws in most home workshops, this 4.5-inch compact saw is powerful enough for most jobs yet only weighs a mere 5-pounds. Thanks to its 3,5000 RPM electric motor, this saw can cut through pieces of wood, such as 2x4s, in just one pass and do it smoothly and efficiently. It has an inline grip that’s well-balanced and comfortable to hold for long periods of time and delivers a cutting depth at 90-degrees of 1-11/16th inches. This makes this an ideal saw for cutting wood that has a thickness of 2-inches or less.
9. Porter Cable PCE300 15-Amp Heavy-Duty Saw
This saw has a blade that can spin at up to 5,500 RPM, driven by its 15-amp electric motor, and is more than powerful enough to handle most jobs around the home or on the work site. While it only weighs approximately 9.5-pounds, it has many of the features that DIY enthusiasts look for in a saw. It has a depth adjustment and spindle lock that allows the workman to make adjustments on the fly and has a steel shoe that provides an optimum line of sight, allowing for very accurate cut jobs. It’s a tool that’s designed to get the job done every time it’s pressed into service.
8. Milwaukee Fuel 2731-20 7.25-Inch Saw
While this cordless saw is bare, which means that the user has to buy the battery separately from the saw itself, it still has a number of features which makes it a good product to own on the job site. When equipped with a battery pack, it weighs only 9-pounds but is capable of producing great cuts. Using its special battery technology, this tool can provide up to 300 cuts per charge and do so accurately. Performance and lightweight aren’t the only good things about this tool, however. It’s also very durable and should be a fine fixture for any home workshop for quite awhile.
7. Skilsaw SPT77WML-01 7.25-Inch Lightweight Worm Drive Saw
This tool has many of the features that workman look for in a saw for either their home workshop or for using on the job site. It’s made using lightweight magnesium that makes it easier to handle but also ensures that it’s durable as well. It has a 15-amp motor that gives the user the ability to cut right through wood boards and has an anti-snag guard to ensure that the unit operates smoothly at all times. This 7.25-inch saw weighs only 11.6-pounds but has a maximum cutting capacity of 2-3/8th inch at a 90-degree angle with a 53-degree bevel capacity. This makes it useful for projects such as building decks, framing houses or cutting siding.
6. Dewalt DWS535 7.25-Inch Saw
Made using magnesium, so it’s both durable and lightweight, this tool has many of the features that are sought after when people are searching for a saw to buy. It weighs only 13.8-pounds but is able to deliver true power, with a 4800 RPM blade speed and a bevel capacity of 53-degrees. It also offers a 2-7/16th-inch depth cut at 90-degrees, or a 1-7/8th-inch depth cut at 45-degrees, so it’s useful for a number of different applications from building fences and decks to roofing. This easy-to-use tool is ideal for both the job site and the home workshop and should provide years of faithful service.
5. Skil 5280 15-Amp 7.25-Inch Saw With Laser Guide
This 7.25-inch saw has the power of comparable saw models but is also lighter. It features a 24-tooth carbide blade that can make seriously accurate cuts thanks to the single beam laser guide that’s also equipped with this tool. It also features an integrated dust blower that also keeps the line of cut free of sawdust. With a depth of cut at 2-3/8th-inch and a 51-degree bevel, this saw is capable of handling just about any job it’s tasked with and is ideal for use at the job site or at home. This tool also comes with a carrying bag that can be used to store or transport the tool to jobs.
4. Dewalt DWE575SB 7.25-Inch Saw With Electric Brake
Many of the advanced features that are wanted in a saw can be found in this tool. It has an electric brake, an integrated dust blower and features a 57-degree beveling capacity with positive stops at 22.5-degrees and 45-degrees. But that isn’t the only features which can be found in this tool. It also features a very powerful 15-amp motor that can power through most jobs with 5100 RPM speed and a 1,950 Max Watts out, even though it weighs under 9-pounds. This makes it ideal for framers, roofers or DIY enthusiasts who are looking for a portable but powerful saw.
3. Dewalt DCS391B 20-Volt MAX Li-Ion Saw
While the battery for this model has to be purchased separately, this saw still has many exciting features that make it a good tool to purchase. It features a 5,150 RPM motor with 460 Maximum Watts Out that allows it to efficiently and effectively cut through wood. It is made of magnesium, so it’s durable as well as lightweight and has a rubber over-molded comfort grip that allows the user to have the maximum amount of control over the tool possible. This cordless saw features a 6.5-inch carbide tipped blade and is ideal for a number of different applications including DIY jobs and construction work.
2. Makita XSS02Z 18-Volt LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 6.25-Inch Saw
This tool has a 2-1/4th-inch cutting capacity and delivered by a 3,700 RPM motor that allows for quick and efficient cuts. It has a 50-degree maximum bevel cutting capacity and weighs only about 7.3-pounds. Although this tool is lightweight, it’s still designed to be heavy-duty and is capable of handling just about any cutting job it’s tasked with doing. And since it uses an 18-volt Lithium-ion style battery, it can cut for longer periods of time than comparable cordless saws and also charges fairly quickly. All of these features ensure that this tool will fit in with just about anyone’s workshop.
1. Dewalt DCS575T2 Flex Volt 60-Volt Brushless Saw
This 7.25-inch cordless saw has a 5800 RPM high-torque motor that can deliver high-quality cuts and has an electronic brake that automatically stops the blade once the trigger has been let go. It uses Flex Volt batteries that can automatically change voltage when it’s moved from one tool to another and this saw can deliver a bevel cut capacity of 57-degrees with stops at 22.5 and 45-degrees. This tool is ideal for use at a home workshop or on a construction site and is designed to get the job done each and every time. This unit also features an LED light and can cut over 330 times per charge.
Circular Saw Buying Guide
As you can see from the above selection, there are all different types of circular saws available. There are smaller models, larger models, battery-powered ones, and plug-in models. So how is a person supposed to choose the best circular saw for their needs from such a vast collection of different models? Well, you don’t have to do it alone because we’ve come up with a little guide that we hope will give you a little bit of guidance when selecting a new saw. Let’s get right into it right now.
Step One: Battery-Powered Or Plug-In?
The first step to choosing a circular saw is finding the one that’s powered in the way that you need it to be powered. Some people may prefer a corded model if they’re working in a workshop with close proximity to an outlet so that they don’t have to continuously change out lithium-ion batteries. On the other hand, the portability of a circular saw comes in handy when the operator is out on a worksite and away from electrical outlets. The difference in power between corded and cordless saws also have to be taken into consideration. Corded saws have more power than corded saws and are good for cutting steel or masonry. Cordless saws are suitable for less intensive cutting applications.
Step Two: Choose A Design
It’s also important to consider is the design of the circular saw. As a general rule, circular saws come in two different designs, and those two designs are Inline or Worm Drive. Inline saws, otherwise known as Sidewinders, have motors that are on the same axis as the saw’s blade. This allows the shaft to run right from the motor to the blade in order to power it. This makes these saws lighter and more compact than Worm Drive models, but they’re also not as powerful. Worm drive models have their motors positioned in a different way, however, and that affects how the saw operates. Since their motor is positioned at a right angle to the blade, and because it uses a gear system that transfers additional torque, this model is better suited for heavier jobs than Sidewinder saws. They also tend to make less noise than Sidewinders tend to do.
Step Three: Choose The Amps
The third thing to consider is the Amp a particular saw model may have. Although we could get into a lot of technical details about Amps & Volts, we’ll just say one thing: The more Amps a saw has, the more power it has, so it’s important to weigh the Amps of the saw against the other features that may be found on the saw.
Step Four: Choose Blade Capacity
The next thing to consider is the blade capacity of the saw. What’s blade capacity? Blade capacity is the maximum depth that the circular saw can achieve. As is typically the case, the large the blade equipped on the saw, the deeper it can cut. Most common household saws have a blade diameter of 7-1/4-inches, but they come in a variety of other sizes as well. Generally speaking, if the saw’s blade is 7-inch or bigger, then it should be able to cut through at least 2-inches of lumber at a 45-degree angle in just one pass. Smaller blades may have to make several different passes to make the same cut. For example, a 5-3/8-inch saw is capable of cutting through 2-inch dimension lumber at 45-degrees but it takes two passes. At 90-degrees, however, this same saw can make the cut in one pass.
Other Features To Consider
Okay, that takes care of the basic features that can be found on the best circular saws. However, that doesn’t mean that your job is done. Although the above features will get you a good circular saw, you may want to think about additional features that make the saw more convenient or easier to use. Below are just a few of these features.
- Shaft Locks: This makes blade changes easier
- Bevel Capacity: The maximum bevel cut the saw can accomplish
- Laser Guides: This feature improves cutting accuracy
- Electric Brakes: Stops the blade quickly