After testing a lot of products, we have selected the 8 best cordless circular saws for 2018 which are mentioned below. In our experiments, we have found these products most consistent in performance and true value for the money.
DEWALT DCS391B 20-Volt MAX Li-Ion Circular Saw
We got our hands on the DeWalt DCS391 20V Max Circular Saw to see how it stacked up in the 6-1/2 inch cordless circular saw class. As one of the most popular brands in the country, it’s always exciting to open up the black and yellow package of a new DeWalt tool and this was no exception. While more details of the specs are below, the important statistics are that the DCS391 runs off the 20V Max battery packs, has a no load speed of 3700 RPM, and runs a 6-1/2 inch blade.
On paper, The DeWalt DCS391… Circular Saw stacks up right in the middle of the class. At the $99 – $149 price point, it’s dead on in terms of speed and is priced reasonably at $109 for the bare tool. Of course, torque is also a factor to compare with speed, but we’ll take a look at real world performance in a moment. One thing that I did notice is that this circular saw is a little bit heavier than other in the class.
DeWalt has plenty to say about the features of the DCS391. They tell us that the magnesium shoe offers both durability and light weight. Comfort is improved with a rubber overmolded grip. The stock blade is a 6-1/2″ carbide tipped blade that will still cut through 2x material at both 90 and 45 degrees.
BLACK+DECKER BDCCS20C 20V Max Cordless Circular Saw
Compact and easy to use the Black & Decker BDCCS20C 20V Circular Saw is a great power tool that offers great value for money. It comes as a bare tool without the battery, however it will work with any of the Black & Decker 20V Max systems. The Black & Decker has a whole host of features including bevel adjustment with detents at both 45 and 90 degrees. This feature will allow you to make angled cuts accurately.
Offering a high torque motor… and a very fast 5.5 inch cutting blade to enable you to make a variety of cuts smoothly and quickly. Make easy adjustments with tool-free Depth of Cut. The Black & Decker comes with a limited 2 year warranty. The Black & Decker BDCCS20C is a basic tool that offer a lot of features for its price and will get the job done with speed and accuracy.
The Black & Dekker BDCCS20C 20V Circular Saw comes as a bare tool and offers features that make it easy to use. It will cut fast and clean leaving you a smooth line. The high torque motor and tool-free Depth of Cut are just some of the great features you can expect from this well-priced power tool.
Ryobi P506 One+ Lithium Ion 18V 5 1/2 Inch
No one wants to lug a cord around unless they absolutely have to. Ryobi’s One+ 18V line puts those tools in our hands that are easily affordable whether you’re a DIYer, tradesman, or pro. One of the most popular products for 2015 is going to be the Ryobi P507 Circular Saw. It’s got some significant upgrades from the previous model and we’re excited to take a closer look.
The most significant changes… over the previous Ryobi P506 Circular Saw start with upsizing to a 6-1/2″ blade from the 5-1/2″. Product managers also ditched the laser from the older model. They claim that the Ryobi P507 6-1/2″ One+ Circular Saw has increased in power some 40% over the P506 as well.
There are slight changes to the front pommel design and the aforementioned rubber overmold. Bevel capacity us up to 56 degrees, weight is down to 5 pounds, and the no load speed remains at 4700 RPM.
BLACK+DECKER BDCCS20B 20-Volt MAX Lithium-Ion
The Black & Decker BDCCS20B Circular Saw is designed with a powerful high torque motor. It features a tool free Depth of Cut and an easy to use bevel adjustment that allows for accurate angled cuts. It also has an included 5-1/2″ blade which provides smooth and fast cutting that is ideal for tough, everyday jobs.
The compact design… of the Black & Decker BDCCS20B Circular Saw is great for ease of use. It works with the entire circular saw system. It is a bare tool package which means it is sold with the tool only; the battery is sold separately.
Another customer bought the tool and was a little concerned about some of the negative views he read. However, he used it to cut 2x4s. He states that it has enough power and suggested that if you let the circular saw do its job and keep it straight, you will have no issues.
Ryobi One+ P505 18V Lithium Ion Cordless
Ryobi introduces the new and improved 18-Volt ONE+ 6-1/2 in. Circular Saw, an upgraded tool that provides corded performance in a cordless tool. The 18-Volt ONE+ 6-1/2 in. Circular Saw has a 40% more powerful motor compared to its previous model. The 24 Tooth Ultra-Thin kerf carbide-tipped blade allows for fast, clean cuts. This package includes the P507 Circular Saw, 6-1/2 in. 24 Tooth Ultra-Thin kerf carbide-tipped blade, blade wrench and operator’s manual. Ryobi power tools are backed by a 3-year warranty. See below for additional details about the tool.
Makita SH02R1 12V Max CXT Lithium-Ion
First off, the Makita SH02R1 12V handheld circular saw is a replacement and upgrade to the one found in the Makita LCT208W 12V Lithium-ion Combo Kit. While its 3-3/8 inch blade has the capacity to easily cut through 3/4-inch plywood, the real sweet spot for this 12V circular saw is flooring and trim—where you can avoid having to haul in a full sized circular saw, or bring out your miter saw for a quick, straight cut.
The Makita SH02… has great sight lines and features an LED light to illuminate the cutting area—critical when cutting indoors and making sure you’re right on your mark. This tool will ship with the Makita 12V 2.0 Ah slim battery pack which should still deliver plenty of cuts before requiring a recharge.
The Makita SH02R1 12V 3-3/8 inch circular saw has a tilting base for beveling cuts from 0° – 45°. It’s the perfect tool for quickly getting through plywood, MDF, pegboard, particleboard, melamine, or even drywall. Since it weighs less than 4 pounds and is just over a foot in length, you can toss it into a tool bag and bring it on the jobsite without much hassle.
PORTER-CABLE PCC660B 20V Max
The new 20v Circular Saw from Porter Cable is light. Weighing in at only 6.5 pounds, it’s an entire pound lighter than the Makita equivalent and 1.5 pounds lighter than the Milwaukee brand 6-1/2” saws in its category. Even when pairing the saw with the 20v Max Pack, the weight was extremely manageable. The tool is well balanced and with the overmolded rubber grips the tool feels comfortable to use.
This 6-1/2” circular saw fits perfectly… into the light duty category for circular saws. With the 4.0ah battery, 50 degree bevel, and 4000 rpm saw speed this model delivers performance comparable to many of the heavy duty saws on the market while still keeping a very reasonable price point.
If you’re one of the guys that runs a saw day in and day out, I would look to spend a few more dollars, but if you are like me and have the occasional project or random day on the job site that a circular saw is needed, this is the one to pick up.
Milwaukee 2731-20 M18 Fuel 7-1/4″ Circular Saw
The new Milwaukee M18 Fuel Circular Saw features a single 18V battery system that runs a 7-1/4″ blade. This entry into the full size cordless circular saw arena made waves because of the fact that it only uses that one M18 RedLithium battery. Questions were certainly raised as to whether it would be able to perform with the LXT 18V X2 dual battery system from Makita or the 36V platform from Hilti.
On paper, it specs out well… with a no load speed of 5,000 RPM. While the kit includes 4.0 XC Redlithium batteries, the introduction of the 5.0 amp hour RedLithium batteries can only help.
I had all three saws sitting in my house with my choice of which one or ones to keep. I found good homes for the other two where they will be put to good use, but for the kind of work that I am typically doing, the Milwaukee M18 Fuel Circular Saw is the one that is staying with me.