Circular saws are one of the most common hand tools used by craftsmen, handymen, framers, woodworkers and homeowners. The basic premise isto provide a versatile and affordable saw that is lightweight and can be used to cut a variety of material. All saws make straight cuts and many include the ability to make beveled cuts. Prices range from around 500 dollars to thousand dollar, depending on the style, power and features needed.
DEWALT DCS391L1 20-Volt MAX Li-Ion
The DEWALT DCS391B 20-Volt Max Lithium-Ion Cordless Circular Saw has a powerful 460 MWO, 5250 RPM motor that delivers power and speed to make the most demanding cuts with ease.
The high strength and lightweight… magnesium shoe provides job site durability for prolonged cut accuracy. It has a rubber over-molded comfort grip that delivers optimal balance, control and user comfort. 50-degree bevel capacity allows for aggressive angled cuts to tackle a multitude of tasks. A 6-1/2 in. carbide-tipped blade is included for cutting 2 times the material at 90 degrees and 45 degrees and more cuts per charge.
Festool 575387 Plunge Cut Track Saw Ts 55 Req-F-Plus USA
The Festool TS 55 REQ-F-PLUS Punge-Cut Track Saw Imperial is not your standard circular saw. With its accuracy and versatility, it would better be compared to the most advanced table saws, miter saws or panel saws available. Add in its incredible portability and unbelievable ease of use, and you have a precision-cutting solution like no other, as at home in the highest-end cabinet shop as on a job-site remodel.
With the addition of micro-adjustable… depth controls and a flat housing for flush-cutting against walls or adjacent surfaces, the TS 55 REQ is Festool’s most advanced plunge cut saw ever, which is saying a lot. This “saw only” version is an ideal choice for users who already own a Festool Gude Rail. Germany
Makita 5402NA 16-5/16-Inch Circular Saw
The 5402NA takes a few seconds to wind up when the trigger is pulled. When I fed it into the hemlock at full depth, it bogged down, but if I let the blade wind up to full speed and then reduced the feed rate to a snail’s pace, the saw performed just fine. It was also fine cutting 4 in. or less, such as when making tenons and half-lap joints. The cuts were square and showed little evidence of blade wobble.
Next, I tested the saw on a small grade-level… deck project. Although the saw is comfortable to run, it’s a boat anchor to drag around the job site. I found myself trying to decide if the saw or the 6×6 post was the heavier item to move. Ultimately, I found it easier to roll the post onto a miter-saw stand to finish the cut started by a small circular saw than to work this monster all day.
The 5402NA is not a saw I will use every day, but when the situation demands, I’m grateful to have it. The tool comes with a 32-tooth blade, blade wrench, rip fence, and storage stand.
Festool 575389 Plunge Cut Track Saw Ts 75 EQ-F-Plus USA
The Festool TS 75 EQ Plunge Cut Circular Saw is a powerful unit that will deliver pinpoint accuracy to your work. This isn’t just a standard circular saw, though. When taking into consideration its versatility and accuracy, it could be better matched against the most advanced miter saws, panel saws and table saws.
This is Festool’s most powerful plunge… cut saw. It will provide enough power to slice through the toughest material with little to no swirl or burn marks. This corded circular saw isn’t only impressive because of how straight it can cut, but also how well it is able to make high accuracy cuts without splintering.
Straight Flush Saw SFS-85 Cuz-D Industries Multi-Purpose
The Straight Flush Saw is something new to the market – in fact it seems to still be getting to the market. In any case, the tool is a remake of the circular saw in such as way as to facilitate both deeper cuts, and more importantly, cuts that allow completely flush positioning against studs, posts, headers and more.
The idea is that the new Flush Saw… can be a single tool that would replace the necessity to use a standard circular saw and finish with a recip saw – or jump to a reciprocating saw for a job that would be much cleaner with a high-speed circular saw cut.
Makita XPS01PTJ 5.0Ah 18V X2 LXT Lithium-Ion (36V) Brushless
Makita’s XPS01PTJ 18V X2 (36V) LXT Cordless 6-1/2” Plunge-Cut Circular Saw Kit delivers precise, accurate cutting without the hassle of a cord. When combined with an optional guide rail system (sold separately), the saw produces arrow-straight cuts with minimal tear-out. It combines a powerful brushless motor powered by two included 18V LXT® batteries with Automatic Speed Change™ Technology, which adjusts cutting speed and torque during the cut for optimum performance.
The saw has a variable speed control… dial (2,500 to 6,300 RPM), with soft start and an electric brake. It has a large 2-3/16” depth of cut at 90°, with a bevel cut range of -1° to 48° and positive stops at 22.5° and 45°. Star Protection Computer Controls™ allow the tool and battery to exchange data to protect against overloading, over-discharging and overheating. Compatible with Makita 18V Lithium-Ion batteries with the star symbol on the battery.
Skilsaw SPT70WM-22 10-1/4″
The Skilsaw Sawsquatch is a beast of a circular saw that effectively puts miter saw capacity in a more portable and maneuverable handheld unit. Officially listed under model number Skilsaw SPT 70 WM-22, it’s been dubbed the Sawsquatch and is hoping for a legendary reputation.
The Skilsaw Sawsquatch design… has one major purpose in mind – cut 4X material in one pass. That’s fortunate for me since I’ve been looking for ways to cut the tops off of fenceposts on our farm more easily. We set them well into the ground so they’re solid, but they’re far from perfectly in line at the tops.
So far my options have been a recip saw, chainsaw, or two passes with a standard circular saw. None of these are terribly attractive solutions but I typically default to the circular saw for a faster, cleaner cut.
Metabo Ks66 240V Circular Saw
Handheld circular saws can be vicious beasts for cutting joists on-site or relatively civilised ones for interior joiners – the Metabo KS66 Plus is definitely one of the latter. If used with the Metabo guide rail it is capable of the sort of accuracy that is needed in a workshop.
The motor is as quiet as a handheld… circular saw motor can be, and felt powerful and capable. The fine TCT 14 tooth saw blade gave a smooth finish too. The dust port swivels to follow saw movement and is a standard size for most vac extractors, which makes it easy to connect and therefore more likely to be used.
A generous loop handle with rubberised grip holds the trigger and safety switch arrangement, whilst the front handle is large and well placed for easy handling. Supplied is a parallel guide fence with two rails to fix to the base – this is better than most other guide fences as it is more secure.