This circular saw buyer’s guide has compiled all the information required for evaluating what is the best circular saw for you, the most important features and what fits your personal tool budget. It covers both corded and cordless circular saws plus full-size and compact, mini power saws. It will point out the most valuable extras on any saw.
DEWALT DWS535 7 1/4-Inch Worm Drive Circular Saw
Before you invest money in a circular saw, there are some things you should think about and look for. Even though many people think they are sufficiently experienced to tackle such a task, buying a power tool isn’t as easy as it seems. In fact, it’s quite hard thanks to the vast number of different models available on the market. Therefore, if you’re not experienced when it comes to purchasing high-end stuff, you might want to take a look at our reviews.
If you have any uncertainties or dilemmas, the best thing you can do is pay a visit to our reviews section and check out some of the products we’ve covered. It helps a lot, especially if you don’t know how to research or where to look for data. You can find a lot of info about the specifications, quality, and overall cost-efficiency of popular models on the market.
DEWALT DW364K 7-1/4-Inch Circular Saw with Electric Brake
If you’re looking for useful power tools that aren’t going to die on you within the first week of use, Dewalt seems like an excellent choice. If you’re not familiar with them, Dewalt is one of the most respected companies in the world of powerful power tools. As far as the circular saws go, there are plenty of models available, but only a few are worth looking into. One of those is the DW364K.
As you can see, this model is versatile enough for a vast array of different applications. Therefore, whether you’re planning on cutting laminate or dense beams, the DW364K will do the job right. Furthermore, you don’t have to be an experienced expert in order to operate this power tool. Instead, all you have to do is take a moment and read the user manual. It’s quite comprehensive, and you won’t have any problems with adjusting to your new piece of equipment.
PORTER-CABLE PC15TCSM 15 Amp 7-1/4″ Heavy-Duty
Porter-Cable just introduced their new PC15TCSMK, 15-amp heavy-duty circular saw. The PC15TCSMK is a lightweight (9.5 lbs) circular saw with all new ergonomic features to reduce stress and strain on professionals that rely on these type of tools to do their jobs.
The folks at Porter-Cable sent us this new saw to give it a test and share our thoughts with all of you. The following are some basic specifications along with our review of the PC15TCSMK.
The Porter-Cable PC15TCSMK offers a very lightweight, powerful circular saw option at a fantastic price. The new saw will be distributed with a MSRP of $99.99 which makes it a great value! This saw comes packed with power in a very lightweight frame. While this saw may not be a workhorse for cutting engineered beams all day it is perfectly set-up for cutting sheet goods and framing lumber.
Bare-Tool Bosch 1671B 36-Volt Circular Saw
The new Litheon 36V 1671B Two-speed Reciprocating Saw, from Bosch Power Tools and Accessories, is the fastest and longest running tool in its category, plus it includes Bosch original features such as the patented LockJaw™ tool-free blade change system and Rafter Hook. For plumbers, electricians, remodelers, commercial contractors and more, the newest Bosch reciprocating saw has the power and durability to go anywhere and accomplish any job quick and efficiently.
The 36V FatPack offers the longest runtime, two times more than 18V packs, for the most heavy-duty applications, and the 36V SlimPack is one pound lighter for better portability, but still offers up to 15% more runtime than 18V packs. With the Flexible Power System, professionals can choose to optimize their power and weight to their work.
Hitachi C7BMR 7-1/4 15-Amp Circular Saw
The Hitachi C7BMR is a powerful and capable circular saw that cuts well. Still, it’s missing enough design features, such as bevel stops, to keep it from competing with the best saws in our review.
The Hitachi C7BMR is a powerful circular saw that can cut through 2x material and plywood quickly and cleanly. However, it struggles to remove excess sawdust from the cutting area on large materials, such as plywood, thought this isn’t an issue on small, quick cuts.
The Hitachi C7BMR comes with an impressive five-year warranty that protects against manufacturer defects. This is the longest warranty in our review. A physical copy of the owner’s manual comes with the saw, but you can also view it on the company’s website. Hitachi does not currently have a FAQs section on its webpage, which would be convenient if you prefer to troubleshoot problems on your own.
Ridgid R3210 Saw, 7 1/4-Inch Circular Worm Drive
An industry-standard 7¼ inch blade, with a 5/8 inch (16 mm) arbor size, is coupled with an all aluminum base plate which allows for cutting to 2.25 inches (57 mm) deep at 90° and 1.75 inches (45 mm) at its 45° limit.
In fact, this saw is about mid-pack with its competition in terms of weight; 11.2 pounds (5 kg) reads the scale. Being as relatively lightweight as it is, and balanced well, precise cuts are very easy with this tool.
The blade provided with the unit is a 24-tooth thin kerf blade with carbide tips; it cuts sharply and is fairly durable, so it is a nice choice for this saw.
Hitachi C7SB2 15 Amp 7-1/4-Inch Circular Saw
Hitachi has lots of happy customers who love these two sidewinder circular saws. Left-handed users love them because the blade is on the right. Do-it-yourselfers love them because the price is very low for how durable and powerful they are. Let’s look at both models and see which one is best for you.
The depth of cut ranges from 2-3/8-inches at 90 degrees to 1-27/32-inches at 45 degrees. The level locks for beveling and depth adjustment are big and easy to use, as is the trigger. This is handy for operators who wear gloves.
A very nice touch is the integrated dust blower to keep the cutline clear. There is also a dust chute to send debris out of the way.
Craftsman 20 Volt Professional 7 1/4 Cordless Circular Saw
A number of Craftsman Professional hand tools have been incredibly difficult to find recently, as if much of the entire line was being discontinued. Well, it looks like the Craftsman Pro 20V cordless power tools have been discontinued as well.
During a recent stroll around the local Sears, I spotted a selection of Craftsman’s 20V cordless power tool add-ons on the clearance shelves. These tools are no longer listed on Sears or Craftsman’s online stores, so it may be safe to say that the 20V Craftsman Professional lineup has been discontinued nationwide.
Unfortunately, there were no starter kits available, and spare batteries and chargers were full price.