Top Ten Circular Saws Reviews

Skil Circular saw

If you are looking for a circular saw, maybe you already have an idea in mind for your choice of purchase but let’s take a look at a few considerations that might turn out to be important for your selection of circular saw. As you know, a circular saw is a heavy duty power tool that is designed to make nice straight cuts across your boards.

A foot plate, mostly called shoes, helps to steady the saw thus helping further with the straight lines! Saw blades can be varied between models, but the more teeth a blade has the better cut that you are going to get. It is worth noting that before you purchase your circular saw, please check the cost of replacement blades because these can prove costly.

So if you are buying a lower priced saw then this needs to be taken into account. If you know that you are going to be doing precise work, it is also investing in a saw that has a rip guide which will help you to achieve that precision

The first thing to consider is whether you want aluminum or a magnesium shoes. Eh what? Well, you will mostly find steel shoes on the less expensive circular saws. Now, steel is great, it is strong isn’t it? Yes, it is, unless of course, you drop it and then you may find it dents which compromise’s its efficacy for the job. The answer maybe not to drop it.

Steel shoes also tend to come with a rolled edge which can be fiddly. I would definitely opt for shoes with square edges if you can. Most of the more expensive circular saws have this as standard so if you are on a budget, look out for that.

You also want a saw that has an easy depth adjustment and ideally this would be a simple, quick change. You are probably going to be working with wood of different thicknesses, so look for a circular saw with a bevel adjustment. Most of them come with this but, just in case, do check.

I would highly recommend that you choose a circular saw with a blade guard so that you can cover the blade when you aren’t using it, making it safe from the children and pets, and to protect yourself from accidentally catching the blade.

There is an argument for and against cordless saws of course. I ‘m a bit old school so I prefer a machine that I can plug in that I know isn’t going to run out of battery halfway through a job.

That said, of course, there is a place for cordless when you don’t have access to electricity or you have no choice but to work in a confined area. Generally, cordless circular saws tend to be smaller than their counterpart electric saws.

In my view, the biggest downside with a cordless is that it tends to lose battery when it has to work a bit harder, say on a tough or thick piece of wood. There is nothing worse than hearing the dull drone of an expiring battery.

If you do go for cordless, I would invest in at least one spare battery, two if you can afford it. For a corded saw, in most situations, you are going to have to use an extension cord. Please do opt for a heavy duty one that you know will more than able to cope with the power of your circular saw.

In theory, the higher the amp, the more powerful the saw will be. You want a good blade capacity also, though generally, this is pretty standard at 7-1/4 inches. Next to that consideration is the RPM (revs per minute) which is how fast the blade spins. The faster it spins the smoother the cut is going to be.

It is worth noting that a saw with a smaller blade capacity will weigh less than one with larger capacity, though most of them are easily manageable weights. For the purpose of this trial, most of the circular saws were around 10lbs or less which is a nice light weight to work with.

You can also get circular saws with electric brakes which will stop the blade extremely quickly, which is good to know from a safety aspect and certainly one option that would help to steer my decision.

You can get a variety of different blades like high-speed steel which is very hard and won’t blunt so quickly. Carbide tipped blades are more expensive but do stay sharper for longer than steel blades and you can also get blades for cutting tiles and masonry.

For the circular saw of your choice, make sure that replacement blades are going to be easily available before you part with your money. You may also want to choose a saw that has a depth adjuster as that can be useful for changing the depth of the cut should you need to.

I have enjoyed testing and reviewing a small range of circular saws that I think you will find useful in helping you to make a choice. They won’t break the bank either and they all turned out to be great quality at a variety of prices, with the most expensive circular saw still not being a massive financial investment.

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PORTER-CABLE 7-1/4-Inch 15-Amp Heavy-Duty Circular Saw
  • VERDICT
  • I liked it as a great entry level circular saw that is incredible value for the price. It won’t owe you anything at all when you come to replace it.
  • PROS
  • Lightweight, easy to use and it is simple and quick to change the blades. This is a fantastic low price for a quality circular saw.
  • CONS
  • To be honest, I am struggling to find any problems with this saw. I have yet to find an issue that I found problematic.
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RIDGID TOOL COMPANY R3205 7-1/4" 15 Amp Circular Saw
  • VERDICT
  • There were many good aspects to the Rigid R3205 with just a couple of small issues that didn’t distract from the fact that this is a good, powerful circular saw that I would recommend.
  • PROS
  • Three years warranty, ten-foot cord and it felt like a well-balanced circular saw during use. It has a brilliant sawdust chute.
  • CONS
  • Doesn’t come with a rip fence or an electric brake and the blade change was fiddly.
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Bosch CS5 120-Volt 7-1/4-Inch Circular Saw
  • VERDICT
  • A circular saw of the quality that I would expect from Bosch. The left-hand blade might take a bit of getting used to although personally I really liked that.
  • PROS
  • Anti-snag lower guard and spindle guard and easy to change the blade
  • CONS
  • Sawdust tends to blow towards you rather than away from you
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DEWALT 7-1/4-Inch Lightweight Circular Saw with Electric Brake
  • VERDICT
  • A great, compact quality circular saw from Dewalt. It has a 30-day guarantee and a year’s warranty.
  • PROS
  • The Dewalt is easy to use, lightweight, powerful and smooth and comes at a reasonable price. Fitted with an electric brake which is a great safety feature
  • CONS
  • I couldn’t find anything about it that was a negative
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Makita Mag 7-1/4-Inch Circular Saw with Electric Brake
  • VERDICT
  • This is a more expensive circular saw compared to the others but it has good build quality and is well balanced, fast and smooth.
  • PROS
  • Twin L.E.D Lights are very useful for seeing your cutting line and the fitted electric brake is a big safety plus feature. It has positive bevel stops and 56 degree beveling capacity.
  • CONS
  • The case is a bit small and I found it a bit of a tight fit for the saw.
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PORTER-CABLE PC15TCS 7-1/4-Inch 15-Amp Heavy-Duty Circular Saw

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PORTER-CABLE PCE300 Heavy Duty Steel Shoe Circular Saw

I recently reviewed a Porter Cable Bench planer which I was really impressed with, so I was keen to test out another Porter Cable piece of machinery and was delighted with the appearance of the PCE300 when I took it out of the box. I was surprised when I checked how much it was, as I would have expected it to be around twice the price it actually is.

This is a pretty tough saw, it has a heavy duty steel shoe that will tolerate a fair bit of use and I must say that it cuts very well and it is definitely a good workhorse for most jobs that you will be using it for. The 15Amp makes it feel like a powerful saw for the price and it is able to run at up to 5,500 RPM according to the manufacturer. It has metal upper and lower guards that definitely add to the durability of the saw.

I would certainly say that the PCE300 is a great entry level circular saw for the DIYers. It weighs just over 9lb which might make you think it is lightweight quality but I would dispute that and say that it is extremely good value and it handles really well.

As Porter Cable state, it is a comfortable piece of kit to use with its padded, ergonomic grips. You can use it with both hands – for safety, but occasionally I did use one hand because it really isn’t any weight at all. I found it to be speedy and accurate and was pleased to find that changing the blades was a quick and easy job. I was also surprised to find that it comes with a 3-year limited warranty, though of course do check the small print to check what is covered under that warranty. To be fair, if it only lasted you a year, which I fully expect to exceed considerably, at the price it wouldn’t be a massive outlay if you had to buy another. 

VERDICT
I liked it as a great entry level circular saw that is incredible value for the price. It won’t owe you anything at all when you come to replace it.

PROS
Lightweight, easy to use and it is simple and quick to change the blades. This is a fantastic low price for a quality circular saw.

CONS
To be honest, I am struggling to find any problems with this saw. I have yet to find an issue that I found problematic.

Reasons Why I Can Personally Recommend It.

  • Motor. 3 Year Warranty
  • Weight. Was extremely light weight to use, and very comfortable.
  • Cost. Great price, suitable for every pocket.
  • Speed. A high-performance 300 watt motor with two speeds and adjustable clutch settings allowing you to work much faster.
  • Blade. Quick changing
  • Warranty. 3 Year Limited Warranty

Other Considerations

  • Heavy-Duty 15 Amp motor

After compiling the top ten best circular saw reviews, I have given scores to the PORTER-CABLE PC15TCS 7-1/4-Inch 15-Amp Heavy-Duty Circular Saw.

  • 95 Quality
  • 91 Value
  • 92 Brand
  • Overall 92.6

 

RIDGID TOOL COMPANY R3205 7-1/4″ 15 Amp Circular Saw

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RIDGID TOOL COMPANY R3205 7-1/4″ 15 Amp Circular Saw

I hadn’t tried a Rigid Tool Company circular saw before, so was very interested to see how it compared with the other saws. Taking it out of the box, I liked the look of it but did notice it was a little heavier than the others I had tested, on checking it weighs in at 13lbs. That said when in use, I found that it operated well, feeling balanced and solid in my hands. I was pleased to see that it had a longer cord than most, with a ten-foot length. I wish other manufacturers would take this on board as I find many tool cords these days are far too short.

Although I mostly use an extension lead, as I like to work outside when I can, I was able on occasion to use this just with its own cord. The Rigid R3205 has a15 Amp motor that produces up to 5800 RPM which makes for a powerful tool although it felt a little hesitant at the start of my first cut. To me, that is pretty impressive for an entry level circular saw.

Unlike many other saws, I found the dust chute to be highly effective in taking the sawdust away when I was working with it. So far so good until I decided to try changing the blade, which I do in all reviews where appropriate. I found it fiddly and awkward as I couldn’t seem to get the spindle lock button to unbolt. This may have been this particular saw so I walked away for a bit and then, when I came back I managed to do it okay. It may have been me, so just be aware of that when you are using it.

The Rigid Tool R3205 made up for my little moan when I tested out the bevel cuts. The manufacturer said that it can create a bevel up to 56 degrees and it certainly came up with the goods when I tested that out. Overall I liked the R3205, although I must say that there are others on my list of reviews that I liked a little more. I do like the safety aspect of an electric brake which this doesn’t have fitted, but otherwise, it is a great saw.

VERDICT
There were many good aspects to the Rigid R3205 with just a couple of small issues that didn’t distract from the fact that this is a good, powerful circular saw that I would recommend.

PROS
Three years warranty, ten-foot cord and it felt like a well-balanced circular saw during use. It has a brilliant sawdust chute.

CONS
Doesn’t come with a rip fence or an electric brake and the blade change was fiddly.

Reasons Why I Can Personally Recommend It.

  • Dust Shut. Discharged sawdust off the sheet
  • Design  Solid construction.
  • Warranty. 3-years warranty.
  • Bevel Cutting. Could cut a 56 degrees bevel

Other Considerations

  • Some Limitations. The blade was tricky to change.

After compiling the top ten best circular saw reviews, I have given scores to the RIDGID TOOL COMPANY R3205 7-1/4″ 15 Amp Circular Saw.

  • 94 Quality
  • 92 Value
  • 91 Brand
  • Overall 92.3

Bosch CS5 120-Volt 7-1/4-Inch Circular Saw

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Bosch CS5 120-Volt 7-1/4-Inch Circular Saw

Of course, Bosch has a good, long-standing reputation in the tool market, so I was expecting to find a circular saw that I was going to enjoy using. Yes, it is a little more expensive than some of the others I tested but I was certain that we would experience some quality work with this circular saw. The first thing I noticed was that the blade sits on the left-hand side which I personally found easier during cuts. The blade was super-fast and smooth and the dust removal was excellent, except that, for some reason, it tended to blow the sawdust towards me. It wasn’t a massive issue because I could see my working area at all times. My first impression is that this could possibly be a saw that could be added to the tool collection of a professional, but certainly one that would serve the DIY market extremely well. It is of a high quality and build and feels like a good tool to work with.

Like most of the circular saws I tested, the Bosch CS5 has a 15 Amp motor with a high 6200 RPM. I found it easy to produce straight lines, which can be an issue for me certainly with some circular saws I have tried in the past. Although it might not be for everyone, I found that having the blade on the left-hand side made my job a lot easier as I could see the blade the whole time, although it doesn’t have a laser guide which might have been a nice standard for the price of this circular saw. It does have a spindle lock which is very useful. This powerful circular saw comes with several features that make it a practical purchase. It has an anti-snag lower guard that allows you to make regular and bevel cuts without advancing the guard. It also comes with a spindle lock, which makes it easy to change the blade and ensures new blades remain safely locked in place.

VERDICT
A circular saw of the quality that I would expect from Bosch. The left-hand blade might take a bit of getting used to although personally I really liked that.
PROS
Anti-snag lower guard and spindle guard and easy to change the blade
CONS
Sawdust tends to blow towards you rather than away from you

Reasons Why I Can Personally Recommend It.

  • Blade Change. Extremely easy with the spindle Lock allow for quick and easy blade change.
  • Lightweight. One of the lightest in its class, you will be able to use this without fatigue on your arms and wrists.
  • Guards. Very effective anti-snag lower guard

Other Considerations

  • Motor. No Load RPM: 6,200.

After compiling the top ten best cordless drill reviews, I have given scores to the Bosch CS5 120-Volt 7-1/4-Inch Circular Saw.

  • 97 Quality
  • 98 Value
  • 94 Brand
  • Overall 96.3

DEWALT DWE575SB 7-1/4-Inch Lightweight Circular Saw with Electric Brake

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DEWALT DWE575SB 7-1/4-Inch Lightweight Circular Saw with Electric Brake with Circular Saw Rip Fence

As you probably know by now, I am a fan of Dewalt and relish the opportunity to try any of their tools. I have come to expect good quality and build from this manufacturer. The very first thing I noticed was how light it is, weighing in at a mere 8.8lbs. It comes with a good strong bag to help you to protect or transport the saw when not in use. Like most circular saws, it has a 15 Amp motor and 5200 RPM and an electric brake which stops the saw as soon as you release the trigger. This is a great safety feature. I found the dust blower to be effective and I could see my work clearly during use. It has a smooth lower guard which retracts and doesn’t jam up with dust. I found the handle to be spacious and easy to hold with its ergonomic design. The cut was balanced and sure and it was a pleasure to use. It has the strong carbide tip teeth which will last longer than steel. During use I found it to be a bit quieter than other circular saws that I have used.

The handling felt solid, sturdy and balanced and I found it to be powerful with nice straight cuts. It is a great mid-range priced circular saw of the quality that I have come to expect from Dewalt. With its 18 tooth blade, the result was a smooth, easy cut and I enjoyed using it, particularly the fact that it is so light, which means no aching shoulders at the end of the day. It has excellent durability and power which represents good value for the money.

VERDICT
A great, compact quality circular saw from Dewalt. It has a 30-day guarantee and a year’s warranty.
PROS
The Dewalt is easy to use, lightweight, powerful and smooth and comes at a reasonable price. Fitted with an electric brake which is a great safety feature
CONS
I couldn’t find anything about it that was a negative

Reasons Why I Can Personally Recommend It

  •  Motor. 1,950 watts and 5,100 RPM.
  • Bevel Cut.Will cut a 57-Degree bevel angled cut.
  • Sawdust Shut. Integrated Dust blower.

Other Considerations. Very lightweight weighing 8.8 pounds, and easy to use. Comes with heavy duty carrying bag.

After compiling the top ten best circular saw reviews, I have given scores to the DEWALT DWE575SB 7-1/4-Inch Lightweight Circular Saw with Electric Brake .

  • 93 quality
  • 90 value
  • 92 brand
  • Overall 91.6

Makita 5007MGA Magnesium 7-1/4-Inch Circular Saw with Electric Brake

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Makita 5007MGA Magnesium 7-1/4-Inch Circular Saw with Electric Brake

Makita have a good name in the tool market and right away I noted that it comes with a magnesium shoe which is lighter than steel but still strong. It is a fairly lightweight saw at 10.5lbs and it comes with a rip fence and twin L.E.D lights which stay on as long as the saw is plugged in. This feature was useful as the afternoon wore on and the light wasn’t so good. I will still able to see my cutting line easily and not be distracted by having to squint or dash into the house to get my portable lights to plug in.

The Makita 5007MGA has a dust blower and an electric brake for safety. Straight out of the box, I could see that this attractive, compact Makita saw was a quality tool and I was looking forward to testing it out. I liked the ergonomic design which made for good comfort levels during prolonged use

Like the other circular saws that I reviewed, the Makita has a 15Amp motor and operates at 5800 RPM with a maximum of 2300 watts which I think is impressive. It can apparently tackle metal and masonry though I must admit that I didn’t put that to the test. It comes with a rip fence and a carbide tip blade which, as I have mentioned before are stronger and longer lasting than steel. It comes with a 30 day guarantee and a one year warranty as standard..

It compared well with the power and it certainly felt smooth during use. Makita do have a good reputation of course. The only small negative was that the cut depth wasn’t quite as good as some lower priced saws. But what I did like was the light that showed me where the blade is as the dust is blown away. All of the adjustments were fairly straightforward. The blade brake was fast acting which is always a good safety feature for a circular saw.it felt very balanced in my hands and was one of the best ergonomically I would say.

VERDICT
This is a more expensive circular saw compared to the others but it has good build quality and is well balanced, fast and smooth.

PROS
Twin L.E.D Lights are very useful for seeing your cutting line and the fitted electric brake is a big safety plus feature. It has positive bevel stops and 56 degree beveling capacity.

CONS
The case is a bit small and I found it a bit of a tight fit for the saw.

Reasons Why I Can Personally Recommend It

  • Makita Motor. A powerful full 15.0 amp motor speed of  5,800 RPM.
  • Blade. Supplied with carbide tipped framing blade that  will cuts upto 50 percent quicker and will lasts twice as long.
  • Light. Comes with built-in L.E.D. lights, now you can see your cutting line with ease, making it very accurate.
  • Case. It comes with hard compact case to protect your saw.

Other Considerations

  • Warranty.  3 year limited warranty.
  • Brake. Fitted with an electric brake for maximum protection

After compiling the top ten best circular saw reviews, I have given scores to the Makita 5007MGA Magnesium 7-1/4-Inch Circular Saw with Electric Brake.

  • 95 quality
  • 94 value
  • 93 brand
  • Overall 94

 

 

 

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