LAST UPDATED: November 30, 2020

Best Circular Saws: Get the Job Done Right

Best Choice Craftsman CMES510 Craftsman CMES510
Best Value Porter-Cable PCE300 Porter-Cable PCE300
Premium Pick DeWalt DWE575SB DeWalt DWE575SB

The time has come. The weather is nice, and you have the entire weekend to focus on your project. You take measurements, purchase your materials, and gather your tools, and of course, the most important tool is your circular saw. Whether you are a DIYer or a professional contractor, purchasing the right circular saw is critical to getting the job done right and done fast. The only thing you have against hand-powered saws is, well, almost everything. Sure, they have their niche, but they are a terrible choice for ripping boards and make plunge cuts an impossible pipe dream. When it’s time to get a job done and get it done right, you know that there is only one tool for the job. With your perfect circular saw only a click away, it’s time to stop shopping and start working. You got this.

The Best Circular Saws

Looking for an amazing combination of circular saw performance and cost? Then the Craftsman CMES510 is the way to go. This plug-in circular saw is a full-size option that can handle any 7.25-inch blade and features a 2.5-inch cutting depth. This beautiful beast produces a solid 5500-RPM blade speed thanks to the electric 15-amp motor positioned in the sidewinder configuration. The bevel capacity maxes out at 55 degrees, the saw features bevel detents at 22.5 and 45 degrees, two common cutting angles. The magnesium shoe helps users make cuts with smooth, gliding movements, and the integrated rafter hook allows users to easily hang this saw virtually anywhere. The Craftsman CMES510 also comes with an 18-tooth carbide-tipped blade and a three-year limited warranty.

The two biggest challenges this saw faces are its considerable heft (11.05 pounds) and its lack of a built-in dust blower.

Key Features
  • Plug-in circular saw
  • 7.25-inch blade
  • 2.5-inch cutting depth @ 90 degrees
  • 15-amp motor, 5500 RPM
  • 55-degree bevel capacity with detents at 22.5 and 45 degrees
  • Magnesium shoe
Specification
  • Brand Craftsman
  • Model CMES510
  • Weight 11.05 pounds
PROS

Wide bevel capacity with detents at common angles

Rafter hook

18T carbide-tipped blade included

Three-year limited warranty

CONS

No built-in dust blower

Heavy

Every so often, an absolute steal of a deal appears, and the Porter-Cable PCE300 is just such a deal. This full-size circular saw employs a plug-in motor and a sidewinder design to provide users with impressive cutting performance. The Porter-Cable sidewinder produces a saw blade speed of 5500 RPM thanks to its 15-amp electric motor. This saw will accept any 7.25-inch circular blade and features a cutting depth of 2.5 inches at a 90-degree cutting angle. Need to cut other angles? This saw has a bevel capacity of up to 45 degrees, allowing users to create a wide variety of cuts. The Porter-Cable PCE300 ships with a three-year warranty and a blade, and with a price tag well under $100, it is also quite affordable.

As might be expected, this unit lacks a dust blower, and while some of its components feel cheap, it is still well-loved.

Key Features
  • Plug-in circular saw
  • 7.25-inch blade
  • 2.5-inch cutting depth @ 90 degrees
  • 15-amp motor, 5500 RPM
  • 45-degree bevel capacity
Specification
  • Brand Porter-Cable
  • Model PCE300
  • Weight 9.50 pounds
PROS

Inexpensive

18T carbide-tipped blade included

Three-year limited warranty

CONS

No built-in dust blower

Some cheap components

Not surprisingly, the DeWalt DWE575SB is a circular saw that delivers in virtually every area one might expect from a circular saw. This sidewinder circ saw was designed for use with 7.25-inch circular saw blades, and it features an impressive cutting depth at 90 degrees of 2 9/16 inches. Its 15-amp motor produces a respectable 5200 RPM, and its ToughCord cord protection system minimizes the chances of accidentally yanking the cord from the motor. This saw boasts a wide bevel capacity of 57 degrees with detents at 22.5 and 45 degrees. It uses a ball bearing design to increase longevity, an electric blade brake for quick transitions, and an integrated dust blower for convenience. The DeWalt DWE575SB is also very lightweight at only 8.8 pounds!

The only reason this circular saw does not win the top all-around pick is its price; this puppy is expensive.

Specification
  • Brand DeWalt
  • Model DWE575SB
  • Weight 8.80 pounds
PROS

Lightweight

Wide bevel capacity with detents at common angles

Ball-bearing design

Electric blade brake

Built-in dust blower

ToughCord system prevents cord pull-outs

Carbide-tipped blade included

CONS

Expensive

Makita is a known name in the power tool industry, and the Makita 5007F fails to disappoint users who are accustomed to Makita quality and performance. This circular saw features a sidewinder design that houses a 15-amp motor capable of generating blade speeds up to a mind-blowing 5800 RPM. It accommodates 7.25-inch blades able to reach a cutting depth of 2 3/8 inches, beating out most competitors, and can rotate 45 degrees for bevel cuts. The AC-DC power switch allows users to operate off of multiple power sources via the power plug, and the ball bearing design increases the saw’s life. Built into the saw are two LED lights and a dust blower for visibility. The Makita 5007F also ships with a 24-tooth carbide-tipped blade.

Unfortunately, this saw lives up to Makita’s reputation of quality, performance, and lofty prices. It also weighs 11.1 pounds, reducing its handiness.

Key Features
  • Plug-in circular saw
  • 7.25-inch blade
  • 2 3/8-inch cutting depth @ 90 degrees
  • 15-amp motor, 5800 RPM
  • 45-degree bevel capacity
  • Aluminum shoe
Specification
  • Brand Makita
  • Model 5007F
  • Weight 11.10 pounds
PROS

AC/DC power switch

Ball-bearing design

Two built-in LED lights

Built-in dust blower

24T carbide-tipped blade included

CONS

Expensive

Heavy

Looking for an opportunity to improve those circular saw cutting skills? Then pick up the Skil 5280-01 along with some lumber and get to work! This full-size plug-in circular saw accommodates 7.25-inch blades for any application and has a maximum cutting depth of 2 3/8 inches at a 90-degree angle. The 15-amp motor sits to the side of the blade in a sidewinder configuration and generates a solid 5300-RPM blade speed. At only 6.95 pounds, it is incredibly lightweight, and with a 51-degree bevel capacity (and a detent at 45 degrees), this handy little saw can tackle virtually any cut at any angle necessary. The built-in laser guide and dust blower make straight cuts simple, and Skil 5280-01 also includes a 24-tooth blade.

This saw does have a couple of shortcomings in the form of a short electrical cord and some components with somewhat lower quality.

Key Features
  • Plug-in circular saw
  • 7.25-inch blade
  • 2 3/8-inch cutting depth @ 90 degrees
  • 15-amp motor, 5300 RPM
  • 51-degree bevel capacity with detent at 45 degrees
Specification
  • Brand Skil
  • Model 5280-01
  • Weight 6.95 pounds
PROS

Inexpensive

Very lightweight

Built-in laser guide

Built-in dust blower

24T carbide-tipped blade included

CONS

Short cord

Some cheap components

The Bosch CS10 is a boss among circular saws and easily earns a spot on this list of winners. This sidewinder circular saw was designed and built with the power user in mind. This boss runs with 7.25-inch blades to tackle a variety of jobs, and it features a cutting depth of 2 7/16 inches at a 90-degree angle. The sidesaddle motor runs on 15 amps of power and generates a blade speed of 5600 RPM. This saw has a bevel capacity of 56 degrees, and it includes two angle detents at 22.5 and 45 degrees. The Bosch CS10 also features a magnesium shoe for smooth operation, a rafter hook for temporary storage, a built-in dust blower, and a 24-tooth carbide-tipped blade.

As one might expect, the boss can be expensive, and the Bosch CS10 is no exception. Still, quality and performance are worth the extra cost.

Key Features
  • Plug-in circular saw
  • 7.25-inch blade
  • 2 7/16-inch cutting depth @ 90 degrees
  • 15-amp motor, 5600 RPM
  • 56-degree bevel capacity with detents at 22.5 and 45 degrees
  • Magnesium shoe
Specification
  • Brand Bosch
  • Model CS10
  • Weight 10.20 pounds
PROS

Built-in dust blower

Rafter hook

24T carbide-tipped blade included

CONS

Expensive

The Rockwell RK3441K stands out among small circular saws. This plug-in circ saw uses a worm drive design, positioning the electric motor in the handle. This design allows for easy one-handed use, and the placement of the blade on the unit’s left side makes for excellent visibility during cuts. The five-amp motor spins circular blades at 3500 RPM, and with a 4.5-inch blade capacity, it is ideal for intricate cuts. The 45-degree bevel makes angled cuts easy, and at 90 degrees, this saw boasts a 1 11/16-inch cutting depth. This lightweight circular saw includes a safety switch, a vacuum port, and a physical cutting guide. The Rockwell RK3441K also includes a 24-tooth carbide-tipped blade and a three-year manufacturer’s warranty.

This saw only allows for single-handed use and is rather expensive. Still, be sure to purchase a new one, as older runs used bad bolts to secure the blade.

Key Features
  • Plug-in circular saw
  • 4.5-inch blade
  • 1 11/16-inch cutting depth @ 90 degrees
  • 5-amp motor, 3500 RPM
  • 45-degree bevel capacity
  • Left-side blade placement
Specification
  • Brand Rockwell
  • Model RK3441K
  • Weight 5.00 pounds
PROS

Lightweight

Safety switch

Vacuum port for shop vac integration

Physical guide included

24T carbide-tipped blade included

Three-year manufacturer’s warranty

CONS

Expensive

One-handed operation only

Limited power and cutting depth

An old run had bad blade bolts

Sometimes, a rechargeable, battery-powered circular saw, such as the Black & Decker BDCCS20B, is just what the doctor ordered. This handy saw ships with a 5.5-inch, 12-tooth blade and employs a rechargeable 20-volt battery. For added convenience, this saw is compatible with any battery in the Black & Decker 20v Max battery system. The sidewinder design places the electric motor in line with the blade for maximum power, but unlike most such designs, the blade is located on the left side of the unit for optimum visibility. To achieve maximum flexibility for detailed cuts, this saw features a 45-degree bevel capacity with detents at both ends of the spectrum for quick, accurate adjustments. The compact, lightweight Black & Decker BDCCS20B comes with a two-year limited warranty and a 12-tooth blade.

Last but not least, this saw’s major drawback is the lack of a battery and charger.

Key Features
  • 20-volt battery-powered circular saw
  • 5.5-inch blade
  • Works with the Black & Decker 20v Max battery system
  • 45-degree bevel capacity with detents at 45 and 90 degrees
  • Left-side blade placement
Specification
  • Brand Black & Decker
  • Model BDCCS20B
  • Weight 6.00 pounds
PROS

Lightweight

Uses interchangeable, rechargeable batteries

Compact design

12T blade included

Two-year limited warranty

CONS

Battery sold separately

You’ll enjoy using this lightweight circular saw with its die-cast aluminum blade guard. You can make cuts that range from zero to 45 degrees for broad flexibility in your bevel cuts. Adjustments are quick and easy with the user-friendly footplate. It stands out for its contractor-grade durability and build. The motor is all ball-bearing for the longest useful life possible. Other nice features include a dust chute, easy access carbon brushes, and a protected trigger. The extra-wide and long base plate measuring 11-3/8 inches long by 9 inches wide gives you extra stability for smoother cutting.

Unfortunately, the blade in this saw can spin off-center, which is made more complicated by an off-center laser line. You can adjust both of these and correct them.

Key Features
  • Lightweight die-cast aluminum blade guard
  • It makes 0 to 45-degree bevel cuts
  • All ball-bearing motor for long life
  • Large 11 3/8 inch long by 9-inch wide base plate
Specification
  • Brand Chicago Electric
  • Model 63290
  • Weight 7.86 pounds
PROS

Dust chute

Easy access carbon brushes

Protected trigger

CONS

Can spin off-center

Center laser off-center

Steel spindle

The M18 brushless motor delivers plenty of power at 5,000 RPMs. This means you’ll have 40 percent more power and up to 30 percent more run-time than other brushed saws. If you have a lot of cutting to do, this saw is durable and powerful enough to last. The 7 1/4-inch blade is a nice standard size that’s large enough for the majority of cutting. It stands out with additional features like Redlink Intelligence advanced overload protection that defends against tool and battery damage during heavy use.

The biggest drawback of this circular saw is that the battery and charger are sold separately. You’ll need to buy these to be able to use the saw. It’s also heavy at over eight pounds, which can make it tiring to use.

Key Features
  • M18 brushless motor
  • LED light
  • 5000 RPM
  • 7 1/4-inch blade
Specification
  • Brand Milwaukee
  • Model 2631-20
  • Weight 8.81 pounds
PROS

Redlink Intelligence advanced overload protection

40 percent more power than cordless circular saws

30 percent more run-time

CONS

Battery and charger sold separately

Heavy

Lacks safety features

This powerful circular saw can cut two times the lumber at a 45-degree angle with a single pass. It uses brushless technology to achieve up to 45 percent more run-time. The motor runs at 5,000 RPMs for plenty of power to spin the 7 1/4-inch blade. Intelligent electronic communication uses advanced hardware and software to ensure you have smooth power delivery under a heavy load. A magnesium blade guard helps to keep the overall weight down. An LED light helps to accurately guide the blade for precise cuts.

One potential drawback of this circular saw is that it doesn’t come with a battery. You’ll need to buy one to be able to use this saw. It also isn’t as well-balanced as other saws on this list, which leaves it feeling heavy even though it’s one of the lighter saws.

Key Features
  • Brushless motor
  • Intelligent electronic communication
  • LED light
  • 7 1/4-inch blade
Specification
  • Brand Hercules
  • Model 57612
  • Weight 7.4 pounds
PROS

5000 RPMs

Soft start and electric brake

Lightweight magnesium blade guard

CONS

Battery not included

Feels heavy

Have contractor-grade power with this strong circular saw. It has a dual-field motor that helps it to operate at reduced temperatures for longer periods. The saw comes outfitted with a carbide Diablo blade for superior cutting performance. It can achieve 53-degree precision beveling with stops at 45 and 22.5 degrees. Its depth of cut at 90 degrees is 2 3/8 inches. You’ll appreciate the left side blade location and shifted back handle position that gives you a clear view of the blade while cutting.

Unfortunately, this saw feels heavy and is not cordless. The cord is also short at eight feet in length. This makes the saw one of the least portable on the list.

Key Features
  • Magnesium housing, guards, and footplate
  • Dual-field motor
  • 53-degree precision beveling with stops at 45 and 22.5 degrees
  • 7 1/4-inch blade
Specification
  • Brand Skilsaw
  • Model 63544
  • Weight 11.5 pounds
PROS

Carbide diablo blade

Left-side blade location

The depth of cut at 90 degrees is 2 3/8 inches

CONS

Heavy

Not cordless

Short eight-foot cord length

This powerful saw won’t let you down with its high power cutting ability. It archives 4,000 RPMs and comes with a 6 1/2-inch blade. You can easily cut through lumber that’s up to 2 1/8 inches thick in a single pass. You’ll appreciate how easy this saw is to use with simple bevel adjustments and preset stops at the most common angles. It also uses a universal battery platform, making it easy to switch between batteries during use. A standout feature is the textured over-mold handle that fits the shape of your hand for greater comfort.

Unfortunately, this powerful saw will drain your batteries. This can make it frustrating to use during big projects that require a lot of cutting. It also has the handle positioned on top instead of behind, which can be awkward for some people to use.

Key Features
  • 4000 RPMs
  • Cut lumber up to 2 1/8 inches thick
  • High power cutting
  • 6 1/2-inch blade
Specification
  • Brand Bauer
  • Model 1772C-B
  • Weight 5.45 pounds
PROS

Easy bevel adjustments

Universal battery platform

Textured over-mold handle

CONS

Drains batteries

Handle on top instead of behind

Flimsy adjustment screws

This unique saw will make quick work of cutting jambs. It features a large backplate for stability while cutting. Included carbide-tipped and over-mold masonry 6-inch blades are included with the saw, giving you more versatility with what you cut. The powerful motor spins at 7,500 RPMs for plenty of power. An extended tail gives you a large handle to grip for better control. It also has an adjustable cutting depth guide for greater cutting accuracy.

Unfortunately, this saw isn’t your standard circular saw, so it isn’t ideal for typical cutting projects. You also can’t use it with installed jambs. The small blade is not a universal size, making it harder to replace. It’s also not cordless, making it less portable.

Key Features
  • Large backplate
  • Carbide tip and masonry blades included
  • Six-inch blade
  • 7,500 RPMs
Specification
  • Brand Roberts
  • Model N/A
  • Weight 12.5 pounds
PROS

Included plastic case

Extended tail

Adjustable cutting depth guide

CONS

Meant for installed jambs

Small blade

Not cordless

This lightweight saw features an all ball-bearing motor that runs at 5,500 RPMs. It holds a 7 1/4-inch blade and can be calibrated for a bevel adjustment from zero to 45 degrees. The shoe has an easy pivot design to make the saw more user-friendly. The blade guard is constructed of die-cast aluminum. The safety features make this saw stand out with a protected trigger and safety lock. It also comes with an easy-to-adjust and see guard for accurate cutting.

The downside of this circular saw is that the motor runs hot. This puts extra stress on it and can shorten its useful life. It’s also meant for light-duty work and may not perform well under heavy or rigorous use.

Key Features
  • All ball-bearing motor
  • Die-cast aluminum blade guard
  • 5500 RPMs
  • 7 1/4-inch blade
Specification
  • Brand Drill Master
  • Model N/A
  • Weight 6.65 pounds
PROS

Calibrated bevel adjustments from 0 to 45 degrees

Easy-pivot shoe

Protected trigger with safety lock

CONS

Meant for light-duty work

Not durable hardware

Runs hot

Best Circular Saws Buying Guide & FAQ

In the world of portable power saws, circular saws (also known as circ saws) rule their kingdoms with absolute authority. These beasts deliver smooth cuts with speed and precision, making cuts that one could only accomplish with a fixed-position saw. Need to rip a board? Want to make a beveled edge? How about making a plunge cut? A circular can complete all of these jobs but has the flexibility to do so in virtually any location and environment.

Construction sites and workshops are a circular saw’s natural habitat, but not all saws belong in the same environment. Some are designed for large, heavy-duty projects while others are smaller, perfect for fine-tuned jobs. With so many features to consider, we took some time to help you get to the meat of things in a hurry.

Why Do You Need a Circular Saw?

A circular saw is a powerful tool, capable of many things no other saw can accomplish. Thanks to a simple design and electric motor, these saws can cleanly rip boards, make difficult plunge cuts, and execute precise beveled cuts all without breaking a sweat. This level of versatility and speed give the circular saw impressive cutting prowess, something a reciprocating saw could never even dream of achieving.

Not only can a circ saw create both straight and angled cuts without blinking, it does so in impressive fashion. Even in a perfect world, power saws like the reciprocating saw cannot make aesthetically satisfying cuts, but even in the real world, a circular saw will create smooth, precise cuts with incredible efficiency, thanks to rigid materials and superior engineering.

Some might argue that a circular saw is unnecessary when one has a fixed-blade saw, such as a table saw. Maybe in a pristine carpenter’s shop, that might be true, but in the world of construction and DIY jobs, working men and women will find themselves making countless cuts in difficult locations and at awkward angles with a circular saw simply because no other saw can do the job. If it is necessary to select only one power saw, make it a circular saw.

  • Make both straight and angled cuts.
  • Create smooth, precise cuts with maximum efficiency.
  • Make cuts in places a fixed-blade saw could never dream of reaching.
Cutting Wood With Circular Saw
Man Cutting Wood with his Circular Saw

Types of Circular Saws

Circular saw types are defined based on their drivetrain setup and orientation. Like a car or truck, circ saws rely on their own versions of a motor, transmission, and driveshaft to maximize blade performance. Each type, sidewinder, and worm drive delivers both power and torque to the blade in a different way, each with its pros and cons.

Sidewinder

Sidewinder circular saws are by far the most common variant in most of the United States. This design features a side-mounted motor that is directly in line with the driveshaft. The blade is usually mounted on the right side of the unit, turning the motor into a barrier between the blade and the user. These saws are large and bulky compared to worm drive saws, but they are usually well-suited for use on larger jobs.

On the plus side, sidewinder circ saws deliver high RPM ratings, usually between 5000 and 6000 RPM. The blade’s position on the right side of the saw provides an extra layer of protection for right-handed users

On the negative side, the sidewinder design decreases cutting line visibility due to the motor’s placement. Also, despite higher RPMs (think horsepower), these units deliver less torque per RPM.

Worm Drive

Worm drive circular saws are commonly available with small blades, often in the 4.5-inch range, and they use a rear-mounted motor, usually located in the handle. To drive the blade, this design uses a series of gears to transmit power to the blade. Due to their often smaller blade size, worm drive circ saws are best for smaller projects.

One advantage of using worm drive saws is their increased torque levels, resulting in more efficient power use than their sidewinder counterparts. While the drive system puts out lower RPM levels than a sidewinder, the resulting torque per RPM is a definite advantage.

On the flip side, worm-drive circ saws usually top out around 4500 RPM with many settling in near 3500 RPM. This makes their torque efficiency particularly valuable when competing against a sidewinder saw. Worm drives also tend to be heavier than the equivalent sidewinder.

Working With Circular Saw
Cutting with Circular Saw

The Most Important Features of Circular Saws

Circular saws are minor engineering miracles that, while relatively simple, rely on a large number of features to make them powerful, efficient, and safe. In addition to power and motor considerations, buyers should spend time understanding features such as cutting depth, safety switches, braking systems, and more. After all, what good is a circular saw that only produces 1000 RPM without a load?

Blade Considerations

The most common circular saw blades measure 7.25 inches in diameter. These blades can complete large jobs rather quickly. The other common blade size is 4.5 inches and is best for smaller jobs.

Cutting depth, another key consideration, measures the distance a blade can travel below the shoe (the contact surface between the saw and the material being cut) rather than the thickness of material a blade can cut. Users should allow roughly a 1/4-inch difference between the shoe and the material being cut so the blade can cut properly. For example, a saw with a 7.25-inch blade will have around a 2.5-inch cutting depth, allowing users to effectively cut materials around 2.25 inches thick.

Buyers should also consider the saw’s bevel angle which gives users the ability to consistently cut at various angles. Larger saws often feature detents to easily identify commonly-used angles.

Power Considerations

Circular saws usually run on electrical power, yet this gives rise to a handful of factors buyers must consider before whipping out their wallets. The most obvious consideration is a circ saw’s power source. Electric saws are usually powered via an electrical cord, so cord length is an important factor in this category. On the flip side, some saws run on rechargeable batteries instead. Finding one that uses a versatile power pack can be a major advantage.

Most large, plug-in circ saws, particularly sidewinder designs, will feature a 7.25-inch blade which usually requires 15 amps of power to run properly, while smaller 4.5-inch units will use between 4 and 6 amps. Battery-powered saws will tend to focus on battery voltage, usually around 20 volts, rather than amps. The combination of blade size with amp/volt ratings will directly affect the unit’s power (RPM) and torque outputs.

Safety Features

You should always look for safety features when buying equipment, especially if it has a sharp blade. Look for a fixed blade guard that covers the top of the blade. An adjustable or removable blade guard on the bottom helps you cover the blade when not in use. It should also have an emergency stop and trigger safety. This will prevent unwanted triggering and enable you to stop the saw immediately. The braking system will also stop the saw blade from spinning when you are no longer using the saw. 

Pay attention to the size of the handle and the location of the safety trigger. You should be able to easily reach the safety trigger without moving your hand on the handle. Saws with handles that are too fat won’t allow for this and can be dangerous to operate. 

Weight 

A heavy saw will always feel heavy when you pick it up. However, a well-balanced saw will distribute the weight and make it easier to maneuver. This offsets the strain on your hand and arm. Corded saws tend to be lighter because they don’t require batteries. Cordless versions tend to be heavier because they require batteries for power. The bigger the batteries, the heavier the saw. Batteries can also have a negative impact on the balancing of the saw, making them harder to use. 

Accuracy 

Higher-quality circular saws achieve better accuracy. This is done through a combination of features. Look for good blade visibility, a flat shoe that’s parallel to the blade, accurate cutline markers, and smooth guard retraction. You will also see some saws with a laser guideline. This helps guide you while cutting for the greatest accuracy. The markers should be thin to give you the greatest accuracy and least amount of wiggle. 

Homeowner or Contractor-Grade Saw?

When buying a circular saw, you’ll see homeowner- and contractor-grade machines. They perform the same functions but have several differences that are worth considering. If you only plan on using your circular saw for the occasional home project, then you will do fine with a homeowner-grade saw. If you plan on using your saw on a consistent basis or give it heavy use, then you’ll want to consider upgrading to a professional-grade saw. 

Consider your budget when comparing the two types of saws. Contractor-grade circular saws come with more features and functions, but they also come with higher price tags. You’ll want to buy the best saw that your budget can afford. Buying a saw over your budget or needs results in you spending more than necessary for a tool that you’ll never fully use. 

How We Selected Circular Saws

When choosing the best circular saws, we considered the quality of their build, features, durability, and ease of use. The ideal circular saw should reliably perform while having features that make cutting easier. It should have an adjustable blade that lets you make a variety of cuts for faster working. 

Standout saws on our list have additional features that help the saws better than basic durability and functionality. Lightweight saws are easier to hold and create less fatigue in your arm. Some have laser lights that help you to guide the saw blade in a perfectly straight line. Others have ergonomically shaped handles for reduced hand fatigue.

Best Circular Saws FAQ:

Knowing your circular saws can be a bit of a challenge, and even after a bit of research, some questions may still arise. Whether it be determining amperage, cutting depth, or corded vs. cordless, taking the time to ask a few questions can go a long way in saving a buyer’s wallet and sanity.

Q. How many amps do I need for a circular saw?

Amp requirements vary by blade size. Most full-size saws require 15 amps, while smaller saws usually require between 4 and 6 amps of power.

Q. How deep can you cut with a circular saw?

 Full-size saws have a cutting depth of around 2.5 inches for 2.25-inch cuts. Smaller saws usually have a cutting depth between 1.5 and 2 inches.

Q. Should I buy a corded or cordless circular saw?

 Most users will be better suited to sticking with a corded circular saw. Cordless saws are niche products best used for awkward cuts in hard-to-reach locations.

Our Top Pick

The Craftsman CMES510 is an excellent choice for individuals who want a great all-around circular saw. It generates a solid 5500 RPM blade speed and boasts an impressive 55-degree bevel capacity and detents at two common angle settings. The magnesium shoe decreases both weight and friction, and the three-year warranty helps sweeten the deal. For most users, the Craftsman is an excellent balance of price, build, and performance.

Final Thoughts

When it comes to circular saws, the Craftsman CMES510 is the all-around champ, but when pennies matter, the Porter-Cable PCE300 is another great option. Both come with a three-year warranty, so when push comes to shove, no one can go wrong with either option.

Sources:

  1. Circular Saw – Wikipedia