Best Circular Saws 2017 – Buyer’s Guide

Choosing a single product is really a tough job when you have a lot of options to choose from. That’s why we have compiled a list of Top 10 Best Circular Saws 2017. So you can have a look at the best and choose the one which suits your woodworking type and how often you will use it.

There are plenty of out there, few are good when it comes to hand tools and easy to handle. Which one should you choose? We’ll figure it out soon!

Best Circular Saws 2017

best circular saws 2017

Buying a circular saw is really a personal preference. This depends on how many woodworking projects that you are planning to do. Are you a heavy user or just an occasional craftsman who likes to create a piece of furniture as a hobby in your spare time. To be honest, I cannot really recommend a best circular saw to you.

What suits one craftsman might not be the right tool for anther.

Choosing a good circular saw comes down to the type of woodworking that you do. We will take a look at compact and traditional saws that are the current best sellers. Beginner and part time woodworkers usually go for the compact saws as they are easier to handle and advanced users like the more traditional type as it tends to match their usage and personality.

Having said that, the following circular saws are good enough to make our top 10 list of the best circular saws 2017.

1. Rockwell Versacut RK3440K

The Rockwell Versacut RK3440K is a great compact circular for beginner woodworkers who want a power tool that is easy to handle and have features that can help new users. It is lightweight and easy to store and take around with you.

Rockwell’s RK3440K VersaCut is a powerful, multi-functional, ultra-compact circular saw that can cut wood, flooring, plastic, ceramic tile, slate, aluminum and even sheet metal. Its lightweight (four pounds) and streamlined design makes it easy to control with just one hand. Improve efficiency and comfort with the VersaCut, which eliminates the need to drag out a big, heavy circular saw to perform similar tasks.

Features:

  • Laserguide™ line indicates cutting path
  • Dust extraction adapter to keep cut line
  • Cear of dust for greater visibility
  • Rugged, full metal guard for durability
  • Cuts materials up to 1-1/16″ thick
  • Lock off switch to prevent accidental starting

Specifications:

  • Volts: 120V ~60Hz
  • Power Input: 4 Amps
  • No-Load Speed: 3,500 /rpm
  • Max. Cutting Depth: 1-1/16″
  • Machine Weight: 3.4lbs

2. DEWALT Circular Saw DCS391B

The DEWALT DCS391B 20V MAX 6-1/2″ Circular Saw features a powerful 460 MWO, 5250 RPM motor that delivers power and speed to make the most demanding cuts with ease. A high strength and lightweight magnesium shoe provides jobsite durability for long-term cut accuracy, and an optimized rubber overmolded comfort grip delivers optimal balance and control.

The 0Degree-50Degree bevel capacity allows for aggressive bevel cuts for a multitude of applications, along with the 6-1/2″ carbide tipped blade for cutting 2x material at 90Degree and 45Degree and more cuts per charge.

I put this circular saw at number 2 for its weight and cordless feature which makes it a very versatile tool.

Specifications:

  • No load speed: 5250 rpm
  • Arbor size: 5/8″
  • Depth of cut at 45 Degree: 1-5/8″
  • Depth of cut at 90 Degree: 2-1/4″
  • Includes: DCS391 6-1/2″ Circular Saw, 6-1/2″ Carbide-tipped Blade.
  • This is a bare tool item (battery sold separately).
  • Power Source: Battery – Cordless
  • Weight: 2lbs

This saw in my opinion is great value for money and actually weighs less than the top 2 compact saws at 2lbs. For the traditionalist, this is more of a tool of a seasoned woodworker. Still larger than compact saws, this cordless saw is probably a better option for most. More convenient as long as you have your batteries charged.

3. DEWALT Circular Saw DWE575SB

The Dewalt DWE575SB 7-1/4-inch lightweight circular saw with electric brake is designed to be one of the lightest and well balanced saw in its class at only 8.8 pounds, with an electric brake that stops the blade after the trigger is released.

Specifications

  • Amps: 15 amps
  • Max Watts Out: 1950 watts
  • No Load Speed: 5200 rpm
  • Bevel Capacity: 57 degrees
  • Bevel Stops: 22.5 and 45 degrees
  • Electric Brake: Yes
  • Rear Pivot: No
  • Blade Diameter: 7-1/4 inches
  • Depth of Cut at 90 degrees: 2.55 inches
  • Depth of Cut at 45 degrees: 1.9 inches
  • Tool Weight: 8.8 pounds

This would not be my first choice for a circular saw as I personally prefer the cordless version. Although cheaper, this is good tool for any part time carpenter. Powerful saw that cuts through 2.25″ pieces of wood no problem.

4. Rockwell Compact Circular Saw RK3441K

The Rockwell Compact Circular Saw RK3441K comes in at number 4 because it is a little heavier than the VersaCut mentioned above. Using 4.5 inch blades, it is still a good option if you do not want to use a bulkier 7.25 circular saw. Weighing 6 pounds this compact power saw is pretty agile and provides more control for a beginner.

A powerful, multi-functional, ultra-compact circular saw which can cut different materials such as tile, wood, sheet metal, plastics, flooring, and more.

Specifications:

  • Volts: 120V
  • Power Input: 5 Amps
  • No-Load Speed: 3,500 /rpm
  • Max. Cutting Depth: 2″
  • Machine Weight: 6lbs
  • Power Source: Corded – Electric

Not the best compact saw but still a very decent power tool for beginner carpenters who need good straight cuts.

5. Makita Magnesium Circular Saw 5007MG

The seasoned professional will like the Makita 5007MG Circular Saw for its power, stability, speed and precision. Weighing at 10.6lbs and a little heavier than the above, this power tool is still very agile and great on the jobsite. With a 15 amp motor delivering 5800 rpm, the performance gets a good rating from many happy customers.

This Makita Magnesium is a good choice for a second buy when beginners start developing their skills and want something a little more “powerful” than the compacts.

Specifications:

  • Volts: 120V
  • Power: 15 Amps
  • Speed: 5800/rpm
  • Machine Weight: 10.6lbs
  • Power Source: Corded – Electric
  • Blade Diameter: 7-1/4 inches
  • Max Cutting Depth: 2-1/2inches

The magnesium components makes this tool lighter than most in this class and a good choice for many intermediate wood workers.

6. Makita Plunge Circular Saw with Guide Rail SP6000J1

If you want a power tool that can give you super accurate cuts then the Makita SP6000J1 with guide rail is a must. A lot more pricier than most of the circular saws mentioned here but very good performance from this power tool every time. The Makita SP6000J1 with guide rail is a must for cutting large boards, ply wood and other building material that covers a large surface area.

Specifications:

  • Volts: 120V
  • Power: 12 Amps
  • Speed: Variable speed dial 2000-5200/rpm
  • Machine Weight: 8.8lbs
  • Power Source: Corded – Electric
  • Blade Diameter: 6-1/2 inches
  • Max Cutting Depth: 2-3/16 inches
  • Guide Rail: 55 inches

Makita’s are known for precise cutting, speed and performance which makes this tool a good choice for many. Being more expensive than other circular saws, I would not recommend for beginners who will be creating small wood projects.

7. SKIL Circular Saw 5280-01

The SKIL 5280-01 is an upgrade from the 5280 model in that it is more powerful and 15% lighter. This tool comes with a laser beam for assisted straight line cutting and boasts decent power and performance. Not my favorite brand but very decent none the less and especially at the price.

Specifications:

  • Volts: 120V
  • Power: 15 Amps
  • Horsepower: 2.5hp
  • Machine Weight: 8.7lbs
  • Power Source: Corded – Electric
  • Blade Diameter: 7-1/4 inches

The 15-Amp motor has the power and performance you need to quickly cut lumber and sheet goods for a room addition, deck and more. The single-beam laser guides cuts with increased accuracy, while the integrated dust blower keeps the line of cut sawdust free. The 51 degree bevel, with positive stop at 45 degrees, gives a variety of cut options, while blades changes are easier with spindle lock and on-tool wrench.

8. SKILSAW Lightweight Worm Drive Circular Saw SPT77WML-01

The SKILSAW SPT77WML-01 is a framers number one pick and as I am covering the top 10 circular saws in general, this comes in at number 8. Excellent for getting through lumber and difficult cuts with its power and torque worm gear drive. With dual power, this circular saw will stay cool during a full days work without the user worrying about over heating and burned out motors.

With magnesium components, the SKILSAW SPT77WML-01 is one of the lightest power tools in its class and favorite among many wood framing professionals.

Specifications:

  • Volts: 120V
  • Power: 15 Amps
  • Speed: 5300/rpm
  • Machine Weight: 16lbs
  • Power Source: AC
  • Blade Diameter: 7-1/4 inches
  • Max Cutting Depth: 2-3/8 inches

This circular saw is not for everyone and better suited to professional contractors that work longer hours on larger projects. But if you the type that appreciates tools for their power and efficiency then you will love the SKILSAW SPT77WML-01.

9. Bosch CS5 Circular Saw

The Bosch CS5 is a top choice for the deck builders as it can cut through through hard woods like ipe and garrapa. Powerful enough to handle most cuts and durable for everyday use.

The Bosch CS5 120-volt 7-1/4-inch circular saw is a tool for value-conscious professionals focusing on core user needs. The lightweight CS5 delivers 15 amps of power and a left-blade design for the clearest line of sight while cutting. The anti-snag lower guard lets you make cuts without having to advance the guard, even while making bevel cuts.

Specifications:

  • Volts: 120V
  • Power: 15 Amps
  • Machine Weight: 13.3lbs
  • Power Source: Corded-Electric
  • Blade Diameter: 7-1/4 inches

One major down point of the saw is a lack of a dust chute or attachment for a dust bag. With the left sided blade and cutting right handed you will have dust all over your legs and shoes. Cutting at angles sends dust right into your face. Bosch should really get this sort as it loses valuable points as the preferred saw of choice. Other than that, the Bosch CS5 has plenty power and easy to use.


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