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Cordless Circular Saw

Quick And Easy Cuts Without The Cord


Why A Cordless Circular Saw?

Milwaukee Cordless Circular SawThe days of a cordless circular saw completely dominating

the jobsite are almost here. 

Having to lug the big corded sidewinder or wormdrive saws around the jobsite are almost a thing of the past.

Today these types of power tools are almost at the level of making their corded counterparts obsolete.

Who Makes The Best Cordless Circular Saw?

Dewalt Cordless Jigsaw KitThis question can only be answered by you...but we will do our best to help you through it.

You are going to have to weigh all the pro's and con's of each brand and type.

There are so many variations to consider such as size, weight, power, comfort and most importantly what you will be using this saw for specifically.
  • Are you the a weekend warrior type?
  • Will you only be using this power tool occassionlly?
  • Are you a professional Contractor?
  • Will you be putting some heavy demands on this saw?

You shouldn't have any trouble finding this type of cordless saw no matter which brand you choose.

A few are listed below:

  • Dewalt
  • Craftsman
  • Bosch
  • Milwaukee
  • Makita
  • Hitachi
  • Ridgid
  • Ryobi

So where do you start?

Well...let's continue...

What Should You Look for when Buying?

Battery Charging Time

Cordless Circular Saw Battery ChargerAlways keep in mind the time it takes for you to charge the battery system that comes with your circular saw.

This particular type of cordless tool tends to eat through a charged battery pretty quick.

They do get the job done...no question...but remember this saw is still designed for portability not all day power.

If you keep a good supply of charged batteries around for these bad boys then you will find yourself pleased with their all around performance.

What you are cutting and the way you are cutting (i.e. rip or crosscut) will make a difference on how often you need to re-charge your battery.

Saw/Blade Size

Cordless Circular Saw Blade Assortment

There are only a few blade size variations when it comes to these cordless tools.

Some of the smaller cordless trim saws may have a blade size of 3 3/8 inch and a battery size of 14.4 volts.

This type of cordless saw is used for a very narrow type of cutting. Small and precise.

On the other side of the coin you can purchase a 7 1/4 inch cordless saw with 19.2 volts of power for that regular heavy duty work you may perform on a construction jobsite.

You may want to evaluate this factor closely based on the work you intend to perform.

Weight and Balance 

Cordless Circular Saw Balance

Cordless saws all have varying weight and balance.

A 9.6v trim saw obviously will weigh less than a 24v cordless circular saw.

You are going to have to compare apples to apples to find the best weight/balance for the saw that you want to purchase.

When making awkward cuts you are going to notice how well your saw is balanced and whether the saw weight makes cutting more cumbersome or not.

For the most part this factor won't hinder the usability of any of these saws very much...but make sure you consider this based on how you intend to use this power tool.

Visibilty  

Cordless Circular Saw Visibility

How well you can see when making a cut to me is another important factor to weigh when buying a cordless circular saw.

Whether you are left or right-handed makes a difference as well.

Some saws may fit you better than others when considering your dominate hand.

Does the blade guard hinder your visibility?

Does it swing out of the way so you can continually see your cuts?

These types of cordless saws can have varying guard sizes...make sure you consider this as well.

Make sure to pay attention to your saws overall visiblity...in the long run it will make a difference in your cuts as well as your safety.

Adjustment

Cordless Circular Saw Adjustment

You will always be making adjustments to your circular saw...no matter what...it will be necessary.

Always try out your depth and bevel adjustments for each saw.

It can be frustrating when you have to spend more time getting your adjustments right than you do making cuts.

Does the saw have clearly marked increments and preset detents for most standard depths and bevels?

Are the tightening knobs easily accessed and operated?

Do any adjustments require a tool? And if so is one supplied and stored on the saw?

One last thing...Blade changing.

Look to see if there is a built in blade lock and is a blade wrench/tool supplied and stored on the saw as well.

All these little things can make the biggest difference when using a saw of this type.

Battery Size

Cordless Circular Saw Battery SizeThe battery size of your saw is going to play a big part in your power tool buying decision.

The battery sizes can vary from 14.4v all the way up to a 19.2v capacity.

Each will deliver the power and charge duration based on the voltage and type of battery offered.

Whether it's a NiCad or Lithion-ion will determine the duartion of charge and the speed at which you can recover a charge.

The type of projects or work you typically perform with this saw is going to determine the size you are looking for...choose accordingly. 

Our Conclusion? 

Once again...this saw really helps complete my inventory of cordless tools.

Throw it in with my cordless drill, a cordless jigsaw and the cordless reciprocating saw and there isn't anything I can't build.

It's lightweight and portable making it easy to use and store.

We highly recommend having one added to your inventory...so go get permission from your other half and buy one today!

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