If you have been thinking about purchasing new best circular saws, then you need to what to look for so you do not throw “good money at bad”. Knowing what features are worth purchasing, and what features are not, will help you find the perfect circular saw for your tool-belt arsenal.
Tool manufacturers are constantly trying to improve, so what might have been the highest ranked circular saw of 2017 may not be the highest ranked circular saw of 2018. This page will help you identify the 10 consumer ranked best circular saws for 2018. Of course, since 2018 is not over, this list can change as new products are unveiled or products are over-taken by other competitors.
- 1 Best Circular Saws of 2018 Reviews
- 1.1 Makita 5007MGA – Circular Saw with Electric Brake
- 1.2 DeWalt DWE575SB – Lightweight Circular Saw with Electric Brake
- 1.3 SKIL SHD77M – 7-1/4-Inch Lightweight Worm Drive Circular Saw
- 1.4 Dewalt DW364 – 7 1/4-Inch Heavy-Duty Circular Saw
- 1.5 Bosch CS5 – Powerful Circular Saw
- 1.6 DEWALT DW364K – Heavy Duty Circular Saw
- 1.7 Milwaukee 0730-22 – 6-1/2-Inch Cordless Circular Saw
- 1.8 DEWALT Bare-Tool DC390B – 18-Volt Cordless Circular Saw
- 2 5 Factors That Make Up The Best Circular Saws
Best Circular Saws of 2018 Reviews
Makita 5007MGA – Circular Saw with Electric Brake
Makita has long been a trusted power tool supplier and for good reason. Of course, you can find plenty of people willing to put their trust in Makita products.
The Makita 5007MGA has topped our list as the best circular saw for 2018. This corded power saw has continually ranked well among home builders and do-it-yourselfers. Getting the job done is easy with the 7-1/4 inch blade and the 5,800 RPM’s that it puts out. This is not some rinky-dink circular saw, this thing weighs in at 10.1 pounds.
Included with the Makita 5007MGA is the following:
- Saw (Of Course)
- 24 Tooth Carbide-Tipped Framing Blade: Carbide blades last longer than standard blades and are great for DIY projects and construction use.
- Hex Blade Wrench: Great for changing out the cutting blades quickly, without all the hassle.
- Rip Fence: Great for making a perfect cut every time.
- Carrying Case
By far, the Makita 5007MGA is the best circular saw on the market for 2018.
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: What is the difference between the Makita 5007MGA and the Makita 5007MG?
Answer: The Makita 5007MGA has an electric brake that is not featured on the Makita 5007MG.
Question: Which is better … the Makita 5007MGA or the Milwaukee 6394-21?
Answer: The Makita 5007MGA is the better choice and here’s a Lens to prove it.
What We Like About The Makita 5007MGA
- Plenty of power to complete almost any job.
- Equipped with an electric brake for added safety.
- Pretty quiet for a circular saw.
- Doesn’t seem to vibrate excessively like lower quality circular saws.
- Oversized controls make controlling the circular saw easy.
- High quality build, none of the parts rattle or shake.
- Comes with angle-cut presets making it easier than ever to make special cuts.
- LED cut line light showing you where you are cutting (great for keeping a straight line).
- Extremely comfortable to hold and doesn’t seem to wear your hand, or arm, out.
What We Didn’t Like About The Makita 5007MGA
- Carrying case is a bit small, seems to pinch the equipment.
- Rip fence appears to be small, making it more difficult to use.
DeWalt DWE575SB – Lightweight Circular Saw with Electric Brake
The Dewalt brand has forever been etched into the minds of tool professionals and diy’ers. Their power tools have dominated construction sites for a long time, pushing against strong brands like Makita, Bosch and Craftsman. Dewalt power tools are known for their distinctive colors of Black and Yellow (like a bumblebee). But, make no mistake about it, these power tools are worth every penny. They are built with the highest of quality standards and can handle abuse like no other.
The DEWALT DWE575SB doesn’t fail to live up to the Dewalt brand standard. As a matter of fact, it actually builds it up even more. Since, it only weighs 8.8 pounds, you arm won’t feel like it is falling of. Of course, the 7-1/4 inch cutting blade doesn’t hurt either. Ripping through wood has never been easier with the exceptionally sturdy base. Afraid, you might rip the cord out of it … guess again! The heavy duty cord is reinforced and can withstand some severe punishment.
Included with the DEWALT DWE575SB is the following:
- Carbide 7-1/4 Inch Cutting Blade: Carbide blades last longer than standard blades.
- Blade Wrench: Great for chaning out the cutting blades quickly, without all the hassle.
- Carrying Bag: Makes transporting the tool much easier.
- User Manual: Because, even men don’t know everything.
What We Like About The DeWalt DWE575SB
- Extremely lightweight at only 8.8 pounds.
- Blade changes are a breeze with the Arbor Lock Lever.
- Electric brake works quickly and effectively, stopping the blade much quicker than other circular saws.
- Base is extremely stable, doesn’t bend or break when dropped.
- Extremely quiet for a circular saw.
- Heavy duty power cord doesn’t break or pull out like other cheaper models.
- Integrated dust blower makes it easier to see where you are cutting.
- Adjustable stops at 22.5 degrees and 45 degrees.
What We Don’t Like About The Dewalt DWE575SB
- Can bog down in heavier work loads (i.e. 4 inch wood cuts, and yes we know that it built to cut at roughly 2.5″ or less).
- Carrying bag is not hard like a carrying case leaving less protection for the equipment.
SKIL SHD77M – 7-1/4-Inch Lightweight Worm Drive Circular Saw
The SKILSAW brand has been around for more than 80 years now, and for good reason. They continually create power tools that work … EXCEPTIONALLY WELL!
The SKIL SHD77M continues with their long standing tradition of exceptional power tools that do the job right the first time. Sporting a 7-1/4 inch blade, this worm driven circular saw can chew through wood like a woodchuck. With 4,600 RPM’s at your fingertips, the wood will literally melt like butter.
Included with the SKIL SHD77M is the following:
- Circular Saw
- 24 Tooth Carbide Blade
- Blade Wrench
- Saw Hook
What We Like About The SKIL SHD77M
- Tons of power, more than adequate for most any job.
- Lighter than most other worm saws.
- Electric brake included, helping to slow the blade faster.
- Heavy duty power cord so more “ripped out” cords.
- High quality build, none of the parts rattle or shake.
What We Don’t Like About The SKIL SHD77M
- No Carrying Case.
- Heavier than a standard circular saw.
Dewalt DW364 – 7 1/4-Inch Heavy-Duty Circular Saw
Now, we aren’t surprised that two Dewalt branded products have made our list of top ranked circular saws. In fact, we expected it. The DEWALT DW364 is not a lightweight circular saw by any means. In fact, it is one of the heaviest circular saws around. However, it is also one of the best you can find.
The rear pivot depth of cut adjustment makes it easy to adjust your cut depth without put yourself in harms way. Powered with a 15 amp motor and 5,800 RPM’s, there aren’t many jobs that are going to slow this “bad boy” down. Whatever job you have, this will work. However, be prepared to have some massive arms when you are finished.
Included with the DEWALT DW364 is the following:
- Circular Saw
- 24 Tooth Carbide Blade
What We Like About The Dewalt DW364
- Cuts extremely well.
- Has an included electric brake.
- Tons of power, doesn’t seem to bind up.
- Can be dropped and will still work the next try.
What We Don’t Like About The Dewalt DW364
- Heavier than most circular saws.
- No dust collector.
Bosch CS5 – Powerful Circular Saw
Bosch power tools, mostly known for their durability, has finished out our list for the best rated circular saws in 2013. For some, the left blade design helps (mainly righthanders) with their line of sight cuts. The 7-1/4 inch blade rips through wood with easy. The saw is fairly lightweight, even though it is considerably bulkier than most of the other circular saws on the market. Another great feature of the Bosch CS5 is the ability to make adjustments with levers, not wing nuts. At 6,200 RPM, nothing will stand in your way.
Included with the Bosch CS5 is the following:
- Circular saw.
- 7-1/4 inch blade.
- User manual.
What We Like About The Bosch CS5
- Great line of sight for right-handers.
- Extremely strong for a 7-1/4 inch circular saw.
- Doesn’t require a lot of force to be fed down the cut.
- All the adjustments are handled with levers instead of wing nuts.
- Sturdy construction, doesn’t break when dropped and doesn’t rattle when in use.
- Great price for all the features.
What We Don’t Like About The Bosch CS5
- Does not come with a carrying case.
- Does not come with a rip guide.
DEWALT DW364K – Heavy Duty Circular Saw
The 7-1/4-Inch DEWALT DW364K Circular Saw with Electric Brake has been designed with the needs of professional carpenters in mind. This is powered by a 15 amps motor with enough power to produce 2,075 watts comparable to 2-3/4 horsepower. This is powerful enough to slice through any types of lumber and sheets but safe to use even for beginners with its integrated electric brake. This comes with an industrial grade aluminum alloy base for improved durability.
Innovative Base Design
The DEWALT DW364K circular saw comes with five and a half inch base pivots for added depths of cut capacity and bevels using a ball joint system that provides smoother performance and faster adjustments compared to the traditional hinge mechanisms usually found on other brands of circular saw.
Bevel and Depth of Cut Capacity
The DW364K has a zero to fifty bevel degree capacity which offers a more diverse option for different types of applications. It also has various depth of cut capacities that include 1-5/8-inch at forty five degrees and 2-1/4-inch at ninety degrees.
Easy Depth of Cut Adjustment
The bevel gauge of DW364K can be easily adjusted and it also has a very easy to adjust depth of cut gauge. Adjustments can be made by simply unscrewing the front handle and fine tune it to the desired depth. Adjustments can be done even while you are holding the front handle which lessens the time consumed on preparation.
Carbide Tipped Blade
This has a 7 – 1/4 inch carbide tipped blade that doubles its cutting capacity both at forty five and ninety degrees.
Upper Guard and Aluminum Alloy Base
The DW364K is equipped with an industrial grade aluminum alloy base and an upper guard that improves the overall durability of this tool. Its fan cooled motor comes with replaceable brushes to ensure it gives the maximum power without sacrificing its durability. This also has a vibration damper rubber grip handle so it will be comfortable when handling big jobs. This circular saw also weighs around 12.3 pounds which is pretty lightweight compared to other brands of the same size, power and efficiency.
Easy Blade Replacement
Replacing the blade is easy with its conveniently positioned shaft lock button.
General Product Specifications
The DW364K use 15 amps of power with maximum watts output of 2,075W. At no load speed, this tool is capable of reaching up to 5,800 RPM which is more than half the RPM other brands can produce. This is equipped with an electric brake and rear pivot with zero to fifty degrees bevel capacity. It has a depth of cut capacity of 1-7/8″ at forty five degrees and 2-7/16″ at ninety degrees depth of capacity.
With all its excellent features and efficient power rating, the only thing missing here is an integrated onboard storage for keeping the wrench used for changing blades. Other than that, the DEWALT DW364K Circular Saw with Electric Brake is definitely a good choice if you want performance and safety all rolled into a single professional tool.
Milwaukee 0730-22 – 6-1/2-Inch Cordless Circular Saw
The Milwaukee 0730-22 wood cutting circular saw is a powerful cordless tool using lithium ion batteries. In terms of cutting power and speed, the Milwaukee 0730-22 is definitely a good option in the market with its innovative features that include tactile grips, powerful motor, and durable 6-1/2-Inch blade. This also comes with ultra lightweight magnesium guards to reduce unnecessary weight. With the cordless Milwaukee 0730-22 circular saw, you will no longer need generators or extension cords when operating.
High Power Motor
At 4200 RPM, the Milwaukee 0730-22 wood cutting circular saw has the optimum speed for ripping and crosscutting hardwood, plywood, construction lumber, particle board, and other types of sheets. This also comes with an electric brake to enhance productivity without having to turn the machine on and off. Even when running on batteries, this model can still provide the efficient power of a corded circular saw without having to deal with downtime due to cut cords etc.
Aircraft Strength Aluminum Shoe
This comes with a high strength heavy duty aircraft grade aluminum shoe that has been designed to resist bending to ensure precision and accuracy. This circular saw also weighs around 9.05 lbs. which is lightweight compared to other brands of the same size, power and efficiency.
Both handles have tactile grips for added control when operating the tool. This also provides better comfort and reduces user fatigue during long periods of operation.
This model is capable of varying depth of cuts and degrees. The Milwaukee 0730-22 wood cutting circular saw can easily rip through any types of two – by dimensional lumbers with its six and half inch thin-kerf carbide tipped blade that doubles its cutting capacity both at forty five and ninety degrees. The 0-50 degree bevel capacity offers additional power for a large number of various applications.
Lithium Ion Battery
The Milwaukee 0730-22 uses exclusive 28 volts lithium ion battery cells tested and proven to give batteries longer life span and make it capable of up to two thousand recharges. This provides longer run time and efficient cutting power compared to traditional batteries.
General Product Specification
The assembled depth and height is 11 x 13.5 inches respectively with an assembled width of 18 inches. Batteries (lithium ion) are included when you purchase a Milwaukee 0730-22 and its approximate charge time is around sixty minutes. The blade diameter is six and half inches with bevel capacity of fifty degrees. The location of the blade is on the left which is a perfect cutting option or right handed users for better visibility and clearer line of sight. This comes with an integrated electric brake with keyed blade change system. The depth of cut can be adjusted with a maximum 1.62 inches at forty five degrees and 2.12 inches at ninety degrees. This product comes with a five year limited warranty.
With all its features and cutting power, the Milwaukee 0730-22 is definitely a good option when looking for a woodcutting circular saw.
DEWALT Bare-Tool DC390B – 18-Volt Cordless Circular Saw
The -1/2-Inch 18-Volt DEWALT Bare-Tool DC390B Cordless circular saw provides cordless convenience without limiting its performance and power delivery. At 3,700 RPM, the DEWALT Bare-Tool DC390B has the optimum speed for ripping and crosscutting hardwood, plywood, construction lumber, particle board, and other types of sheets. And because this is battery powered, you can easily bring it anywhere without having to worry about electrical sockets making it a perfect choice in the construction industry.
Efficient Power and Performance
With varying depth of cuts and degrees as well as high RPM, the DEWALT Bare-Tool DC390B can easily rip through any types of two – by dimensional lumbers. This sports a six and half inch carbide tipped blade that doubles its cutting capacity both at forty five and ninety degrees. The 0-50 degree bevel capacity offers additional power for a large number of various applications.
Varied Depth of Cut Capacities
The DC390B has various depth of cut capacities that include 1-5/8-inch at forty five degrees and 2-1/4-inch at ninety degrees. The zero to fifty bevel degree capacity offers a more diverse option for different types of applications.
The DC390B is equipped with an industrial grade upper guard and magnesium shoe that improves the overall durability of the machine. Its fan cooled motor comes with replaceable brushes to ensure it gives the maximum power without sacrificing its durability. This also has a vibration damper rubber grip handle so it will be comfortable when handling big jobs. This circular saw also weighs around 6.3 lbs. which is pretty lightweight compared to other brands of the same power and efficiency.
DEWALT Bare-Tool DC390B is a cordless tool although its charger and battery is sold separately. However, this is compatible with the DW9117 fifteen minute charger and the DC9096 18 V XRP battery pack.
The DEWALT Bare-Tool DC390B is backed with a three year limited warranty that covers any defects resulting from poor workmanship or faulty materials. The warranty is in effect from the date of purchase and it also covers a one year free service contract wherein the company will maintain and replace worn parts for free as long as it is because of normal usage.
Overall Product Specifications
The voltage rating of DEWALT Bare-Tool DC390B is 18 volts and at no load speed, this tool is capable of up to 3,700 RPM. Its blade diameter is 6-1/2″ and 5/8″ arbor size. The bevel capacity of DC390B is zero to fifty degrees and depth of cut capacity of 1-5/8″ at forty five degrees and 2-1/4″ at ninety degrees depth of capacity.
One thing about this tool is that it does not come with a battery pack or a charger. Given that the DC390B is a cordless circular saw, you still have to purchase separately the battery pack so you can use it without plugging in. However, in terms of features and product specifications, the DEWALT Bare-Tool DC390B is definitely a good option for a circular saw.
5 Factors That Make Up The Best Circular Saws
Keeping with the power of 5, we are going to highlight 5 factors that help rank the best circular saws of 2018.
It is important to understand what you will be using your circular saw for. If you are a home contractor, eventually you are going to be cutting through some serious wood planks. Whereas, an at home do-it-yourself guru may never use the saw more than twenty-five times in their whole life. For the home contractor, having the strongest circular saw they can is probably the best idea.
Corded saws are ranked in AMPS and in RPM. The higher the AMPS and the higher the RPM, the stronger the saw will be. In retrospect, Cordless saws are rated in VOLTS and RPM. The higher the voltage and the higher the RPM, the stronger the saw will be. Therefore, you cannot do an apples-to-apples comparison when comparing the two saws (except from an RPM standpoint).
Each style of circular saw has its own inherent benefit. However, you must determine which is best for you. We will do our best to help you narrow this down in order to help you find the right circular saw today.
Whether you are a building contractor or an at at-home do-it-yourself guru, it is important to find a circular saw that is easy to carry around. If your circular saw is corded, there isn’t much to worry with unlike with a cordless circular saw. A cordless circular has a few extra parts that you may need to remember such as a battery and the battery charger. Some of the best circular saws come with their own carrying case; even so, most cordless cases aren’t designed to carry a battery and the battery charger too.
It is important to find a circular saw that does not weigh a ton (at least to you). For some, holding a five pound saw for twenty minutes is going to near about “kill” them, whereas some will be comfortable holding an almost 20 pound saw for the whole day (i.e the DEWALT DC300K 36-Volt 7-1/4 inch Lithium Ion Cordless Circular Saw Kit with NANO Technology).
When you are on the job site, nothing is more precious than time. Eventually, you are going to have to make adjustments to your circular saw. Whether it is changing out the blade, adjusting the angle of the cut, swapping out batteries (if it is cordless), you are going to have to be able to adjust your circular saw. The best circular saws make it possible to do most all of these changes quickly, without any special tools and/or hassle.
5. Build Quality
And finally, you have build quality. Build quality should never be compromised, but generally is in order to keep costs down (and the final price). For some, having a circular saw that feels “meaty” is an absolute must. Even so, these “meaty” saws are generally built using higher quality materials and are joined together in almost seamless fashion. Therefore, they do not shake or rattle apart under heavier stresses which helps them to last longer. As you will see, all of the circular saws that we highlight will fall into the “top-tier” for build quality.