Circular Saw Reviews

Thanks for stopping by how to get started woodworking.com! I just finished writing a post on "Choosing a Circular Saw." So I wanted to follow-up with this set of reviews for my favorite circular saw brands.

I know it can be a headache trying to make the best purchase when there are so many options available.

The top rated circular saws in this review range in price from about $40 to $150, and every one of them is a quality tool that should meet your needs.

Sometimes when shopping, your choices are based on hard data and specific functionality. As a beginning woodworker, you might just end up making your final decision based on the color you like best! In any case, each of these tools can be the right choice.

In this Review...

ALL circular saws have these Same features:

  1. 15 Amp Motor
  2. 7 1/4" Blade and 5/8" Arbor
  3. Lever, not screw type bevel adjustment
  4. Magnesium or Aluminum construction material
  5. Shoe made from Magnesium or Aluminum
  6. No Dust Collection port
  7. All have 4.5 to 5 Star Ratings

These features are Different

  1. Minimum 8-Foot Cord
  2. Weight of the saw appropriate for your needs or preference
  3. Smooth action on the Retracting Lower Blade Guard
  4. Carrying Case
  5. Electric Brake
  6. Warranty

I'll list these below...

Makita (5007Mg) 7-1/4 in. Circular Saw

  1. Min. 8-Foot Cord: Yes, 10-foot
  2. Weight: 10.6 lb
  3. Smooth Blade Guard: Yes
  4. Carrying Case: Yes, Tool Case
  5. Electric Brake: Yes
  6. Warranty: 1 Year and 30-day replacement or refund.

Pros: Makita's 5007Mg has two LED lights! These are so much more helpful than a laser! When using a circular saw, I like to see the line that I have drawn, not a laser beam that may or may not be accurate. Excellent job, Makita! A 56° bevel is also standard on this saw, as is the Spindle lock to make blade changes easier and safer. I also really like the feel of the rubberized levers on this tool. Only saw with a full 5 star rating.

Cons: Makita's rip guide could use an update. Also, the plastic storage case should be updated with more space for blade storage.

DeWalt (DWE575SB) 7-1/4 in. Circular Saw

  1. Min. 8-Foot Cord: Yes, 10-foot
  2. Weight: 8.8 lb
  3. Smooth Blade Guard: Yes
  4. Carrying Case: Yes, Carrying bag
  5. Electric Brake: Yes
  6. Warranty: 3 Year 

Pros: The DWE575SB boasts a 57° bevel capability. This saw also has DeWalt's patented "Tough cord protection system" that they claim provides three times more durability against the Cord being pulled out. (I'll take their word for that one. I'm not going to test it;)

Cons: Some users report the dust blower blowing too hard, especially in a small workshop.

Bosch CS10 7-1/4 in. Circular Saw

  1. Min. 8-Foot Cord: Yes, 10-foot
  2. Weight: 10.2 lb
  3. Smooth Blade Guard: Yes
  4. Carrying Case: Yes, Carrying bag
  5. Electric Brake: No
  6. Warranty: 1 Year

Pros: The CS10 has a "Saw Hook" that makes it easy to hang this tool from rafters or from the edge of a workbench or anywhere you can fasten the hook. A 56° bevel gives this saw a broader range than most other saws. Spindle locks are not found on every circular saw you find. This model has a spindle lock that prevents the blade and arbor from turning while you are replacing the blade.

Cons: Some owners reported the plastic blade depth lever breaking. Users that force the saw through heavy material have experienced inaccurate cutting.

Metabo HPT (C7SB3) 7-1/4 in. Circular Saw

  1. Min. 8-Foot Cord: No, 7-foot
  2. Weight: 9.5 lb
  3. Smooth Blade Guard: Yes
  4. Carrying Case: Carrying Bag
  5. Electric Brake: No
  6. Warranty: 3 Year/ 30 day

Pros: Metabo's C7SB3 Circular saw is one of the only saws I have noticed that has an "on-tool tool cord holder." It helps keep the Cord out of your way and reduce the chance of accidental cord-cutting. The maximum bevel angle is 55° on the C7SB3. A spindle lock is also built into this circular saw for safe and fast blade changing.

Cons: Rip guide is sold separately.

Milwaukee (6391-21) 7-1/4 in. Circular Saw

  1. Min. 8-Foot Cord: Yes, 9-foot
  2. Weight: 10.4 lb
  3. Smooth Blade Guard: Yes
  4. Carrying Case: Yes, Carrying Case
  5. Electric Brake: No
  6. Warranty: 5 Year

Pros: Milwaukee's 6391-21 Circular saw is unique in that the main handle is adjustable with their exclusive "Tilt-Lok" System. The handle can be tilted to eight different positions depending on what is most comfortable. The maximum bevel angle is 50°, which for most of us, is very adequate. Note: This saw has the blade mounted on the left side, which provides a much better line of sight for a right-handed user. 

Cons: The rip fence mounting system needs an update according to some users. This is a higher-priced saw that doesn't seem to perform any better than less expensive brands.

Porter-Cable (PCE310) 7-1/4 in. Circular Saw

  1. Min. 8-Foot Cord: Yes, 8-foot
  2. Weight: 9 lb
  3. Smooth Blade Guard: Yes, (see Cons)
  4. Carrying Case: No
  5. Electric Brake: No
  6. Warranty: 3 Year Limited

Pros: Porter-Cable's PCE310 Circular saw has some higher-end features available in a very reasonably priced saw. A 55° maximum bevel with stops at 22.5° and 45° is not typical for a saw in this price range. The PCE310 also has a spindle block, making blade changes safe and speedy.

Cons: Porter cable attached the Allen key for changing your sawblades to the accord directly behind the handle. This is an awkward and poorly placed Allen key holder, but not a deal-breaker for purchasing the saw. There are some complaints about the lower blade guard having too much side to side play, but no safety problems as a result.

Perspectives on Tool Manufacturing

  1.  Every major brand of circular saw is mass-produced. Just like everything from automobiles to underwear. There are bound to be some defects in the products along the way.
  2. After reading several hundreds of product reviews. It has become evident that many people writing negative reviews have never read the owners manual for the product they've purchased. 

So...

Please be sure to check out the warranty and return policy for the tool before you purchase.

One of the main reasons I am an Amazon affiliate is because they have an amazing 30-day return policy and exceptional customer service.

Before buying, you should still double-check and make sure your product is being "fulfilled by Amazon."

Many of the third-party sellers offer the same return policy as amazon.com.

But, if you do not see "Ships from and sold by Amazon.com" under the "add to cart" and "buy now" buttons, then you know you should check on that seller's return policy.

Conclusion

Deciding on which circular saw to buy can be a difficult task, but after reading this article, I trust you can make a choice with confidence.

I will love to hear from you if you have purchased one of these saws. Let me know how you like it.

If you have any other questions about circular saws or any other tools, please leave a comment below. I have a great list of tools for beginners that you can access here: "Beginner Woodworking Tool List." Take a look and be sure to ask me any questions you might have.

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