Best Circular Saws

Electric saws have done away with the need to work up a sweat in order to cut wood, and of the different types of electric saws found on the shelves of your local tool shop, handheld circular saws are the most popular.

If trying to choose between a sidewinder and a worm drive or between a corded and a cordless circular saw has left you feeling confused, then keep reading to find out what you should look for when you shop. Continue Reading...

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ValleyForge
ValleyForge17 posts
  Verified TS 55
Bloody MarvellousI thought I could just use my cordless circular as a plunge and, yeah, no.
Got the rail as well and the cuts are amazingly clean and idiot proof. Get some clamps for the rail though as normal Irwin’s won’t really work.
Dust extraction is great, but not perfect during overhead work. Show details
covo
covoNSW9 posts
  Verified TSC 55
Good quality saw but…The saw is great but I bought 2 1400mm tracks and they weren’t the same. When joining the tracks together and set the saw up so it was sliding nicely when I pushed saw on to second track it was to tight to use. Not happy given the price. Mikita tracks have no issue. Show details
Ozito CMS-1621

Ozito CMS-1621

4.0  (8)
Stephen
StephenSA33 posts
  Verified
Milwaukee M18

Milwaukee M18

3.5  (10)
Youssef Y.
Youssef Y.QLD2 posts
  M18
Ryobi 18V One+ R18CS-0

Ryobi 18V One+ R18CS-0

4.2  (6)
$149RRP
Andy I.
Andy I.WA7 posts
 
Great value sawThis is a great saw for the price. I’ve done a tonne of work with it and it does perfect cuts every time. Show details
Makita N5900B

Makita N5900B

4.6  (5)
Asho
Asho3 posts
 
Makita HS7600

Makita HS7600

4.7  (3)
Toni K.
Toni K.VIC2 posts
  Verified
Great saw with plenty of powerBought this saw for $119 in August 2020 to rip some 45mm thick hardwood. Very impressed with how easily it ripped through the timber and how fast it was. The blade was at the right angle straight out of the box and did not require any adjustment. The guide is surprisingly easy to use to cut to pre-determined width. Overall very impressive! Show details
Ozito 18V PXCSS-165

Ozito 18V PXCSS-165

3.8  (4)
$89.99RRP
Alan C.
Alan C.2 posts
  Verified
DisappointingWas hoping that buying cheaper tools would get me started on a new hobby. Unfortunately, the circular saw is gutless and struggles to cut 20 mm thick pine. Show details
Ozito CSW-7000

Ozito CSW-7000

4.3  (3)
SamThe2Can
SamThe2CanTasmania3 posts
 
Ozito PXCSS-500

Ozito PXCSS-500

5.0  (2)
olddavey
olddaveyVIC8 posts
 
Milwaukee M18 2730-20

Milwaukee M18 2730-20

3.7  (3)
 Summary
Martin p.
Martin p.VIC4 posts
 
Rubbish don't buyBreaks down constantly , now going in to be 'fixed' for the forth time . Haven't been able to use it for 6 months now . Milwaukee and Total Tools customer service is non existent . You have been warned .
honkas
honkasQLD26 posts
 
Handyman must haveGood value product, battery lasts long enough to do decent days work.. design and feel of the saw fits well and is easy to use...not to heavy..

Makita BSS611Z

Makita BSS611Z

4.5  (2)
Asho
Asho3 posts
 
GMC MX1275

GMC MX1275

2.8  (4)
Graeme
GraemeNSW23 posts
 
DeWalt 18V XR DCS438N-XJ

DeWalt 18V XR DCS438N-XJ

5.0  (1)
jpcntti
jpcntti3770126 posts
 
Bosch GKS 190 Professional

Bosch GKS 190 Professional

5.0  (1)
 Summary
Drew911
Drew911Sydney42 posts
 
Makita 5007MGK

Makita 5007MGK

5.0  (1)
Ned Powell
Ned PowellVIC23 posts
 
$799RRP
DBO
DBOQLD87 posts
 
Ryobi 18V ONE+HP RCS18X

Ryobi 18V ONE+HP RCS18X

5.0  (1)
$289RRP
Dazza
DazzaMelbourne40 posts
 
So easy to use and accurateGreat product and accurate saw with great safety features. Cuts great and is very light. Battery lasts for a surprisingly long time.
Service from Ryobi via Bunnings is second to none with an additional 2 year warranty added once registered.
Hard to go past.
Ozito PCR-2100

Ozito PCR-2100

5.0  (1)
Dan
DanSA16 posts
 
Great little DIY sawI've been using this now for 3 years. It has help lay laminate flooring, bamboo flooring, a small tiling job and lots of small jobs in between. The saw hasn't missed a beat, it's nice and safe, and it comes with a 3 year warranty. Highly recommended for the DIYer!

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Triton TA 235CSL

Triton TA 235CSL

5.0  (1)
chandler_ross
chandler_rossNew South Wales12 posts
 
Great sawMy saw is five years old. It has heaps of power. The blade has lasted well. The laser is easy to see and accurate. The saw is light. It is easy to adjust. It is slightly limited in depth of cut by the small blade size. This saw is highly recommended. It easily rips red gum sleepers.
Powerful
Small blade size Show details
Worx WA5047

Worx WA5047

5.0  (1)
$31.95RRP
arty
artyQLD9 posts
 
Dewalt DCS575N-XE

Dewalt DCS575N-XE

5.0  (1)
$375RRP
Ned Powell
Ned PowellVIC23 posts
  Verified
Baumr-AG CSX75

Baumr-AG CSX75

3.0  (2)
Shannon B.
Shannon B.
 
Metabo KSAP 18 Circular Saw

Metabo KSAP 18 Circular Saw

3.0  (2)
mark raines
mark raines
 
terriblefound the rest of my metabo kit very good in general. however the circular saw is a dog does not even compete with old battered makitas or dewalts. sent back once told (its ok) will be sending to metabo direct very dissapointed

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Husqvarna K970

Husqvarna K970

2.3  (3)
Shocking service
Shocking serviceVIC3 posts
 
Dewalt DWS780-XE

Dewalt DWS780-XE

3.0  (1)
modjour
modjour14 posts
  Verified
DeWalt 54V XR DCS578N

DeWalt 54V XR DCS578N

2.0  (1)
Tuan
TuanVIC
 
XU1 XCS-1200

XU1 XCS-1200

1.0  (2)
Peter Eklund
Peter EklundVIC11 posts
 
Dangerous productDoes not work properly, kicks back, possibly designed for a left handed user but the first reviewer is right, it is as if it has been put together back to front.. Show details
Black & Decker BDCCS18N-XE

Black & Decker BDCCS18N-XE

1.0  (1)
$99.99RRP
robbo59
robbo59VIC57 posts
 

What is a circular saw?

Man using a circular saw on a piece of wood

A circular saw is a power tool that uses a toothed blade spinning in a rapid, circular motion to produce precise, perfectly straight cuts in wood, such as MDF, plywood, and decking.

They’re most suited to cutting timber boards down to size, trimming decking, and making rough cuts from timber, although certain blades allow users to cut different materials.

Aside from the motor and blade, the main components of a circular saw are:

  • A blade guard that covers the blade when you aren’t using the saw, which retracts to uncover the blade when it needs to be used.
  • A foot plate that stabilises the saw against the work surface.
  • A bevel adjustment that allows the foot plate to tilt in order to make bevel cuts.
  • A depth adjustment to allow the user to cut through wood of different thicknesses.

There are two basic types of circular saws:

Sidewinders

A sidewinder has a motor that sits on one side of the saw and a handle that is set above the blade. Sidewinders are the more common style because they’re generally considered to be the most suitable circular saw for home use - making them a great choice for any personal projects you want to do.

Pros
Sidewinders are suitable for home workshop projects.
They’re relatively lightweight and more manoeuvrable than a worm drive.
Sidewinders are cheaper than worm drives.
The blade of a sidewinder spins faster than that of a worm drive.
Cons
They have less torque than a worm- drives.
They aren’t suited to heavy-duty work.
The design of the tool that keeps the tool’s weight on the solid part of the timber rather than the cutoff means that it can be difficult to see the cutline.

Worm-drive saws

A worm-drive saw is generally narrower and longer than a sidewinder and has a motor that’s in line with the blade at the rear of the tool. Because they’re the most powerful circular saw, they’re generally preferred by many construction workers.

Pros
They’re suitable for heavy-duty work, such as framing and major renovation jobs.
A worm-drive saw has more torque than a sidewinder.
The tool’s design makes it easier to follow a cutline than with a sidewinder.
Worm-drive saws have a narrow foot which lets users get into tighter spaces.
The extra length of a worm drive extends the user’s reach and makes it useful for gang cutting wide timber stacks or long planks.
Cons
Because they require a gear system to convert motor motion into blade spin, worm drives are heavier than sidewinders. This can make them more difficult to move around.

What should I look for in a circular saw?

Features

There are some features found in some circular saws that you should keep in mind when browsing store shelves which can help improve the safety and ease of use of your tool.

  • Laser guide: A laser guide projects a laser onto your work surface to help you cut accurately.
  • Electric brakes: The flow of electricity on a saw with electric brakes reverse when the trigger is released, providing it with the friction needed to stop the rotating blade. This means it stops a lot quicker (even as little as two seconds) than saws without electric brakes - this feature has likely saved many a blade, work piece, or even finger.
  • Spindle lock: A spindle lock stops the blade from rotating so that you can safely remove it - this makes changing the blade easier.
  • Built-in light: A built-in light can help illuminate your work surface and make it easier to see what you’re doing.
  • Dust extraction: A dust extractor that vacuums the sawdust produced from your work will reduce dust getting in the way of your cutting track and will also make the clean up a lot simpler.

Power

Mains-powered circular saws are generally more powerful and better suited for sustained, tough work than cordless saws, however developments in battery technology are reducing this gap. A battery circular saw does have a limited run time, however can be a great option for workspaces where a power socket isn’t available.

Ease of use

Easy to use power tools are generally safer and more likely to let you achieve exactly what you set out to do. Look for circular saws with large, smooth-cornered lever locks and easy to grasp knobs that can be adjusted with one hand - this will make it quick and easy to change the bevel settings and cutting depth.

Your safest bet is to head to your local tool shop in person and test different models out for yourself, taking note of the grip, how the handle feels in your hand, and whether it’s the right weight for you and you’re comfortable with how visible the blade and different adjustment levers are.

Price

Corded circular saws can range from anywhere from $60 to $1200 and upwards, while cordless models can set you back from $50 to around $740.

Choosing a blade

A decent blade is one of the most important tool accessories to invest in.

You can switch out the blade in your circular saw to suit different purposes - some blades can even cut through bricks and concrete. Getting the right blade for your project can help you work safely and efficiently.

When choosing a blade, you should consider the following:

  1. Blade size: Check the manual of the circular saw you’re considering to buy to see which size diameter blade it’s compatible with. Diameters usually range from 160mm to 305mm.

  2. Arbor size: The arbor is the shaft to which a blade mounts, and so the arbor hole is the hole in the centre of the blade. The size of the arbor hole will differ depending on the blade size, so check that it’s compatible with your saw. If your saw has a smaller arbor size than the blade you want to use, then you can buy reduction rings (or bushes) to fit on the blade.

  3. Speed: Some blades, particularly those for cutting metal, have the maximum revolutions per minute it can achieve listed, so you should avoid using it with a saw that goes faster than this rate.

  4. Specialty blades: While there are plenty of blades for general purpose that you can use, a specialty blade can be more efficient and can better help you achieve your desired result. They’re particularly useful when cutting materials like aluminium, laminate, or metal, as they have teeth that are specially designed for an easy cut for their intended surface.

  5. Number of teeth: Simply put, the more teeth your blade has, the smoother your finish will be, and vice versa. If a blade is labelled as ‘framing’ or ‘ripping’, it will likely produce a rougher finish, and if it is labelled ‘trim’ or ‘finish’ then it indicates a smoother cut.

Wrapping up

Thinking about what features are important to you and how you intend to use your circular saw will help you choose the right tool for you and your projects that helps you make safe, efficient cuts.

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