Makita 5007MGA Circular Saw Buying Guides

Best Circular Saw Buying Guide


Cordless tools are all the rage and there’s no doubting their incredible convenience. Cordless circular saws like Makita’s 18V X2 Rear-Handle Saw pack a lot more power than those first models did. But not everyone’s on board with the cordless craze when it comes to circular saws. In fact, you’ll probably see more corded models than cordless in many areas. Why? Reliable power and nearly infinite runtime. Choosing the best circular saw isn’t always easy, and there’s more to consider than just specs. So we got together with our Pros to do the shopping for you with our Pro Tool Reviews Best Circular Saw Buying Guide.

If you follow cordless tools, you’ll know that they rarely stay on the market more than a year without some sort of update. But some of the circular saws have been out more than 15 years and are still chewing up wood reliably. While not every saw we looked at takes home a top recommendation, each have their place. Scroll to the bottom to see the entire list.

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Best Circular Saw Overall

Makita 5007MGA

Makita 5007MGA Circular Saw

The best circular saw overall is the Makita 5007MGA. It doesn’t have everything we’re looking for (most of us are blade-left guys), but it has all the other key components. It blends fast blade speed with deep cutting and takes advantage of magnesium to come in well under 11 pounds. On the feature side, it has the blade brake we consider a requirement for top Pro consideration, solid construction, 56 degrees of beveling with stops, and a cutline blower.

You’ll pay a premium price at nearly $170 for this model, but from top to bottom, we don’t think you’ll find a better model to choose from.

We also have a lot of love for the new Skilsaw Southpaw, which is nearly perfect with the blade-left dominance in our shop. It trades off some blade speed for additional torque, is under 9 pounds, and has all the features we’re looking for… except a blade brake. And that turns out to be the only thing that holds it back.

DeWalt comes in with an Excellent set of features and specs. The only knock against it is slightly lower power out of the motor, but it makes up for it with weight nearly 2 pounds lighter than Makita.

 

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Festool HK55

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On the surface, you might wonder why we’d recommend a $560 circular saw and it’s a fair question. Festool’s HK55 (and HKC55 if you’de like a cordless version) give you the ability to combine the functions of a circular saw, table saw, and miter saw with their innovative FSK track system. And since Festool has a system-wide approach, it connects to a dust extractor (the CT SYS is a good option when you’re on the go).

The only thing to look out for here is the odd blade size.

Best Circular Saw Under $100 for Pros

Kobalt K15CS-06AC

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For less than $100 ($89 to be exact), Kobalt puts together a compelling circular saw. They keep the blade speed high and give you features like a blade brake and cutline blower. A lot of cheaper saws start to drop quickly in build quality, but Kobalt keeps it solid enough as a Pro model.

Ridgid is another option that edges Kobalt out in the build quality department and everyone when it comes to warranty thanks to their Lifetime Service Agreement. The overall feature set also bests Kobalt, but the lack of a blade brake makes our Pro team give the nod to Kobalt for safety in a tight race.

Hitachi is in a similar boat, lacking a blade brake. The bevel capacity is a little low at 45°, but it’s also a lighter option at 9.5 pounds. So aside from just a couple of hiccups, it’s another excellent option at the sub-$100 level.

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  • Ridgid R3205

  • Hitachi C7ST

Best Circular Saw for DIYers

Porter-Cable PCE310

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Porter-Cable and Ryobi continue to distance themselves from other DIY brands with better quality and performance than the other guys. We’re giving Porter-Cable the go-ahead this time around thanks to better top end speed, a slight edge in build quality, and a slightly better bevel capacity.

There are a couple of trade-offs to get that sub-$70 price point. You’re giving up the 56° Pro standard on the bevel capacity, though both are greater than 50°. Neither one has a blade brake nor a cutline blower and the speed is short of what we like to see in a Pro model.

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  • Ryobi CSB144LZK

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Blade-Left or Blade Right?

Most Pros are pretty set in their ways when it comes to blade-left or blade-right circular saws. And it’s not simply a “righties want blade-left and lefties want blade-right” discussion. Clint and I are both righties – I prefer blade-left and he prefers blade-right. However, direct drive (sidewinder) circular saws like these are traditionally blade-right, but a few are bucking the trend. So whichever you like, here’s a quick list of where each one falls.

Blade-Left Circular Saws

Blade-Right Circular Saws

  • DeWalt DWE575SB
  • Hilti WSC 7.25-S
  • Hitachi C7ST
  • Festool HK 55
  • Kobalt K15CS-06AC
  • Makita 5007MGA
  • Milwaukee 6394
  • Porter-Cable PCE310
  • Ridgid R3205
  • Ryobi CSB144LZK

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Bosch CS5 7-1/4 In. 15 A Left Blade Circular Saw

Best Circular Saw Buying Guide

Key Features

 

  • 15 Amps Power provides power to cut through 3/4″ Plywood and other dense materials
  • Left Blade Design gives users the clearest line of sight for easy, accurate cutting
  • Improved Spindle Lock allow for quick and easy blade change
  • Aluminum Upper and Lower Guard
  • On-Tool Wrench Storage
  • 56° Bevel Capacity
  • Clear viewing area of cut line
  • Anti-Snag Lower Guard will not hang up when making bevel cuts
  • Easy serviceable brushes
  • Soft grip handle

Bosch CS5 Specifications

  • Model: Bosch CS5
  • No Load Speed: 6,200 RPM
  • Motor: 15 amps, 120 V
  • Cutting Depth @ 90 Degrees: 2-7/16″
  • Cutting Depth @ 45 Degrees: 1-7/8″
  • Weight: 10.0 lbs.
  • Brake: No
  • Blade Position: Left
  • Warranty: 1 year limited
  • Price: $119.99

Pros

  • Outstanding Blade Speed
  • Very Good Cutting Depth
  • Excellent Build Quality

Cons

  • No Blade Brake
  • No Cutline Blower

The Bottom Line

Aside from the lack of a blade brake and cutline blower, the Bosch CS5 is really a very good circular saw choice with a mid-range price under $120.

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DeWalt DWE575SB 7-1/4″ Lightweight Circular Saw with Electric Brake

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Key Features

 

  • Among one of the lightest saws in its class (8.8 lbs.)
  •  Patented tough cord protection system, provides 3x durability against cord pull-out
  •  On-board blade wrench storage, allows for easy storage and convenience for blade changes
  •  Electric brake stops the blade after trigger is released
  •  15 amp motor delivers power for even the toughest applications
  •  57° beveling capacity with stops at 45° and 22.5°
  •  Depth of cut capacity of 2 9/16″
  •  Ball bearing lower guard provides long life in harsh environments
  •  Durable high grade aluminum smooth base for accurate cuts
  •  Lower guard design improves performance when making bevel cuts and cutting shims
  •  An integrated dust blower allows the user to clear its line of sight while cutting

DeWalt DWE575SB Specifications

  • Model: DeWalt DWE575SB
  • No Load Speed: 5200 RPM
  • Motor: 15 amps, 120 V
  • Cutting Depth @ 90 Degrees: 2.55″
  • Cutting Depth @ 45 Degrees: 1.9″
  • Weight: 8.8 lbs.
  • Brake: Yes
  • Blade Position: Right
  • Warranty: 3 years limited
  • Price: $109

Pros

  • Outstanding Cutting Depth at 90°
  • Outstanding Weight
  • Excellent Feature Set
  • Excellent Build Quality

Cons

  • Lower Power than Pro Competitors

The Bottom Line

DeWalt’s DWE575SB is a lightweight circular saw that has nearly everything we’re looking for at the Pro level but stumbles a little in the power department.

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Hilti WSC 7.25-S Circular saw for heavy cutting applications in thicknesses up to 2 3/8″

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Key Features

 

  • Easy-to-use circular saw with high system performance and feed rate
  • Fast rip cuts at depths of up to 2-3/8 inches
  • Powerful 15 A motor for reliable jobsite performance
  • Bevel cuts up to 50°
  • Electric blade brake stops the tool quickly when the trigger is released

Hilti 7.25-S Specifications

  • Model: Hilti WSC 7.25-S
  • No Load Speed: 5,800 RPM
  • Motor: 15 amps, 120 volts
  • Cutting Depth @ 90 Degrees: 2-3/8″
  • Cutting Depth @ 45 Degrees: 1-13/16″
  • Weight: 11.7 lbs.
  • Brake: Yes
  • Blade Position: Right
  • Warranty: 20 years limited
  • Price: $229

Pros

  • Excellent Blade Speed
  • Excellent Build Quality
  • Excellent Warranty

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Heaviest Model We Considered
  • No Cutline Blower

The Bottom Line

There’s little doubt that Hilti makes a quality circular saw that will stand up to tough jobsite conditions. However, its weight, slightly shallow cutting depth and middle-of-the-road feature set combine with the price to drop it down the list.

Hitachi C7ST 7-1/4″ Circular Saw

Best Circular Saw Buying Guide

Key Features

 

  • Powerful 15 amp motor
  •  Covered by Hitachi’s 5-year warranty
  •  Blade speed of 6,000 RPM for a smoother, faster cut
  •  Soft grip handle for reduced vibration and increased comfort
  •  Integrated dust blower for a clear line of sight and clean work surface
  •  Dust chute efficiently expels dust, chips and debris
  •  Low center of gravity keeps the saw close to the work piece for more accurate cuts
  •  Single handed depth of cut lever for quick and simple adjustments
  •  Single handed bevel adjustment with small set screw to set the saw perfectly square
  •  Lightweight at just 9.5 lbs. for superior maneuverability

Hitachi C7ST Specifications

  • Model: Hitachi C7ST
  • No Load Speed: 6,000 RPM
  • Motor: 15 amps, 120 volts
  • Cutting Depth @ 90 Degrees: 2-7/16″
  • Cutting Depth @ 45 Degrees: 1-7/8″
  • Weight: 9.5 lbs.
  • Brake: No
  • Blade Position: Right
  • Warranty: 5 years
  • Price: $89.97

Pros

  • Excellent Blade Speed
  • Very Good Cutting Depth
  • Very Good Weight
  • Very Good Warranty
  • Sub-$100 Pro Model

Cons

  • No Blade Brake
  • Lower Bevel Capacity

The Bottom Line

Hitachi’s C7ST comes in a little short to really be considered for the overall best circular saw, but at $90, it’s a compelling price for what you get.

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Festool HK 55 EQ-F-Plus-FSK

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Key Features

 

  • High-torque 1200 W motor with smart electronics ensures constant speed under load for improved cut speed and quality
  • Safe and easy handling thanks to the cutting depth adjustment with plunge function, blade guard with integrated riving knife and control lever on the inside
  • Bevel angle adjustment with single knob in the back from 0 to 50 degrees
  • Compatible with connectable FSK cross cutting guide rail and FS guide rail
  • Safe and perfectly straight sawing along the guide rails, trimmed clear plastic splinter guard on guide rail edge is the cut line

Festool HK 55 Specifications

  • Model: Festool HK 55 EQ-F-Plus-FSK
  • No Load Speed: 2,000 – 5,200 RPM
  • Motor: 15 amps, 120V
  • Cutting Depth @ 90 Degrees: 2.15″
  • Cutting Depth @ 45 Degrees: 1-5/8″
  • Brake: Yes
  • Blade Position: Left
  • Warranty: 3 years limited
  • Price: $560

Pros

  • FSK Tracks Replace the Need for Table Saw and Miter Saw
  • Riving Knife Helps Tracking
  • Connects to Dust Extractor
  • Excellent Build Quality

Cons

  • Low Cutting Depth
  • Expensive
  • Lower Blade Speed

The Bottom Line

On paper, the Festool HK 55 doesn’t look like it can compete with the other saws on this list. However, this is one that you really have to try to realize how impressive it is. And keep in mind, this isn’t your everyday circular saw – it’s circular/table/miter saw functions give it a huge advantage for some Pros.

Kobalt K15CS-06AC 15-Amp 7-1/4-in Magnesium Corded Circular Saw with Brake

Best Circular Saw Buying Guide

Key Features

 

  • Powerful 15-amp motor delivers up to 6,200-RPM for performance and jobsite durability
  • 7-1/4-in carbide-tipped steel blade, blade wrench and edge guide are included
  • 56° bevel capacity for a wide variety of cuts
  • Electric brake for user safety
  • Built-in LED lights up work area in low light situations
  • Kobalt’s 5-year hassle-free warranty gives you peace of mind

Kobalt K15CS-06AC Specifications

  • Model: Kobalt K15CS-06AC
  • No Load Speed: 6200RPM
  • Motor: 15 amps, 120 volts
  • Cutting Depth @ 90 Degrees: 2-3/8″
  • Cutting Depth @ 45 Degrees: 1-9/16″
  • Weight: 11.68 lbs.
  • Brake: Yes
  • Blade Position: Right
  • Warranty: 5 years
  • Price: $89.00

Pros

  • Outstanding Blade Speed
  • Very Good Feature Set
  • Sub-$100 Pro Model
  • Very Good Warranty

Cons

  • Second Heaviest

The Bottom Line

With a solid feature set, the only thing holding the Kobalt KC15CS-06AC back is its weight and lack of Pro exposure. Still, for less than $90 with a 5-year warranty, this is worth checking out over other popular names.

Makita 5007MGA 7‑1/4″ Magnesium Circular Saw, with Electric Brake

Makita 5007MGA Circular Saw

Key Features

  • 15-Amp motor provides sufficient power to cut all grades of wood
  •  Lightweight Makita magnesium circular saw is easy to use
  •  Large cutting capacity gives multiple possible uses
  •  24-tooth Carbide-tipped blade is long lasting
  •  Electric brake maximizes productivity
  •  Big rubberized levers allow adjustments with one hand to save you time
  •  Reinforced power cord ensures maximum user safety
  •  Dust blower and two lights increase visibility for precise cuts

Makita 5007MGA Specifications

  • Model: Makita 5007MGA
  • No Load Speed: 5,800 RPM
  • Motor: 15 amps, 120V
  • Cutting Depth @ 90 Degrees: 2-1/2″
  • Cutting Depth @ 45 Degrees: 1-3/4″
  • Weight: 10.1 lbs.
  • Brake: Yes
  • Blade Position: Right
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Price: $169.99

Pros

  • Excellent Blade Speed
  • Excellent Cutting Depth
  • Excellent Feature Set
  • Excellent Build Quality

Cons

  • Somewhat Expensive

The Bottom Line

Aside from a price that’s ~$50 more than most of the competition, there’s really not much to complain about but there’s a lot to love with Makita’s 50007MGA – which is why it’s our overall winner!

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Milwaukee 6394 7-1/4″ Circular Saw with QUIK-LOK cord, Brake and Case

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Key Features

  • 15-amp, 3.0 HP motor pairs with 10.6 lbs to offer best available horsepower to weight ratio available in a 7-1/4-inch saw
  •  Power-assisted brake stops spin in moments
  •  Tilt-Lok handle adjusts to eight different positions for maximum comfort
  •  Quik-Lok cord release allows for easy cord replacement
  •  Aircraft aluminum shoe prevents bending
  •  Bevel capability up to 50 degrees

Milwaukee 6394 Specifications

  • Model: Milwaukee 6394
  • No Load Speed: 5,800 RPM
  • Motor: 15 amps, 120V AC
  • Cutting Depth @ 90 Degrees: 2-7/16″
  • Cutting Depth @ 45 Degrees: 1-13/16″
  • Weight: 10.6 lbs.
  • Brake: Yes
  • Blade Position: Right
  • Warranty: 5 years
  • Price: $169.99

Pros

  • Excellent Blade Speed
  • Very Good Cutting Depth
  • Very Good Feature Set
  • Very Good Warranty

Cons

  • Somewhat Expensive
  • No Cutline Blower

The Bottom Line

The Milwaukee 6394 goes toe-to-toe with Makita – even in price. It falters slightly with lower (but still adequate) cutting depth and doesn’t have a cutline blower. The pivoting handle is compelling, but our team doesn’t think it’s a huge difference-maker in the long run. At the end of the day, it’s a quality choice, especially if you find it on sale.

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Porter-Cable PCE310 15-Amp 7-1/4″ Magnesium Corded Circular Saw

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Key Features

  • 15-amp motor running at 5,500 RPM provides power and speed through applications
  • Magnesium shoe, metal upper and lower guards provide added durability
  • Spindle lock, depth adjust, 55° max bevel adjust with detents at 22.5° and 45° provide ease of use
  • Only 9-lbs, with AUX handle, provide comfort and clear line of sight

Porter-Cable PCE310 Specifications

  • Model: Porter-Cable PCE310
  • No Load Speed: 5,500 RPM
  • Motor: 15 amps, 120 volts
  • Cutting Depth @ 90 Degrees: 2.5″
  • Cutting Depth @ 45 Degrees: 1.875″
  • Weight: 9 lbs.
  • Brake: No
  • Blade Position: Right
  • Warranty: 3 years limited
  • Price: $66.99

Pros

  • Excellent Weight
  • Excellent Cutting Depth

Cons

  • No Blade Brake
  • No Cutline Blower

The Bottom Line

When you’re looking to get decent performance and features without breaking the bank, Porter-Cable’s PCE310 is a good buy at less than $70. Just keep in mind you can move up to Pro level for another $20 – $30.

Ridgid R3205 15 Amp 7-1/4 in. Circular Saw

Best Circular Saw Buying Guide

Key Features

  • Powerful 15 Amp Motor with 5,800 RPMs – Features sealed bearings and high grade materials for long lasting professional performance
  • Heavy Gauge Aluminum Base – Engineered for improved durability on the jobsite
  • 0-56° Bevel Detent System – Positive stops at 6 common cut angles for quick adjustments
  • Full Length Front and Rear Kerf Indicators – For added cutting precision
  • Integrated Sightline Blower – Helps clear cut line for improved visibility
  • Ratcheting Lock Levers – Can be secured in multiple positions
  • 24 Tooth Carbide Tipped Blade – For smooth cross and rip cuts as well as longer life
  • Hex Grip – Innovative micro texture for secure grip and maximum user comfort
  • Externally Accessible Brushes – Minimizes downtime

Ridgid R3205 Specifications

  • Model: Ridgid R3205
  • No Load Speed: 5,800 RPM
  • Motor: 15 amps, 120 volts
  • Cutting Depth @ 90 Degrees: 2.375″
  • Cutting Depth @ 45 Degrees: 1.75″
  • Weight: 11 lbs.
  • Brake: No
  • Blade Position: Right
  • Warranty: Lifetime Service Agreement
  • Price: $99.00

Pros

  • Excellent Blade Speed
  • Sub-$100 Pro Model
  • Outstanding Warranty
  • Very Good Feature Set

Cons

  • No Blade Brake
  • On the Heavy Side

The Bottom Line

The only two knocks against the Ridgid R3205 are its weight and lack of a blade break. However, $99 is a low enough price to seriously consider this saw if the blade brake isn’t a deal-breaker for your crew.

Ryobi CSB144LZK 15 AMP 7-1/4″ Circular Saw

Best Circular Saw Buying Guide

Key Features

 

  • Heavy-duty 15 Amp motor for cutting various types of lumber
  • Exact line laser alignment system improves cutting accuracy
  • Adjustable bevel from 0° to 51.5°, with positive stops at 45° and 51.5°
  • Air diverter and dust exhaust keep the line of cut clear while directing particles away from the user
  • Spindle lock for easier blade changes
  • Adjustable depth of cut with scale for quick reference
  • Ergonomically designed handle with GripZone overmold for added user comfort
  • Easy-reach lower guard handles to accommodate plunge cutting
  • Lock lever for quick and easy depth of cut adjustment
  • On-board wrench storage for added convenience
  • 24-tooth carbide-tipped blade stays sharp for a smooth, fast cut
  • 10 ft. cord for added convenience

 

Ryobi CSB144LZK Specifications

  • Model: Ryobi CSB144LZK
  • No Load Speed: 5,200 RPM
  • Motor: 15 amps, 120V
  • Cutting Depth @ 90 Degrees: 2-7/16″
  • Cutting Depth @ 45 Degrees: 1-7/8″
  • Weight: 7.9 lbs.
  • Brake: no
  • Blade Position: Right
  • Warranty: 3 years limited
  • Price: $69.00

Pros

  • Outstanding Weight
  • Very Good Cutting Depth

Cons

  • Low Blade Speed
  • No Blade Brake
  • No Cutline Blower
  • Plastic Lower Blade Guard

The Bottom Line

Ryobi pulls together an adequate circular saw for the serious DIYer where a couple of tradeoffs are offset with weight under 8 pounds.

Skilsaw SPT67M8-01 7-1/4″ Southpaw Sidewinder Circular Saw

Best Circular Saw Buying Guide

Key Features

  • Left blade SIDEWINDER improves blade and cut line accuracy and visibility
  • All-Magnesium construction reduces user fatigue and adds durability
  • Powerful Dual-Field Motor increases cooling and extends tool life
  • Best-in-class torque improves productivity and increases speed of cut
  • Extended 56 degree bevel adds capacity for a wider variety of cuts
  • Ergonomic handle with soft grip provides comfortable grip for both left and right handed users
  • Worm drive styled guards directs dust away from user
  • Lightweight design reduces user fatigue
  • STAY TRUE Guarantee 180 days to return saw with no questions and 1 year limited warranty

Skilsaw SPT67M8-01 Specifications

  • Model: Skilsaw SPT67M8-01
  • No Load Speed: 5,300 RPM
  • Motor: 15 amps, 120V
  • Cutting Depth @ 90 Degrees: 2-7/16″
  • Cutting Depth @ 45 Degrees: 1-7/8″
  • Weight: 8.9 lbs.
  • Brake: no
  • Blade Position: Left
  • Warranty: 1 year limited
  • Price: $129.00

Pros

  • Very Good Cutting Depth
  • Excellent Weight
  • Higher Torque
  • Excellent Build Quality

Cons

  • No Blade Brake

The Bottom Line

We love that Skilsaw came out with a blade-left sidewinder that keeps the weight under 9 pounds. If not for the lack of a blade brake, the combination of performance, features, and price make it a shoe-in for the best circular saw overall.

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Why a Corded Circular Saw?

You’ll find a circular saw in nearly every Pros arsenal. Corded models offer nearly infinite power as long as electricity is hooked up or there’s a generator nearby. And with most models offering a 15-amp motor, you get reliably solid power. Even the DIY models can make an effective cut with decent speed using an excellent blade. Around the country, these benefits make Pros keep choosing the cord over cordless convenience. Plus, corded tools don’t force you to stick with one brand’s battery platform – you can get the best tool in each class no matter who makes it.

What Are the Criteria?

Considering the best circular saw is a little easier than breaking down the incredible number of cordless saws out there, but most brands still have most than one model on the market. We chose only saws that have a 15-amp motor for consideration and went with the newest models from there. We looked at blade speed, watts out or horsepower (where available), bevel capacity and stops, blade orientation, other features, construction, and price.

Rating Key

  • Outstanding – best in this class
  • Excellent – not the top, but close
  • Very Good – solid, nothing to be ashamed of here
  • Good – It’ll work, but we wouldn’t want to go any lower

Disagree With Our Choices?

That’s okay! We know personal preferences take a front seat in determining the best circular saw for you, and every Pro is different. Do Pro Tool Nation a favor and tell us what your top pick is and why you love it. Feel free to put it in the comments below or on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

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David S
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I’ve been wanting a new circular saw to replace my 20 or 30 some-odd year old B&D, and my 40 or 50 some-odd year old all metal B&D 7 1/4″ saws. I was pretty much set on a Skilsaw; either the SPT67WM-22 or SPT67WL-01, but I can’t seem to find out what the difference between them is, and queries to PTR have gone unanswered . I was pretty much set on one of the two until I found the SPT67WMB-01. Like the Makita, it has a blade brake, it also has a sight line blower, magnesium housing and shoe, and… Read more »
Chris Philhower
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Hello. I am not a Contractor. Just a “Hobbyist”.. Was looking for a 7 1/4″ Circular Saw to replace my Old, Makita 6 1/2″ Red Tech Series saw. That was purchased back in the late 80s from a Comb Catalog. The saw still works Great. Just wanted a bigger saw. Looked around at different local Hardware stores. Was not impressed with the Craftsman saw. Felt flimsy. Found the Makita 5007MGA with Brake on display. Bought one. That is one MEAN saw. As I am used to handling the 6 1/2″. Frankly, It scare me a bit when I use it.… Read more »
Peter Desmond
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I prefer a worm drive. I chose a DeWalt over Milwaukee at the time because of the blade guard not hanging up when you cut a compound bevel. Yes it weighs more. The torque action is in line with the cutting direction. The torque action with a sidewinder is perpendicular to the line of travel. The worm drive in my opinion is easier to control.

Joe
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You list the Dewalt circ saw as blade left when it’s blade right. As usual you continue to disrespect Dewalt products. I get it. Your Milwaukee and Makita guys but I’m sorry to tell you Dewalt is a superior brand in most categories. Including the dsc577 which blows away every saw on the market cordless OR corded……..

Tim Deininger
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Rear handle saws are not ergonomic.

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