Best Circular Saw [2019]

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Best Overall: Dewalt DWS535B Worm Drive Circular Saw
Generally, we aren’t going to list the most expensive option as the best overall, but when the shoe fits, you wear it. This is the most powerful, most feature-packed circular saw that we saw. The all-metal body and the magnesium blade are a great bonus. Make sure to get the “B” (for brake) version!

Best Value: Makita 5477NB Hypoid Saw
As far as value goes, Makita did a great job with the Makita 5477NB Hypoid Saw. It has a strong motor, a special gearing system, and the durability to last forever (nearly).

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Makita 5477NB Hypoid Saw

  • Hypoid gears for better performance
  • Oil bath technology
  • Thin guard for tighter cutting ability

Best For Beginners: WORX Worxsaw 4-1/2 Inch Compact Circular Saw WX429L
When you don’t need a ton of power, or a ton of weight, the Worxsaw is the best option. It is ultra-lightweight, easy to hold, and easy to use. Unless you’re on a construction site, this will be sufficient.

How We Picked

With so many to choose from, where do you start? Marketing departments are spending millions to convince you that they’ve got the best products, best features, and best prices. From laser sights to hanging points, to electrical impedance safeties, what is right for you?

Well, that’s exactly where this list can help you out.

We’ve put together a list of the 11 best circular saws for 2019. These are the circular saws that we’ve found to be the best value for your money while making sure to get the job done right.

If you’ve been searching for the best circular saw, then this list is for you.

#1 Dewalt DWS535B Worm Drive Circular Saw

Dewalt DWS535B Worm Drive Circular Saw

Specs:

  • AMP: 15
  • RPM: 4,800
  • Blade Diameter: 7 1/4″ (7.25in)
  • Magnesium Base Plate
  • 13.8 pounds

The Dewalt DWS535B Worm Drive Circular Saw is great for heavy-duty jobs. It’s strong and durable and doesn’t get bogged down, even in the worst of situations. But, it’s HEAVY! If you are looking for a circular saw for your DIY projects, look elsewhere. If you want a circular saw that will cut through anything, and take the abuse of a construction site, this the DWS535B is perfect.

Dewalt DWS535B Worm Drive Circular Saw side

Dewalt has been around for quite some time, providing some of the best tools for any work site for years. And, starting out our list of the best circular saws is the Dewalt DWS535B Worm Drive Circular Saw.

Let’s get this out of the way first – this is the most expensive circular saw on our list.

Now that we’ve addressed the price, let’s talk about the DWS535B (B stands for “brake”. You want this option not the DWS535).

Dewalt DWS535B Worm Drive Circular Saw front

Dewalt built this thing for WORK. The motor is super strong and able to cut through most any material without much bogging down (if any). It can work with 7 1/4” (7.25in) blades and will reach a maximum of 4,800 RPMs. You can reach a cut depth of 2 7/16” at 90 degrees and a cut depth of 1 7/8” at 45 degrees.

As for the body, it is built using almost all metal, instead of cheap plastic on less important parts. The base plate is made out of magnesium, which won’t bend or flex too much. Plus, the base plate is ribbed for structural rigidity and reduced flex.

Dewalt DWS535B Worm Drive Circular Saw top

The cord is reinforced using the “Toughcord” system from Dewalt. They state that the cord can withstand 4x the normal jerk before failure of other standard power cords. If you tend to be a little harder on your power cords, this could be helpful.

Overall

This is the most expensive circular saw that we put on the list, be it is built to be a workhorse. If you want a dependable work site circular saw, the Dewalt DWS535B Worm Drive Circular Saw should be at the top of your list too.

#2 Makita 5007F Circular Saw

Makita 5007F Circular Saw

Specs:

  • AMP: 15
  • RPM: 5,800
  • Blade Diameter: 7 1/4″ (7.25in)
  • Aluminum Base Plate
  • 11.1 pounds

The Makita 5007F Circular Saw is a great option for the work site or a weekend DIY project. It’s fairly light, weighing in at only 11.1 pounds. It does not have a variable speed control or electric brake, so be careful when you finish your cuts.

Makita 5007F Circular Saw cutting into wood

Unlike other competitors, Makita doesn’t use bright colors to grab your attention. Instead, they focus their attention on building high-quality, ultra-durable, price-conscious tools perfect for the work site or a weekend DIY project.

Makita 5007F Circular Saw close-up

The Makita 5007F Circular Saw is designed to cut through most materials with ease. The motor may not be as strong as some of the more expensive circular saws reviewed, but Makita made up for the torque aspect by spinning the blade at an insane 5,800 RPMs. It works with a 7 1/4” (7.25in) blade and can reach a cut depth of 2 3/8” at 90 degrees and a cut depth of 1 3/4″ at 45 degrees. The base plate is made out of aluminum, which will bend some if pinned up or dropped. But overall, it is built to last.

Makita 5007F Circular Saw on wood

Overall

For what the Makita 5007F Circular Saw costs, this is an absolute steal. The high-speed motor really takes the work out of most cuts, plus the saw can work with multiple materials including tile and metal. While it does not have a variable speed control, or an electronic brake, it still does the job well. If you want a high-quality, budget-friendly circular saw that will handle almost any job, this is a great place to start.

#3 SKIL 20V 6-1/2 Inch Cordless Circular Saw

SKIL 20V 6-12 Inch Cordless Circular Saw

Specs:

  • Volts: 20
  • RPM: 4,500
  • Blade Diameter: 6 1/2″ (6.50in)
  • Stainless Steel Base Plate
  • 7.66 pounds.

The SKIL 20V 6-1/2 Inch Cordless Circular Saw is great for the DIY’er. It has a lot of desirable features, paired with a strong 20V battery system. It can reach speeds up to 4,500 RPM and has a fairly deep cutting depth. Weighing only 7.66 pounds, it’s easy to carry around and maneuver.

SKIL 20V 6-12 Inch Cordless Circular Saw back

SKIL has made a name for themselves in the power tool industry. While other brands such as Dewalt and Makita tend to overshadow SKIL, they still create quality tools that are worth your time and money.

The SKIL 20V 6-1/2 Inch Cordless Circular Saw is a great cordless option for light duty work. This saw can work with 6 1/2″ (6.50in) blades and will reach a maximum of 4,500 RPMs. As far as cut depth is concerned, it can cut as deep as 2 1/8” at 90 degrees and as deep as 1 3/4″ at 45 degrees. And, SKIL included an easy-to-read saw guide to keep all your cuts in line and on point.

SKIL 20V 6-12 Inch Cordless Circular Saw on wood

The body is made of plastic, rubber, and steel to keep the weight down. The base plate is made out of stainless steel, again for keeping weight down, but can be damaged fairly easily if dropped or pinned underneath something.

The 20v power system is built under their PWRCore system and is designed to give you the most, even when the battery is nearly drained. The PWRCore system actually has a temperature management system (TMS) to keep the battery from overheating, which can cause significant power loss.

SKIL 20V 6-12 Inch Cordless Circular Saw battery

Overall

For the weekend warrior, this is a great option. While it isn’t built for hours and hours of use, it is built to get you through most projects without any problems. The 20v PWRCore system will make sure that the last cut is the same as the first cut. If you want a good cordless circular saw, the SKIL 20V 6-1/2 Inch Cordless Circular Saw is a good option.

#4 Bosch CS5 Circular Saw

Bosch CS5 Circular Saw

Specs:

  • AMP: 15
  • RPM: 6,200
  • Blade Diameter: 7 1/4″ (7.25in)
  • Aluminum Base Plate
  • 10.0 pounds.

The Bosch CS5 Circular Saw could be used on a professional job site but is priced more for the casual woodworker and DIYer. The motor is powerful, able to get up to 6,200 RPMs and switching out blades is easy with the onboard blade wrench storage system. The left-bladed system makes it easier to see where you are cutting but can kick sawdust back in the user’s face too.

Bosch CS5 Circular Saw angled cut

The 15A motor is built to work. And while it could do double-duty as a work site/at home circular saw, it is better for smaller jobs. It uses a 7 1/4″ (7.25in) blade and can reach 6,200 RPMs. In fact, this is the fastest cutting saw in its class. And, it is still able to cut as far down as 2 7/16” at 90 degrees and 1 7/8” at 45 degrees.

Bosch CS5 Circular Saw angle

The circular saw is left-bladed, meaning the blade is on the left side of the body (made for lefties) but gives greater cut visibility to right-handers. The base plate is made of aluminum and can withstand a decent amount of abuse before bending.

Bosch CS5 Circular Saw angle cut through plywood

The Bosch CS5 Circular Saw has a few other features including spindle lock for each blade change, anti-snag guard, soft grip handle, and an unobstructed view of the cut line. It also includes a 24-tooth, carbide blade which is good for more general purpose work.