What is the best cordless circular saw for the market


What is the best cordless circular saw for the market

Hint: It’s not what you’re looking at.

Looking for the best cordless circular saw on the market? Maybe I can help. Here are 5 good candidates that I’ve compared. First and foremost is finding out what the market is!

With the market moving away from corded power tools to cordless tools the workforce is now more mobile than ever. Gone are the days when you’d go to a tract home construction site and have to step over multiple cords due to a whole crew of carpenters working on the same home.

Nowadays, each individual can move from home to home without having to wrap cords up, secure them and then lug the whole bundle of tools to the next house. No wonder cordless tools have become the standard of technology for the industry.

So there are several factors to look for in cordless tools, such as battery material and life, amperage draw, and power of the tool. With manufacturers building several different tools on any particular battery platform, attention must be paid to whether batteries and a charger are included in the price.

A little heads up on prices. Prices change on the market as often as Pamela Sue Anderson changes boyfriends, so these quotes are only estimates.

The first one we’ll rate is the Ridgid Genuine OEM R8652B with the 7-1/4 inch blade.

best cordless circular saw for the market

That size of blade gives extra cutting depth compared to the competition, but it also requires more startup power from the battery and results in less torque at the teeth. The Ridgid also seems to be the most expensive.

Unit: Ridgid Genuine OEM R8652B Gen5X Cordless Circular Saw
Price: Bare tool $110.00 (No Battery)
Battery Voltage: 18 volts
Blade Dia: 7-1/4″
Max Cutting Depth: 2.44 In.
Tool Weight: 10 lbs
Battery pack/Charger kit: Ridgid Combo Kit # 130383031-BC-140154001
Batt/Charger Price: $160.00
Total price for tool and battery kit: $270.00

The MGT9000 Tool-O-Meter gives the Ridgid tool a 7/10 rating.

Next Up: The Milwaukee M18 2630-20 unit.

The Milwaukee is still low on the voltage rating, and the speed starts out at 3500, the blade is smaller, meaning more torque getting to the teeth, and less power usage. The weight is a little lower than the Ridgid.

Unit: Milwaukee M18 2630-20 18V Li-on 6-1/2 in
Price: Bare Tool $82.00 (No Battery)
Voltage: 18 volts
RPM: 3500 RPM
Blade Dia: 6.5″
Max Cutting Depth: N/A
Weight: 8.5 lbs
Battery/Charger Kit: Milwaukee 48-59-1850 M18 18-Volt Lithium-Ion XC Starter Kit with (1) 5.0Ah Battery and Charger
Battery/Charger Kit Price: $127.00
Total price for tool and battery kit: $209.00

The MGT9000 Tool-O-Meter gives the Milwaukee tool a 8/10 rating.

The next tool we’ll look at is the Bosch Model CCS180B.

best cordless circular saw for the market

Bosch is still using the 18-volt battery system, unlike the two top contenders. Bosch makes a top of the line drill driver, very compact and light with a lot of torque. So it’s not surprising that Bosch made it to the list. The three aspects Bosch has going for it are the price, the speed, and the low weight

Unit: Bosch CCS180B 18-Volt Li-Ion 6.5 Circular Saw
Price: Bare tool $119.00 (No Battery)
Battery Voltage: 18 volts
RPM: 3900
Blade Dia: 6.5
Max Cutting Depth: 2 in
Total Weight: 6.6
Battery/Charger Kit: Bosch SKC181-101 
Battery/Charger Kit Price: $80
Total price for tool and battery kit: $199.00

The MGT9000 Tool-O-Meter gives the Bosch tool a 9/10 rating.

Now for the Craftsman C3.

best cordless circular saw for the market

Craftsman comes in with the higher voltage batteries and higher RPMs, which translates to more staying power and a quicker cut. The weight is questionable as two different sources give two different weights. Crafstman has a good reputation and a good guarantee, so expect to get a quality tool from them.

Unit: Craftsman C3 19.2-Volt 6 1/2 in Circular Saw model CT2040
Price: Bare tool $97.00 (No Battery)
Voltage: 19.2 volts
RPM: 4700 RPM
Blade Dia: 6.5 in
Max Cutting Depth: 2”
Weight: Sears says 12 lbs w/o battery
Battery/Charger Kit: Craftsman C3 19.2-Volt Lithium-Ion Compact Battery & Charger Starter Kit
Battery/Charger Kit Price: $82.00
Total price for tool and battery kit: $174.00

The MGT9000 Tool-O-Meter gives the Craftsman tool a 9.5/10 rating.

Now the DeWALT rating.

best cordless circular saw for the market

DeWALT hits the competition hard with the most voltage, 20V, for the most power, the most RPMs for the fastest cut, and lower in weight than all the others except the Bosch, at 7.1 lbs. The DeWALT easily comes out on the top in this particular comparison.

Unit: Dewalt DCS391B 20-Volt MAX Li-Ion Circular Saw
Price: Bare tool $109.00 (No Battery)
Voltage: 20 Volts
RPM: 5150 RPM
Blade Dia: 6.5 in
Max Cutting Depth: 2 1/4
Weight: 7.1 lbs
Battery/Charger Kit: DEWALT 20V MAX Battery and Charger Kit with Bag, 5.0Ah (DCB205CK)
Battery/Charger Kit Price: 100.00
Total for tool and battery kit: $209.00

The MGT9000 Tool-O-Meter gives the DeWALT tool a 10/10 rating.

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There you have it, Mister Goodtools’ rating of the best cordless circular saw for the market!

Leave me a comment, if you find something you want to add, let me know!

Steve “Mister Goodtools”

4 thoughts on “What is the best cordless circular saw for the market

  1. Hey Steve,

    That’s an excellent piece of review you have here, very informative and precise. Well I’ve got just one question, well beside the features which you have covered for each of those circular saws, how long does the batteries last for each?

    I have seen some great voltage units there and they’re just awesome. I would be grateful if you could please brief me on how long the saws run on battery before they run out of charge and how long it takes to recharge them?

    All in all, that was one great review, I was shifting in between the lines and just couldn’t figure which to choose on, however I would go for the Bosch Model CCS180B since its lighter, much cheaper and off course has a max cut of 2″.


    1. Hi Joseph, here is an article from DeWalt on battery usage. DeWalt Battery Usage. The trouble with runtime is not knowing what the usage will be. Thick hardwood will sap the battery more than a softer wood. Also how often is the usage, are you cutting a couple of pieces, fitting them in then cutting a few more, or are you planning on cutting a whole fence worth of wood all at once. I would say with constant use, you should get a minimum of an hour usage out of a charge. With that said, I’m going to go test one out to see how long it really lasts! Thanks for the questions!


  2. Hello Steve.

    After reading this comparison, I’m seriously considering the Dewalt but I have a couple questions that maybe you can help with.

    I’ll be using this saw for mostly home projects and I’m still in the learning phase myself. I see that the battery kits have to be purchases separate but appear to only come with one battery. I would like to have a minimum of two so that I can keep working while the other is charging.

    So here are my questions:

    Can you recommend an extra battery option?
    Do the compact batteries last as long as the regular size ones?

    I’m not sure how to tell but I assume smaller means less. I have not seen the option to get two batteries with the charger unless I missed something but that would be even better.

    Thanks in advance

    1. Hey Darren, so to answer your questions, the 5.0AH battery is going to last longer than the smaller one. And that all depends on how you use it, as in; thickness of wood, is it a constant two hour marathon sawing session, etc etc. It takes about 90 minutes to recharge and with heavy use, you could run the battery down in about an hour, and that is heavy usage. Around the house that would probably never happen unless you’re finishing your basement or something. Here’s a link for a pair of the 5.0AH batteries with the charger. Dewalt 5.0AH Batteries. Although for around the house, you could get away with the 3.0AH batteries. (But who wants to go for the lesser power!) Hope this helps!


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