Hint: It’s not what you’re looking at, either.
Looking for the best cordless circular saw on the market? Maybe you need a little help. Here are 5 good candidates in our comparison.
But first and foremost it’s important to find 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.
That size of
|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|
|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 an 8/10 rating.
The next tool we’ll look at is the Bosch Model CCS180B.
Bosch is still using the 18-volt battery system, unlike the two top contenders. Bosch makes an excellent top of the line drill driver, very compact and lightweight 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|
|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.
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.
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!
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