Of the tools you must have in your tool shed, a circular saw and a cordless drill should top your list. Besides, don’t settle for just any saw. We carefully selected and reviewed the most reliable circular saws of 2018, so that you can find the right model for you. You should buy a sturdy circular saw, one that will serve you for up to twenty years. Below are a few tips that should guide you when buying a circular saw.
The Size of the Blade
Although circular saw blades come in different types and sizes, the most common have a diameter of 7.25 inches. These can slice up material with a diameter of three inches. One can also choose from an array of different varieties; some of which can even cut other materials besides wood.
Types of Circular Saws
Circular saws come in different shapes and sizes. There are the popular small and larger worm-drive saws that feature a handle to the left of the rear of the blade, providing a clear view of a right-handed user. These circular saws are also a bit heavy and have a higher rotating force than the popular lighter sidewinder circular saws.
In sidewinder saws, the handle is positioned above the blade, which is affixed to the right of the tool. Since they are more compact and lighter, they are usually cheaper than worm-drive saws and can spin at a speed of about 6000 rpm. So, my advice is that you should go for the sidewinder circular saw.
Ideal Power of Circular Saws
When buying a circular saw, you will also need to decide how much power you want. If you are using the saw infrequently, you might be better off buying a low capacity saw, between 10 and 12 amps. Otherwise, the 15 amp standard saw is recommended for most sawing work. The difference in cost may not be that significant; but why spend extra when you can still use a less powerful yet durable saw that will serve you for years?
Buying a cordless or a corded circular saw
If beauty and aesthetics are a big deal to you, cordless saws are nice to have. But they are also pricey. Is appearance a big deal to you? Then perhaps you should go ahead and buy a cordless saw. Personally, I won’t since I consider function as the main mitigating factor. In any case, I have power outlets within distances that can effortlessly be bridged by an extension cable.
I bet a corded saw will serve your needs just fine. It helps if the cord is longer as opposed to short cords that usually come with cheap saws.
Unlike in the past, circular cordless saws have evolved to the point of being relied upon by professionals. However, you should consider purchasing the same brand of cordless appliances to avoid potential device malfunction.
Don’t be deceived by the appearance of sidewinder saws since, safe for their variation in colour, they look similar from a distance. However, on close examination, you will realize their subtle differences. To be sure, take a trip down to your nearest shop and test-drive the tool yourself.
Feel how your hand grips the handle. Test how easy it is to operate it, noting its weight in the process. You also need to be able to see the blade and have easy access to other vital components for a seamless operation.
And now … the blades!
A lot of circular saws today feature a carbide-tipped multi-use blade for sawing wood. Although this type of blade should suffice for your needs, there are a host of other blades for whatever purpose you may think of, e.g., blades for sawing wood, concrete, tile or metal. If your work requires precise cuts, a blade with more teeth will do a splendid job. In any case, changing blades is a breeze if you know how.
Always observe proper safety practices by using your brand new circular saw correctly and according to the manual.