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Best Circular Saw - UK Tool Reviews

In this article we review, what we believe to be the best circular saws, currently available on the UK marketplace. There are a lot of electric powered saws available, and of all of these, the circular saw, along with the mini circular saw version, is without doubt the most popular. Most importantly ,It is the biggest selling type of electric saw on the market.

There are also sub types of circular saws, such as table saws and mitre saws. We will be looking at the various other types available and giving out view on which are the best value. As always, its best to shop around before you buy!

Circular saws were invented in the late 18th century and were in common use in mills in the United States by the middle of the 19th century. They are mostly used for cutting wood but can also cut metal, plastic and masonry depending on what type of blade you are using. They are now a common tool in the home workshop and because of their flexibility they are essential for any DIY enthusiast or professional tradesman.

There are different types of circular saw blades and each are specifically designed for a particular material which they are intended to cut and in cutting wood are specifically designed so that they can make rip cuts, cross-cuts, or a combination of the two.

Circular saw blades are specially designed for each particular material they are intended to cut and in cutting wood are specifically designed for making rip-cuts, cross-cuts, or a combination of both


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A good quality circular saw can cost from £40-140 and you pretty much get what you pay for. You will find a big difference in quality over these price ranges and I always try to go for the best I can afford in a tool if its something that I intend to use regularly. This is a tool that you cant afford to skimp on and low quality models of this tool can actually be dangerous especially if you are new to this type of tool.

Top 5 Rated Circular Saws

Just below you will find a table, where we have placed our choices of circular saws in order. The order we have used is the highest buyer rated first. In other words we have placed the saws in the order, of what buyers judged their quality to be. Actual buyer reviews are one of the nest ways to judge the quality of any tool.

We have also included average UK prices, but be aware that these are always subject to change. Always check on the exact date and time when you are making any purchase. The ratings are ours, and we update these on a regular weekly basis.

If you click on the product name, you will be taken to Amazon UK, where you can read other buyer reviews. In this table we have included our ranking, the product name, an average UK price, our rating and our grade. The Rating is out of 5.

Rank

Name

Rating

Price

Grade

1

Makita DSS610Z Cordless Li-Ion Circular Saw (Body Only), 18 V

4.8

£102

A+

2

DeWalt 18V 165mm XR Lithium-Ion Body Only Circular Saw

4.8

£118

A+

3

Evolution RAGE1-B Multi-Purpose Circular Saw, 185 mm (230V)

4.6

£65

A

4

BLACK+DECKER CD602 Circular Saw

4.5

£45

A-

5

VonHaus 1200W 185mm Multi-Purpose Circular Saw 240V Bevel Angle Joint Cuts

4.5

£42

A-

These are our top 5 picks. We have based these on what we believe to be the best value for money. At the end of the day, the one you pick will come down to your available budget, and how much use it is going to get, but try to go for the best that you can afford. Also keep in mind that we are recommending ALL of these models, there are no bad ones here.

Circular Saw Summary Reviews

Underneath, we have completed short and concise reviews, on these top 5 products. That way you can see at a glance, which one is the best choice for you. Just click on any of the links and you will go straight to Amazon where you can find more reviews as well as getting the latest offers.

No 1 Choice - Makita DSS610Z Cordless Li-Ion Circular Saw (Body Only), 18 V Review

Makita DSS610Z Cordless Li-Ion Circular Saw (Body Only), 18 V

Average UK Price = £102

Number one rated circular saw
    • Cordless model
    • Powerful 360w motor
    • Li-ion battery
    • Double safety trigger
    • High speed 3700 rpm motor
Powerful 360 W maximum output

There are plenty of buyers for this circular saw. Obviously it is more expensive than you would normally pay for a standard circular saw, but it is a big mistake not to buy the best you can afford with this type of tool, quality is king in this case.


No 2 Choice - DeWalt 18V 165mm XR Lithium-Ion Body Only Circular Saw Review

DeWalt 18V 165mm XR Lithium-Ion Body Only Circular Saw

Average UK Price = £120

Number two rated circular saw
    • Cordless model
    • High speed 3700 rpm motor
    • Fan cooled motor / replaceable brushes 
    • Intelligent trigger control
Delivers fast cutting action up to 3700
Blade Length 300mm/12in             

No 3 Choice - Evolution RAGE1-B Multi-Purpose Circular Saw, 185 mm (230V)Review

Evolution RAGE1-B Multi-Purpose Circular Saw, 185 mm (230V)

Average Price = £65

Number three rated circular saw
    • 0-45 degrees bevel
    • Adjustable cut depth
    • Clear visibility cutting panel
    • 3 years warranty
Quick easy blade change and tension system
    Quick easy blade change and tension system

    No 4 Choice - BLACK+DECKER CD602 Circular Saw Review

    BLACK+DECKER CD602 Circular Saw

    Average UK Price = £45

    Number four rated circular saw
    TCT Saw Blade and Rip fence included             
    • 0-45 degrees bevel
    • Adjustable cut depth
    • Clear visibility cutting panel
    • 3 years warranty

    No 5 Choice - VonHaus 1200W 185mm Multi-Purpose Circular Saw 240V Bevel Angle Joint Cuts Review

    VonHaus 1200W 185mm Multi-Purpose Circular Saw 240V Bevel Angle Joint Cuts

    Average UK Price = £42

    Number five rated circular saw
      • Powerful 1200W input. Multiple bevel angle settings for joint cuts
      • Sizeable 185mm TCT tip blade with 65mm maximum cutting depth
      • No spindle wrench is needed to change blades
      • No Load Speed: 5000rpm - Dust extraction facility
      • Manufacturer 2 Year Warranty Included
    Manufacturer 2 Year Warranty Included

    Circular Saw Buying Guide

    The Dewalt and Makita models are head and shoulders above the other makers but this is well reflected in their high price. They are a very popular choice for UK buyers and you really do get what you pay for in this type of tool. There are several basic things you should look for though when you are considering a purchase.

    Tools like this can be a very expensive purchase and if you intend to use it on a regular basis then it makes sense to do your research thoroughly. It always pays to shop around once you make your decision as bargains can always be found.

    What types of blades are available?


    The blades used for cutting wood are nearly always Tungsten Carbide tipped (TCT), but high speed steel (HSS) blades are also common too. Most saw bases can be adjusted for depth of cut and can tilt up to 45° and sometimes 50° and I would always recommend buying a saw with this facility as it very handy.

     Adjusting the depth of cut helps minimize any kickback that you might experience. Different diameter blades can be matched to each individual saw and they range from 14 centimetres (5.5 in) to 61 centimetres (24 in).

    Blades for cutting wood are almost universally tungsten carbide tipped (TCT), but high speed steel (HSS) blades are also available. The saw base can be adjusted for depth of cut and can tilt up to 45° and sometimes 50° in relation to the blade. Adjusting the depth of cut helps minimize kickback. Different diameter blades are matched to each saw and are available ranging from 14 centimetres (5.5 in) to 61 centimetres (24 in).

    Video - How to Use a Circular Saw?

    I found this useful video, which explains how to use a circular saw properly. There is a method where you can avoid any risk of an injury, especially cutting your hand. Remember that these tools are extremely powerful and should always be used with care. Also they should be stored in a safe place.

    Never leave a tool like this plugged in on your bench.

    Safe Use of a Circular Saw

    If you have never used one of these saws before, then please watch the video above. There is a knack to using these so as you do not want to cut yourself or damage the wood you are cutting.

    You have to learn to let the blade of the saw do all the work. If you find it really hard to cut then you are doing it wrong, it should be smooth and easy and safety should be your number one concern as these saws are extremely powerful and can be very dangerous in the wrong hands.

    In conclusion, all the models we have reviewed are good quality and good value for money. Any one of them would be a useful addition to any workman's tool cabinet. If you are like me, you will always try to get the best tool I can afford. Certainly the Makita model is the best all round value as far as I am concerned and on this occasion its not the most expensive on my list.


    Understanding Their uses

    Most of the expensive circular saws come with kerf indicators and will have a high base alignment. This helps to give a much smother cut on any material. I would also take in to consideration what exactly you are going to be using the saw for. If its just for small DIY projects, that's one thing but if you are using it daily in the construction business than that a whole different thing. The professional will need a unit that's powerful as well as sturdy and long lasting.

    Really these saws are just a rotating motor with a blade bolted on. The blade then rotates at high speed, doing all the cutting work with little effort from the user. This certainly allows you to do a lot more work in a lot less time.

    You cant possibly be careful enough when using one of these saws. Many times I have seen some properly severe injuries from misuse and I cant emphasise enough that these can be lethal in the wrong hands.

    These saws come in a wide range of styles and sizes as well as varying levels of power. You may think that there are far too many choices but really there is a saw for every user. Don't rush to buy but take your time and make sure you are not buying something that's not good enough for your job. Also don't be spending £200 to buy something to cut up firewood.

    Lastly, don't be swayed by any fancy features such as laser guidance, for instance. Just stick to a basic good quality tool from a known maker and you wont go wrong.


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