Tool innovation makes me smile. When I first picked up the Kobalt Tools 24V brushless circular saw I knew the company had done something different. The tool even looks different. The thinner, wider brushless motor belied some kind of engineering voodoo of which I was not yet aware. As it turns out, voodoo had nothing to do […]
Have you spent time checking circular saw accuracy? Did you even know that you should? Whether guiding against a rafter square or straightedge or just following a line freehand, your saw needs to be in tune for efficient cutting. That means having accurate cutline markers and the shoe set parallel with the blade. Checking Circular […]
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Skilsaw recently introduced the Skilsaw Southpaw Blade Left Sidewinder, an all-magnesium circular saw featuring blade left orientation and Skilsaw’s Dual-Field Motor design. The saw has a 56-degree precision beveling capacity and includes a 24-tooth Skilsaw carbide blade along with a multi-function wrench stored on board. Our Take Blade Left Vs Blade Right From the company that […]
The Makita Cordless Rear-Handle Circular Saw was introduced back in February with great fanfare at World of Concrete. It hit the market in April and we’ve had plenty of time to use – and put it up against 15 other cordless circular saws in a shootout. See how Makita did in our cordless circular saw shootout! What’s […]
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You’d be hard-pressed to find a jobsite without a circular saw, an indispensable tool for framing, long crosscuts, and even beveling. So what’s the difference between Sindewinders and Worm Drives? Isn’t a circular saw just a circular saw? *Buzzer Sound!* Actually, no. Sidewinder circular saws and Worm Drive circular saws perform essentially the same function and you […]
The new Milwaukee M18 Fuel Circular Saw features a single 18V battery system that runs a 7-1/4″ blade. This entry into the full size cordless circular saw arena made waves because of the fact that it only uses that one M18 RedLithium battery. Questions were certainly raised as to whether it would be able to […]
Making accurate cuts with a circular saw doesn’t have to be all that complicated. With a few tools that Pros already carry, you can make a perfect cross cut pretty quickly when you need to. Here are a couple of my favorite methods. Using a rafter square for making accurate cuts with a circular saw […]
Often in our shootouts, we try to keep the list of tools reasonable. With so many features to consider and tons of wood to cut, it doesn’t typically make sense to invite everyone to the party. Sometimes it’s a price point, battery voltage, or top-rated tools that make the cut. But this time, we invited everyone […]
Circular saws have traditionally fallen into the two distinct yet similarly serpentine-sounding categories of sidewinder and worm drive. The categories generally differ in motor orientation and design, weight, torque, RPMs, and perhaps most significantly, a worm drive’s left side blade and a sidewinder’s right side blade. But manufacturers today are producing saws that blur the blade orientation distinction and so, of course, we have to talk […]
The new DeWalt 20V Max Brushless Circular Saw has hit the market with upgrades we expected to see from their next generation. It’s got an XR brushless motor and 7-1.4-inch blade capacity. That DeWalt brings those upgrades over their previous model is a no-brainer. The question that remains is what kind of cutting power you get […]
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