One of the most versatile and widely used power tools, a circular saw is a welcome addition to any tool chest. Tackle a variety of projects by shopping the assortment of power saws from top brands like DeWalt, Makita, Craftsman and Milwaukee at Ace Hardware. Find corded and cordless circular saws to make cross, rip and even beveled cuts with precision and ease. Learn how to pick the handheld circular saw design and features that will make your next project a success with the following expert tips and advice.
Choose the Right Circular Saw Design
There are two basic circular saw designs to choose from: sidewinders and worm drive. Use this helpful guide to find out which is right for your project:
Sidewinder Power Saws
Also referred to as inline saws, sidewinders provide right-mounted or left-mounted blade options, with the motor positioned along the same axis of the blade. Ideal for a range of projects, including small tasks and heavy-duty projects, sidewinder circular saw models are compact, lightweight and well-suited for a variety of applications.
Worm Drive Power Saws
Designed to make smooth cuts through plywood and studs, worm drive power saws power through difficult materials like concrete and lumber with ease. An ideal choice for demanding home and professional projects, worm drive saws are heavier and longer than sidewinders. They tend to operate quietly, and their motors are situated at a right angle to the blade.
Circular Saw Features to Consider
Whether you prefer a standard or compact circular saw, look for a saw that includes the attributes necessary for making your projects easier. After deciding on a design, compare these features to find the perfect product for you:
- Cutting Power: Circular saws with higher volts and amps deliver stronger cutting power.
- Depth Control: The diameter of the blade determines the depth of the cut that the power saw can achieve. Before choosing a circular saw, determine what blade diameter you'll need to cut through the various thicknesses of the materials you'll be working with.
- Changing the Blade: Some circular saws feature easy-change blade systems that can minimize downtime if you frequently use multiple blades.
- Laser Line: For improved accuracy when making straight cuts, pick a circular saw equipped with a built-in laser.
Cordless vs. Corded Circular Saws
With the appropriate blade, a circular saw is capable of cutting through ceramic tile, wood, masonry and steel. We carry both cordless and corded circular saws from the best brands to help you complete your projects.
Cordless Circular Saws
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