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Best Circular Saw For The Money  
Everything You Need to Know to Get a Great Circular Saw at a Great Price
Top Five for the Money (Based on our Frugal5 Formula)
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Skil 5480-01 13 Amp 7-1/4-InchHitachi C7ST 15-Amp 7-1/4-InchSkil 5680-02 15 Amp 7-1/4-InchPorter-Cable PC13CSL 7-1/4-InchBlack & Decker CS1015 15-Amp 7-1/4-Inch
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Features Needed
Corded
Easy Bevel And Depth Adjustment
- Levers
- Levers
- Levers
- Levers
- Levers
Good Blade Visibility
Included Blade
- 18 Tooth Carbide Blade
- 24 Tooth Carbide Blade
- 24 Tooth Carbide Blade
- 24 Tooth Carbide Blade
- 24 Tooth Carbide Blade
Sidewinder Design
Features Not Needed
Carrying Case
- Carrying Case
- Carrying Bag
Comfort Grip
- Soft Grip Rear Handle
- Rubber Ergonomic Handle
Extra Safety Measures
- Safety Lock/Guarded Trigger
- Safety Lock/Guarded Trigger
Laser Guide
What You Need To Know In 5 Minutes

Like cordless drills, a durable circular saw is a very important part to any DIYer’s tool collection, especially if you foresee yourself working on many projects throughout the years in your home. Circular saws are truly invaluable when you need to cut through large amounts of material because they can be fitted with blades that work on a wide variety of different materials such as wood, masonry, and even metal.  

To someone that’s never owned a circular saw, or even is just not very familiar with what a circular saw should have, they all seem alike. This makes looking for a good quality saw on a budget difficult, because it may be intimidating trying to figure out what your saw should have, and what features are unnecessary. Thankfully, we’re here to help you! Here is what you need to look for when looking for a top quality circular saw for not a lot of money.  

Additionally, it should be noted that the saws written about below are handheld. 

Design  

Handheld circular saws commonly come in two different designs: sidewinder and worm drive. Worm drive circular saws are more powerful, heavier, and are generally used more by professionals. As such, they’re also a lot more expensive than their sidewinder counterparts. So, when on a budget, you should only look at sidewinder circular saws. Plus, the average DIYer is never going to take advantage of the extra power that you pay more for in worm drive saws. 

Corded  

Corded circular saws, overall, are better because they offer more power than their cordless counterparts. Cordless saws may be a bit more convenient, but you run the risk of not being able to cut through thicker material. On top of that, you always have to worry about keeping your batteries charged. 

Easy Bevel And Depth Adjustment  

The circular saw you choose should have a way to easily adjust the bevel (angle of cut) and depth. This usually comes in the form of a lever or knob, and generally levers are a lot easier to use.

Blade Visibility  

You want to be able to see where the blade from your saw meets whatever you’re cutting so you can accurately follow the line. You can tell how good the visibility on whatever saws you’re choosing from is by just looking at the front of the tool and the foot plate (the rectangular base that wraps around the blade).

Included Blade  

You want to purchase a circular saw that comes with a blade, preferably either 18 or 24 Tooth. If you’re on a budget, having to buy extra items just so you can use your new tool can be a drag. 

The following features are great to have, but unnecessary.

Laser Guide  

Some circular saws come with a laser guide above the blade. This helps make your cuts more accurate because it gives you a laser line to follow while you cut. However, every saw I’ve ever seen has kerf (cut) indicators on the front of the base. These help you align the blade of your saw with the cut line, so ultimately, laser guides are just a cool bonus. 

Extra Safety Measures  

Let me preface this paragraph by saying that I in no way think extra safety features are a bad idea. Obviously you want to use your tool in as safe a manner as possible to reduce injury.  

That being said, a lot of circular saws offer extra safety features like guarded triggers. These are great to have, but according to OSHA, circular saws have to have a retractable safety guard that automatically covers the blade when withdrawn away from whatever you’re cutting Additionally, circular saws must be equipped with a pressure switch that automatically turns the saw off if the pressure is released. So, there are already safety measures in place with whatever saw you buy, and you shouldn’t ever pay extra for more safety features. 

Comfort Grip  

A comfort grip is great to have because it reduces hand fatigue, and if you plan on using your saw for extended periods of time, it’s definitely something to consider. You don’t need it though. 

Carrying Case  

Again, this falls into the category of something that’s convenient to have, but ultimately unnecessary. A carrying case is great, but if you’re primarily going to use your saw around your home then you don’t need one. 

Most circular saws spin between 5000 and 6000 rpm, so you don’t need to worry about this too much unless the blade on the saw you’re choosing spins significantly lower than 5000. 

Black and Decker, Skil, and Porter-Cable all make low cost, high quality circular saws that are definitely worth an investment. DeWalt, Bosch, Makita, and Milwaukee make great saws, but they’re a lot more expensive and should be avoided if you don’t have a lot of money. 

While circular saws may all look alike, they’re very different when you do a bit of research. Keep the above mentioned points in mind, and you’ll be able to easily see which circular saw is best for your budget. 

Features You Need
Corded, Easy Bevel And Depth Adjustment, Good Blade Visibility, Included Blade, Sidewinder Design
Features You Don't Need
Carrying Case, Comfort Grip, Extra Safety Measures, Laser Guide
What You Should Pay
Between $44.99 - $69.99
Top Of The Line Price
Over $500.00