Ridgid X4 R8651B Circular Saw
Good design features
PRICE: $99 (bare tool), tested with a 4.0-Ah battery ($119) and a charger ($50)
WEIGHT: 7 lb. 14 oz.
MAX BEVEL: 50°
MAX DEPTH: 2-1/8 in.
10 CUTS THROUGH 2X12: 68 seconds
LINEAR FT. OF PLYWOOD: 107
FEATURES: The Ridgid is overflowing with smart features. Because its blade is positioned to the right, it offers the best line of sight for right-handed users. The clear visibility is enhanced by the bright on-board LED and the air diverter, which blows sawdust off the cutline. The front handle is particularly comfortable, and the detents on the bevel adjustment make it especially easy to dial in common angles. The bevel adjustment is a large paddle that can be handled easily while wearing gloves.
FLAWS: While the design features are great, the Ridgid could use more power. It bound up a few times while cutting through the 2×12. Oddly, the depth-of-cut guide is hidden behind the battery pack.
BOTTOM LINE: If you have to buy a charger and a battery, the Ridgid is more expensive than the better performing DeWalt. But if you already have Ridgid batteries and a charger, $100 gets you a nice saw.