DeWalt DCS391M1 Circular Saw
PRICE: $229 with one 4.0-Ah battery, a charger, and a case; also available as a bare tool (DCS391B, $111)
WEIGHT: 8 lb. 5 oz.
MAX BEVEL: 50°
MAX DEPTH: 2-1/4 in. RPM: 5250
10 CUTS THROUGH 2X12: 42 seconds
LINEAR FT. OF PLYWOOD: 142
FEATURES: The DeWalt is an excellent combination of comfort and power. It’s not the lightest saw I tested, but because of its perfect balance, it felt like it. In addition, its fast-spinning motor produces very little vibration, which leads to smoother cuts.
FLAWS: The only ergonomic oversight is that the handle rides on the top of the saw rather than behind it, so when the saw is set to make shallow cuts, the tool is more difficult to push. Also, the indicator line on the depth-of-cut gauge is small and tough to see, and the location of the battery-fuel gauge requires flipping the tool over in order to read it.
BOTTOM LINE: The DeWalt has ample power and sports-car handling, and it’s the most comfortable saw I tested. It also costs $70 less than the single-battery Milwaukee Fuel kit.