Tool Test: 18v Cordless Circular Saws
Modern cordless saws cut fast and run for a long time.
Synopsis: Builders, remodelers, and DIYers can be overwhelmed when faced with purchasing a cordless circular saw. There are many models available and numerous features to consider. Longtime remodeler Doug Mahoney tested all the current 18v 6-1/2-in. cordless circular saws from major manufacturers in preparation for writing this article. He looked at their ergonomics, cutting performance, and any unusual or notable features they had. He tested each saw’s cutting speed and how many cuts the saw could make before its battery was spent. After testing all the models, Doug had a clear winner. He also chose the saw that represents the best value. Photo: Patrick McCombe
When I first started as a carpenter 15 years ago, cordless circular saws had weak cutting ability and short run-times. Now with the rise of lithium-ion (Li-ion) technology, 4.0-amp-hour (Ah) batteries, and brushless motors, the newest saws are superior to their predecessors.