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Your Guide To Buying a Circular Saw

By Yehudah Posnick

    Whether you are a professional carpenter, or you are just interested in doing some woodworking as a hobby, a hand-held circular saw is a good investment. But they cut a lot more than just wood: they can also cut steel, stone, and ceramic tile. They are useful in wood-shop classes in schools too. They allow good control when you have to make cut along a straight line. But the type that you choose will be largely dependent on what you need to cut, and who will be doing the cutting. Here is a guide to some of the best circular saws on the market.

     

    Circular saws can be distinguished by their sawing mechanism:

    Worm-Drive Saw: In this design, the motor is situated behind the blade. The saw's motors turn a set of gears. These gears make the blade rotate more slowly, but they also increase the torque of the motor. This makes the saw cut more effectively. It is typically used for heavy-duty applications, where you have to cut an entire stack of wood, which takes a long time. But they may be too heavy and hard to manage for amateurs.

    Sidewinder Saw: They have the motor situated either to the right or left of the blade. You grip the saw by the motor, so a right-handed person will prefer having the motor to the right. They are lighter and easier to handle than the worm-drive saws.

    Trim Saw: A trim saw is a light saw used for small tasks, either on thin pieces of wood or stone, or in glass or stone cutting. They have the blade set in a table, and you slide the item to be cut into the blade. You can hold the item in a vise for added protection, or slide it in (carefully) by hand. They are useful in schools, labs or in after-school activities.

     

    Based on all the consumers' reviews we've scanned, these are the top things they mentioned about their new stuff:

    • Brakes: Some circular saws are supplied with a brake to stop it from spinning after you have made the cut. Some employ the brake as soon as you release the trigger button, for added safety.

    • Noise: A drawback with some sidewinder saws is the noise factor. Worm-drive saws are more quiet, but also harder to handle, because they tend to be heavier. If you're going with the sidewinder saw, keep an eye on how noisy it is before buying it.

    • Corded or cordless models: The rule of thumb is, that if you want to use the saw for extended periods of time, it's better to have a corded saw. A cordless model is more maneuverable, but you might get stuck if the battery runs low in the middle of work. Some people notice that Lithium ion batteries will last longer than Nickel-Cadmium, so that can solve that problem. But then batteries and a charger might be an added expense.

    • Physical size of saw and blade: Circular saws have a blade of between 4 – 7 inches (10 – 17.5 cm), depending on what you want to cut. The blade size will influence the depth of cut.

    • Depth of cut (or “blade capacity”): The depth of cut in a trim saw will be how much the blade protrudes above the table. A trim saw that is used for cutting stone will have a depth of cut of around 10 mm. Sidewinder or worm-drive saws will have a 6- or 7-inch blade for cutting a 2-inch piece of lumber. Some saws will allow you to adjust the depth of cut by means of a lever, or a knob or screw.

    • Variable speeds: Some saws have variable speeds, so that you can adjust it for cutting different materials. When cutting something hard like stone or ceramic tiles, you'll need a higher speed than when cutting wood.

    • Adjustable angles: Some saws allow you to adjust the angle of the cut, called “bevel capacity”. A bevel is an angled cut. So, if you cut a piece of wood at a 45-degree angle (that is, on a diagonal), it might take two passes to get through the wood. If you cut at a 90-degree angle, the depth of cut will be used in making a vertical cut into the item.

    • Types of blades: The material of the blade for a circular saw will vary according to what you want to cut. Steel is adequate for soft wood, but gets dull when cutting hard wood. High-speed steel or carbide-tipped blades are made to stay sharp longer. Diamond-tipped blades will be used in cutting stone and ceramic tile.

    Milwaukee Tool-- is an American company that was founded in 1924 and is located in Brookfield, Wisconsin. They make a wide assortment of power tools, hand tools, meters and testers, and other accessories.

    Makita—is a company that manufactures power tools. It was founded in 1915, and is based in Anjo, Japan. They have factories in Europe, Asia, and North and South America.

    Porter Cable--a power tools manufacturer, was founded in 1909, and presently has their headquarters in Jackson, Tennessee. In 2004, they became a subsidiary of another power tools giant, Black and Decker. They went from making consumer tools, and primarily make tools for professional users.

    Bosch-- is a German company founded by Robert Bosch in 1886, and presently have their headquarters in Gerlingen, Germany. They manufacture a wide range of products: automotive components, industrial products, household appliances and power tools.


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