10 Handy Mini Circular Saws – For Home Renovations in 2017

Makita SH01W 12V max Lithium-Ion Cordless 3-3/8-Inch Circular Saw KitInvented in the late 1700s, the circular saw changed the game when it came to woodcutting and carpentry. Its rotating blade allowed workers to cut through wood more quickly compared to back and forth saw blades. It also minimized the amount of space needed to operate a saw.

Today, the game has changed even further with compact and portable mini circular saws. Whether looking for a craft saw or a supplement to your carpenter’s toolkit, we’ve put together a list to help you find the best mini circular saw to take care of business.

Let’s take a look at it in detail:

Rockwell Versacut 4.0 Amp Ultra-Compact Circular Saw with Laser Indicator and 3-Blade Kit with Carry Case

Rockwell Versacut 4.0 Amp Ultra-Compact Circular Saw Take a look:

Compact and convenient, the Rockwell Versacut is a circular saw to meet most needs around the house. It comes with a variety of blades, features a laser indicator, and comes with a carrying case. When you want a handheld saw capable of tackling a few dirty jobs, this is the one to bring home.

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Rockwell Versacut 4.0 Amp Ultra-Compact Circular Saw with Laser Indicator and 3-Blade...

The Rockwell Rk3440K Versacut Is A Powerful, Multi-Functional Ultra-Compact Circular Saw Which Can Cut Different Materials Such As Wood, Flooring, Plastic, Ceramic Tiles, Slate, Aluminum And Even ...

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Part Number

RK3440K

Item Weight

3.4 pounds

Product Dimensions

17.3 x 8.7 x 4.6 inches

Origin

China

Item model number

RK3440K

Size

Pack of 1

Color

Brown

Style

Circular saw

Power Source

corded-electric

Voltage

120 volts

Item Package Quantity

1

Certification

certified frustration-free

Included Components

bare-tool

Batteries Included?

No

Batteries Required?

No

Warranty Description

2-year

I have been a pro cabinet and finish carpentry contractor for most of 30 years. I bought this saw after my little Makita battery operated trim saw crapped out. I never did like that saw from the start, it was too weak for professional use and kicked back on plunge cuts EVERY TIME unless I held it with a death grip.This Rockwell saw is very well made. Fit and finish are very good. The handle is a little big for me, and I have average size mitts. Nevertheless, it is easy to control. The laser guide is pretty cool, I have never been one to use laser guides before, I almost always set up a straight edge guide for accuracy.I also like the fact the blade is on the left side of the saw like a worm drive. This is completely natural for right handers like me, and you can see your cut a lot more easily. Why "sidewinders" have the blade on the right has never made sense, in my humble opinion.Others have mentioned the carrying bag which is very convenient for throwing a jig saw in with the Rockwell. Very cool.The two "BUTS" I have are somewhat serious. The first is the footplate is spring loaded with a fairly heavy spring which means you have to press the plate down rather firmly to expose the saw blade for cutting. Good safety feature I suppose, especially for plunge cuts, but I would prefer a blade guard similar to the big worm drives.The second "BUT" is you can't make bevel cuts. This really limits the saw's capability. It seems that some engineer was overcome with how neat their footplate mechanism design was and decided to forego the practicality of enabling bevel cuts.All in all I give the saw 4 stars and would definitely buy it again. Another plus is that it doesn't kick up huge dust clouds, it's more like a jig saw in that respect. And I will buy the new improved bevel capable saw when IT comes out!April 23, 2014 Update: Another drawback to this saw occurs when you are cutting 3/4 inch thick or thicker material. The blade, which is very thin, heats up and wanders off your line even with a straight edge guide. I solve this problem by setting the cut at a quarter inch or shallower to start and deepen the cut with several passes. Time consuming and aggravating.
November 16, 2011
Amazing tool, makes apparently complicated cuts a breeze for a first-timer. Plunge cuts (which I only learned about days before receiving the VersaCut) a simple, clean task. Highly recommended for limited residential remodel and/or install prep work, which will save you $$ on contractors/pros. The laser guide is dead-on and makes following your mark very easy. Tips: (1) For plunge cuts, be sure to get the blade up to full speed--pressing the trigger--before touching the wood, (2) remember that the VersaCut will not start cutting until you press the face plate down onto/into the surface to be cut (make sure you set the depth correctly--for plunge cuts, consider setting for the max of 1 1/16"), (3) for clean exit from a plunge cut, carefully pull straight out of the cut while the blade is still spinning--if you stop the blade while still in the cut, you might get a jump causing a uncontrolled cut--that's the only time I experienced a jump, and that was my fault. If you'd like more info or encouragement, read on. I had never before held a circular saw, mini or otherwise. But after watching a few how-to videos online, I was able to very cleanly and expertly (I think) widen a cabinet cutout (vertical cabinet opening) to replace both a microwave oven and a thermal oven in my home. The old unit had been a combo microwave and oven with only a 24inch wide opening that's not enough to install newer separate units. Pictures are attached showing the Microwave and Oven Cutout after removing the old units and before the VersaCut, then after the VersaCut helped me widen the cutout, and then the final result. Within days after that success (in my view), I used the VersaCut to widen a horizontal laminate countertop cutout (opening) to replace my old coil cooktop. The VersaCut made it soooo easy--I made only one laminate nick, and that was my fault for not pulling out of the cut more carefully. Luckily the small slice ultimately remained under the cooktop surface and is not apparent. The VersaCut cost around $99 and saved me hundreds in handyman or contractor costs! Second Tip for newbies: Follow the old saying: Measure Twice (and check again), Then Cut (correctly) Once. Plan your project, and work the Plan. You can do this!
January 28, 2015
Great tool for your workshop. I have used this for everything from cutting drywall to cabinet making to removing subfloor.This comes with the saw, a couple of hex keys for blade changes, and 3 different blades, all in a tool bag. Everything you need to get started right away. The laser is accurate and the tool cuts clean. The small blade and grip design make it very easy to handle. This has become my default tool for any type of panel cutting.One thing I wasn't aware of, but turns out to be one of my favorite features, is that it is basically a plunge saw. The shoe is spring loaded so that if you aren't actively pushing down on the saw, the blade is up inside the guard. The depth stop then restricts how far down you can push the blade. This is much easier to handle on plunge cuts, like for cutting out sub-floor sections, than tilting up a traditional circular saw. It is a fairly heavy spring, but once you get used to it, its not an issue.Pro's* Very easy to set up an use. The depth adjustment is just a little plastic cam switch with guide markings etched into the metal.* The shoe has a plastic cover for using on any type of semi-finished surface so you don't scratch or mark it up.* The shoe also has markings showing where the cut will start and stop for typical blade depths, taking away guess work and basically eliminating over cutsCon's* Dust handling isn't all that great. Even with a shop vac attached, there was drywall dust everywhere when I was finishedI have many different brands of tools in my workshop, including several Rockwell tools. This tool has very high build quality and feels very solid in my hand. Even the tool bag is tough. Rockwell makes good tools, and this is probably the one I use the most.
September 16, 2015

Features:

  • A 3 3/8″ blade with a maximum cutting depth of 1 1/16″
  • A 4-amp motor with a no load speed of 3500 PRM
  • Comes with multiple attachments and blades
  • Comes with a Rockford 2-year limited warranty

Conclusion

Rockwell Versacut is a convenient mini circular saw with a plethora of blade attachments. Just make sure you know what attachments to use on the material you need cut.

PROS:
  • The Rockwell Versacut has a blade and accessory for almost every need. It comes with an: HSS blade, carbide blade, diamond blade, no-mar base plate, vacuum adapter, and a straight edge guide.
  • The integrated lock and switch make one handed use possible. You’ll be able to maneuver this petite circular saw in tight spaces.
  • The blades can cut through tile, wood, PVC pipe, aluminum, sheet metal, and a variety of other materials.
  • With a maximum cutting depth of over 1″, you can cut through wood flooring, pipe, and thicker materials that other circular saws can’t handle.
  • Use the vacuum attachment to remove dust from the cut and around your work area. You’ll be able to maintain a clean line of sight while working.
  • The motor is placed in the rear of the handle to improve ergonomics and make it easier to use the Rockford Versacut for longer periods of time.

CONS:
  • Some people have reported that the Versacut has a strong kick back when in use. They felt that it was still necessary to use both hands to hold it in place when cutting through thicker items.
  • Some people also reported that the Versacut blade wore out after just 10 or so uses. However, this may have something to do with which blades were used on which materials.

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 Genesis GCS545C 5.8 Amp 120 Volt 4-1/2 in. Control Grip Compact Circular Saw 

Genesis GCS545C 5.8 Amp 120 Volt 4-1/2 in. Control Grip Compact Circular Saw You’ll cut through almost anything with the tungsten-carbide-tipped-blade included with your Genesis GCS545C  Compact Circular Saw with Vacuum Adapter. Great for projects, large and small, this handheld circular saw provides the best of both worlds.

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Genesis GCS545C 5.8 Amp 120 Volt 4-1/2 in. Control Grip Compact Circular...

The Genesis GCS545C Control-Grip 4-1/2” Compact Circular Saw packs a powerful punch with its 5.8 Amp motor and a triple reduction gearbox, providing all the power you need to take on the toughest ...

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Part Number

GCS545C

Item Weight

6 pounds

Product Dimensions

16 x 4.2 x 8 inches

Origin

China

Item model number

GCS545C

Style

Circular Saw

Power Source

Corded-Electric

Voltage

120 volts

Wattage

700 watts

Item Package Quantity

1

Cord Length

96 inches

Measurement System

Metric

Included Components

24T Carbide-Tipped Blade, Rip Guide, Vacuum Adaptor, Blade Wrench

Batteries Included?

No

Batteries Required?

No

Warranty Description

2 year parts and labor

Having never had a small saw like this, I was thoroughly impressed with it. I normally use a worm drive Skil saw that I have had for years. I actually dread pulling it out for small cuts because it is heavy and big. I learned these things about using this Genesis. I had to remember to make sure the foot plate was firm against the wood. The heaviness of the Skil pretty much does this automatically. When finishing a cut and laying the saw down always lay it on it's right side so that the plastic retractable blade guard is not bearing the weight of the saw. If placed on it's left side the still spinning blade will dig into the guard slightly. The retractable blade guard seems stiff for now and occasionally got caught on the wood. As I pushed forward to overcome the resistance of the guard the blade skewed and minor kickback occurred due to the misalignment of the cut. I overcame this by assisting the guard by opening it with the tab just enough to get past that point of resistance. Time will probably weaken the spring and this very minor problem will go away. The vacuum hose was OK, but I found it to be more of hindrance to drag around the vacuum hose while cutting. I am surprised that the blade bolt is an "Allen" bolt. If they had just made it a hex headed bolt they could have done away with the Allen wrench. For me the safety button is a little awkward to activate while squeezing the trigger switch and I found myself using two hands at times; but, this is a minor problem. Personally, I may just by pass that button somehow, as it seems too redundant. But it is probably there by law. Again a powerful little saw, that I will be gravitating to while doing future projects.
February 21, 2017
I recently purchased a Genesis compact circular saw and am extremely happy with the tool. It is so much easier to use than the big Skil saw I own. I can use it with one hand and it has all the power I could ever need. The saw cuts through 2 x 6 boards like they are made of paper. I might never use my old Skil saw again. I have average size hands and the saw is comfortable to use. The designers really put a lot of thought in the tool. The area that I grip is rubberized and narrows down to fit my hand so it is easy to use one handed just tike the manufacturer says. The first thing Genesis advertises is that the saw is powerful, compact and light and they are not exaggerating. What they don't tell is how easy it is for me to follow my cutting line. With my Skil saw the bulky body of the saw interferes with a good view of the cutting line I follow. On this saw I do not have that problem. I can see exactly where I am cutting. It was a great deal on Amazon. I placed the order and a couple of days later the saw arrived. I really like Amazon and will look at other genesis tools when I make my next tool purchase. Probably one of their 20 volt drills.
January 3, 2017
I wanted to like this tool - am in process of refurbishing old deck and this seemed like just the ticket - it ran fine for the first 6 cuts or so then quit running - I spent 20 mins checking cord connections, GFCI outlets, etc until I realized it was the saw. Picked it up and it ran, put it down and it quit. Essentially intermittent operation - and the saw was not hot/had not been run long - so it can't be blamed on a thermal switch (if in fact the saw has one). I checked the saw thoroughly - cord appeared firmly attached and trigger safety pushed down fully - so no obvious defects.Behavior seems similar to another reviewer who unfortunately put his back in the box and found out it didn't run after the return window had elapsed. Returned to Amazon (same day as I received it) and purchased the Worx saw instead.My first use of a mini-circular saw (this one) - it cut wet 5/4" deckboards without binding, was accurate and easier to keep on line freehand than my trusty Ryobi sidewinder, obviously lighter and smaller so it fit into spaces I couldn't get the sidewinder (full size circular saw) and I can cut higher up without having to get above the workpiece and stabilize a larger saw. Overall I was convinced of the utility of a 4 1/2" circ saw but decided against buying another one of these - as I said I returned the Genesis and bought a competing brand. I did find the side-mounted safety/lock switch a little awkward, and am hoping the bottom-mounted one on the Worx will be easier to manipulate - especially when cutting with a non-dominant (left) hand. Hope that's useful - again - I liked the tool (4 1/2" circ saw) and wanted to like this one - just thought other folks should know that more than one of these has been found to be defective.
May 8, 2017
Features:

  • Boasts a 3500 RPM and strong 5.8-amp motor
  • Offers multiple cutting functions for users
  • Cutting depth of about 1.5″ at 90-degree angle
  • Uses triple gear reduction for improved torque
  • Comes with a two-year warranty

Conclusion

An all-around handy mini circular saw to have in your toolkit. Genesis GCS545C  Compact Circular Saw is durable, well-made, and the manufacturer offers several great accessories to improve usability.

PROS:
  • Lots of optional accessories to choose from, such as a 48″ rip cutting track system. It’s powerful enough for cutting copper and aluminum when you get the optional HSS blade.
  • The control-grip handle is comfortable and secure enough to use one-handed.
  • Come with an adjustable depth gauge and bevel control, so you can cut at an angle. Quickly make cuts for trim, windows, and even carpentry projects, like cupboards.
  • Super durable die-cast aluminum gear box and guard. The saw will last a long time and resist plenty of bumps and drops.
  • Keep your cutting line clear of debris with the included vacuum adapter. This kit also comes with a tungsten-carbide-tipped blade, and rip guide.

CONS:
  • This is one of the heavier mini circular saws on our list at 6 pounds. However, this is thanks in part to the diecast aluminum case.
  • A couple of people have reported that some of the parts were missing when they received the Genesis saw. If this happens, you may want to reach out to the seller to report it.

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 Dremel US40-01 Ultra-Saw Tool Kit with 4 Accessories and 1 Attachment

Dremel US40-01 Ultra-Saw Tool KitWhen you want a mini circular saw that can take care of most DIY renovation projects, try to the Dremel US40-01 Ultra-Saw Tool Kit with 4 Accessories and 1 Attachment.

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It can quickly cut through most tough materials, including metal and concrete. Plus, it offers multiple functions for those who want an all-in-one tool.

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Dremel US40-01 Ultra-Saw Tool Kit with 4 Accessories and 1 Attachment

The Manufacturer Refurbished Dremel Ultra-Saw is designed for users wanting a multi-saw that can do everything the Dremel Saw-Max can do, and more. With a 7.5 amp motor and a durable drive train, the ...

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Part Number

US40-01

Item Weight

6.8 pounds

Product Dimensions

16 x 7.5 x 5.2 inches

Origin

China

Item model number

US40-01

Voltage

120 volts

Item Package Quantity

1

Number of Handles

2

Included Components

attachments

Batteries Included?

No

Batteries Required?

No

.There's some nice engineering in this saw, but it traps you in a double insult: Dremel's expensive and short-lived blades. The Ultra-Saw uses Dremel blades only (11mm hole, 3-1/2 to 4-inch diameter).Dremel is all about spinning abrasives. Maybe that's why the wood cutting blades for this saw are more like grinding wheels than saw blades (see uploaded pic). I don't yet know the durability of the blades, but I have a funny feeling it's not 1000+ cuts, like a carbide tooth saw blade. Dremel says the US500 blade lasts twice as long as the Dremel SM500 blade complained about in Curmudgeon's review ( http://www.amazon.com/review/R2YJ5XQNQJ383S ) of the Dremel SM20-02 120-Volt Saw-Max Tool Kit.The Ultra-Saw can do a few things your jigsaw can't. You might want this thing in your arsenal, but I don't think it's very good for general use.Some other 3-3/8" to 5" circular saws have features this one lacks.PROs: - Solid construction, heavy-duty cast alloy shoe. - Does a few things other saws won't (like undercutting baseboards).OKs: - Left-side blade helps you see the work (if you're right handed). - Warranty: 2 yearsCONs: * Only uses Dremel blades * Dremel wood cutting blades are $15-20 each (or about $10 as part of blade package) * Dremel wood cutting blades are abrasive based (see uploaded pic). May wear out much faster than a normal carbide saw blade. - Dremel wood cutting blades put out more fine dust (vs. shavings) and do not cut as cleanly as good quality saw blades - No bevel cuts - Maximum cutting depth: 3/4-inch - Can't use a guide fence on the right side. Adjustment lever is in the way. - Loud for its size (98 dB...same as my 13-amp circular saw.) (See Note 1.)- - - Alternatives - - -In many cases, you're better off with a good jigsaw. If you need a small circular saw, check these out: - Rockwell RK3441K Compact Circular Saw Kit (4-1/2", 5-amp) - Rockwell RK3440K VersaCut Circular Saw (3-3/8", 4-amp) - Makita SH01W 12V max Lithium-Ion Cordless 3-3/8-Inch Circular Saw Kit- - - Some Specifications - - - - Blade hole size: 11mm - Shoe dimensions: 3-3/4"W x 6-5/8"L - Saw dimensions (approximate): 4-3/8"W x 4-3/4"H x 15"L - Saw weight: 4 lbs 15-1/2 oz. (includes US500 blade, accessory handle, and 6-1/2 ft. cord) - Width of cuts in wood (US500 & US-600 blades): 0.08"- - - Notes - - -Note 1: Noise measured at 24 inch distance in outdoor grassy area, using a BAFX Products Decibel Meter. Free-spinning saw...no cutting noise.~~~ Comments & questions welcome ~~~
May 18, 2014
SAW is fine and well built, just the package came missing the most expensive blade the third from the right in the picture the grinder blade. It's a $15 blade, so I figured I'll by a new one that comes with the blade for $100 instead of a refurbished one.
December 23, 2016
Great saw. Easy to handle and adjust for depth. Dust pickup not as robust as needed but this is a minor consideration. Suggest looking it over at a big box store to choose which one you like, the hefty metal housing or more economical plastic housing.
September 3, 2016

Features:

  • Boasts a powerful 7.5-amp motor
  • 3-in-1 tool for flush-cutting, plunge cutting, and surface prep
  • Comes with multiple attachments
  • Offers a maximum cutting depth of 3/4″
  • Comes with a limited 5-warranty

Conclusion

Dremel US40-01 Ultra-Saw  is a handy mini circular saw from a well-known brand for most projects around the house. You probably won’t want to rely on it for everything, but it’s useful to have in your toolkit.

PROS:
  • Rip cut straight through wood planks with this Dremel. Flush cut along baseboards and even plunge cut holes in the floorboards. The Dremel US40-01 can also remove unwanted paint and plaster from a work surface.
  • This tool kit comes with a 4″ Carbide Wood Cutting Wheel, US510 3.5″ Metal Cutting Wheel, US600 4″ Carbide Wood Flush Cutting Wheel, 4 Inch Diamond Surface Prep Wheel, and a carrying case.
  • The strong 7.5 amp motor allows you to cut to a variety of surfaces, including brick, concrete, wood, tile, steel, PVC, and masonry.
  • Two wheel positions, one with guard and without guard, allow you to work vertically or horizontally.
  • An included auxiliary handle lets you apply more pressure and maintain better control of the Dremel with two hands.
  • The large 4″ diameter wheels help the Dremel make cuts faster and with less risk of catching.

CONS:
  • There are a lot of accessories to keep track of with this tool kit.
  • Although the blades are larger, the cutting depth is less than an inch. This may limit some of the applications where the Dremel is useful.
  • Like all Dremels, the woodcutting blades on this particular model are abrasive-based. This may mean that the blades wear out more often.
  • This mini circular saw only uses Dremel blades, which could limit how easily you can replace old blades with new ones.

Dremel US40-01 Ultra-Saw Tool Kit

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 WORX WORXSAW 4-1/2″ Compact Circular Saw

WORX WORXSAW 4-1/2" Compact Circular Saw

Are you tired of dealing with a heavy circular saw?

But, you still want the benefits of one for reno projects? Pick up the WORX WORXSAW 4-1/2″ Compact Circular Saw – WX429L to take care of cutting needs for home renovations and even on construction sites.

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Part Number

WX429L

Item Weight

6 pounds

Product Dimensions

15.1 x 4.2 x 5.8 inches

Origin

China

Item model number

WX429L

Size

4-1/2"

Power Source

ac

Item Package Quantity

1

Included Components

Bare-Tool

Batteries Included?

No

Batteries Required?

No

Very nice and as a woman, the only one that is the right size for smaller hands. I tried the Rockwell and it required me to use both hands in a very awkward uncomfortable position. Not good with a dangerous tool. Not as well built as the Rockwell but still a tool I can safely use.
January 9, 2017
I went back and forth on this saw for some time, I didn't want to limit myself and I was worried that I would regret not getting a bigger circular saw. My Dad has a Rockwell 4.5" circular saw (made by the same Positec tools company that makes Worx tools) that he swears by and urged me to give it a try before making a decision. In the past I've used my battery operated compact circular saws that did ok for a quick trim on thin plywood but wouldn't be up for my bookshelf project that had in mind, so I was a little skeptical but figured I'd try it.I tried the Rockwell saw and found that it had plenty of power to rip through a sheet of 3/4" plywood without hesitation, and the smaller size made it easier to manage for crosscutting 6-10" boards. I decided that this was plenty of saw for me and decided to give the Worx saw a try since I got it on sale about thirty dollars less than the Rockwell.When it arrived I put it to work right away, making rips on full sheets of 3/4" plywood using the included rip fence. It tore through the wood without hesitation and the included blade made clean cuts with minimal tear out. I have large hands and did not find the grip difficult to manage, but if you had smaller hands it might be an issue as it is larger in diameter. I like the placement of the safety, just flip it back to ready the saw and then I use my pinky finger to squeeze the power switch and get things going. The saw is accurate and the cut lines up with the mark on the shoe as it should. the depth of cut is easy to adjust and the marks are accurate as well. The rip fence was easy to use and can be adjusted with the same allen wrench that is kept on the cord, so it's not necessary to stop and find another tool. I am unsure of the long term longevity of this piece. The plastic piece that runs along the edge of the material seems to be attached to the metal bar by some sort of melted plastic rivet. Either way it appears to be a fair standard size so an aftermarket rip fence could probably be substituted if necessary.My impression of the tool is that it is well made and a good value especially considering the reasonable price. Is this tool pro quality? Well, that depends, I've known pros that take good care of their tools and could make even the cheapest lightweight tool last years, and I've know others that consider it almost a challenge to try and break a tool. I am careful with my tools and rarely have one drop on the floor or take any hard abuse, and this saw seems to be stout enough that if it fell off my workbench it would probably survive just fine. The blade shroud is not metal as I originally thought from the pictures, but is instead a gray plastic. The shoe is a stamped metal unit that has a little play in the tilt/depth of cut mechanism, but not enough to affect accuracy (if an ultra high degree of accuracy is necessary, a hand held circular saw isn't the right tool anyway). I have concerns about the safety switch, I could see it breaking off if the saw fell on it, so that might be something to be concerned about.I'll wrap up my review with a mention of the vacuum port and a comparison between this and the Rockwell saw. This is a nice feature that you don't see on a lot of saws of this nature. Most of the time I don't bother with it, but if I'm working indoors and want to minimize my mess, this does a good job of catching the majority of the sawdust generated from a cut when I attach my shop vac to it via a neck down adapter. It is a bit more awkward with the big hose on the side, but I will probably get a smaller extension hose at some point and that will make it less cumbersome.The main differences I can see between this and the Rockwell 4.5" saw are mainly in the construction. As I mentioned earlier, these tools are both produced by the same company, so it stands to reason that they are similar. The Rockwell uses metal for it's blade shroud, looks to me to be cast aluminum, whereas the Worx uses what seems to be a very rigid plastic. I couldn't say which one would stand up to abuse better, the metal might but it could also crack where the plastic might flex just a little and survive a drop. The other difference is power, the Rockwell has a one more amp, but between the two, I didn't see a difference when cutting 3/4 plywood, they both performed equally. The grip is different, I prefer the Worx a little more myself, I found the grip and safety a little awkward to use on the Rockwell since I had to use my thumb to hit the safety and get my hand wrapped around it for the trigger. I prefer the safety switch on the Worx being located at the front of the trigger button. Aside from this, I don't see much difference in the two saws, to me they are identical in function.Overall, this is plenty of saw for DIY projects around the house, I'm happy with my purchase!
May 18, 2016
I got this because of reviews on this brand. I have been using it for a week cutting 1x6 toung and groove cedar for my walls. Hasnt let me down and the blade is still working good. I have cut both ends off of 124 boards for the walls and also to cut old cabinets and various wood to fit in my firepit. Has barely gotten warm. I really love this saw, nice handling, weight, easy to use!
February 16, 2017

Features:

  • Boasts a 3500 RPM with no load speed
  • Offers a minimum 2″ cutting depth with easy-set depth gauge lever
  • Cut at angles with a 0-45 degree bevel
  • 3-year WORX warranty

Conclusion

Sometimes, you’re just tired of hauling a full-size circular saw from site to site. If you’re working on a smaller project, bring along the WORX WORXSAW instead to cut through 2″ x 4″‘s and other materials.

PROS:
  • The WORX toolkit includes 4 1/2″ WORXSAW, 24T carbide-tipped blade, parallel guide, vacuum adapter, and Allen key.
  • You’ll be able to make angled cuts for everything from trim to baseboards with a locking bevel that allows you to cut up to a 45-degree angle.
  • This lightweight 4 amp WORXSAW offers usability that rivals even professional-grade circular saws. You can even cut a 2″ x 4″ with ease, thanks to the increased cutting depth of the blade.
  • The thin blade cuts smoothly through wood and other materials, reducing wear and strain on the motor.
  • Cut and maneuver this WORX mini circular saw without putting excess strain on your wrist and arms. You can cut one-handed with the lightweight 4.4-pound design.

CONS:
  • The WORX is a little larger than other mini circular saws on the market. It will take up more space in your toolbox.
  • It doesn’t offer as many functions as other circular saws. Primarily, the WORX is used for making straight or angled cuts.
  • Despite the larger blade size, some people report that the saw doesn’t cut as quickly as they would like. This may be due to the motor not being strong enough to cut efficiently through metal.
  • Some also reported that the handle is too large in circumference to comfortably hold one-handed.
  • Some also reported that their toolkit arrived with a few missing pieces. If this happens, you should reach out to the seller to let them know.

WORX WORXSAW 4-1/2″ Compact Circular Saw

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Rockwell 4-1/2″ Compact Circular Saw, 5 amps, 3500 rpm, with Dust Port and Starter Kit

Rockwell 4-1/2” Compact Circular Saw, 5 amps,

Lighten the load on your toolkit with a compact mini circular saw from Rockwell.

Weighing just 5 pounds, this 4-1/2″ Compact Circular Saw, 5 amps, 3500 rpm, with Dust Port and Starter Kit– RK3441K, is 50% lighter than a conventional 7 1/4″ circular saw. Yet it still cuts through most 2″ x 4″ like butter.

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Rockwell 4-1/2” Compact Circular Saw, 5 amps, 3500 rpm, with Dust Port...

The Rockwell RK3441K Compact 4-1/2-inch Circular Saw is a powerful and functional circular saw which can replace the oversized 7-1/4-inch circular saws. No need for a bulky circular saw when the ...

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Part Number

RK3441K

Item Weight

6 pounds

Product Dimensions

18.2 x 4.2 x 6.9 inches

Origin

China

Item model number

RK3441K

Size

Pack of 1

Color

Clear

Style

Circular saw

Power Source

corded-electric

Voltage

120 volts

Item Package Quantity

1

Cord Length

10 Feet

Blade Edge

Carbide

Teeth Per Inch

24 TPI

Cutting Diameter

2 inches

Included Components

bare-tool

Batteries Included?

No

Batteries Required?

No

Warranty Description

Comes with 3-year Manufacturer's Warranty

I've used a larger 7 1/2 inch Dewalt circular saw for years. But now it's getting cobwebs because of this Rockwell RK3441K compact saw. This compacts saw is so darn handy, lays easily in my tool bag, is more convenient than my larger traditional circular saw to tot around that it's becoming my go-to saw for small to intermediate cuts in wood and metal.It has a nice /precise /quality rip fence and angle cut feature and the knobs are quick and secure to set any angle cut. I particularly love the blade being on the left side of the drive. This dramatically increased my vision over the cut so it's safer, more accurate, user friendly and better results.My hands are average size (size 8-9 glove size Large) and I find the grip size /surface & design easy to hold on to and user friendly. For small hands this might be a challenge. The trigger pull is less complicated that other saws this size with makes this model Rockwell easier to operate and control while cutting than all other saws this size...in my opinion.The blade turns as a slower RPM than my full size Dewalt, but if you slow down your feed this saw handles anything I throw it's way giving a clean crisp cut and does not bog down. For big tough jobs simply use a bigger saw. The blade I found Best for all around cuts in wood /metal /longevity was a Freud D0436X Diablo 4-3/8-Inch 36 Tooth ATB Cordless Trim Saw Blade that I've used with no issues at all.I am not easy to impress, but this compact medium duty Rockwell has earned its way into my inner circle of tools. I am Very pleased with the quality features, portability and durability of this handy saw. Recommend this without reservations and consider the hundred dollar cost a fair value.----UPDATE----Have used this Rockwell saw for several months now and and it's still rock solid. No issues at all. The adjustable guide fence is real handy,...quick and secure adjustment lever,...easy to make quick /secure fence adjustments.I've also used this saw in unconventional situations where I had to remove material from wood in such a way I was able to turn the saw over, expose the blade and carefully angle the wood into the blade to free-hand & create a router type effect. It was the only way to finish a particular cut and this saw has the flexibility to help. Never know what you'll run into during a project and glad this saw has extra flexibility to adapt. Continues to earn my unqualified recommendation!
April 4, 2014
I bought this product on 6-9-16 and used it for the first time on 7-01-16. I was cutting 5/8" cdx plywood when the bolt that secures the blade to the saw snapped off. BROKE OFF. The bolt head shot backwards and blade wobbled around as I disengaged the trigger. I was extremely luck not to injured in any capacity. I was fooled by the hype of the commercial and the rugged sounding narrator as the actor cut pieces of 2x4's. Don't buy this product as it clearly has some manufacturer safety issues. Sure I may have gotten the 1 out of 30 that's defective, but it is not good odds when your safety is in jeopardy.
July 1, 2016
just the first day I was working with the item it broke right away. it was the bolt that is holding blade. I saw the same issue and photo from amazon.com review but i thought it wouldnt be my story.
July 9, 2016

Features:

  • Boasts a high-powered 5-amp electric motor
  • Blade turns at 3500 RPM
  • Cutting depth at 90 degrees is 1-11/16″ and at 45 degrees is 1-1/8″
  • Comes with a 3-Year Rockwell Warranty

Conclusion

Lighten the load by using the 4-1/2″ Compact Circular Saw to make basic straight cuts, bevel cuts, and plunge cuts. This high-powered saw provides the “oomph” needed to cut through wood quickly.

PROS:
  • The compact circular saw includes a 24-tooth carbide-tipped blade, parallel guide, vacuum adapter, and hex key.
  • This lightweight circular saw allows you to cut through most wood and drywall materials with ease.
  • It weighs just 5 pounds and has a slim handle for more ergonomic control while using one-handed.
  • At 3500 RPM with a five-amp motor, this mini circular saw can compete with even full-sized blades at most construction sites.
  • The 10-foot cord lets you roam a little bit while working. You won’t feel like you’re always tied to a portable power source.
  • The blade can be adjusted to make angled cuts, or used at a 90-degree angle for plunge cuts and rip cuts.
  • Features a streamlined left-handed design to allow for improved cutline visibility.

CONS:
  • This Rockwell mini circular saw is designed primarily for use on most construction site projects and home remodeling as opposed to DIY craft projects.
  • The blades are large at 4 1/2″. So, you may feel a little-unnerved working with this circular saw one-handed. However, it does come with a sturdy, metal guard to protect your digits.
  • Several people have reported that the bolt holding the blade secure snapped in half while using their saws. This may be an isolated batch issue, but Rockwell does offer a 3-year warranty to replace any defective products.

Rockwell 4-1/2″ Compact Circular Saw

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Makita SH01W 12V Max Lithium-Ion Cordless 3-3/8-Inch Circular Saw Kit

Makita SH01W 12V max Lithium-Ion Cordless 3-3/8-Inch Circular Saw KitMake precise cuts without difficulty using the Makita SH01W 12V max Lithium-Ion Cordless 3-3/8-Inch Circular Saw Kit. This saw is well-made, compact, and designed to be user-friendly. It fits in well at a craft show or in the Carpenter’s toolkit.

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Makita SH01W 12V max Lithium-Ion Cordless 3-3/8-Inch Circular Saw Kit

Makita's new 12V max Lithium-Ion cordless 3-3/8-Inch circular saw kit has a powerful 1,400 RPM motor which delivers fast cutting of Plywood, MDF, Pegboard, Particleboard, Melamine, Drywall and More. ...

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SH01W

Item Weight

3 pounds

Product Dimensions

7.8 x 7.4 x 6.7 inches

Origin

China

Item model number

SH01W

Size

medium

Color

WHITE/BLACK

Material

Carbide

Power Source

battery-powered

Voltage

12 volts

Item Package Quantity

1

Number Of Pieces

1

Measurement System

Inch

Included Components

battery

Batteries Required?

Yes

Battery Cell Type

Lithium Ion

Warranty Description

3 year

I am a tile contractor, and the 3 3/8" saws have been a blessing to me for at least 15 years. Had the 9.6V for years,but as soon as the 14.4 model came out bought it. That was a huge improvement! Now those14.4 batteries are difficult to find and the saw is a bit noisy. So I bought this newer version last week. Even though the battery is much smaller, the saw still seems to have enough power,although maybe not as much torque as the 14.4. So far Ive just used the new one for 3/16th paneling, so haven't cut anything thick yet. The low profile of the saw is helpful for me in getting under toe-kicks or into corners. I use these saws with a diamond dry cut blade for trimming tile or cutting through the grout joint between tiles when doing repairs or adding decorative accents to existing work.The new saw is a bit shorter and dramatically lighter, so those are plusses! I am certain the battery life will be better with LiIon. JoeUpdate after 3 weeksTwo issues that bear mentioning. 1. The battery life is noticeably shorter than my old 3 3/8ths saw. I was hoping for MORE, not less 2. The clips that hold the battery in the saw are really, really tight. To pop the battery out, I have to set the handle on something and with both hands REALLY squeeze the tabs and pull, or even pry the battery pack out. This may loosen up over time, but right now it is challenging and irritating !
June 2, 2011
Let me start by saying that I gave this saw 4-out-of-5 stars only because of the relatively short battery life. That having been said, this is a pretty useful tool.... IF you need a small cutting saw. I am restoring a house built in 1870, so I run into a lot of situations where I am cutting floors and old plaster walls in very tight spaces. In these situations the Makita saw has been a pleasure to use.Technically there must have been a battery revolution recently since several companies are making these light, compact, rechargeable, 12-volt batteries. The batteries that came with the Makita saw are ALMOST the same exact shape as the rechargeable 12-volts that came with my compact Ridgid drill. They are so close that it's a shame Makita and Emerson engineers didn't collaborate and design the same socket based on exactly the same batteries since they appear to almost certainly be manufactured at the same Chinese factory. Then I could have interchanged the battery rechargers on the job site.This particular 3-3/8 inch compact saw is light-years ahead of the Dewalt 4-1/4 battery powered saw it replaced. I think the Makita cuts so much better because the blades are very thin and this seems to make all the difference in these low power battery operated saws. The Dewalt blades were slightly larger, thicker and heavier and this all added up to a miserable cutting experience. This Makita saw cuts thru wood and plaster nicely, if you take your time.Lastly, for tight floor removal jobs, especially where you are restoring and saving the wood floors, this Makita saw works best in conjunction with the Fein straight-on cutting saw (or a Fein tool knock-off might work as well). I use the Fein saw to complete the cut in the corner of the radius that the small circular blade leaves. The Fein tool is better than bashing the last part out with a chisel.
April 23, 2011
EXTREMELY USEFUL TOOL FOR MASTER CARPENTER BECAUSE OF ERGONOMICS. This saw is perfect for those tight corners and odd locations where a more powerful or larger saw would be dangerous because of the danger of a kickback. I LOVE the aspect that it does NOT have enough power to cause a kickback but the ultrasharp makita carbide combination blade produces smooth cuts and lasts a long time without resharpening or replacing the blade. It is also very nice and handy for those situations where you only need to make a few cuts and you just grab this saw and cut without having to take the time to get out a larger, heavier saw and plug in a cord. Very nice and quick! The battery life is very adequate and I do not ask it for a lot of cutting usually, but battery is quickly charged and they give you two batteries. I have several Makita tools and regard this is a fine addition to my shop. Especially handy for cabinet work and things like cutting a scribed line on a cabinet edge or top. Its compact size and low weight means you just scribe the line, pull the cabinet or cabinet top back an inch or two, pick up the saw and free hand to the scribed line in the tight space. The low power of the package means you can control any slight kickback which means safety over what you would have if you were using a larger and more powerful tool. Also very handy and the same is true for cutting overhead in situation such as cornice work, cutting off rafter tails, etc.. Sometimes the light weight of this saw makes it the best choice when the ability to control a possible kickback situation is considered. There are many times when we push things and want to use a circular saw.......and this saw makes that not only possible, but safe to attempt. So it you are a master at the carpenter's trade this Makita saw will always have a place in your truck and for the dollar spent it is hard to beat. Not designed for heavy duty use, it still fills a need and you will quickly find this saw deserving of praise as I do. For many years I kept a low power B&D 5 inch saw referred to as my cheapie to fill this role. It was never nearly as handy as this 12 volt modern Makita. So, thank you Makita. A fine job and a fine tool. I was skeptical at first but you have won me over to the SHO1W Cordless.Probably many folks will be critical saying this little circular saw does not have enough power or capability but those are the very aspects of it I point out as assets. At a little over 3 pounds you will find yourself using a circular saw for things you never used one before............and doing it safely!
August 15, 2015

Features:

  • The Blade Turns At 1400 RPM
  • Features an Adjustable Cutting Depth Of 1″ At 90 Degrees and 5/8″ At 45 Degrees
  • Powered By Two Rechargeable 12V Max Lithium-Ion Batteries
  • Comes With a 3-Year Warranty On the Tool and 1-Year Warranty On Batteries and Charger

Conclusion

But the truth?

Makita SH01W is very lightweight and ergonomic. Make sure to keep a spare battery on hand for backup power and you might want another slightly heavier duty saw for cutting through thick materials.

PROS:
  • This mini saw, includes two 12V max Lithium-Ion batteries, 1 battery charger, and a 20T carbide tipped blade.
  • It cuts through plywood, MDF, pegboard, particleboard, melamine, and drywall.
  • You can cut at angles with a tilting base for bevel cuts from 0 – 45 degrees.
  • A streamlined soft grip handle reduces strain and makes it easier to use the Makita for long periods.
  • Roam wherever you please with this wireless mini circular saw. Two 12V batteries provide all the energy you’ll need for a few hours of work. If you do run out of power, it comes with a recharging base and charges the batteries in about 50 minutes.
  • The lightweight saw weighs just 3.3 pounds. You won’t have to lug a heavy circular saw from site to site.
  • It features a built-in dust blower to help keep the cutting line free of debris for the easier line of sight and more accurate cuts.

CONS:
  • 1400 RPMs is a little slow compared to other circular saws on the market. It may not cut as quickly or be able to cut through denser materials.
  • Some people felt that the batteries ran out before they were finished working for the day. In this case, it may be a good idea to keep a backup set of batteries on hand.
  • This may be better used for cutting lightweight or thin materials, such as baseboards and drywall, or on DIY craft projects.
  • Some reported that they had a hard time purchasing accessories and replacement parts for this Makita mini circular saw.

Makita SH01W

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MasterMind 800344 Compact Precision 3-Inch Circular Saw

MasterMind 800344 Compact Precision 3-Inch Circular Saw

Want to work easy around the house?

Transform your work process with the quick plunge capability of the MasterMind 800344 Compact Precision 3-Inch Circular Saw. This mini circular saw is compact, ergonomic, and is more than functional for plunge cuts and rip cuts.

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MasterMind 800344 Compact Precision 3-Inch Circular Saw

Craftsman 3" circular saw multipurpose plunge action. Package includes saw, storage case, 1 carbide-tipped blade, an edge guide, 2 non-scratch base covers, 2 hex wrenches, and 1 vacuum hose adapter ...

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Part Number

800344

Item Weight

9.2 pounds

Product Dimensions

18 x 11 x 5 inches

Origin

China

Item model number

800344

Power Source

corded-electric

Voltage

110 volts

Amperage Capacity

2.8 A

Item Package Quantity

1

Laser Beam Color

red

Batteries Included?

No

Batteries Required?

No

Warranty Description

Five year warranty. This warranty covers all defects in workmanship or materials in this MasterMind tool for the five year period.

This is a rugged tool that has stamina, decent accuracy, is easy to use, relatively quiet, and has terrific bells and whistles. No powertool is perfect, of course, so here's the nitty-gritty...I've been cutting primarily 4'x8' panels of 3/8" plywood -- low grade, riddled with knots -- and the saw performed like a champ. The cut line was not much wider than my pencil line (if at all), and the edges were pretty clean.My biggest issue is with the spring-loaded platform that drops into place when the saw is not in use. To cut anything, you have to trip a latch and press down on the saw, which forces the platform upward and exposes the blade. As a safety feature, this is actually not bad. However, it does mean that you can't see where the blade is hitting the wood (there are markings to go by -- see below). And there's a bigger problem in that you have to press down on the edge of your workpiece with the front edge of the spring-loaded platform when you initiate a cut -- a procedure I found fairly awkward. You can work around this if you initiate every cut as a plunge cut, but the platform still complicates things, at least a little.Despite these negatives, there are advantages. The platform makes plunge cutting very straightforward. Though you can't see the blade, there's a V notch at the front for aiming your pencil line (reasonably, though not perfectly, accurate), and rulers along either side of the platform indicating where the front and back of the blade will hit according to the depth of cut you've selected. Also, the platform gives you two smooth, straight edges on either side of the blade for running against your own jury-rigged edge guides. And when the saw is not in use, it stands nicely upright on the platform.As for the bells and whistles, there are two embedded lights -- a laser and an LED. The laser is accurate and very useful, but the switch is problematic. It's a three way deal -- LED-OFF-LASER -- and at least on my unit, the thing was way too loosey-goosey. As for the LED, it's a rather modest spotlight that falls just ahead of the V notch. Enough to illuminate your pencil line, not enough to illuminate the entire work area.The vacuum attachment worked a charm, even using an old Eureka upright. Also included is an edge guide that was great for shorter trims, as well as a couple of plastic pieces for scratch-proofing the bottom of the platform. The manual, by the way, is excellent. The impact-resistant case is pretty decent, too.Bottom line: if you absolutely have to see where the blade is touching the wood, or you need to bevel your edges (maybe possible with this saw, but I don't see how), or you require cuts deeper than 7/8" (I never went much beyond 3/8" and can't vouch for the deeper settings), this may not be the tool for you. For my own applications, I found that it lived up to my expectations and even exceeded them, and I don't hesitate giving it a five star rating.
May 23, 2011
I bought this saw to repair water damage on a plaster ceiling in the kitchen. A regular circularsaw is too bulky and heavy and would leave a big mess (I have used one before repairing a plaster wall).I used a tile cutting blade and the saw performed perfectly! It had plenty of power to cut through theplaster and wire mesh embedded in the plaster.The best feature in my opinion was the adapter that connects to a shop vac and that made for a minimal mess.I chose this particular saw over it's competitors as they did not have this feature.The laser took some getting used to since you can't see the blade cutting path but it cut straightlines none the less with practice.With it's compact size, I had no problem cutting in tight places above the cabinets.It is a great product for the money spent.
November 22, 2010
I purchased this item about a week ago and have used the heck out of it. I was originally concerned about durability as I was unfamiliar with the brand. Any questions I had along that line have been answered. The tool,s performance was admirable. With its compact size and accurate depth gage, I was able to precision cut Luan right on top of my work tables. The included laser guided cutting makes it ease to cut a perfectly straight line. Overall I am very pleased with this tool.MasterMind 800344 Compact Precision 3-Inch Circular Saw
June 6, 2011

Features:

  • Blade turns at 2,800 RPM
  • Features a cutting depth of most building materials up to 7/8″ and tile up to 3/8″ thick
  • Comes with a three-position ergonomic handle
  • Boasts a five-year warranty

Conclusion

Overall, a well-made tool and the three-position handle makes using the MasterMind 800344 at a variety of angles a cinch. However, you may have difficulty finding replacement blades and parts for this product.

PROS:
  • Saw comes with storage case, a carbide-tipped blade, an edge guide, 2 non-scratch base covers, 2 hex wrenches, and 1 vacuum hose adapter.
  • It can be used in a variety of projects including flooring, plumbing, electrical, finishing, tile work, and carpentry.
  • Use the LED light to see in dark areas. You’ll also enjoy more accurate cuts with the MasterMind laser light.
  • Make rip cuts in overhanging boards and plunge cuts in flooring and walls. This saw even offers adjustable depth control to ensure you don’t cut too deeply.
  • When the cutting area or line gets too dusty, use the included vacuum hose adapter for optional dust extraction.

CONS:
  • The MasterMind uses 3″ blades, which may be difficult to find when you need to replace them.
  • This mini circular saw weighs a little over 9 pounds. It’s close in weight to other larger circular saws and, after a while may start to feel heavy to carry around the worksite.
  • With less than an inch of cutting depth, you may not be able to use it on thicker materials either.
  • With 2800 RPMs, it may not cut as quickly or effectively through dense materials. Always be patient when making cuts. Consider making a few test cuts through extra boards before you get to work.

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Dremel SM20-02 120-Volt Saw-Max Tool Kit

Dremel SM20-02 120-Volt Saw-Max Tool KitDon’t you love the versatility and quality of the Dremel brand?

This was among the first of the manufacturers to offer lightweight, rotary blades for one-handed use. They are still going strong with the Dremel SM20-02 120-Volt Saw-Max Tool Kit. When you are looking for a complete kit with handy carrying case, this is the best bet.

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Dremel SM20-02 120-Volt Saw-Max Tool Kit

The Dremel Saw-Max is reinventing cutting as you know it. It is powerful enough to cut through any material and versatile enough to make complex cuts yet ergonomically designed and lightweight to be ...

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Part Number

SM20-02

Item Weight

6.4 pounds

Product Dimensions

17.5 x 4.2 x 9.2 inches

Origin

China

Item model number

SM20-02

Size

L

Color

Multi

Style

Saw-Max Tool Kit with Case

Material

Multi

Power Source

Battery

Voltage

120 volts

Item Package Quantity

1

Included Components

case

Batteries Included?

No

Batteries Required?

No

I'm a pretty competent do it yourselfer, I have owned Dremel products in the past and always been pleased with them.The tool itself is pretty nice. It feels solid, has plenty of power, does not look or feel cheaply made. It came in a nice case, had 4 blades etc (keep this in mind).I bought this as part of a restoration project in which I was putting down hardwood floors, its main use would be to undercut door moldings. The one blade I knew I would use the most was the 'flush cut' blade. That's a carbide 'multi purpose' blade with a drop center, advertised as being able to cut all kinds of stuff. I had to undercut 8 doorways, cut rectangular holes for the HVAC floor registers and trim the bottom of a cabinet so my refrigerator would fit. Surely this would not be a problem with a good quality tool.It took 3 blades (including the one that came with it). At $24.99 each. I was shocked at how the first one got dull so fast. I thought the carbide was getting clogged with wood debris, so I gently wire brushed the carbide chips with a brass brush; no luck. I bought another blade, it wore out super quick, too. I thought that was due to the aluminum oxide in the urethane wear surface of the hardwood flooring, I was able to complete all those cuts even though the blade would get HOT. That was late at night, couldn't just run out and buy another one. The next day I bought the third blade. After undercutting three doorways the last blade was smoking because it was wearing through the wood rather than cutting, it actually set off the smoke alarm. That is unacceptable.I paid $129.00 for the tool including the blades and the case, and it cost another $50 for two more blades. So I can only conclude that Dremel (now owned by Bosch) studied inkjet printer marketing: sell 'em the printer (saw) cheap but do it in such a way that the end user can only buy cartridges (blades) from them and burn 'em a new one for the cartridge (blade).This will very likely be the last Dremel product I will ever buy.
May 20, 2012
I purchased this saw for a wood flooring project and it was a disappointment. I needed a small saw with depth cut adjustment and vacuum adapter port so I created mimimal dust in the house. I chose this one over the Rockwell because it appeared less bulky. What I didn't realize was the Dremel Saw-Max uses a non standard 3 in. blade, and they wear out fast. I got less than a tenth of the way into my project and the original multi-purpose blade started smoking. I went to the local Lowes to purchase several more and they were $14 a piece! So I only got 2, and hoped if I was extra careful and cut slowly they would last longer. Well, they lasted no longer than the first one, and I still had over 2/3 of the cutting yet to do. Needless to say, I wasn't planning on spending almost 2x the cost of the saw in blades, so I pulled out my Dewalt circular saw and finished the job with a single blade and a lot of dust.
May 15, 2014
The 3/4 inch cutting blade is completely impractical for cutting a 2x4 I do not know why that is an advertised feature. The tool is bulky and difficult to operate and keep on a straight line (not as advertised).It will cut tile but not without chipping/fracturing the tile. That goes for ceramic and natural stone. Plus the extreme amount of dust created is hazardous and has to be done outside. The vacuum attachment works and is essential for cutting tile/drywall but nearly impossible to use while attached. Furthermore the bulky design makes corner work impossible.All in all it is a good idea but fails in function and practicality. I sold mine at a garage sale for $20 and don't miss it. Better off getting an oscillating multi-tool!!
June 24, 2014

Features:

  • Boasts a 6-amp motor
  • Multi-function tool for plunge, flush, and straight cuts
  • Has a 3/4″ cutting depth

Conclusion

An easy to handle and well-made saw, but the blades wear out quickly. This particular Dremel SM20-02 mini circular saw may be better suited to light projects and crafts.

PROS:
  • The saw comes with a sm500 multi-purpose carbide wheel, sm510 metal cut-off wheel, sm540 tile diamond wheel, sm600 multi-purpose flush cut carbide wheel, dust port adapter, and hard carry case for everything.
  • It offers a second horizontal wheel position for flush cutting along baseboards.
  • You’ll be able to cut through a variety of materials, including soft and hardwood, plywood, composites, laminate flooring, drywall, PVC, plastic, ferrous and nonferrous metals, tile, and masonry materials.
  • Use the dust extraction port to keep your workplace clean and sawdust free.
  • An adjustable depth control ensures you won’t hit anything behind materials you are trying cut. This is particularly useful for plunge cutting.
  • A unique worm drive gearing is longer lasting and more durable.

CONS:
  • The plastic front end guard may not be as durable or protective as a metal guard.
  • People have reported that the carbide blades wear out more often than they would like and that replacements are expensive.

Dremel SM20-02 120-Volt Saw-Max Tool Kit

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 VonHaus 4.5 Amp 3-3/8-inch Compact Handheld Circular Plunge Saw

VonHaus 4.5 Amp 3-3/8-inch Compact Handheld Circular Plunge Saw When you’re looking for a portable, but still heavy duty compact saw, you may want to consider the VonHaus 4.5 Amp 3-3/8-inch Compact Handheld Circular Plunge Saw. This mini circular saw features a slightly different design from the others on our list, and also comes with enhanced safety features.

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VonHaus 4.5 Amp 3-3/8-inch Compact Handheld Circular Plunge Saw - Portable, Straight...

The VonHaus Handheld Circular Saw transforms making tricky, angled cross cuts into an effortless act. Versatile and slim, the saw is easily manoeuvrable and capable of cutting through a wide array of ...

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Part Number

15/255

Item Weight

16.9 pounds

Product Dimensions

20.8 x 16.1 x 10.6 inches

Size

Mini Miter Saw

Included Components

Bare-Tool

Batteries Included?

No

Batteries Required?

No

Happy when it arrived, beautiful, solid tool, great bag, plenty of blades and the cool cross-cut guide. I bought it mostly as a practical way to cut thin plywood. (I use 1/4" ply for drawer bottoms and cabinet backs). My table saw is small so thin plywood sheets bend over the sides, and rise in the middle. My excitement turned sour very quickly. Here is what I found:On my personal unit, which may not happen in the one you buy)...Perhaps if I exchange it will resolve these next two issues:- This one is an absolute deal breaker: The Blade seized! After cutting about one inch of 1/4" plywood! I thought I had made a mistake positioning the plywood and had the saw cutting into my work table... NO. The blade stops right after it hits the cutting surface. (No, it is not loose)- Depth of cut indicator and lock: In the front, you adjust how much of the blade you want to expose (indicating the depth of your cut), by sliding a little black indicator against a ruler, and then locking it by turning it down, where a little plastic cam tightens the positioner so that when you push the blade cover down to expose the blade, it is supposed to move down UNTIL it reaches your set point. It doesn't work. The blade cover reaches the set point and, with almost no added pressure, it keeps going.Problems found or this model (so the one you buy will have them):- This saw is much heavier than I thought. Sure, a handheld circular saw will be heavier, but it cuts resting on the cutting surface so you are for the most part not lifting it, just pushing. This saw gives you the feeling that you really have to hold its weight up while you are cutting.- In addition to that, in order to get it working, you have to do three things with your hand at the same time: Push your index finger forward, to unlock it; squeeze with your other three fingers to turn it on; AND slide your thumb forward so the blade cover releases and exposes the blade. If on top of that hand twist you have to hold its weight, it is VERY uncomfortable to use. I am all for safety features, but we are not 10-year olds using tools. If you are into carpentry, there are hundreds of ways to cut yourself, with powered hand tools, powered bench tools and just hand tools. I don't need machines to be overprotective to the point of total awkwardness in their use.- It does not have a "stay on" button so the tool will keep running and you can return your hand to its natural shape and guide the saw. All my handheld saws, sanders, drills, planer have this feature. The manufacturer felt you were going to saw off your fingers if they installed that button.So, without further ado, this cute VonHaus is going back to its "haus". For $2.50 more, I will get the Rockwell RK3441K Compact Circular Saw Kit.I will probably get an extra blade with more and smaller teeth (TPI).
April 1, 2016
I so tried to love this saw. You'll never find a safer or more well-made product I think, and also very ergonomic and relatively powerful/quiet, and while I think it has a place in any woodworkers' arsenal I can ill-afford any tools other than what my immediate rather tool-specific project calls for. But cutting 1/2" pine plyboard you can feel it is not comfortable about a foot into a 2-foot cut and holding a line is difficult because while you're keeping it against the guide you can feel the blade is trying to go somewhere else and leaving a not-too-true a line in the end. Tried several blades. Plunge-cutting is awful, curves off about 10° in the rear regardless of blade or wood thickness. I think it would probably be an excellent panelling saw and maybe that's what it is but desperately needed it to cleanly handle 1/2" pine.
September 25, 2015
Did two large rooms and a hall in laminate flooring. Made every cut with the mini circular saw.. Worked like a charm. The miter accessory is wonderful. The ONLY fault is I cant watch the leading edge of blade to see precise line of my cutting mark. The base plate covers the view.
July 27, 2016

Features:

  • Boasts a 500w motor
  • The blade has a no load speed of about 4000rpm
  • The blade diameter is 3-3/8 inches
  • Has a waterproof plug and cord length of 6′ 6″

Conclusion

The VonHaus is a mini miter saw with plenty of safety features. It is ideal for cutting through paneling, siding, and trim. It is a very ergonomic and flexible to hold cutting saw with soft-grip, large handle, and adjustable depth gauge and guards.

PROS:
  • The VonHaus saw boasts an adjustable cutting depth of up to 1.06″.
  • It can cut through materials, such as wood, metal, stone, plasterboard, tile, and ceramic.
  • A great price and replacement blades for the VonHaus are very affordable.

CONS:
  • Some report that the blade locks up during use and that the depth gauge doesn’t work to keep the blade from making deeper cuts than intended.
  • At 16.9 pounds, this is one of the heaviest circular saws we’ve reviewed. It’s listed as a ‘mini miter saw’, so it is definitely intended for single-purpose construction and carpentry work.
  • The safety features mean that you have depress and slide multiple buttons at once to get it started. Some feel this is overly complex for the purpose.

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Rotorazer Saw with 3 Quick Change Blade and Dust Extraction System

Rotorazer Saw with 3 Quick Change Blade and Dust Extraction SystemDo you want a craft saw that can do a bit more?

Are you tired of using handsaws for tedious cuts and shaping of materials? The Rotorazer Saw with 3 Quick Change Blade and Dust Extraction System in red may make an attractive addition to your tool box for those DIY projects.

  • Product
  • Specification

Rotorazer Saw with 3 Quick Change Blade and Dust Extraction System -...

portable saw, circular saw, all in one saw

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Part Number

90RT01RT01

Item Weight

5.3 pounds

Product Dimensions

14.1 x 9.8 x 4.7 inches

Origin

USA

Item model number

90RT01RT01

Size

full size

Color

Red

Power Source

corded-electric

Item Package Quantity

1

Included Components

Blade

Batteries Included?

No

Batteries Required?

No

Really hard to use. Not easy to cut wood, glass disappointed.
September 7, 2016
not what I expected would not even cut through a thin piece of molding don't know what to do with it
September 9, 2016
Beware - - TV commercial says it's a wonder saw .... can do almost everything. I was sold although I was not sure of its cutting depth.. When I received the rotorazer, I was disappointed to find out that the depth of cut is barely 1/2". That's not enough for my every day use.
January 20, 2015
Features:

  • It boasts a 400-watt motor
  • The blade offers a cutting depth about .5″
  • Comes with multiple blades and accessories

Conclusion

Fans of ‘As Seen On TV’ products may be interested in Rotorazer Saw for light projects and crafts. However, it won’t cut very deeply.

But here is the thing.

The saw kit comes with a tungsten carbide blade, diamond blade, and a steel blade, a dust extraction system, and durable hard carry case.

PROS:
  • The saw is designed to cut through a variety of materials, including PVC, drywall, hardwood, ceramic tile, marble, and metal.
  • Keep your cutting line clean of debris with the vacuum dust extraction system accessory.
  • The small blades allow you to make gently curved cuts on lightweight materials. This is good for craft projects, such as wood decorations.
  • A blade guard provides some protection from the spinning blade when it’s not pressed against a cutting surface.
  • An adjustable cutting depth lever allows you to set the blade to low, medium, or deep depths.

CONS:
  • Some reported that it kicks back a lot when used. May not be ideal for cutting thicker or dense materials.
  • Some users also reported that it has trouble cutting materials, like copper or aluminum pipes. It may be better at cutting metal sheeting.
  • A large skid plate and the centered blade placement means it’s hard to see your cuts as you make them.
  • A bit pricy for what the product offers, especially compared to other mini circular saws on the market.

How Does a Mini Circular Saw Work?

Many people love using circular saws but don’t have a clue how they work. Does this sound familiar to you? Well, you’re in luck because we’re going to reveal the secret of mini circular saw operation.

Listen up!

The mini circular saw operates a lot like a standard size worm drive saw. In fact, many mini circular saws use the worm drive to operate their blades. This is primarily because this type of drive is ideal for saws where the motor must be behind the blade, e.g., a compact, handheld tool.

Let’s take a step back.

There are three main components to a mini circular saw, the motor, the drive, and the blade. The motor transfers power to the drive, which then turns the blade. A worm drive uses a pair of gears oriented at a 90-degree angle to one another to transfer the power from the motor to the blade.

Product Name Motor Speed Overall Rating Details
Rockwell Versacut Ultra-Compact Circular Saw 4.0 Amp 3 500 PRM 9 Check price
Genesis GCS545C Control Grip Compact Circular Saw 5.8 Amp 3 500 PRM 10 Check price
Dremel US40-01 Ultra-Saw Tool Kit 7.5 Amp 13 000 PRM 9.5 Check price
WORX WORXSAW 4-1/2″ Compact Circular Saw 4.0 Amp 3 500 RPM 8.5 Check price
Rockwell 4-1/2″ Compact Circular Saw 5 Amp 3 500 PRM 9.5 Check price
Makita SH01W Circular Saw Kit 4.0 Amp 1 400 PRM 8 Check price
MasterMind 800344 Compact Precision Circular Saw 4.0 Amp 2 800 PRM 7.5 Check price
Dremel SM20-02 Saw-Max Tool Kit 6.0 Amp 17 000 PRM 9.5 Check price
VonHaus Compact Handheld Circular Plunge Saw 4.5 Amp 4 000 PRM 8 Check price
Rotorazer Saw 4.0 Amp 3 500 PRM 7 Check price

This is a great type of drive for creating a handheld circular saw or one with a left blade orientation. It also helps improved torque and makes the saw more durable, so it lasts longer when cutting through dense materials.

What To Consider Before You Buy

Naturally, you now want a mini circular saw that can you can use just like a standard circular saw, only without the weight and heft. This is easy enough to accomplish by picking out any compact or mini circular saw on the market.

Believe it or not, there are a lot of different features to keep an eye out for in your purchase.

All of the potential features listed below can be found in one or several different mini circular saws. You’ll want to select the ones that best meet your needs and enhance your use of these power tools.

Take a look for yourself!

  • An adjustable cutting depth allows you to control how deeply the blade cuts through certain materials.
  • An adjustable bevel allows you to cut materials at different angles up to 45 degrees.
  • Cordless circular saws usually have a rechargeable battery.
  • Laser guides allow you to cut a straighter line by following a thin line of light projected by a laser in the saw case.
  • Higher amp circular saws have more power for faster cutting and cutting through dense materials.
  • Two blade positioning allows you to set the blade outside of the guard for flush cuts or using sanding and abrasive blades.

Mini Circular Saw Blades

Great, you’ve found the best mini circular saw. But now, you have no idea how to use all these blades! Take a deep breath and relax. We’ll help explain the basics of different types of saw blades.

What the Tungsten Carbide Blade!?

Carbide tipped for increased strength and durability, these blades are great for wood, plastic, and composite materials. The carbide tip is attached onto the steel blade using a soldering technique known as brazing.

Also known as high-speed steel blades, these are made from a high-quality, strong steel, and have more teeth for cutting. Some have up to 60 large, sharply angled teeth. They’re great for cutting a variety of materials including:

  • Wood

  • Plastic

  • Aluminum

  • Thin Sheet Metal

  • Drywall

These have very small teeth or no teeth at all and the edge is covered in a fine layer of diamond grit. As you may already know, diamonds are the hardest substance on Earth and make for excellent cutting tools. They are great for cutting through ceramic tile, stone tile, backer board, and cement.

But Wait, There’s More…

You’ll also see a ton of different abrasive and sanding blades on the market. These are designed more for Dremel-type saw or saws that can be used without the guard. The side of the blade is covered with an abrasive grit for sanding and polishing, or else with small cheese grater-like protrusions for removing paint and other surface materials.

Mini Circular Saw Cordless

Imagine that you’re a carpenter working on-site without electricity. You need to make several small adjustments to a 2″ x 4″ before you can nail it into place. Thank goodness you have that cordless mini circular saw!

Or, you’re happily working on a carpentry project in one room and suddenly realize there are a few other small projects you can take care of while you have that compact circular saw out. You get up and take that cordless circular saw along without a second thought.

Isn’t that great?

These rechargeable battery powered saws are ideal for environments without easy access to a wall outlet. Cordless power tools have come a long way in the past several decades. These days, they are nearly as powerful and durable as a traditional corded power tool. Wonder why?

Because, they use lithium-ion batteries. These batteries are lightweight, have a high energy density, and recharge easily. They also tend to provide a consistent flow of energy right up until the battery has drained.

If you’re frequently working on sites without power, don’t bring along a bulky generator for just one tool. Turn to a cordless mini circular saw to do the job.

Safety

You may not have realized it, but compact circular saws can still do a lot of damage if not used appropriately. After all, their blades are usually diamond or carbide tipped and spin at thousands of rotations per minute! Safety is best kept in mind when using one of these power tools.

What Do You Need To Know?

The first thing to do is use that circular saw in a clean and dry area. Ideally, you will be working in the garage, on a construction site, or in your craft room. The space should also be well-lit so that you can see what you’re doing.

 Here are a few other tips:

  • Wear safety glasses when operating the circular saw.

  • Where a facemask or respirator, if you do a lot of cutting.

  • Keep the hand and lower blade guard in place. Do not remove these!

  • Don’t operate near pets or children.

  • Keep your hands away from the blade while it’s spinning.

  • Use sharp blades for cutting. Dull blades can break or catch.

  • Keep all cords clear of the cutting area.

Of course, these are just a few of the more common safety steps to remember. Naturally, you’ll want to read through the instruction manual thoroughly before using any power tool.

Warranty

Okay, you have purchased a circular saw and kept in the box for a couple of months until you finally found a project to use it on. Sadly, when you plug it in and press the power button, nothing happens. You’ve got a dud!

You reach out to the manufacturer, only to find that you’re past the return period or a moneyback guarantee. On top of that, they don’t offer a product warranty! Disappointed, your only option is to purchase another mini circular saw.

And just think, if you had taken the time to look for product warranty, you could get a replacement without having to pay for a new one.

Well, you can at least keep this from happening again.

Next time, check for a warranty from the manufacturer before purchase. Most mini circular saw companies offer a warranty length of between 1 to 5 years. These are usually limited warranties, meaning that the manufacturer will replace the product if it is defective in some way that causes it to break in the box or break during use.

Unfortunately, saw blades that come with your purchase are not always covered under warranty. If you buy the blades separately, these may have their own warranty you can rely on if found to be defective.

9 Total Score
Conclusion

Our pick for the best mini circular saw is the Genesis GCS545C  Compact Circular Saw with Vacuum Adapter.

The aluminum diecast body and guard impressed us, as well as, the number of available accessories and blade options. You can use this mini circular saw for rip cutting, plunge cutting, and bevel cuts. It's strong enough to use on construction projects, and lightweight enough for craft jobs.

Price
9.5
Power
9
Durability
9

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