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Top Types of Circular Saw Reviews

Sidewinder, worm-drive, hyphoid or cordless?

Reviews recommend that the first circular saw you buy be a "sidewinder" model, meaning that the motor and handle are positioned at the side of the blade. Sidewinder circular saws are lighter, and in most situations, they're better balanced and easier to handle. Heavier worm-drive saws and their close cousins, hypoid (spiral gear) saws, place the motor and handle in line with the blade. They're recommended for cutting a lot of plywood and for professional construction crews.

Cordless circular saws offer less power than corded models (with a few exceptions) and smaller capacity - but more convenience, especially now that lithium-ion batteries increase runtime while reducing the weight. Imagine trimming the deck of a tree house with a cordless circular saw, compared with dragging an extension cord up the tree. Even at ground level, cordless circular saws are lighter than corded saws of the same size -- and you don't have to worry about cutting the cord. Their main drawback now is their higher price, but they're less expensive when bought as part of a cordless tool kit.

Circular Saws Runners Up:

Milwaukee 6390-21 *Est. $135

5 picks by top review sites.

Milwaukee V28 0730-22 *Est. $400

3 picks by top review sites.

Bosch 1677M *Est. $220

3 picks by top review sites.

Porter-Cable 423MAG *Est. $140

3 picks by top review sites.

DeWalt DW369CSK *Est. $130

3 picks by top review sites.

Porter-Cable 324MAG *Est. $140

2 picks by top review sites.

Festool TS 55 EQ *Est. $475

2 picks by top review sites.

Bosch CS20 *Est. $135

2 picks by top review sites.

DeWalt DC390K *Est. $220

2 picks by top review sites.

Skil MAG SHD77M *Est. $205

2 picks by top review sites.

Makita 5007MG *Est. $135

2 picks by top review sites.

Ridgid R3203 Fuego *Est. $120

2 picks by top review sites.

Makita 5007FK *Est. $100

2 picks by top review sites.

Hitachi C7SB2 *Est. $100

2 picks by top review sites.

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Milwaukee 6390-21 7-1/4-Inch 15-Amp Tilt-Lok Circular Saw
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New: $260.00 $146.63   
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Milwaukee 0730-22 V28 Lithium Ion 6-1/2-Inch Cordless Circular Saw
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New: $794.00 $501.95   
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Bosch 1677M 7-1/4-Inch 120-Volt Wormdrive Saw
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New: $386.00 $222.06   
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DEWALT DW369CSK 7-1/4-Inch Lightweight Circular Saw with High Strength Base
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New: $254.71   
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PORTER-CABLE 324MAG 15 Amp 7-1/4-Inch Circular Saw with Blade Right
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New: $250.88   
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Bosch CS20 15 Amp 7-1/4-Inch Circular Saw with Direct Connect
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New: $248.00   
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DEWALT DC390K 18-Volt Ni-Cad 6-1/2-Inch Cordless Circular Saw Kit
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New: $391.20   
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SKIL SHD77M 15 Amp 7-1/4-Inch Mag Worm Drive SKILSAW Circular Saw
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New: $360.21 $179.00   
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Makita 5007MG Magnesium 7-1/4-Inch Circular Saw
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New: $260.00   
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Ridgid R3203 Saw, Fuego Circular 6 1/2-Inch
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New: $223.40 $139.95   
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Makita 5007FK 15 amp 7-1/4-inch Circular Saw with LED Light
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New: $220.00   
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Hitachi C7SB2 15 Amp 7-1/4-Inch Circular Saw
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New: $180.44   
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