Once and for all : Frequently asked questions about circular saws and everything related to them.

I am, or at least consider myself to be, pioneer in home improvement and amateur woodworking, so people tend to ask for my advice when buying any kind of tools. Although i get the most questions about circular saws – where to look for them, and how to choose them. I don’t have a problem with answering every question individually, but i feel like it would be more efficient if i wrote it down in clear and time-effective manner. For any additional questions, most of you know my email, so feel free to ask me. Now, let’s get started with the circular saw buying guide.

When people ask me about circular saw features, the first thing i bring up is the power source. If you are an amateur, and plan on doing only light work, then it’s okay to get small cordless circular saw. But if you want effectiveness and affordable price, then forget about battery-powered saws, because they are too fragile and batteries run out of power too quickly to  be worth the money they cost.  That is why most carpenters will tell you that cordless saws are usually worthless. In my opinion, best option would be to own both – but that is double investment, and unless you’re sure about your passion in this field, i wouldn’t risk that much money. Start with the corded saw, and once you test it out, you can always expand your tool kit.

Point two – don’t have illusions of buying a tool made in America. Those days are long gone and will probably never come back. All decent brands have moved their facilities to make their saws and all other tools in Asia, mostly China. But you don’t have to worry about low quality of imported goods – it is essential for these brands to maintain their reputation, so quality standards are always high. It’s just sad to see manufacturing leave the US, at least for me.

Brands are totally different topic, and i could write several pages about them, but to keep things short, there are two types of brands – the ones focused on quality, and the ones competing on affordable prices. Good examples of the latter are Makita and Ryobi – both are great brands, but their quality doesn’t even come close to Bosch or DeWalt. The latter are top notch tool makers, and their tools are not only effective and durable, but really capable of taking some damage. Again, for the long term work, quality brands are the wisest investment to make – they last longer. But if you’re unsure, or just planning to be an amateur, Makita or Ryobi will do just fine.