5 Compact Circular Saws to Start Your Year Out Right

by | Jan 3, 2019 | Construction Products, Trending | 2 comments

Compact circular saws haven’t been around very long. I used Google Trends to try to get a fix on when that search term started rising and it looks like it was sometime in 2009. At that time though, searches were focused on “mini” circular saws like the battery powered Milwaukee and Dewalt models. But, it looks like it was Worx and Rockwell (both made by the Positec Group) that came out with the early compact circular saws similar to what we have today, and they were promoting them heavily by 2011, along with Wen, MasterMind and Makita.

Compact Circular Saws Features

Most of today’s compact circular saws are corded and cut 2x materials and sheetgoods. Of course you can also use metal, diamond and abrasive blades on them to cut many other materials. These saws have the blade on the left side of the tool like the worm drives do, and they’re designed for people to use one hand when operating them. These saws can also cut bevels in 1x and thinner materials. Overall, users say they like the light weight, convenience and power aspects of compact circular saws. The ones featured here cost between $54 and $ 94 as of the date of this posting.

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Worx Worxsaw 

WX429L

Worx is manufactured and sold by Positec Group, which also makes and sells Rockwell tools. The company makes the tools in China and has offices across the globe.

Tech Details

Weight5.3 lbs
Blades4.5 inches
Amps4
PowerCord
RPM3500

 

The Good News

Total Amazon Reviews (1/1/2019)824
5 Star494
4 Star148
PowerfulEasy to Use
CompactGood Value

 

Complaints

3+2 Stars98
1 Star82
Under-poweredBad Blade View when using LH
Missing PiecesPlastic Blade Cover
UnbalancedDifficult Angle Cuts

Amazon Review Perspectives

“I used this saw, for several projects this is not even a year old tool and it already stop working.”

“There are times when it doesn’t make sense to break out the bigger saws-this one is made for those times.”

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Porter Cable 

PCE381K

Porter Cable has sold tools for over a 100 years and introduced the high-speed helical gear drive saw in 1928. Porter Cable changed hands a few times over the years and today is owned by Black & Decker along with DeWalt, Craftsman and Irwin, among others.

Tech Details

Weight6 lbs
Blades4.5 inches
Amps5.5
PowerCord
RPM3500

 

The Good News

Total Amazon Reviews (1/2/2019)17
5 Star11
4 Star2
Good PowerEasy Adjustments
Good For OverheadGood Quality

 

Complaints

3+2 Stars3
1 Star1
Poor Switch DesignHigh Start Up Torque
Poor InstructionsLow Quality Edge Guide
Lightweight

Amazon Review Perspectives

On the plus side it was light weight and easy to handle. The only challenge was keeping the safety trigger release depressed while pulling the trigger.

Good power and very easy to use!

Great little rip-saw. Fits really well in the hand and is not heavy at all.”

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Tacklife

TCS115A

Tacklife hails from China where it makes a massive array of tools and accessories for the construction and DIY markets. The company has marketing offices in the U.S. and the European Union and customer service offices in the U.S. and UK.

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Tech Details

Weight8.27 lbs
Blades4.75 & 4.5 inches
Amps5.8
PowerCord
RPM3500

 

The Good News

Total Amazon Reviews (1/2/2019)156
5 Star98
4 Star30
Plenty of PowerExtra Blades
Right PriceLaser Guide

 

Complaints

3+2 Stars17
1 Star11
Poor Safety Switch DesignNo Bag/Case
HeavyDifficult for Left Handed People
Bogs Down on Long CutsHard to Handle

Amazon Review Perspectives

when cutting at a 45 degree angle it very stressful on the wrist to hold the saw and to reached the trigger., while pushing the safety button.

Plenty of power and easy to handle.

This is a strong yet light weight tool, perfect for the home handyman tool collection.

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Rockwell RK3440K

This compact circular saw comes to you from the Positec Group. They also claim the Worx brand. Manufacturing happens in China, while the company maintains office locations across the globe.

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Tech Details

Weight3.4 lbs
Blades3.38 inches
Amps4
PowerCord (10ft)
RPM3500

 

The Good News

Total Amazon Reviews (1/2/2019)1183
5 Star733
4 Star189
CompactVersatile
PowerfulPlunge Worthy

 

Complaints

3+2 Stars165
1 Star95
NoisyUnbalanced
No BevelNot Precise Enough
Weak LaserRequires Downward Pressure

 

Amazon Review Perspectives

Definitely number one in the category. Built extremely well and designed with worker comfort and safety in mind.

Just used this saw to finish my tile job. Absolute waste of money. Broke every single tile.

My wife’s favorite tool.

“Great tool. Used it on laminate flooring.”

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Hyperikon

CA-WSS24T-H1

This compact circular saw comes to you from Hyperikon, a company known so far for its LED lighting. Besides this saw, the company has three other power tools. Hyperikon says it’s a U.S. based manufacturer and seller of commercial LED lights (and I guess, now tools as well).

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Tech Details

Weight5.5 lbs
Blades4.5 inches
Amps5
PowerCord
RPM3500

 

The Good News

Total Amazon Reviews (1/2/2019)8
5 Star4
4 Star4
Good PriceGood Blades
Small & CompactReal Value

 

Complaints

3+2 Stars0
1 Star0
Clogs Up

Amazon Review Perspectives

"This is a very handy little saw for small jobs. It is lightweight and comfortable to hold and use."

"Very easy to use, light weight, easy to maneuver and adjusted it to just cut through the 5/8" which worked like a charm!"

"Good price. Much better than what i expected."

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