I don’t do a massive amount of handy man stuff around our place, but there is always something to mend, or something small that we want to pull together without calling in a builder, so I do have a few basic tools.
Some of the most used are my circular saws. In the end I settled on two, one that is extremely portable and easy to use, (with a cool laser guide) and the second a more standard option for the bigger jobs I take on around the place. I find them great for simple cuts across timbers, and to a lesser degree (because of my limited skill set), for long cuts along a piece of decking or the like.
My go to saw for the small jobs is my
Rockwell RK3440K VersaCut Circular Saw
This Rockwell RK3440k is a powerful, multi-functional circular saw that can cut many materials like wood, plastic, flooring, slate, ceramic tiles, aluminum and sheet metal. I mostly just use it on wood. It is lightweight, compact & extremely well balanced which is great for someone like me. With the Rockwell VersaCut, I can handle cutting jobs with ease, and control. This saw has a slim handle and contoured grip which (after a little practice) allowed me to safely and easily guide the saw with just one hand.
The laser guide on the front of the saw is basically right below my eye-line when I am cutting, so I find it really easy to stay on the guidelines I have drawn on the timber to be cut. I learned from the pro’s and keep my “spare” hand on top of the saw (see the video below), which means it simply can’t get in the way of the blade. I do have to be careful not to push down with this hand though, the saw works better if I just allow it to work and don’t add extra weight to it.
As I said, this is a small saw, and its cut depth is limited to 1-1/16 inches, it’s suited to smaller jobs, but it s an extremely convenient addition to your workshop. The vacuum does grab the dust, so using it inside is much less of an issue than other saws. Th onboard Laser guide is battery powered, and goes flat if you forget it and leave it on, so just switch it on when you need it and OFF again as soon as your done.
The saw came with 3 blades (metal, wood and tile), a robust edge guide, vacuum port, carry bag and the user guide & tools needed to change blades.
You will find this video useful.
For bigger jobs I settled on my
DEWALT DWE575SB 7-1/4″ Circular Saw
The Dewalt circular saw is also a light, well balanced saw, but being heavier duty, it is not as light as the Rockwell of course, but it still weighs in at only 8.8 lbs.
No power saw is 100% fool proof safe, and you have to pay attention when using these, but this one does have an automatic electric brake which stops the blade when the trigger is released. Its smooth, ball bearing lower guard offers is durability, and its high grade shoe (which I keep lightly lubricated) gives me a smooth base for accurate cutting.
This Dewalt circular saw has a 15-Amp motor that gives me plenty of power and very smooth cutting performance. Unlike the Rockwell, it has a bevel mechanism that allows for up to 57-degree bevel capacity. It also has a deeper 2 9/16 inch cutting depth.
The saw also has a built in dust blower that keeps my cutting line clear. This saw takes my getting used to than my smaller one did, and it will blow sawdust everywhere, which is why I have the smaller one for inside jobs.
I am not a heavy user but apparently this also has a patented cord system that stops cords breaking at the point where the attach to the saw. I am told that leads to an early end for a lot of other designs.
There is on board blade wrench storage, which is very convenient when changing the blades and it comes with a carrying/storage case.
For me the light weight is great, the safety brake is important, and so far it is dependable and pretty easy to use. I like video’s so here is one I found on U-Tube with someone (who knows a lot more than me) sharing his opinion and some tips.
I hope this helps