In this guide we’ll take a look at the best circular saws for the UK market.
I’ve compared the power, weight, revolutions per minute and cost
to give you my top recommendations.
What Is The Best Circular Saw?
In a rush? Here’s my top choice…
Best circular saw on the market!
The Makita HS7601J/2 Circular Saw is the best circular saw for professionals and DIYers alike because of its superior power, rpm and incredible build quality. Well balanced, comfortable to use and guaranteed to last you for decades, I think it’s worth the price tag and will become your go-to circular saw once you get your hands on it.
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Makita HS7601J/2 Circular Saw Review
My winner for the best circular saw available for the UK market is this Makita HS7601J/2. As with all Makita products the build quality of this saw is excellent.
Thanks to the motor’s double insulation (2 layers of insulating materials between the motor and the casing) it is less noisy than many of its competitors and its light weight (3.8 kg) and ergonomic design make it feel extremely well balanced and comfortable to hold and control.
The solid aluminium base plate adjusts and locks easily from the rear for bevel and plunge cuts, provides good stability when making freehand cuts and extra accuracy when used in conjunction with the solid guide rail. The depth adjustment lever is also easy to operate.
The saw delivers plenty of power and generates a max no-load speed of 5,200 RPM, more than enough for common applications.
Its 7.5″ (190 mm) blade cuts to a depth of over 2.5″ (66 mm) with the base plate at 90 degrees and 1.8″ (46 mm) at 45 degrees and finished cuts are straight and precise.
This Makita circular saw also comes with an electric brake, its power cord is well-insulated and over 2 metres long and there is a dust extractor port at the rear that can be connected to a vacuum.
The build quality and functionality of this power saw is excellent, and it also offers great performance for the money. It’s my winner for the best circular saw for the UK market!
DeWalt DWE560K-GB Circular Saw Review
The DeWalt DWE560K comes a pretty close second to the Makita HS7601J/2 in our list of recommendations for the best circular saw, and of course both brands are extremely reputable and preferred by professionals.
The DWE560K is compact and lightweight (3.7 kg) yet robust, and despite its powerful motor (that generates a no-load speed of 5,500 rpm) it delivers an extremely smooth, controlled, least noisy and least vibrating cutting experience. This really is one of the best electric saws around.
The nicely positioned depth adjustment level and the neat angle locks allow you to easily adjust the base plate and cuts can be made to a depth of 2.5″ (65 mm) at 90 degrees and 1.6″ (42 mm) at 45 degrees.
The integrated dust blowing mechanism and the cutaway lower saw guard both ensure a clearer view of the cut line resulting in a more accurate cut.
Another neat feature is DeWalt’s patented AirLock system that hooks up to the dust extraction port at the rear of the saw and ensures efficient removal of dust and debris.
Other plus points for this power saw are a 24-tooth blade (the HS7601J/2 comes with a 12-tooth blade), a long power lead and a heavy duty nicely laid out carry case.
Makita DHS680Z Cordless Circular Saw Review
My winner for the best cordless circular saw for the UK is this mighty Makita DHS680Z.
The feature that sets this top-quality saw apart from the other cordless saws on our list is its brushless motor. Brushless motors run much more efficiently than their brushed counterparts with less wear and tear on the motor’s components. They only generate as much power as is needed for the job. This means the battery holds its charge for much longer than a brushed motor battery.
Depending on workload, one 4 Ah or 5 Ah battery would probably be sufficient for a day’s work. But because the battery charge time is only 22 minutes with Makita’s air-cooled Makstar Optimum Charging System, you could save the cost of a second battery by taking an extended tea break!
The 680-Watt motor provides a max no-load speed of 5,000 RPM (equivalent to many corded circular saws) but with automatic torque control and cutting even the hardest woods you would rarely need to test that level.
The soft start, overload protection and electric brake all provide further safety controls during operation. The saw feels very balanced and comfortable to hold, weighing 3.3 kg as a bare tool and 3.8 kg with a 4 Ah battery.
Other nice features of this Makita circular saw include a larger than normal base plate that provides greater stability when cutting, a large lock-off lever and solid depth and bevel adjustors.
The saw cuts to a maximum depth of 2.25″ (57 mm) at 90° and 1.6″ (41 mm) at a 45° angle.
To ensure clear visibility of the cut there is a dust blower function and a twin LED light.
For the top quality and features, the Makita DHS680Z is still very reasonably priced. It’s just as powerful as many corded circular saws and is my winner for the best cordless circular saw for the UK market!
Ryobi R18CS7-0 ONE+ Cordless Brushless Circular Saw Review
Japanese tool masters Ryobi have been leading the way when it comes to the best cordless circular saws since they started making tools back in 1943. Famous for their “One+” system, you can share 18V batteries across the range of power tools, saving money and space at the same time.
Their R18CS7-0 cordless and brushless circular saw is nothing short of spectacular. Even though it’s a light and easy-to-handle saw, it provides all the power you’d expect from a corded saw. Easily powerful enough to cut through things like kitchen worktops, it’ll soon become your go-to saw for ripping and cross cutting.
It cuts slightly deeper than the Makita DHS680Z- 60mm at 90°, 42mm at 45°, which could make a big difference if you’re often working with larger timbers, and the depth-adjuster lever is as easy as you’d expect. The only sacrifice made by the Ryobi is that it’s a bit louder.
The rotatable dust port is a nice feature that makes those longer cuts much easier, as anyone who’s been tangled up in extractor hose would know. And if you’re using it without a vacuum, you can angle the sawdust away from your cutting line.
They even include one of their excellent 24TCT blades as well. If you’ve already bought into Ryobi’s excellent range of power tools, then the R18CS7 is a no-brainer, but if you want the best circular saw for cutting hardwood, this is the one for you.
DeWalt DCS391N-XJ Cordless Circular Saw Review
The DCS391N-XJ is a top contender in the cordless department to the Makita DHS680Z and Ryobi R18CS7-0.
Again, this saw is truly a great piece of kit, with a compact profile, high quality build, well-designed features and great performance for a cordless tool. It also weighs just 3.2 kg (without the battery – add 0.4 kg for a 3 Ah battery) which makes it very versatile.
You can always identify a premium tool by the reduced noise levels and amount of vibration from the motor (which in this case is fan-cooled) and that is demonstrated by this saw, making it comfortable to use for long periods.
The fact that it comes with replaceable brushes also indicates that the tool is built to last a long time.
Cordless circular saws come with smaller motors and slightly smaller diameter blades than the equivalent corded versions.
The DCS391N-XJ’s 18 Volt Lithium-Ion battery powers a 760-Watt motor that is still enough to deliver a no-load speed of 3,700 RPM. With this specification keeping 2 x 3 Ah batteries on charge (you need to purchase batteries and charger separately) should be enough to cut through stock (down to 2.2″ (55 mm)) until you get tired before the saw! (if you want to cut at a 45° angle you can go down to 1.65″ (42 mm) – the bevel capacity is 50 degrees).
A power saw of this quality obviously features an electric brake. Other nice features include a cast-magnesium base plate, an easy-to-secure bevel adjustor and depth control lever, a solid grip handle with integrated intelligent trigger and a lock-off switch.
In summary this is a great choice if you are looking for one of the best cordless circular saws for professionals and serious DIYers!
Makita DSS610Z Cordless Circular Saw Review
If you are after Makita quality but can’t stretch to the brushless DHS680Z then the Makita DSS610Z would be your next best option.
This circular saw is not as powerful as the DHS680Z (its motor delivers a no-load speed of 3,700 RPM compared to 5,000 RPM) but this rotational speed is still more than adequate to cut through the hardest of woods.
The saw is compact and lightweight (3.4 kg with 3 Ah battery, 3.0 kg without), well-balanced, comfortable to hold with its high comfort grips, and quiet and smooth to operate. Comfort and balance are enhanced by the heavy aluminium base plate.
This Makita circular saw has many important safety features including a double safety trigger to prevent accidental starting, an electric brake to bring the blade to a halt in around 2 seconds and a large lock-off lever.
All the components are solid. The depth control lever and bevel adjustor are well-finished and easy to operate, allowing cuts down to 2.2″ (57 mm) at 90° and 1.5″ (40 mm) at 45° respectively. There is a dust blower and LED light fitted so you can see your way through a clear cut.
Although this is a bare tool, meaning you must purchase batteries and charger separately, the 18 Volt Lithium-Ion batteries you do purchase are designed for Makita’s complete LXT range of power tools so they can be interchanged.
There is nothing negative to say about this saw, and for the price it’s still one of the best circular saws available.
Evolution Power Tools R185CCS Multi-Material Circular Saw Review
One of the main reasons behind the success of the Evolution range of power tools is its patented “multi material” cutting capability. This circular saw is designed to cut through not just softer materials such as wood, plastic and PVC, but also non-ferrous metals, such as copper and aluminium, and even mild steel. In fact, because the blade is thin and the speed is so fast, hardly any heat or burr is generated when cutting through metal.
As well as being sturdy and comfortable to use, this compact circular saw has many basic features that compare favourably with its more expensive competitors.
In fact the Evolution R185CCS is a recently upgraded version of its predecessor, the Rage 1B. The Rage 1B’s 1200-Watt motor has now been upgraded here to a 1600 Watt high-torque version with an optimised gearbox. The maximum cutting depth at 90° has been increased from 60 mm (2.4″) to 64 mm, and from 40 mm (1.6″) to 47 mm at 45°. The ability to tilt (bevel) has also been increased from 45 to 60 degrees. An electric brake, that brings the blade to a halt in under 4 seconds, has also been added.
The depth lever and tilt adjusters are large and easy to operate. The line of sight to the cut line is not impeded by the saw guard and this is also helped by an efficient dust extraction process that incorporates a channelled air blower. The three-metre power lead is also handy.
In summary this electric hand saw makes light work of many day-to-day tasks and is an ideal option for a DIYer’s home projects. The attractive price tag makes this my top recommended circular saw if you’re on a budget!
(Note – if you compare the Evolution Rage to the Fury range, the Rage has a greater specification- it can cut through mild steel up to 0.25″ (6 mm), compared to the Fury’s 0.12″ (3 mm)).
Bosch Professional GKS 190 Circular Saw Review
The Bosch GKS 190 comes from Bosch’s Professional (aka “Blue”) range of tools, and is aimed towards the higher end of the market.
This is a well designed and constructed, powerful (at 1400 Watts the most powerful in its class) heavy duty electric saw made with highly robust components. It weighs slightly more than similar models from other manufacturers, but it’s nicely balanced and comfortable to hold. The handles are well-moulded, and the controls are well laid out, making it easy to use.
The blade can rotate up to 5,500 RPM (no-load speed) and can cut down to a depth of 2.8″ (70 mm) at 90° and 2″ (50 mm) when adjusted to a 45° angle. Bevel capacity is an impressive 56 degrees.
The cutting process is exceptionally smooth and the cuts themselves are precise and true, whether using the default vertical setting, setting the baseplate to the required angle, or using the solid guide rail.
The cutting operation is also aided by a dust blower that maintains visibility of the cutting line and a wood chip deflector. A well-insulated long power cord and a well-made plastic case are handy extras as well.
If you are looking for the best circular saw for professional tasks this might be just the ticket.
Meterk MKSC02 500 W Circular Saw Review
If you want premium level specs without the premium level price, you can’t go far wrong with the Meterk range of tools and testing equipment.
The MKSC02 circular saw boasts a massive 1500 Watts cutting power and up to 4700 rpm, so it’s up there with the best professional circular saws in numbers alone. Add to that a huge 65 mm cutting depth at 90° and 45 mm at 45° bevel, and you might wonder why you’re bothering to spend the extra for a bigger brand name.
The truth is this is a less-refined machine than the expensive competition- it’s louder and it vibrates a bit more, but unless you plan to use it all day, every day, it’s the best circular saw for DIYers that want to save the pennies.
At just over 5 kg it’s not the lightest saw, but the extra weight can actually help if you stay on the cut line. Another handy feature is the included laser guide- it’s not just a gimmick when you’re making straight cuts and the one on the Meterk is nicely in line with the saw blade.
You can’t adjust the angle of the exhaust port, but it’ll still connect to most vacuum systems, and the two included blades for rough (24T) and fine cuts (40T) are good enough to get you started.
Even though the MKSC02 isn’t a refined beast, it’s great if you need a lot of power and you don’t want to break the bank. Easily the best circular saw on a budget.
Tacklife 1500W Circular Saw Review
The best cheap circular saw on our list is Tacklife’s 1500 Watt Circular Saw. This is a well-built solid electric saw that uses a 185 mm diameter blade. At just under 5 kg, it is a little heavier than most of the saws previously mentioned, but it does provide the operator with a good cutting experience in terms of comfort (e.g., soft grip rubberised handles), lower noise and vibration levels.
The 1500-Watt motor generates enough speed (4,500 rpm no load) to perform rip, cross and bevel cuts through the hardest of woods to an impressive maximum depth of 67 mm (2.36″) at 90° and 47 mm (1.65”) when making bevel cuts at a 45° angle.
The baseplate depth and angle adjustments are accurate and reliable ensuring that the settings remain constant throughout the cutting process.
There are nice safety features that include an aluminium saw guard, a double switch / safety lock that prevents accidental starting, and a convenient 3 metre cable. The efficient dust extraction process ensures most waste material is extracted through a port at the rear of the saw to prevent it obscuring the laser-guided cutting line.
Unlike some other saws, the Tacklife comes with 2 blades – a 24 tooth blade for wood and a 40-tooth version for harder wood and soft metal.
This is a cheap circular saw when compared to many of its rivals and with all the above accessories it comes as a great budget package!
Things to Know Before Buying a Circular Saw
Alongside the drill and driver, the circular saw is the workhorse of the building site. Whether you’re ripping planks, cross cutting timber or making bevelled cuts, you’ll be reaching for the best circular saw every day you work.
Cutting timber with a handsaw is slow, tiring and hard to do well. If you want to avoid waving cut lines and repetitive strain injury, you should try out a circular saw. With a bit of practice and a little know-how, you can set up your saw to cut through the hardest woods, plastics and even metals accurately and in seconds, without breaking a sweat.
You can spend hundreds of pounds on an ultra-reliable and accurate circular saw if you plan on doing a lot of work or save your money and buy a thoroughly decent budget machine if you’re just a DIYer. But whatever you choose, it’ll be much easier to make fast and precise cuts than with a hand saw.
If you think a full-size circular saw is too big for the job, or you need to get into tighter spaces, take a look at my guide to the best mini circular saws. They’re the handiest tool you’ve probably not thought about adding to your tool kit.
The quality and reliability of battery powered tools has come a long way in the last few years. As battery technology has improved, more and more professionals and savvy DIYers have switched to cordless circular saws, drills, even table saws. They’re convenient, incredibly portable and you can use them just about anywhere, as long as your batteries are charged up.
But if you’re the sort of person who wants to know that your power tool is ready to go at the flick of a switch, or you don’t need to work off-site, then corded machines are the way to go. They’re generally a bit less expensive and offer more power than battery powered tools as well. It’s all about what you use the tool for every day.
One of the biggest problems that novice users of circular saws have is getting the most out of the tool itself. When set up properly, the best circular saw will be comfortable and easy to use. Always set your cutting depth to just below the material you’re cutting so the blade teeth have less work to do, and always clamp down your workpiece.
Circular Saw FAQs
Whatever job you would associate a traditional hand saw with, the best circular saw can do it in a fraction of the time, and with a whole lot less effort. A circular saw is designed to make straight cuts in a variety of materials, using a powerful motor to spin a cutting blade at thousands of revolutions per minute.
Check your user manual for the precise steps, but the common way to change the blade goes like this: Make sure your saw is unplugged or the battery is removed. Then, press and hold the spindle lock to stop the blade from spinning and use the included allen key to undo the nut that holds the blade on. Then you can swap the blade out and replace the nut. Make sure you properly tighten the blade to stop it from slipping.
One of the best ways to get the most from your saw is to choose the correct blade for the job. Most blades are tungsten carbide tipped (TCT) and usually, the higher the number of teeth, the finer the cut it makes. Multi-material blades are available if you need to cut through plastics, metals and other materials besides timber.
For fast and accurate cuts in timber, the ultimate companion to the circular saw is a roofing square. A simple metal triangle with a stop on one end, you can hold it on a piece of timber as a guide and guarantee a 90° or 45° cut every time. Alongside a decent set of clamps, and you can replace a whole toolbox worth of other tools with the best circular saw.
You should wear the correct Personal Protective Gear whenever operating power tools. Even though the best circular saws are relatively quiet, you should wear appropriate ear and eye protection. It’s not usually a good idea to wear gloves when operating rotating equipment though.
- Makita HS7601J/2 Circular Saw
- DeWalt DWE560K-GB Circular Saw
- Makita DHS680Z Cordless Circular Saw
- Ryobi R18CS7-0 ONE+ Cordless Brushless Circular Saw
- DeWalt DCS391N-XJ Cordless Circular Saw
- Makita DSS610Z Cordless Circular Saw
- Evolution Power Tools R185CCS Multi-Material Circular Saw
- Bosch Professional GKS 190 Circular Saw
- Meterk MKSC02 500 W Circular Saw
- Tacklife 1500W Circular Saw