What To Look For in a Mini Circular Saw
The mini circular saw is the conventional circular saw’s little brother. It is the go-to saw when you need power and accuracy but don’t need to use both hands. The mini circular saw is compact, lightweight and portable yet still packs plenty of bite.
There are two common blade diameters for mini circular saws – 85mm and 115mm. In comparison, a standard circular saw blade size ranges from 165-190mm. The cutting depth on mini circular saws is therefore reduced – 115mm versions can cut down to around 40mm at 90° and the more compact 85mm versions to around 25mm, compared to a standard saw’s cutting depth of around 65mm.
Smaller circular saws can still make both angled and bevel cuts but not all can make bevel cuts.
These mini or compact circular saws can be cordless or corded. Cordless versions are more convenient in terms of safety and portability but they are more expensive. Corded versions in general are more powerful and boast a constant source of power. Corded versions make deeper cuts.
If you are after high levels of precision don’t forget to look for a laser guide. Not all compact circular saws are equipped with one. And finally, although not a deal-breaker, look out for the number of blades supplied with the saw. Having a spare blade around in an emergency is always a good thing!
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