How to Pick a Great Circular Saw
Well, buying a circular saw is not an easy task especially in the age of online tool shopping. There are so many brands, options and models that make your head spin. On the other hand, there are lots of reviews and opinions as well that direct you in contradicting ways making your decision ever so difficult. When you are looking to buy circular saw, or any saw or power tool for that matter, look for the features that actually matter and make a difference for you. Once you know what features and specifications have the most impact on the tool you need, you would be able to make an objective and informed decision regarding your purchase. Remember there is no best circular saw for everyone, there is the best circular saw for you and you need to single it out from the shelf that carries hundreds more.
So, what makes circular saw a circular saw? What features you need to worry about and what features you can leave as afterthoughts? Here is a summary that will help you out quite a bit.
· There are two factors that determine the power of cordless and corded circular saws – amperage and voltage. The higher the voltage and amperage of the circular, the more powerful it is.
· Another important feature of circular saw is its blade capacity which defines how deep the saw can actually cut. As common sense dictates, the greater the size of the common blade, the deeper the cut can be achieved. Majority of the saws feature a 7.25” blade which can cut through 2 inches of work piece at 45 degrees in one go. Anything below 6” will cut through 2 inches of work piece at 90 degrees in a single go but at 45 degrees you will have to make the cut twice. On the other hand, saws that come with smaller cutting blades have a smaller footprint and are lighter. Hence it’s a tossup between portability and power.
· Circular saws have a trigger which when released enables electric brakes which reverse the flow of electric current. That way the motion of dangerous cutting blade comes to an immediate halt. This switch or trigger can stop the saw within two seconds, however, two seconds is still enough time for a saw blade to cause some serious damage and injuries so never let your guard down until the saw has stopped completely.
· You can also look for laser guide featuring circular saws or if you are looking to buy jigsaws online. Laser guide will make your work a lot easier as they can provide accurate and precise projections of the cut.
· There are spindle or shaft locks on majority of circular saws which make it convenient for you to replace the saw blade. Shaft lock actually paralyzes the cutting blade and the shaft itself to allow for a convenient blade change.
· With bevel capacity you can find out the maximum bevel cut the saw can make while there are bevel stops on most circular saws as well, which basically are presets that allow adjustments on the go for bevel cuts.
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