Choosing circular saw as a complete beginner – what to do

Let’s be frankly – buying circular saw, or any other tool for that matter, when you are a beginner, is truly teriffying experience. You don’t know what you’re doing, and everyone seems to have different opinions on what you should do. That is why i always prefer to teach people how to do a thing, instead of just doing it for them. I could recommend certain saws, which are generally considered the best, but they might still not work for you. Everyone has a different needs, and there is no way of knowing what circular saw will work for you, unless you’re the one making the judgement.

 First, let’s talk brands. There are obvious brand names you probably expect to find here, which are : DeWalt, Bosch, Makita, and others. And it is for a good reason – those are the companies that make one of the best power tools out there, therefore the brands are mainstream. Among me and my friends, DeWalt is pretty much synonymous with quality.

But you shouldn’t judge product solely based on the brand name. Even DeWalt and Makita have made some terrible products, so it’s better to double check. Read circular saw reviews and please, first thing you do is to check what customers have to say about a product. No one knows flaws and advantages of each tool better than the person using the tool, plain and simple. Cheaper brands include Ryobi, Ridgid, Black&Decker, SKIL and many others. Cheap doesn’t necessarily mean worse, but in my experience, these tools lack the durability and several functionalities of other top tier brands. Although, when on a tight budge, they are certainly worth to take a look at.

 Other thing that seems to confuse beginners is corded vs cordless power tool debate. Some people claim that cordless tools are utterly useless and their batteries drain very quickly, while others prefer the comfort of moving around with your tool without having to plug it in everywhere you go. Personally, i’m somewhere in between, as i acknowledge the problem battery powered circular saws have, but i also realize that newest cordless tools’ batteries are getting a lot better. That is why i think all experienced home improvers and woodworkers must have them, especially if they use them frequently. I personally, own both – corded and cordless circular saws, just because i can afford to have them and i know when to use each one of them. But if you are a beginner, i recommend you go with corded circular saw. They’re cheaper, and battery never runs out. Choosing the right time to charge your tools is an art that comes with experience, so it’s better to gain some experience before switching to battery powered tools, or even better, owning both, like i do.

As mentioned above, i have no intention of telling you which exact products you get, so it seems reasonable to finish my saw buying tutorial here.


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