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Best Cordless Circular Saw

By: Daniel Smith




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Cheap, easy to use, and portable. These are the main characteristics of a Circular saw. We believe that every DIYer or homeowner should have one of these. But which circular saw is right for you? We made a guide of what we believe are the best cordless circular saws of this year.

What makes the best Cordless Circular saw?

To find the best Cordless Circular saw we first have to determine what we are looking for. Here is a list of the key features we think every cordless circular saw should have.

  • Power – The amount of power the circular saw is able to output. In general, this is expressed in RPM or Horsepower.
  • Weight and portability – Often a circular saw is made to carry around and bring with you to every job. Therefore it should be light.
  • Price – In general circular saws are already pretty cheap but we want the best price/quality saw.

Are you looking for a saw to make cuts in more confined spaces? Maybe a Worm drive circular saw is a better option. Here is a list of our favorite worm drive circular saws.

The Best Cordless Circular Saws

Here is a list of our favorite cordless circular saws:

Hphtools’ Choice


DEWALT FLEXVOLT 60V Circular Saw (DCS578B)

our score: 9.6
  • DEWALT’s latest Circular saw
  • Electric brake for more safety
  • 7 1/4 inch saw blade

Pros and cons

According to our experts
  • This cordless circular saw uses DEWALT’s flexvolt batteries. These are very powerful and will last a long time on a single charge.

  • Safe Circular saw because of the Electric brake system and the blade guard.

  • Since this is the latest DEWALT Circular saw it is slightly more expensive than other saws on this list.

If you are looking for the best 7-1/4 inch circular saw, look no further. The DEWALT DCS578B is by far the best cordless circular saw with plenty of power. This circular saw has a 60v motor and is, therefore, suitable for power-demanding sawing jobs.

The DEWALT DCS578B is a bit more expensive than other circular saws on this list. This is because it is the latest DEWALT circular saw on the market. We still believe it offers great value for money.

Makita XSR01Z 18V circular saw

Makita 18V circular saw (XSR01Z)

our score: 9.3
  • Powerful 18 volt burshless motor
  • 1 year warranty
  • 7 1/4 inch saw blade

Pros and cons

According to our experts
  • This circular saw can be used for a big range of applications from cutting framing to cutting heavy industrial wood.

  • Easy adjustable saw angle. This way you can adjust the saw to use it from 0º to 45º.

  • This is an 18 Volt circular saw. If you are planning to make a lot of cuts on a single charge it might be better to opt for a 60 Volt.

The Makita XSR01Z has been on the market since 2006 and received a lot of positive feedback since. This is a corded circular saw and therefore has a lot of power and a max speed of 5800 RPM. This makes the Makita XSR01Z an ideal choice if you are planning to cut heavy types of wood.

What is especially good about the Makita XSR01Z is its durability. The circular saw is made from high-quality Magnesium which makes it a bit heavier and gives it a professional feel.

Milwaukee cordless circular saw M18

Milwaukee 7-1/4 inch circular saw (2732-20)

our score: 9.2
  • Powerful 18 volt brushless motor
  • 5 year limited warranty
  • 7 1/4 inch saw blade

Pros and cons

According to our experts
  • We love that this circular saw comes with a 3 year limited warranty.

  • Milwaukee started in the US and has great customer service throughout the country.

  • This circular saw is a bit more expensive than other circular saws on this list.

If you’ve ever owned a Milwaukee power tool before you know their products are made to last. For this reason, they offer some of the longest warranty periods on this market. The Milwaukee cordless circular saw is no exception to Milwaukee’s excellent quality.

The Milwaukee M18 Fuel is an 18-volt cordless circular saw with a powerful 15 AMP brushless motor. Just like the other saws on this list, the Milwaukee M18 Fuel can be used for light wood as well as heavy industrial wood.

Cordless circular saws overview

Cordless circular sawVoltageSpeedScore
60 Volts5800 RPM9.6
Makita XSR01Z 18V circular saw
Makita XSR01Z
36 Volts5100 RPM9.3
Milwaukee cordless circular saw M18
Milwaukee 2732-20
18 Volts5800 RPM9.2

Final thoughts

Overall if we had to pick one circular saw it would be the DEWALT DCS578B. This circular saw is unbeatable when it comes to price/quality. Also, the latest electronic brake works a bit better than other circular saws on this list.

Finally, DEWALT’s Flexvolt batteries are unbeatable when it comes to power. These batteries have the longest power output. Over time these batteries keep a great charge and won’t need to be replaced as often.

The Author
Daniel Smith
My passion for power tools and work clothing started when I was a kid. My father and I used to build tree houses together, he taught me all the tricks of the trade! Meanwhile, I'm a 28-year-old with more than 7 years of experience on various job sites.
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