The circular saw is one of the most basic tools to be found in a carpentry workshop.
And even going beyond the work on wood, an appropriate saw and quality can be used in cutting other materials such as concrete, plastics and non-ferrous metals. That’s why if your workshop or your tool box lacks a circular saw this guide would help make a smart purchase.
There are many options
Whether circular saws or circular table saws, the market offers many other options including sawzall, band saw etc. through which it can become difficult to navigate.
By traversing differences in characteristics, functionality and size, you can begin to define exactly what you are looking to buy.
Will it be used occasionally for personal use or are we talking about a tool that will face heavy daily tasks?
Is it a saw that will always remain in the corner of a workshop or will be moved from one side to another to perform tasks at home?
The answers to these questions will guide us towards the best possible purchase.
For this reason, if you are considering buying a circular saw for personal or professional work, you need to continue reading
Buy a circular saw, what do we need to keep in mind?
Before realizing not only is any purchase, to establish the budget with which we will face the acquisition is key. This will help us know for example which is the most expensive model we can aspire to and whether this is a smart purchase or perhaps an excess.
The market has a wide range of options for each of the different types of circular saws but at a glance and general (We will go further onwards) prices start between 50 and 60 USD and scale up to reach prices of $300 – 350, with expensive exceptions that reach even 600 Dollars.
Let’s go further by separating the prices of the different categories of circular saws:
2. Main Features
In its most basic description, the circular saw is a toothed disk rotating at high-speed thanks to the power of a motor that allows it to cut wood and other materials. In this way, we can divide the essential parts of the tool into 3: toothed disk, motor, outer structure.
- The metal discs of the saws have a flange of sharp teeth and are usually made of stainless steel and some recent models add teeth with carbon tips that make them more resistant. The diameter of the disc will determine the depth of the cuts and the separation of the teeth will make them more effective for a certain type of material or a certain type of cut.
- The engine rotates the disk. Usually, these are electric motors, which vary in the electrical power required according to brands, sizes and models. Some rare exceptions have engines that run on naphtha.
- The outer structure is what facilitates man’s interaction with the machine. It allows us to manipulate it, press the control buttons and protects us from the most basic dangers of using this type of tool.
Circular or table saw? Which to buy?
Manual Circular Saw
They are portable tools, designed to make straight cuts, fast and jobs that require the permanent transport of the saw. Its electric motors vary in powers ranging from 1,500 to 1400 W and reach speeds up to 4500 revolutions per minute. It can work in cuts up to 75mm thick, and the housing will provide basic protection that will allow us to manipulate the tool with relative safety.
It is highly recommended to choose a manual circular saw with locking switch or safety button that prevents accidental starting.
To assist in precision, they will usually be equipped with a guide that allows you to move the disk straight and a base that facilitates the control of inclination of the saw. Applicable saw dust collection bags is a detail included in a few models, but it helps a lot when saving time with cleaning.
These are tools of greater size and weight but still have, but to a lesser extent, the portability factor. In this case, the outer structure remains fixed, and it is the machine operator who approaches the wood (or material to be cut) to the edge of the disc. It is usually a good idea to choose a model with movable brackets to adjust the depth of cut or adjust the angle of the cut.
Safety is again an important detail given that the diameter of these blades is almost always higher than the manual circular saws and therefore more dangerous. We are looking for a model that has a blade guard, a divider, that keeps the piece away from the cut and allows it not to get close to the blade, and an anti-knocking device, to prevent a connecting piece from being ejected.
An analysis of the previously established characteristics and the price ranges mentioned above should be quite close to the circular saw we wish to buy.
Remember first to create the maximum budget to invest and design a list that contains the needs and uses to cover with the tool. There will be all the guidelines established to move to the decision stage. A smart purchase is one that has analysis and thought behind, and the results will be reflected in the eventual saving of money and time.
We hope that this guide for the purchase of a circular saw has been effective in your work and has approached the tool you want to buy to meet your needs and make your work time a more efficient, bearable, accurate and enjoyable.