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Top 5 Cordless Circular Saws in 2020

Top 5 Cordless Circular Saws in 2020

Circular saws have become a necessary tool for do it yourselfer’s and if you’re in the market for an upgrade there’s plenty to consider. Some models give you just what you need, and no more. On the other hand, there are plenty of models out there that give you high-end features including portability, safety, and performance. When looking at the best of the best, cordless models are always at the top because of the freedom they offer users over traditional, corded models.

Cordless circular saws are much more than powerful, noisy and one of the most dangerous power tools out there. It’s true what they say when looking at the sheer power they offer that you just can’t find in other DIY power tools and make quick work out of any woodworking project. If you’re looking for a new cordless model, we have detailed all you need to know in the following review.

The following showcases the Top 5 Cordless Circular Saws in 2020 which is a must read if you’re looking for an upgrade.

1.      Makita 12V max Lithium-Ion Cordless 3-3/8″ Circular Saw – 9.7

Taking the top spot in this review is the Makita 12V Max Lithium cordless circular saw which is powered by a 12-volt Lithium-Ion battery. Scoring a 9.7 out of 10 demonstrates once again everything Makita puts into their power tools which helped it claim a top-seller on Amazon. This user friendly, ergonomic cordless circular saw allows users to cut up to 70 sheets of plywood on a single charge. Coming in with a very competitive price, it’s a small price to pay for this bare tool model.

This cordless power tool is highlighted by a 3-3/8-inch blade with a max cutting depth of 1-inch. Giving you 1400 RPM for max cutting speed means less time cutting saving you time on your next DIY project. The adjustable cutting depth of 1″ at 90- degree and 5/8″ at 45-degree gives users more control over standard cordless models which compares in power to corded models.

Specs and Features

  • Color: Black and White
  • Net Weight:3 lbs.
  • Item Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required
  • Number of Handles: 1
  • Blade Diameter: 3-3/8″
  • Voltage: 12 volts
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 8 x 8 inches
  • No Load Speed: 1,400 RPM

2.      Black & Decker 5.5-Inch 20-Volt MAX Lithium-Ion Circular Saw Bare Tool – 9.4

If you’re looking for a cordless circular saw that’s light on the wallet, then Black & Decker has a product for you. The Black and Decker circular saw is run on a 20-volt max Lithium-Ion battery and has a 5.5-inch blade. The larger blade makes it a great buy for those looking for a wide array of DIY projects which gives you adjustable depth cuts without the need of tools.

The 5.5” Black & Decker has an adjustable bevel to 45 and 90-degrees. The compact, lightweight design makes it user friendly and great for long, continuous use. This is a bare-tool model which does not include the battery or charger, but works with other Black & Decker cordless power tools on the 20V MAX System.

Specs and features

  • Item Model Number: BDCCS20B
  • Batteries: 1 Nonstandard Battery Batteries Required.
  • Size: Medium
  • Color: Red
  • Power Source: Battery-Powered
  • Voltage: 20 Volts
  • Number of Handles: 1
  • Certification: CSA Z94.3-2007 (Certified Frustration-Free)
  • Included Components: Bare-Tool

3.      Hitachi 18-Volt Lithium-Ion 6-1/2-Inch Circular Saw – 9.4

Hitachi introduced an 18-volt cordless circular saw which is easily one of the best of the year which scores a 9.4 out of 10 and deserves the 3rd spot in this review. The Hitachi C18DSLP4 is highlighted by a 50-degree bevel angle which allows the users to adjust the cut to fit any application. Ergonomics are a bonus which has become one of its strongest features with the soft grip handle which decreases user fatigue.

The Hitachi C18DSLP4 is powered by an efficient motor which has improved run times and is much cooler than most. For those looking for improved safety, there’s also an electric brake which also adds precision. The left-side mounted 6 ½-inch blade is easier to access for simple blade adjustments and there’s a built-in spot light which helps illuminate the cutting area.

Specs and features

  • Item Weight: 7.1 pounds
  • Style: Bare-Tool, Circular Saw
  • Power Source: Battery
  • Warranty Description: Lifetime Lithium Ion Tool Warranty
  • Voltage: 18 volts
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 7.7 x 10.5 inches
  • Included Components: Bare-tool

4.      Hitachi 18V Cordless Lithium-Ion Circular Saw – 9.1

This Hitachi cordless circular saw has become a best-seller on Amazon and has well-over 100 all-positive reviews from consumers. This great buy has become a well-known power tool among enthusiasts and professionals alike as it’s simple to use and boasts plenty of power for all types of projects. The best part is that this model is compatible with all Hitachi 18V Lithium Ion slide type batteries including a drill and other types of saws.

The Hitachi C18DGLP4 is powered by an 18-volt battery and users have the option of four models including a circular saw, grinder, reciprocating saw, and jig saw. The efficient battery power gives users 3x more battery life than traditional NiCd batteries. Highlight features include a left-side blade, soft grip handle, LED light, 6.2-pound lightweight design, and a bevel angle to 50-degrees.

Specs and Features

  • Item Weight: 6.2 pounds
  • Item Package Quantity: 1
  • Origin: China
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Voltage: 18 volts
  • Warranty Description: Lifetime tool warranty
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches
  • Included Components: Bare tool

5.      DeWalt 18-Volt Ni-Cad 6-1/2-Inch Cordless Circular Saw Kit – 9.0

DeWalt did it right once again, this time with their rendition of this powerful 6 ½-inch cordless circular saw kit. Included out of the box is the saw, 18-volt Ni-Cad battery, and a hard-carrying case for storage and mobility. At this price, you get everything you need to for faster rip cuts and cross cuts with speeds to 3,700 RPM.

The DeWalt DC390K comes equipped with a 6-1/2-inch carbide tipped blade and can cut to 90 and 45-degrees. Users can choose between 0-50 degree which is perfect for a wide array of DIY projects with improved cutting accuracy as it’s outfitted with an upper guard and magnesium shoe. The highlight is the improved battery life with DeWalt’s own XRP technology which gives users up to 40% more battery power than standard Ni-Cad batteries.

Specs and features

  • Part Number: DC390K
  • Item model number: DC390K
  • Size: 5/8.”
  • Power Source: Battery-powered
  • Voltage: 18 volts
  • Special Features: Adjustable Shoe
  • Included Components: Battery


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