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11 Best Cordless Circular Saws – 2018


Here is a compiled list of 11 of the best Cordless Circular Saws. This list was created by measuring consistent year over year performance over the past 3 years. Below the list is an in-depth detail section for more information about each circular saw.

Image Product Name Price Weight RPM Average Online Rating ⓘ Analysis

Milwaukee M18 FUEL 7-1/4 in. Circular Saw

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9 lbs 5,000 RPM 5 star blocks, with 4.8 of the blocks shaded in red.4.8/5 Product Info
Profile photo of DeWalts FLEXVOLT circular saw with their 60 volt battery. DeWalt FLEXVOLT 60V MAX* 7-1/4 in. Circular Saw with Brake $$ 7.6 lbs 5,800 RPM 5 star blocks, with 4.7 of the blocks shaded in red.

4.7/5

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Side profile of a Bosch 18 volt cordless circular saw. Bosch 18V Litheon 6-1/2 in. Circular Saw $$ 6.6 lbs 3,900 RPM 5 star blocks, with 4.6 of the blocks shaded in red.

4.6/5

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Makita 18v cordless circular saw.

Makita 18V Max Lithium-Ion 6-1/2 in. Circular Saw $$ 7.3 lbs 3,700 RPM 5 star blocks, with 4.4 of the blocks shaded in red.

4.4/5

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Side profile of a Festool HKC EB cordless circular saw. Festool HKC 55 EB Circular Saw $$$ 9.7 lbs 5,200 RPM 5 star blocks, with 4.5 of the blocks shaded in red.

4.5/5

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DeWalt 20V Max* 7-1/4″ Circular Saw $$ 7.5 lbs 5,200 RPM 5 star blocks, with 4.7 of the blocks shaded in red.

4.8/5

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Image of Milwaukee's circular saw from the M12 series. M12 Fuel 5-3/8 in. Circular Saw $$ 5.35 lbs 3,600 RPM 5 star blocks, with 4.3 of the blocks shaded in red.

4.3/5

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Image of Porter Cables 6-1/2 in. cordless circular saw. Porter Cable 20V Max Lithium 6-1/2 in. Circular Saw $ 6.5 lbs 4,000 RPM 5 star blocks, with 4.1 of the blocks shaded in red.

4.1/5

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Side image of a Makita 12 volt 3-1/8" cordless circular saw. Makita 12V Max Li-Ion 3-3/8 in. Circular Saw $ 3.3 lbs 1,400 RPM 5 star blocks, with 4.4 of the blocks shaded in red.

4.4/5

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DeWalts 5-1/2in cordless metal cutting circular saw. DeWalt 20V MAX* Lithium Ion Metal Cutting Circular Saw $$ 8.3 lbs. 3,700 RPM 5 star blocks, with 4.5 of the blocks shaded in red.

4.5/5

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Milwaukee's 5-1/8 in. cordless metal cutting saw from their M18 series. Milwaukee M18 Cordless Lithium-Ion 5-3/8 in. Metal Saw $$ 5.8 lbs 3,600 RPM 5 star blocks, with 4.9 of the blocks shaded in red.

4.9/5

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Milwaukee M18 FUEL 7-1/4 in. Circular Saw

The Milwaukee M18 series offers a plethora of great tools that stand out. Not only is their circular saw one of those great tools, but it is also a part of the Milwaukee Fuel series. When you have finished using this saw you will wonder why you ever considered an electric saw.  By the way, did we mention that it also has the longest warranty on the list.

Application: Wood Warranty: 5 Year
Volt: 18 Blade Size: 7-1/4 in.
Max Cut Depth at 90°: 2-1/2 in.
Bevel Capacity: 50°
Brushless Motor: Yes Product ID: 2731-21

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Profile photo of DeWalts FLEXVOLT circular saw with their 60 volt* battery.DeWalt FLEXVOLT 60V MAX* 7-1/4 in. Circular Saw with Brake

The DeWalt FLEXVOLT 60V MAX* has the highest customer rating on our list. This monster can make 399 cuts to 2×4’s in one battery charge. It is also the only saw on the list equipped with an electronic safety brake.  The phrase Cutting the Cord cannot be more evident than in this DeWalt FLEXVOLT circular saw.

Application: Wood Warranty: 3 Year
Volt: 60* Blade Size: 7-1/4 in.
Max Cut Depth at 90°: 2-9/16 in. Bevel Capacity: 57°
Brushless Motor: Yes Product ID: DCS575T1

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Side profile of a Bosch 18 volt cordless circular saw.Bosch 18V Litheon 6-1/2 in. Circular Saw

The only Bosch product to top this list, but for good reason. This saw has an anti-snag guard that creates clean seamless cuts time and time again. Lightweight combined with quality. The Bosch Litheon circular saw is a proven performer on all residential and industrial framing and roofing jobs.

Application: Wood Warranty: 1 Year
Volt: 18 Blade Size: 6-1/2 in.
Max Cut Depth at 90°: 2 in.
Bevel Capacity: 50°
Brushless Motor: No Product ID: CCS180B

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Makita 18v cordless circular saw.Makita 18V LXT Lithium-ion 6-1/2″ Circular Saw

Makita’s circular saw offers a motor with 3,700 RPM for faster cutting. It is also equipped with Star Protection Computer Controls ™ to protect the saw from overheating. The other great thing with Makita cordless tools is that their battery chargers come with a fan to prevent them from overheating. Kind of the go-to tool in hot weather.

Application: Wood Warranty: 3 Year
Volt: 18 Blade Size: 6-1/2 in.
Max Cut Depth at 90°: 2-1/4 in.
Bevel Capacity: 50°
Brushless Motor: No Product ID: XSS02Z

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Side profile of a Festool HKC EB cordless circular saw.Festool HKC 55 EB Circular Saw

The most accurate cordless circular saw to hit the market. Need we say more.

Application: Wood Warranty: 3 Year
Volt: 18 Blade Size: 6-1/4 in.
Max Cut Depth at 90°: 2-1/15 in.
Bevel Capacity: 50°
Brushless Motor: No Product ID: 564626

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DeWalt 20V Max* 7-1/4″ Circular Saw

Some time ago DeWalt upgraded their 20V MAX* Lithium Ion Circular saw to 5,200 RPM from the old 3,700 RPM. This upgrade in RPM allowed the user to complete their cutting task faster and more efficient. If anyone is still skeptical, their saw toolkit includes a 90-day money back guarantee.

Application: Wood Warranty: 3 Year
Volt: 20* Blade Size: 7-1/4  in.
Max Cut Depth at 90°: 2-9/16 in.
Bevel Capacity: 57°
Brushless Motor: No Product ID: DCS570B

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Image of Milwaukee's circular saw from the M12 series.M12 FUEL 5-3/8 in. Circular Saw

Milwaukee M12 Cordless Tools consistently hit that mark of excellence. Their M12 cordless circular saw is no different. Pair this saw with the M12 Li-Ion XC 4.0Ah High Capacity battery and you have a true contender for saw of the year.

Application: Wood Warranty: 5 Year
Volt: 12 Blade Size: 5-3/8 in.
Max Cut Depth at 90°: 1-5/8 in.
Bevel Capacity: 50°
Brushless Motor: Yes Product ID: 2530-21XC

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Image of Porter Cables 6-1/2 in. cordless circular saw.Porter Cable 20V Max Lithium 6-1/2 in. Circular Saw

Porter Cable created a very affordable cordless circular saw. It is a great product that will get the job done day in and day out. The Porter Cable cordless series really tailors to anyone getting into the power tool market and has the features that the seasoned professional demands.

Application: Wood Warranty: 3 Year
Volt: 20 Blade Size: 6-1/2 in.
Max Cut Depth at 90°: 2-1/8 in.
Bevel Capacity: 50°
Brushless Motor: No Product ID: PCC660B

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Side image of a Makita 12 volt 3-1/8" cordless circular saw.Makita 12V Max Li-Ion 3-3/8 in. Circular Saw

Anyone who finds themselves working in tight quarters or routinely cuts down sheet goods needs to have a Makita 12V Max Li-Ion laying around. It comes in handy so often with its small size and lightweight. Don’t be fooled, this saw can still pack a punch.

Application: Wood Warranty: 3 Year
Volt: 12 Blade Size: 3-3/8 in.
Max Cut Depth at 90°: 1 in.
Bevel Capacity: 45°
Brushless Motor: No Product ID: SHo1zW

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DeWalts 5-1/2in cordless metal cutting circular saw.DeWalt 20V MAX* Lithium Ion Metal Cutting Circular Saw

DeWalt’s metal saw has a high-strength steel shoe. This helps reduce chip build up, and creates durability. It has the highest RPM of all the metal cutting saws on our list which provides a superior cut. This powerful saw will get the job done.

Application: Metal Warranty: 3 Year
Volt: 20* Blade Size: 5-1/2 in.
Max Cut Depth at 90°: 1-11/16 in.
Bevel Capacity: N/a
Brushless Motor: No Product ID: DCS373P2

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Milwaukee's 5-1/8 in. cordless metal cutting saw from their M18 series.Milwaukee M18 Cordless Lithium-Ion 5-3/8 in. Metal Saw

This saw delivers up to 35% more power than previous models. In one battery life it can do 200 cuts of ¾ inch electrical pipe conduit. There are 3 metal cutting circular saws on our list, Milwaukee’s M18 Metal saw has the longest warranty and will keep you up and working.

Application: Metal Warranty: 5 Year
Volt: 18 Blade Size: 5-3/8 in.
Max Cut Depth at 90°: 2 in. Bevel Capacity: 50°
Brushless Motor: No Product ID: 2682-22
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Thanks for checking out the top saws for 2018, let us know which is your favorite and why in the comments below.

2 Comments

    • Acme Tools

      February 21, 2018 at 6:16 pm

      Hi Kuso, Thank you for your comment. The Milwaukee 2731 does have a mechanism that will slow the blade down very quickly but it is not fast enough to get the UL approval to call it a brake. We have talked to Milwaukee about this and they are working on a solution.

      Thank you,
      Acme Tools

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