You love your circular saw, but you don’t love that it’s cumbersome and impossible to move. Sometimes, you’d like to make cuts out of position, you know?
Cordless compact circular saws are designed for all those out of position cuts. They have maximum maneuverability while still offering the same precision and performance as their full-sized counterparts.
We’ve compiled a list of our favorite cordless mini circular saws. Plus, we’ve answered a few questions you might have about how to choose exactly the right one. Let’s take a look.
Best Cordless Mini Circular Saw of 2018
|Image||Name||Blade||Voltage||Revolutions per minute||Price|
|Makita SH01W (Editors' Choice)||3-3/8-Inch||12V||1,400 RPM|
|Ryobi P506 One+||1/2 inch||18V||4,700 RPM|
|Makita SH02R1||3-3/8-Inch||12V||1,500 RPM|
Makita SH01W – Best For Household Tasks
Our first saw is a lightweight device best used for minimal tasks such as household chores and the occasional project. It’s well balanced and fits great in your hand. It weighs just over three pounds and has a soft grip handle to prevent slipping and increase comfort.
It has a one-inch cutting capacity at a 90-degree angle. Setting the depth at 5/8 inches allows it to cut at a 45-degree angle. It rotates at 1400 RPMs, a little less than what we’d like to see, but still enough to cut 1x2s or small firewood for things like wood stoves.
It has bevel capacity with the saw adjustable at the base from zero to 45 degrees. It has an excellent line of sight to the front of the saw with a notch to make sure things are lined up correctly.
The set comes with a carrying case and two battery packs. Battery charge time is roughly 50 minutes, so having dual batteries means one battery charges while the other is in use. It should give you plenty of power to finish your jobs if you’re smart about charging.
It comes with a three-year warranty. It’s suitable for many types of materials including particle board, drywall, and MDF.
Ryobi P506 One+ – Best Budget Option for the Money
Ryobi’s compact circular saw is compatible with many of Ryobi’s battery packs including P100 through 105, P107, and P108. It packs a whopping 4600 revolutions per minute so it can cut through many materials including most wood and drywall.
Maximum cutting depth is just over two inches when the angle is set to 90 degrees and a little over an inch and a half at 45 degrees. It has a bevel capacity of zero to 56 degrees. The saw provides a laser line of sight to make sure your cuts are accurate and on target. Ryobi cuts through 2x4s pretty well though it sometimes leaves wood on the ends requiring a second cut on the bottom.
The blade is tipped in carbide to prevent rust. The blade is oriented to the left to make it easier to spot correctly even without the laser sight. Plus, the wrench you’ll need to remove the blade for cleaning is included in the set. Easy grip knobs make adjusting easily whether it’s bevel or depth.
Makita SH02R1 – Best Mini Circular Saw Bundle
Makita’s SH02R1 is a slight step up from the SHO1W in that it offers slightly more power at 1500 revolutions per minute. It has a 3-3/8 inch cutting blade offering a cutting depth of about an inch.
It’s bevel-capable, offering degrees between zero and 45. It weighs just three and a half pounds and features an ergonomic handle that prevents overextension and helps keep cutting sure. There’s no laser sight, but it does help keep dust from gathering at the cut site.
It’s good for jobs that require a little more power, and the convenient case means it’s always ready for you to use because everything is together. It can cut a variety of materials including drywall, pegboard, MDF, and plywood.
Best Compact Cordless Circular Saw – Buyer’s Guide
What do you look for when you’re choosing a cordless mini circular saw? Let’s take a look at a few of your options.
The first thing you consider is the tooth count on a blade. The more teeth included, the cleaner your cut will be. For most household jobs, the tooth count isn’t too important, but if you’re planning some professional work, it might make the difference.
Next is how easy it is to get replacement blades. Mini or compact tools frequently use components that aren’t a standard size. How non-standard it is can mean the difference between a tool that’s a struggle to maintain and one that’s convenient.
Blades dipped in carbide resist rusting and prolong the life of the blade. Most jobs with these tools are wood, but there are other types of blades available for different materials.
Compact saws need a lot of balance. The ergonomics of the tool makes it convenient or a bungling mess. A well-balanced saw prevents injury from extended use or from a wobbly, difficult to hold the saw.
If you can get to a store to hold different saws before you purchase online, you should plan to do that. Find a tool that fits well in your hand and allows you to maneuver without too much difficulty.
Other factors are grips that mold well to your hand and coverings that prevent slippage whether you’re wearing gloves or barehanded (but don’t do that).
- Understand What You’re Getting
Mini saws might be convenient, but that convenience is a trade-off for full functionality. If you have large jobs where you’re cutting through enormous pieces of wood, don’t misunderstand what you’ll be able to do with your mini saw.
A cordless mini circular saw is meant for smaller jobs where you’re cutting out of position, or you’re in a tight space. They won’t be able to handle the scope of large professional jobs, and you shouldn’t expect them to.
Instead, these are meant to be complements to your larger, corded tools or a tool for someone who only does a handful of household jobs here and there. Cutting wood for a picture frame? Sure, use the mini. Cutting wood to build a shed? Forget it.
Cordless mini circular saws are great little tools to have on hand for quick jobs that don’t require a lot of power or very deep cuts. They can get the job done quickly without dragging out all your equipment just for a few little projects. As long as you understand their capabilities, they should be a worthwhile addition to your tool shed.
What’s the first project you plan to complete with your new saw? Let us know in the comments below.