The most effective round noticed

By Doug Mahoney

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After completely vetting over 35 round saws and testing 4, we really feel one of the best one for most individuals is the SKILSAW SPT67WM-22. It excels at each process an excellent round noticed ought to and has nice options we did not see on the remainder of the saws we tried.

How we picked and examined

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The examined saws. Photograph: Doug Mahoney

After studying the whole lot we might on the subject of round saws and tapping into our personal development expertise, we really feel that the most effective noticed for most individuals is one which has a direct drive motor and a blade-proper orientation. Most saws manufactured as we speak comply with this sample, and we did not really feel it essential to deviate from these norms. For particular options inside this framework, we appeared for saws with both an aluminum or magnesium baseplate, a bevel that goes past forty five levels, a simple-to-use depth-of-reduce adjustment, and a comparatively mild weight (under 10 kilos).

We discovered that the candy spot for pricing is between $eighty five and $one hundred thirty. On this vary are saws from revered producers that meet our standards. Round saws priced decrease than our vary all have metal baseplates, which bend simply when dropped. Those priced above our vary actually get into contractor pricing.

For testing, we outfitted every device with a Freud Diablo 24-tooth framing blade and began cuttin’. Over the course of three days, we minimize all the things from dense strain-handled wooden to 2-by-10s to delicate birch veneer plywood. Whereas utilizing the saws, we checked out ease of changes, sight strains, and the accuracy of the minimize-line indicators. We examined how straightforward every noticed was to regulate and the durability of the connection between the noticed and the baseplate. We knew that dealing with and ergonomics can be an enormous piece of the puzzle, so we stored an in depth eye on deal with design, stability, and general really feel.

Our decide

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With extra energy and higher options than its rivals, the SKILSAW is a simple-to-use round noticed that we would advocate to most consumers. Photograph: Doug Mahoney

The round noticed we might get is the SKILSAW SPT67WM-22. In our checks, it had the facility to chop via dense, moist strain-handled wooden and thick slabs of engineered lumber, nevertheless it additionally had sufficient precision to tackle extra delicate end work. For added security and management, the deal with of the noticed is about decrease than on different fashions, placing the pushing drive behind the noticed quite than above it. One standout function you see on prime-high quality saws like this one is a magnesium footplate and motor housing, which make it sturdy and light-weight—it is 9½ kilos, in contrast with the ten-plus kilos another round saws weigh. The depth-of-reduce gauge is marked in line with widespread lumber thicknesses quite than a straight imperial scale like on the opposite saws, making correct depth changes on this software quicker and easier. Its straightforward-to-learn bevel gauge can angle the blade to an additional-steep fifty six levels (others cease at forty five), and correct reduce-line indicators are at the back and front of the baseplate. It additionally has handy onboard wrench storage for altering the blade.

Runner-up: Respectable noticed, nice worth

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The RIDGID is not as full-featured as our decide, however its lighter weight and nice ergonomics make it a pleasing, straightforward noticed to make use of—and it is typically bought at a lower cost than our decide, too. Photograph: Doug Mahoney

If the SKILSAW is not out there otherwise you’re trying to make much less of an funding, we additionally just like the RIDGID Fuego 6½-Inch Compact Framing Round Noticed. This was by far the lightest noticed we examined and that, mixed with the good deal with design, made it a simple software to carry and maneuver. It does not have the overwhelming energy or the revolutionary options of our most important decide, however it reduce every part we threw at it.

What about cordless round saws and worm drives?

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Worm drives, just like the DeWalt DWS535 (left) are extraordinarily highly effective, however they are much bigger, weigh much more, and are merely an excessive amount of noticed for the non-professional. Photograph: Doug Mahoney

Cordless round saws are handy, however, for many, they are not well worth the added value. If you have already got a set of cordless instruments (and their batteries), getting a cordless noticed might make sense, though even shopping for one and not using a battery comes at a price premium. Until you actually need the mobility and fast setup of a cordless, a top quality corded device shall be a greater match since you will not have to fret about battery life or the device not being highly effective sufficient for the duty.

The opposite type of noticed, except for direct drives, are the worm drives, or hypoid saws. These bigger saws are geared right down to change blade velocity for torque. Due to their unstoppable energy, they’re well-liked amongst tradesmen, particularly framers who want the power to make fast, repeated cuts by means of thick items of dense engineered lumber. For the informal consumer and even the heavy DIYer, a worm drive is just too a lot noticed.

Nonetheless, if a cordless round noticed or worm drive is what you are after, we’ve some suggestions in our full information.


Blades make an enormous distinction with a noticed. Even one of the best noticed on the planet will not carry out properly with a uninteresting blade. For round-the-home weekend work, an excellent blade, if taken care of, can final years.

Ultimately, the blade will uninteresting or a tooth will break. Typically, blades endure from a buildup of gunk across the tooth, which might be cleaned. Cleansing is usually a time-consuming activity, nevertheless, and at $10 for a respectable Freud blade, preserving a blade is probably not value your time. Many native hardware shops additionally supply sharpening providers for a couple of bucks a blade.

As for the specifics of shopping for blades, an element-time consumer can get by with a 24-tooth framing blade for tough work and a 60-tooth blade for advantageous end work. The extra tooth the blade has, the much less doubtless there will probably be blow-out on the minimize, which is essential for veneered surfaces like birch plywood.

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