Last Updated on 2021-04-23 by Harry Masterton
Probably the most useful and used power tool around the home and home woodworking shop the corded circular saw is used in projects from decking, framing, remodeling all the way to basic woodworking hobby projects.
With the possible exception of the power drill it’s the go to woodworking power tool of choice as your skills and projects expand.
We have purposely stayed within the boundaries of looking at the best corded circular saw in this article to keep the price point at a level that will suit the DIY and weekend woodworker.
We have have covered the 5 best cordless circular saw recommendations. We base our recommendations on user experience, reviews from actual users and the number of star ratings each saw achieves.
So let’s dive straight in and take a detailed at each recommendation. As always we recommended when buying a woodworking power tool you buy the best corded circular saw that your budget will allow. That way your purchase is as future proof as possible.
Best Corded Circular Saw – Top 5
DEWALT DWE575SB 7-1/4-Inch 15-Amp Circular Saw with Electric Brake
4.7 out of 5.0 stars
The DEWALT DWE575SB is a serious woodworker’s circular saw. Powerful, well made and light at 8.8 lbs and well balanced this is a corded circular saw you can work with all day. It’s a small saw but very powerful none the less.
You’ll be able to use the DEWALT DWE575SB on a job site for framing, cutting former's for concrete, siding work and general finishing. If you’ve got a big decking project for the yard then this is the ideal corded circular saw.
If you’re a fan of the DEWALT brand, the toughness, 3 year Warranty and Dealer network then you cannot go wrong with the DEWALT DWE575SB 7-1/4-Inch 15-Amp Circular Saw with Electric Brake.
The DEWALT DWE757SB takes the laurels for the Best Professional Grade Circular Saw
There’s nothing more frustrating with a circular saw than waiting for the blade to spin down after you finish cutting so we love the electric break on the 7 ¼ “DEWALT DWE575SB. Combine this with the 57 degree bevels this saw will cut and the built in dust blower to clear the saw dust away from your cut.
With the integrated ball bearing guard and storage for the blade wrench on the saw we really like this circular saw.
DEWALT DWE575SB – Things We Like
- Small Powerful Lightweight Saw For All Day Use
- Cord Protection System
- Adjustable Cut Depth To 2 – 9/16”
- Quiet Operation
- Comes With A Nice Carry Bag
DEWALT DWE575SB – Not So Good
- Complaints of blade not being a perfect 90 degrees to the shoe. This seems to be covered however in the comprehensive manual. Once set up its all good.
DEWALT DWE575SB versus Makita 5007Mg Video
Makita 5007Mg Magnesium 7-1/4-Inch Circular Saw4.8 out of 5.0 stars
The Makita 5007Mg Magnesium is a real professional level workhorse with its all magnesium construction it’s light yet sturdy. We like the twin LED’s that bracket the blade so you know exactly where the cut is going.
This is a circular saw that is designed to work all day on a job site so if you have a large project at home whether its decking, fencing or remodeling the 7-1/4 inch Makita 5007Mg will do the job.
It doesn’t come cheap, but then good woodworking power tools never do. This is a circular saw that will last you a good few years depending on your level of usage and is a great future proof but. Deservedly makes it to our list as best cordless circular saw for the professional or heavy use hobby woodworker and home remodeling.
It just misses out by a saw dust shaving to the DEWALT DWE575SB as our professional corded circular saw recommendation.
Makita 5007Mg Features
An extremely well balanced circular saw made almost entirely from lightweight magnesium. Cutting capacity of 2-1/2 inches and a bevel capacity to 56 degrees. The saw features bevel stops at 21.5 degrees and 45 degrees. The Makita 15 Amp industrial grade motor gives it plenty of power and durability.
Settings are easy to read and the large rubberized levers for fast one handed adjustment and an overall superb ergonomic design.
Makita 5007Mg – Things We Like
- Ergonomically Designed Handles For Better Grip
- Extra Clearance At The Rear For Gloved Hands
- Twin LED’s For An Illuminated Cut Line
- Efficient Dust Ducting
- Protective Carry Case
Makita 5007Mg – Not So Good
- Beveled base – not good when using a guide
Makita 5007Mg Magnesium 7-1/4-Inch Circular Saw Video
PORTER-CABLE 15-Amp PCE300 7-1/4-Inch Circular Saw4.6 out of 5.0 stars
The Porter Cable PCE300 is a very capable mid range 7-1/4 inch circular saw that is well built and capable of handling the toughest of jobs.
The steel shoe, depth and bevel adjustment are a little lighter construction the DEWALT and MAKITA so the PORTER-CABLE PCE300 Circular Saw is definitely not a job site saw or a circular saw for heavy remodeling use.
What we do like about this saw is its overall feel and balance. Sometimes a power tool just feels right and this circular saw fits the hand well. The PORTER-CABLE PCE300 doesn't win our recommendation on the best corded circular saw list for best budget saw because of price. It's easily piped to the post by the Skil 5080-01 and HYCHIKA Circular saw as far as bang for buck goes. This is a good saw however so if Porter Cable is your brand you won't go far wrong
PORTER-CABLE PCE300 Features
With a full depth of cut at 2-1/2 inches and 1-7/8 inches at 45 degrees and a decent 15 AMP motor spinning at 5500 RPM you’ll zip through most jobs in the workshop.
The blade is simple to and quick change with the included allen wrench. A sturdy simple saw with no complications to add to the price.
PORTER-CABLE PCE300 – Things We Like
- Simple construction
- Well Built Overall
- 3 year Warranty
PORTER-CABLE PCE300 – Not So Good
- Flimsy Adjustment Guides
Skil 5080-01 15-Amp 7-1/4″ Circular Saw
4.6 out of 5.0 stars
What can we say about the Skil 5080-01 other than that its great value for the money? It actually comes in 3 power ratings, a 13 AMP, 14 Amp and a 15 AMP. We would without a doubt go for the 15 AMP version for that extra cutting power. The Skil 5080-01 ranks on our best corded circular saw list as the Number 1 best budget circular saw for the money.
Its light weight at only 6.95 lbs. so if you’ve got a large home project then the Skil 5080 will make a great addition to your roster of woodworking power tools.
The Skil 5080-01 15-Amp 7-1/4″ Circular Saw has been designed and built to a budget price point. It’s not a job site saw by any stretch of the imagination so if that’s what you’re looking for then you will have to look elsewhere.
What this saw will do however is serve you well for DIY around the house and yard and weekend use in your woodworking shop.
Skil 5080-01 Features
A budget circular saw with a laser guide light and a dust blower to keep the cutting line well marked and saw dust free. Depth of cut is 2-3/8 inches with a 51 degree bevel and a positive stop at 45 degrees.
We like that fact that the Skil 5080-01 weighs in at just less than 7 lbs but still has a good solid feel. A budget circular saw that you could use all day on your DIY project.
Skil 5080-01 – What We Like
- Laser Guide Light
- Power Indicator
- Dust blower
- Trigger Guard
- Included Carry Bag
- Flimsy Guide Frame
- Definitely Not Drop Resistant
HYCHIKA 12.5A Electric Saw with Fixed Speed 4700RPM4.4 out of 5.0 stars
We’ve included the HYCHIKA 12.5A Circular Saw here as a relative new kid on the block to the budget woodworking power tools scene. As a budget saw it’s a great alternative to the Skil 5080-01. Its origins are obvious and the presentation is very similar to TACKLIFE.
The HYCHIKA is a good general purpose circular saw and wins a place on our best corded circular saw list because of the package.
A good sturdy saw that can be used for general work around the house and woodworking shop or as a back-up saw to your pro saw when you’re out on the job. The HYCHIKA 12.5 AMP Circular Saw is the surprise entrant to our best corded circular saw list. Like the TACKLIFE brand it's a direct Chinese import but non the worse for that and is a worthy contender for best budget saw.
HYCHIKA 12.5A Features
With the laser guide and width of cut attachment you should be producing accurate cuts out of the box. The depth of cut is 2-1/2 inches at 90 degrees and 1-4/5ths inches at 45 degrees so it’s not best in class but more than adequate for lighter jobs.
Included 2 blades at 24T and 40 T contribute added value to the package.
Overall the HYCHIKA 7-1/4 inch saw is a great budget saw and runs the Skil 5080-01 a very close second for our recommendation for the best budget circular saw.
HYCHIKA 12.5A – Things We Like
- Excellent Budget Circular Saw
- Laser Guide
- Ample 10ft Power cord
- 2 Blades
- Double Safety Switch
- 12.5 AMP Motor
The Best Corded Circular Saw – The Final Cut
If you like our best corded circular saw reviews then checkout our complete coverage (constantly updated) of the essential woodworking power tools for your shop with links to reviews for each category.
As with any power tool purchase especially one that will potentially get a lot of use and be a disappointment if it lets you down think carefully about your specific requirements. And we keep hammering this point home but always, always future proof as much as you can.
What do we mean by future proofing? Basically looking at what you’re doing now in the woodworking hobby and endeavoring to judge were you might be in say a year or tows time and buy your circular saw for then as well as now.
If currently you’re doing simple DIY jobs but plan on doing some major remodeling or job site work soon then you’re going to need a pro grade circular saw.
If you are sure that your woodworking hobby needs will be purely weekends in the woodworking shop then go for the budget circular saw option.
Whatever you pick from our best corded circular saw list enjoy your purchase and of course enjoy the woodworking hobby!