Best Circular Saw – Top Corded and Cordless Models Reviewed

There are myriad variables that differentiate these saws from one another, even though not all of them are noticeable to the average user. For the corded units, we looked at weight, spindle lock, bevel capacity, depth of cut (blade size or diameter), positive bevel stop, price, RPM, motor, speed of cut, and length of cord (if an issue).

Due to the variety of voltages available for cordless saws, this review keeps its focus on just the 18 and 20 V saws. Although there are a bunch of 12 V saws that are still available AND work well, the current trend in cordless tools leans towards 18 and 20 V batteries, so this review will focus on only those units. While many of the same features in the corded saw category also apply to cordless saws, features involving the saws’ batteries were examined (and are noted when appropriate).

For many people, the price of a tool is the defining variable that determines whether they do or do not make a purchase. However, in tool buying, like a lot of other things, more often than not you get what you pay for. That doesn’t mean that an inexpensive tool is poor quality; nor does that imply that an expensive tool is better just because it costs more than others. To cater to tool buyers of all shapes and sizes, this guide spans a range of prices for these tools.

5 Corded Circular Saws Review

1. Skil SPT77WML-01

The name Skil is pretty much synonymous with saws—just like “Band-Aid” refers to any adhesive bandage, the term skilsaw refers to a portable saw.

The unit in this review is one of the lighter saws (clocking in at less than 13 pounds), but it still packs a punch. The lightweight magnesium frame combines with the reliable worm drive famous on all Skill saws. The model features a 15-amp motor that cranks out 5500 RPM that makes quick work of even difficult cuts. The 7 ¼-inch blade gives a maximum cut depth of 2 3/8-inches at 90°. The bevel angle of 53° also features positive stops at both 45° and 90°. The maximum bevel still allows the user to cut through 2x lumber.

The SPT77WML-01 handles 2x and 4x lumber with ease—it also handles doubled up plywood easily. The spindle lock placement is new for this saw and it’s now easier to make blade changes.

This tool is an excellent investment for the more accomplished DIY homeowner who doesn’t use his saw every day (even though he could).

What we liked

  • Lightweight
  • Powerful
  • Spindle lock makes blade changes easy

What we didn’t like

  • Magnesium is susceptible to dings when dropped
  • Depth adjustment mechanism isn’t really helpful

2. DEWALT DWE575SB 7-1/4-Inch Lightweight

If you go on any job site that requires the use of hand tools, you will instantly recognize the yellow of DEWALT. These tools have earned their reputation for reliability, performance, and quality—they are perhaps the brand that professionals are willing to pay a premium for—simply because they’re worth it.

DEWALT didn’t disappoint with this upgraded version of their classic circular saw. Weighing in at less than nine pounds (for a corded saw!), the DEWALT is the epitome of power and reliability. The 7.25-inch blade gives the same depth of cut at 90° as others, but the 57° maximum bevel combined with positive stops at common angles (90°, 45°, and 22.5°) really make this saw stand out.

The 15-amp motor produces a no-load RPM maximum of 5200 that also combines with an electric brake that stops the blade quite effectively (no 15–30 second run-on). The DEWALT also features an internal blower that will keep your line of sight clear while you cut.

DEWALT DWE575SB 7-14-Inch Lightweight

This circular saw comes with a high-quality carrying bag and a cord system that is three times stronger than previous iterations to prevent cord pullouts.

What we liked

  • Perfect price-to-performance ratio 
  • Lightweight
  • Powerful, with internal blower motor to keep sightline clear
  • Spindle lock makes blade changes easy
  • Carrying case and rugged cord

What we didn’t like

  • No laser line
  • Not much else to dislike—this is a fantastic circular saw

3. Porter-Cable PCE300

Porter-Cable has earned a reputation for quality tools—they have been producing circular saws for almost 100 years, with the PCE300 being the most recent. This saw is perfect for serious home DIYers who seek a quality name brand product at an affordable price.

The steel-shoe version of this saw clocks in just under 10 pounds, so it’s a little heavier than the DEWALT, but that doesn’t hamper its comfort.

The Porter Cable comes with a 15-amp motor that produces a no-load speed of 5500 RPM, more than enough for any typical project. It also features a 7.25-inch blade with a 2.5-inch depth of cut at 90°, and 1.88-inches at 45°. This unit has a spindle lock, excellent depth adjustment, a 55 degree maximum bevel, with stops at 22.5° and 45° to provide ease of use for almost any home project.

As you might expect, there are several features that get left behind on a low-cost saw such as this one—the PC doesn’t feature a laser guide, dust collection port, or a blower to keep your sight line clear.

What we liked

  • Priced right
  • Lightweight (but the lightweight version costs a little more)
  • Powerful enough to handle any DIY task

What we didn’t like

  • Steel version has a different handle knob (less user-friendly)
  • Lack of features (bells and whistles)

4. Milwaukee 6390-21

The Milwaukee 6390-21 circular saw is another model that’s built to stand up to the daily use of a contractor and still give the home DIYer a quality product without breaking the budget.

The Milwaukee has a powerful 15-amp, 3.25 HP motor that produces 5800 RPM of no-load speed that makes cutting hardwoods, wet wood, laminates, and softwoods easy and fast. It has the typical 2.5-inch cutting depth associated with a 7.25-inch blade, and it feels lighter than the > 10 pounds that it clocks in at.

However, there are several things that really detract from this saw and almost overshadow its strengths. For one, it lacks an electric brake as well as positive depth stops at common angles (90° and 45°). Furthermore, it has an extremely low bevel angle (only 50°) of the saws we reviewed. The aluminum base also suffers from dips that can take the plate slightly out of square (hardly what you want when making a cut).

These omissions (especially the lack of positive depth stops) really take away from an otherwise quality tool.

What we liked

  • Powerful
  • Adjustable grip, customizable for every type of user on the market
  • A longer cord than most (at nine feet)

What we didn’t like

  • No laser sight
  • No electric brake 
  • No bevel stops 
  • Bevel angle maximum of only 50°

5. Black and Decker BDECS300

If you’re looking for a circular saw to make the occasional repair, cut the occasional piece of plywood or dimensional lumber, or just need a saw to begin a small collection of power tools, nothing could be a better investment that the Black and Decker BDECS300—this no-frills saw costs less than all of the other units reviewed, but performs well above its price point.

Like the other saws reviewed, the 7.25-inch blade allows you to make cuts up to 2.5 inches deep (90° or almost 2 inches deep at 45°, so it goes through 2x material without any issues. The BDECS300 has a 15-amp motor that reaches up to 5500 RPM—not the fastest, but fast enough for common home projects.

On the downside, you can only cut up to 45-degree bevels with this tool—obviously the lowest of the bunch. The CS1015 also lacks bevel stops, which shouldn’t be an issue for a typical DIY homeowner, but it is an inconvenience when you need to make multiple, uniform cuts.

The other serious issue associated with this saw is the lack of a spindle lock—the user cannot make a blade change just using the one (supplied) hex wrench. Of all the saws reviewed, this was the only one without this feature.

What we liked

  • Unbeatable price
  • Good motor that makes the basic cuts with ease
  • Good starter saw 

What we didn’t like

  • No spindle lock
  • A lack of positive angle stops 
  • Maximum bevel is only 45°
  • You’ll need to get a new blade—the one included with the saw isn’t worth using

5 Cordless Circular Saws Review

Once you decide to cut the cord and go cordless, a few things change. First, the price of the cordless tools goes up considerably with most cordless units being two to three times more expensive than their corded counterparts.

Secondly, many saws use a 6.5-inch blade instead of the 7.25-inch blade—this makes it easier on the motor, which doesn’t have to generate as much torque to turn the blade. This generally doesn’t affect the performance of the saw, but it does extend battery life (at the expense of the maximum depth of cut).

1. Makita XSHO3MB

Makita has produced a wonderful cordless circular saw in the XSHO3MB. Logging in with an 18 V battery and a 6.5-inch blade, the Makita features a solid battery that combines with a new brush less motor that generates a no-load speed of 5000 RPM.

The benefits of a brush less motor (as it relates to cordless power tools) are twofold—more power, and the battery lasts longer, which is a definite win-win. This saw cuts soft and wet wood with equal ease and doesn’t bog down when forced into a cut.

The Makita also comes with a rafter hook, several positive angle stops, and an electric brake, which works exceptionally well. The adjustments for the cutting depth are easy to see and feel; the positive angle stops at 15°, 22.5°, 30°, and 45° provide the user with all the common angled cut adjustments. Since this is a 6.5-inch saw, it’s also lighter than its 7.25-inch counterparts—an important aspect if you’re planning to operate the tool one-handed, overhead, or in an awkward position.

What we liked

  • Powerful motor that doesn’t stall even under heavy load
  • Good battery life
  • Lightweight at 7.5 pounds

What we didn’t like

  • It could probably cut faster if the battery wasn’t trying to protect the motor from stalling
  • Measurement plates are plastic


The new generation of cordless tools from DEWALT has raised the bar for others to clear. The incorporation of the 60 V battery pack to the DCS570 and its brushless motor elevates the performance of this tool (with a full 7.25-inch blade) to corded efficiency. It can cut through over 300 2x4s on a single battery charge. It has all-day power.

Another nice feature about this saw is the electric brake—instead of the long unwinding as the blade slows down after you’ve completed the cut, it stops almost as soon as your finger comes off the trigger. It comes in at just under nine pounds and features positive bevel stops at 22.5° and 45° (and a maximum bevel of 57°).

What we liked

  • Electric brake stops the blade quickly after you release the trigger
  • Maximum power—the 60 V Flexvolt battery provides corded performance and a super long run time
  • Brushless motor

What we didn’t like

  • No laser line/LED
  • The 60 V battery pack makes this the heaviest tool in this review
  • No rafter hook

3. Bosch 18 V CCS180

This entry-level saw from Bosch provides a good balance of price to performance, particularly for the home DIYer who is looking for a cordless unit but probably won’t use it on a daily basis.

This 18 V saw is slightly under powered (it doesn’t have a brushless motor) and will bog down with heavy or deep cuts. It does come with an electric brake and a metal blade guard.

The smaller battery and blade make this tool a little lighter (just over 8 pounds) and easy to handle. However, it has some notable deficiencies—it doesn’t have a rafter hook, LED light, and only goes to a maximum bevel of 50°.

The under powered motor and other deficiencies make this saw perfect for light-duty uses of your typical homeowner, but it’s not solid enough for daily use by professionals. Its price will probably agree with the DIYer as well.

What we liked

  • Electric brake 
  • Metal blade guard
  • Lightweight
  • Affordable

What we didn’t like

  • Underpowered, bogs down in deeper cuts
  • No brushless motor (no-load speed was < 4000 RPM)
  • No rafter hook (or LED)

4. Porter Cable PCC660B

For a company that normally produces high-quality tools at a fair price, the Porter-Cable PCC660B falls short. While the price of this saw is the lowest of the cordless units reviewed, we found that the cost savings don’t outweigh the problems this tool comes with.

Fitted with a 20 V battery and a 6.5-inch blade, the Porter-Cable is light and feels good in the hand. Using a straightedge, the PC does cut well—albeit slowly, and it requires a very steady had to do so.

The under powered and non-brushless motor generates only 4000 no-load RPM. What’s worse is that the saw itself tends to track left (like a handsaw that’s been improperly set). Part of this has to do with some of the flexible plastic parts used in the design.

It comes with a blade brake and has a bevel capacity up to 50°, but no positive bevel stops. It also doesn’t come with a rafter hook, laser, or LED light.

What we liked

  • Low-cost, least expensive cordless unit in this review
  • Electric brake
  • Ergonomically friendly

What we didn’t like

  • Poor performance
  • No positive bevel stops
  • No rafter hook
  • Under powered motor and low no-load speed

5. Milwaukee M18 Fuel (2730-22)

The most expensive tool in this review, the Milwaukee justifies its lofty price with a high quality tool that outperforms many higher voltage and larger saws.

This saw uses an 18 V battery to power its brushless motor and 6.5-inch blade at a no-load speed of 5000 RPM. The handle and ergonomics of this unit are also superb—it feels good in your hands despite being a little heavier than other models (just over nine pounds).

It cuts through even the toughest woods with ease, and the enclosed blower makes tracking your layout line much easier than other saws. It only comes with a 50° bevel, however.

The Milwaukee also comes with a rafter hook, an electric brake, an LED light, and a metal blade guard. This saw was an absolute standout in almost every performance category.

What we liked

  • One of the fastest cutting 6.5-inch saws available
  • Plenty of noteworthy features—rafter hook, electric brake, LED, blower to keep your layout line clear
  • Ergonomically friendly

What we didn’t like

  • High price point
  • A little on the heavy side, could make one-handed use more challenging

A Detailed Discussion On The Circular Saw Buying Guide

Whether you are a professional, DIY worker or homeowner, you will inevitably find the circular saw’s handiness in different woodworking jobs. Its wide variety and versatility have made the circular saw one of the most sought after power tools of all.

Since the circular saw has high demand, you will see literally thousands of options for it to buy. And the selection problem will only intensify thanks to the overwhelming variations of the circular saw. Hence, many beginners and even some expert professionals find it tough to pick the right circular saw that best fits their budget, necessity and project requirements.

But, fret not.

Our discussion on the circular saw buying guide will ease out the purchasing procedure remarkably.  You will get to know the circular saw styles, blade material, size, adjustability, comfort and other factors that need considering while choosing the circular saw.

Tips on the Circular Saw Buying Guide

A circular saw can make rip cuts, crosscuts and even bevel cuts at 0° to 45°. What’s more, the circular saw is an excellent option for overhead applications too. But for all these, you will have to purchase the right circular saw at first.

If you are confused about how to choose the right circular saw in a snap, keep reading the following guidelines. It is a complete buying detail on the power tool developed by our expert woodworkers. Also, we have talked with the DIY workers to figure out the necessities of all.

Style (Sidewinder vs. worm drive)

You will mainly see two styles of the circular saw in the market. These are the sidewinder and worm drive saws. Interestingly, the geographical location plays a key part in selecting the circular saw style. For instance, people from the East loves the sidewinder saws the most. On the contrary, the worm drive saw is the uncrowned king in the US’s West and Midwest regions.

Apart from the preference variations, there’re vital differences in both the power tools’ work procedure and cutting capacity. You need to be aware of them while selecting the circular saw to meet the project requirements.

Sidewinder circular saw:

A sidewinder saw uses a spur-gear motor. It is aligned with the blade. Since the motor and the blade alignment is in the same direction, the motor rotates fast. Consequently, the blade works faster than you might imagine.  It has an average 6000RPM speed.

Also, a sidewinder saw handles the blade on the left side of the motor. On the contrary, the right side accommodates the solid section instead of the cutoff of the board. It increases cutting stability, but the tradeoff is cutting visibility.

The sidewinder circular saw blade orientation makes sure the power tool is lightweight and easy to maneuver into places. You can use the sidewinder saw for working on the softer woods. It is best for the crosscuts.


  • High RPM supports fast cuts
  • Lightweight yet stable design
  • A shorter profile helps to cut in tight space
  • Ideal for the repetitive cross cuts
  • Quick and comfortable maneuverability


  • Reduced cutline for visibility
  • The cutting procedure isn’t easy
Worm drive circular saw:

You will find the motor in the rear position in a worm drive saw. The motor transfers the power to the blade with the 90° alignment of the required gear. The blade is typically found on the right side of the equipment, and the cutting material is positioned left-sided. It leaves the weighty section of the power tool on the right side.

Since most people are right-handed, this blade’s orientation helps in enhanced visibility of the cutting material. Consequently, you will get smoother cuts in quick succession. You can use the worm drive saw in a handheld position to maximize the enhanced cutline’s advantage.

The tradeoff of such blade and cutting material orientation is the decreased speed of the motor. So, the cuts will be slower, but it leaves a smooth impression too. The worm drive saw is ideal for working on hardwoods. It suits long rip cuts in construction sites.


  • Increased torque for smooth cuts
  • The narrow profile helps alignment easy
  • Best suits cut on the hardwood.
  • Undeniable superiority for the long rip cuts
  • Enhanced cutline visibility for cutting smoothness


  • The worm drive saws are heavier
  • It limits the portability in the workspace

Blade visibility (Left-hand vs right-hand circular saw)

When you perform any cut with the circular saw, you must see the blade and the cutting material correctly. The blade’s visibility will help you direct the blade of the circular saw appropriately to the cut mark. It is essential to ensure perfect and smooth cuts.

Also, the lack of blade visibility increases the chances of accidents and minor injuries of the worker. With the importance of the cutline and blade’s visibility being said, we come to the primary debate of choosing the circular saw.

The debate of left-hand circular saw versus right-hand circular saw is thus exceptionally relevant to you. But for all the money, you must understand the differences and advantages of the left and right-hand circular saw.

As the name suggests, a right-hand circular saw accommodates the blade on the motor’s right side. It happened when you held the main handle with the right hand and the auxiliary handle with the left hand. If you are a right-handed person, you will love the right-handed blades because it won’t cause any cross overs of your hands.

On the contrary, the blade will be positioned on the left side of the motor of the left-handed circular saw when you hold the main handle of the saw with your right hand. When you have the auxiliary handle, one of your arms will crossover; it lessens the cutting comfort.

But ironically, a left-handed circular saw offers maximum visibility as you operate with the circular saw.  When you work with the left-hand circular saws, it gives you better visibility of the cutline and helps in the cutting smoothness.

As the standard rule, a righty should use a right-handed circular saw, and a left should use a left-handed circular saw. It is mainly because, with your dominant hand, and you can steadily hold the leading handle position easily and firmly.

When a righty uses the right-handed circular saw, it doesn’t need any crossover of the arms. It increases cutting stability and comfort.

Similarly, lefties should operate with the left-handed circular saw. However, the use of the circular saw with your dominant hand and blade position on the same orientation is the reduced cutline. You will have to move your head to see the inscription perfectly slightly.

Although matching the hand type circular saw decreases visibility, you will definitely love the stability and safety it brings in the overall cutting work. So, we leave the ball in your court.

Blade Size

The blade size of the circular saw varies depending on the type of power saw you are using. For instance, 4-1/2″ t0 7-1/2″ blades are suitable for the handheld circular saws. Tile saws use a medium-sized blade from 7″ to 10″. The large table saws and compound miter saws are two other variations of the circular saw.

These power tools use blade sized between 12″ to 14″.  If you want to cut larger wood or tile or metals, choose the saw’s blade size accordingly.

Blade Material

Most circular saw blades are made of carbide tipped with metal formation. Tile saws equipped with a diamond blade. The compound miter saw is similar to that of a handheld circular saw using the same carbide-tipped blade.

You will see aluminum oxide or silicon carbide made blades with abrasive and circular metal saws. The blade material determines which type of material you can use the power tool. So, please pay attention to the blade material, so it fits your necessity.  An inappropriate blade will soon wear out and require replacement.

Blade Adjustability

It actually refers to the depth adjustment of the circular saw blade into the cutting material. You must find a saw that allows quick adjustment of the cutting depth. Ideally, the circular saws lever needs to be bigger for easy depth and bevel adjustment.

Small levers will make the blade adjustment challenging. Also, the bevel ad depth adjustment readings must be clearly visible for a quick adjustment without pressurizing your eyes.

Onboard Blade Wrench

The onboard blade wrench may seem unfamiliar to many, especially to beginner circular saw users. It refers to the metal blade wrench that most manufacturers provide within the circular saw package.

You can use it to fasten or loosen the circular saw bolts attached with the blade. It is essential to change the edge. Check the label of the power tool to ensure that the package includes one blade wrench. Otherwise, you will have to invest in it separately.

Blade Guards

The blade guards on the circular saw have two purposes. Firstly, it protects your fingers from accidental cuts. Secondly, it safeguards the cutting material from falling off the board. The blade guard alignment should not be tricky on the circular saw.

The blade guard must also be stable and won’t move when you cut metal or wood with the circular saw.

Amperage and Speed

The amperage and speed of the circular saw are attributed to its motor power. And truthfully speaking, without the proper muscle, the circular saw can’t even be called a power tool at all. So, you will have to ensure that the circular saw motor generates sufficient cutting speed and amperage.

The speed of the saw is measured with RPM (rotation per minute) of the blade. Check that it is at least 4500RPM or above on the circular saw. Anything below this parameter won’t help you in the cutting sessions.

Also, the AMP or amperage range should be 12Amp to 15Amp at least. If the circular saw amperage range is below this mark, the cuts will be uneven. Also, higher RPM means smoother cuts too, which is a crucial circular saw rebuying consideration.

The circular saw’s speed and amperage should be such that it will quickly glide through the cutting material.

Corded Vs Cordless Circular Saw

Circular saws have gone through extreme development. Hence, this category’s corded and cordless power tools are equally adept at different cutting jobs. The corded circular saws are more powerful and generate higher speed and amperage too.

The tradeoff is the reaching capacity. When you get the corded saw, make sure the power cord is long enough to cover the maximum spaces. Also, these saws are mostly heavyweight and limits portability.

The cordless or battery-powered circular saws, on the contrary, suit DIYers and homeowners mostly. It has a limited capacity but is easy to transport and use. Also, the cordless circular saws are reasonably priced, which suits beginners’ budget easily.

Ease of Use

The easiness of using the circular saw comes from many factors and can’t be defined quickly. You should focus on the overall aspects to find the easiness. For instance, check the bevel and depth adjustment, blade change features and balance of the circular saw. These will help you determine the toughness or easiness to use the power saw.

Shoe Material

The shoe of the circular saw refers to its baseplate. The circular saw’s baseplate or shoe is important because it protects the saw from damages during the work. Also, the circular saw will fall from your hand today or tomorrow despite your care and safety.

Sometimes the drop will happen from a considerable height that can eventually damage the saw, and you will have to buy a new one. In this regard, the shoe material becomes crucial because it will determine the circular saw’s overall stability.

It has a rectangular shape, and the cutting material also sits on it so you can guide the material along the saw blade. Ideally, the shoe of the circular saw is made of magnesium, steel or aluminum.

The cast aluminum or bare aluminum is strong yet lightweight. So, it won’t bend quickly and helps in easy carrying. The stamped aluminum is less hardy and might bend if the circular saw drops from a considerable height.

The stainless steel made shoe is the hardiest of all, but it is heavyweight too. Hence, it limits portability. You will love the stability of the stainless steel show for sure.

Guide System

The circular saw guide system refers to the guide through which you can push the cutting material. Try to get a tool with the laser cutting guide for maximum accuracy. The laser guide will help in the visibility of the circular saw too.

Work Lights

As you might guess, the work lights refer to the LED lights provided with the circular saw. However, not all manufacturers arrange the saw with the work lights. Check to ensure that you get the circular saw with the work lights.

It will enhance the visibility of the cutting material. You can also work in dim light or dark conditions easily with the work lights on the power tool.

Weight and Durability

As a circular saw is mostly a handheld tool, weight plays a crucial role in its overall convenience and working comfort.  A weighty saw means you will feel the pressure and work fatigue soon. Hence, it is suggested that you feel the saw with your hands if possible to figure out the weight.

You will also have to consider between worm drive and sidewinder circular saw for the weight factor. Worm drives are heavier than the sidewinder circular saws.  So, decide the one you want for cutting jobs.

Cutting Precision

All you want from the circular saw is that accurate cuts every time. Hence, check that the power tool is delivering square and straight cuts always.

The precision of the circular saw comes mainly from the blade quality. Even if you own a cheap saw, get a high-quality and précised blade to maximize the cutting accuracy. A cheap saw with a quality blade is better than an expensive saw with a low-grade blade.

Dust Collection

Whether you cut metal, tile or wood with the circular saw, it is bound to create sawdust. The sawdust can quickly transform the entire workspace into a messy one and reduce visibility. Some manufacturers offer premium dust portholes that you can use to attach with the vacuum to clean the dirty dust.

Hence, it is suggested that you get a power saw with a quality porthole for dust collection.


A circular saw is a considerable investment both for professionals and homeowners. Therefore, you would want your investment to be worth every penny. Our circular saw buying guide will hugely facilitate you in this case.

We have included only those factors of the circular saw for your considerations that directly affect the circular saw’s overall performance. Some least important but necessary considerations might consist of the pricing, handle ergonomics and cutting types.

Hence, when you go to purchase the circular saw, make sure you consider the maximum factors since it is incredibly challenging to meet all the requirements. Just make sure it fits your budget and needs mostly.

At the finish line 

While there are almost as many reasons to purchase a tool as there are tool buyers, they can be narrowed down to a few common ones—professional vs. DIYer use, and price. Therefore, we came up with two recommendations for each type of tool (cordless and corded)—Best Value and Best Overall.

Best Value—Corded 

The Porter-Cable met or surpassed all of the benchmarks you would expect for a quality circular saw. It also was very reasonably priced, but performed like a much more expensive saw—its excellent price/performance ratio easily makes this saw the Best Value. 

Best Overall—Corded 

The Milwaukee and the DEWALT clearly outperformed other circular saws—both have powerful motors that will handle the daily tasks on any job site. The price difference is also not significant, so this comes down to user preference and feel. 

Best Value—Cordless 

This was really no contest—the Bosch outperformed the Porter-Cable hands down. If you’re in the market for a cordless that won’t be used daily, then go with the Bosch. 

Best Overall—Cordless 

This came down to the DEWALT and the Milwaukee. Both of these saws performed extremely well and would serve any contractor on a daily basis. The DEWALT DWE575SB was less expensive than the Milwaukee, but it is also heavier and lacked a rafter hook. The lack of a rafter hook can be a deal-breaker for some pros, and using a heavier tool all day can also get tedious—for these reasons, we chose the Milwaukee as the Best Overall cordless saw.

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