Circular Saws

CRAFTSMAN® corded and V20* cordless circular saws feature contoured over-molded handles for comfort during extended use and the power you need to cut through wet lumber, plywood and dense hardwoods.


  • Circular saws are versatile power tools useful for a variety of cutting tasks. Some common uses for circular saws include:

    CUTTING LUMBER: Circular saws are efficient and versatile tools for cutting lumber or plywood.

    CUTTING SHEET GOODS: Circular saws are also great for cutting large sheet goods like plywood or MDF to size for projects like built-in bookshelves or cabinets.

    CROSSCUTTING: Use a circular saw to make crosscuts across the grain of a piece of wood, such as when cutting a board to length.

    RIPPING: Use a circular saw to make rip cuts along the length of a board, such as when cutting a board down to a narrower width.

    BEVEL CUTS: Many circular saws can make bevel or angled cuts to create decorative edges or fitting pieces together

    TRIMMING DOORS OR BASEBOARDS: Use circular saws to trim doors or baseboards to fit.

  • Use a circular saw to cut a wide variety of materials, including:

    WOOD: Circular saws are used to cut lumber, plywood, and other types of wood.

    FLOORING: Use a circular saw to cut flooring materials like laminate or hardwood.

  • Several types of circular saw blades are best for specific applications. Here are some common types:

    RIP BLADES: These blades are designed for cutting along the wood grain and have fewer teeth than other blades.

    CROSSCUT BLADES: These blades cut across the grain of the wood and have more teeth than rip blades.

    COMBINATION BLADES: These blades are for ripping and crosscutting and have a combination of teeth that can handle both tasks.

    PLYWOOD BLADES: These blades have a high tooth count for cutting thin veneers and plywood.

  • Circular saws are available in different blade diameters. The most common sizes of circular saws are:

    7 1/4 inch: This is the most popular circular saw blade diameter and suitable for most cutting tasks, including cutting lumber and sheet goods.

    6 1/2 inch: These saws are smaller and lighter than 7 1/4 inch saws, making them easier to maneuver. They can take on much of the cutting applications of a 7 1/4 inch saw, but can also handle lighter tasks such as cutting trim and molding.

    5 3/8 inch: These saws are smaller and lighter than 6 1/2 inch saws, making them easier to maneuver in tight spaces. 5 3/8 inch blades are ideal for light-duty cutting tasks.

    10 1/4 inch: These saws are larger and heavier than 7 1/4 inch saws and used for heavy-duty cutting tasks, such as cutting thick lumber or sheet goods.

    4 1/2 inch: The smallest circular saws are ideal for light-duty cutting tasks, such as cutting thin boards or sheet goods.

    The size of the circular saw you choose will depend on the types of cutting tasks. A 7 1/4-inch saw is the most versatile and suitable for most tasks, while larger and smaller saws are better suited for specific cutting tasks or when working in tight spaces.

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