Shop tested worm-drive circular saws
Our pro testers take a look at the power behind the worm-drive circular saw
And while many workshoppers turn to cordless tools for their new purchases, it may be a mistake to ignore the great value offered by corded power. That’s why we decided to compare a selection of corded 71?4″ circular saws, both sidewinder and worm-drive styles.
Meet our expert testers:
Canadian Home Workshop turned to three of our pros to test these corded circular saws: Steve Maxwell, our technical editor, who also produced the test by setting the parameters for this review; plus, long-time contributing editors Ryan Shervill and Gary Walchuk.
Each tool was tested on the following criteria:
- Cutting power: a smooth and powerful cut will make or break the utility of these tools.
- Blade change: arbor lock operation and wrench access can make this a convenient or painful process.
- Blade guard: testers looked at how well the blade guard retracts on its own and with the thumb lever.
- Sawdust control: how well a saw directs dust away from you makes a surprising difference.
- Shoe quality: the material, size, shape and angle graduations were tested to find their pros and cons.
- Following a line: how easily you can see a pencil line as you cut is key to a circ saw.
- Handling quality: the weight and balance of each tool was rated for cutting comfort.
- Cord: length, feel and durability was compared across all models.