Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 209
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by George9696 Excellent
Great little saw . Fits my hand well which was a worry for me but after using it for a month or so its now my go to saw .
September 13, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Rick Nice, Handy Saw
The saw served my purpose in that it was to be able to cut lumber in tight spaces. I bought it to trim joist ends on a 12" OC deck. It worked perfectly. My only knock on it would be that it takes two triggers to operate and when you are cutting joist ends off of a deck, hand positioning is less than ideal. It would be nice if the saw had a trigger lock on it so you can hold it better when in tight spots.
Bottom line, it cuts as good as any full size saw. It is very low profile so it fits into tight spaces. Perfect for small jobs. I wouldn't recommend it for commercial use but it is a nice tool to have on the truck. Like anything, the right tool for the right job is valuable.
August 23, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Lanconn Great little saw....but you may need both hands to start it.
I really like this little saw. Easy to use, very strong, but unless you have big hands and a long thumb, you will need both hands to get it started...one to hold down the interlock button and the other to pull the trigger. If you have small hands, you might want to look at another manufacturer. Such a nice saw with such a poor trigger design. Why have that interlock anyway? The trigger is in a housing.
September 20, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by CCSaw Mediocre
Rockwell’s Compact Circular Saw has its pluses & minuses. It has a nice long electrical cord; I have used it many times without using an extension cord. The depth and angle adjustment are simple and easy to use. When holding the Compact Circular Saw, it seems heavy for its size and solidly build; that being said, when I turn off my saw, as it is spinning down, it makes loud and disturbing noises, like metal clanging or bearings flying around inside the motor. However, it continues to work and works well. (I will keep using it until it flies apart.)
On the minus side, how cheap can Rockwell be; for a hundred dollars, they give you a cardboard box to store your Compact Circular Saw.
The thing I dislike most about the Compact Circular Saw is the safety/on-off switch. My hand is of average to large size. I have found it difficult to turn on the Compact Circular Saw on while wearing leather gloves; it is hard to grip and turn on the safety switch. I can manage without gloves but I rather wear gloves while the saw blade is spinning.
The Compact Circular Saw has its place but it is no replacement for a 7 ¼ inch saw. I own both the Rockwell Jaw Horse and the Rockwell Oscillating Multi Tool each of which I would rate five stars. However, the Compact Circular Saw is just mediocre, deserving a three or at best a four star rating.
September 16, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by DAN OVERHEATING
After just 2-3 minutes use the saw (where you grip) got so hot I had to stop using saw. I'm a professional wood worker & I like to think that this overheating is an isolated case. But I am returning saw and not buying another.
August 14, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Dwight Really nice saw.
Too bad Home Depot uses UPS and not FedEx. UPS is not as dependable as FedEx. The saw works great. Got it (finally) after dinnertime yesterday.and used it for the first time today. Love it.
June 25, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Sawdustcave Best purchase yet
Great light weight saw for small jobs instead of the bigger circular saw or table saw.
June 21, 2016
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by oceanjasper Great design, poor visibility
This saw is well-balanced and seems like a brilliant design. A few flaws, however, hamper the performance enough to merit (reluctantly) a two-star rating.
The other reviews are accurate: the handle is thick and it is difficult to grasp around and press the safety button. I am a 5'4" female with somewhat small hands, and although I was able to do it, the awkwardness of the grasp decreased my dexterity with the saw. Annoying (does there really need to be a safety button?), but something you can get used to.
The biggest design flaw, though, is the fact that the housing of the saw completely covers the view of the saw blade. You have to set, and re-set, and re-re-set the guide (cumbersome!!) to measure the distance of the cut left-to-right (rather than simply staying on your guide line). Even worse, without a view of the saw blade you have no precise way of knowing when the blade is about to make contact, or when you have reached the end of your guide line (pictures below).
I am experienced with a circular saw and use my DeWalt effortlessly ... this Rockwell saw was a gift to myself because my boyfriend kept borrowing mine!! But after two cuts gone awry (askew and overshot), the design is a dealbreaker for me ... I have returned it. I will miss the lightweight versatility, but have resigned myself to another run-of-the-mill circular saw that works as intended.
September 24, 2015