Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 204
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 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 5.0 out of 5.0 by Spn Rockwell 4 1/2" circular saw
Really nice powerful little saw. I purchased this saw several months ago and used it quite a few times in a major first floor renovation project as a do-it-yourselfer. The saw cuts nice and is easy to maneuver into smaller confined areas. I do agree with those who mention that the safety and on switch is in an awkward place. I can say that if you are directly overhead of the saw and engage the safety and on switch, there is no problem, however if you have to use the saw over your head in a sideways position, it can be quite difficult or awkward to hold the safety and on switch in the on position without straining your hand a little. Awkwardness aside this is a really nice tool to add to the arsenal for those smaller jobs or tight areas - even those quick jobs. Rips and cross cuts fast. During my large renovation job I had to cut through numerous nails and screws with the included blade. Hardly even knew I was cutting through them until I looked at the cut ends of those nails! Looking at the blade after using it, the cutting edges were hardly damaged and did not break off like some saw blades. Handy for demolition work. Get a few extra blades to have handy.
June 7, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Salcab Good tool for diy people
This saw is perfect for my use in the home it's powerful and easy to handle I would recommend this to my friends and family
May 31, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by SB Works like a champ
Saw works great. Real convenient size. Cut like a dream.
May 10, 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