Rated 3.9 out of 5 by 142
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Starla Low-use good performance
We won't need a circular saw very often, so we got this inexpensive model. It worked very well for cutting boards for a workbench we recently built. We bought an additional blade to cut plywood, which also worked beautifully.
If (like us) you have never used a circular saw before (or it was very long ago), I highly recommend reading the manual for some important safety tips. It's both clear and thorough. It takes a little time upfront, but will save you from damaged wood and possibly injuries.
February 4, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by HomeImprovementGuy Replaced a beloved saw
When a man has to put down his first circular saw--in my case, a Craftsman from the early 90s--it's tough. We grow attached. But the beatings brought the inevitable result and it was time to buy a new one. For my general use, I subscribe to a test a cousin challenged me on: "If you're on a roof or a ladder and it falls from 20 feet, or you have to throw it to the side for your own safety, will you be bummed to buy a new one?" That's what pushed me to go for the Ryobi. It fits the bill, the price is right and if it's between me and the saw in a fall...the saw will get the honors. I'll just buy a new one.
August 7, 2012
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Limabravo doesn't cut straight
Bought this saw and upgraded to the diablo blade. I have a Dewalt table saw and a Bosch router, but figured I could save some money getting a cheap circular saw.
That was a mistake. The base plate is attached to the upper shield, which is plastic, which means that when cutting, the base plate twists out of parallel and the rear of the blade cuts further to the left then the front of the blade. Unfortunately, there is no adjustment. It is more problematic when making shallow cuts, so I tried cutting at the deepest depth and still ruined my fence template. Fortunately, I had a hand saw and was able to get everything else done with that and the table saw.
I'll be returning this to home depot.
On the positive side, the dust ejector works well, and there were no problems when cross cutting. Just don't get this if you intend to rip using the base plate as a straight guide.
March 30, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Vegaslights Does the job okay.
I've used this saw quite a bit. The first advice I have, is replace the blade it came with. It's not carbide tipped, and will barely cut through anything. With a carbide tipped blade, this saw does just okay. It has a pretty weak motor, and the construction feels cheap, but the trade off is that it's inexpensive. If I had it to do over again, I'd buy another model.
April 2, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Carl Mr
Works well, good value for the price. should not require min. # of letters
May 5, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by UTbadger ok for the money
I bought this for light, around the house projects such as making a coat rack with cubbies. The included blade is not very useful unless you are making very rough cuts. I wanted some precision and cleanliness to the cuts so I puchased a better blade and am now happy with its performance. Its heafty, plenty powerful, built well, adjustments are easy, and its a great buy for the price. My only complaint is the notch for lining up your cut - its just too far off the actual cut line. The only bright side to it is that it leaves excess on the finish piece so you have extra room to plane/sand.
April 11, 2010
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by cdhandyman you get what you pay for
Had the 18v ryobi and I liked it but it didn't have enough power. So I decided to get this one. After all, it was similar to my battery operated saw so I thought I would like it as well, and for the price it seemed like a great bargain. I was wrong. It is incredibly INACCURATE. I had to adjust the blade to be square and the laser as well. Still, it won't produce an accurate cut. The base shifts and it is almost impossible to duplicate cuts. I wouldn't even recommend this for beginners or small household jobs. It's a piece of garbage. I'm returning it today.
December 22, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Benjami Great saw for a do-it-yourselfer for the price.
I bought this saw a couple weeks ago when it went on sale, and I have been happy with it. I didn't want to spend the extra money to get a cordless one, cords don't bother me that much, and you get so much more power than battery operated tools. It cuts well, I have cut some 2x4's and 3/4" plywood, and it does not bind up. I even put a masonry blade and cut through some 1" cement board with zero problems. It does everything I need it to. It is well designed ergonomically, and easy to use. I would recommend this saw to anyone who does light carpentry work and home projects.
November 27, 2009
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Tubba Great saw - highly recommended
I'm an occasional home renovator and a woman. I replaced my old B&D circular saw with a RYOBI. I got the one with the laser and case but can't find it listed on the website so am posting my review here. Used it this am to shorten the bathroom door since the cork tile I laid down are slightly higher than the old ceramic tiles and the door needed to be a tad shorter. The saw worked great - the included 24 tooth blade was all I needed. It's heavier than my old saw but much better quality - the added weight didn't affect my being able to use it properly as it cuts very smoothly. I really, really like having the case plus it came with a cutting guide. The wrench to remove the blade slips into a little storage area on the bottom of the saw - also nice as these are things I tend to misplace if they aren't kept with the tool they are for.
July 11, 2009
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by DCob Great value
This saw is a great value for an entry level or general purpose tool. Although in the low price range for circular saws, it had plenty of power to cut through 2x8 material. Depth and angle adjustments are typical and uncomplicated. Be aware that it has two types of washers that secure the blade. This is not a problem, just something I've not seen before.
December 26, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by AllAroundCrafter The price looked right but looks are .....
I purchased this saw because I needed to stop borrowing my dad's. The price was very attractive at $40. However, had I read the previous reviews of this product I would have spent the extra $10 and bought the B & D; thus saving myself a trip back to home depot wasting gas, time and another $10 anyway. The machine itself works fine however the blade it comes with is absolute garbage. My first project was to trim a 2X2 3/8" plywood board down to 18"X18" not a lot of cutting for a brand new saw. The blade on this saw could not even cut a full foot before jamming. In addition the guide line is about an 1/8th of an inch off so you have to watch for that. Between the blade and the guide line this lost its cost efficiency for me.
May 21, 2010
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by rufus good qaulity for the price
I have owned mine for two years now and used it every day. it still works and noly need to replace due to me droping it from a ladder. great tool.
February 28, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by JoeMon Ryobi 12 amp circular saw
Good circular saw for the money. My only two complaints: 1) the retractable blade guard is made of plastic instead of aluminum (no big deal considering price point), and 2) the alignment sight at front of saw is definitely inaccurate. Other than that it works like a champ. Used it with a diamond blade to cut stone, and with a wood blade to cut over a hundred 2x4s and dozens of plywood sheets. Still running well.
October 28, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by TonyGT Greate saw but not the included blade
I checked the reviews and found some negative comments on the saw. Because the saw is really a great deal I want to give it a try.
After making a rip cut the saw began to stop and go and the blade was really HOT. The blade got burnt marks everywhere and it could not do any cut further. After checking the HOT issue online I realized the issue was caused by blade,not the saw. I spent $10 and bought a carbide blade. Right away the saw cut lumber (ripping cut) as if it cut cheese.
So if you think (I do) $29+$10 (new blade) is still good deal please buy it.
November 28, 2009
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by midstarinc Good light duty saw
Bought this to build an above ground mobile garden and another raised bed garden. Successfully cut 4x4 legs, 2x3s, and cedar fence boards for the mobile garden. Cut retainer bricks for the raised bed. Saw cut them fine, but you do have to be patient. The 12amp motor won't cut as quickly as the higher amp motors, but if you aren't using the saw regularly for such cuts, it works just fine. I did notice there is no safety button that must be pressed before the saw can be activated, so be careful.
June 9, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by doitmyself1 Got the job done.
Easy to assemble and use. For the price it is the perfect saw to have around for small needs and projects.
February 18, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Femi Cheaper, simpler, and more reliable
Cheaper, simpler, and more reliable. Once compared the store with others within vicinity and this store is worth your confindence.
February 10, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by jdkrup77 Great saw fir tge price
I needed a circular saw for a home improvement project and finally decided instead of borrowing one that I would buy one as I could use it later on as well. Since I will not use it for heavy use I bought the lowest price one at HD. I looked in between the Ryobi 12 and 13 amp. They wanted an extra $20 for the extra amp and I could not see spending the money for light use. So far has been a great saw! Have used it from small cuts to cutting an eight foot plywood the entire length and has performed good. About the only recommendation I could give is to buy a replacement blade when you buy the saw. The blade that come with it is a steel blade that is not carbide tipped. It will cut but noticed more resistance then I liked while making cuts.
April 23, 2012
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by MrMiter Cheap saw
It's a very low powered saw. It has a tough time cutting through 2X material.
February 17, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by MarkH Quite surprised
Bought this to cut some pavers that my cordless saw would not handle, and I was impressed with the weight and ease of use. With the diamond blade, cutting was a snap, and the time saving over cutting with a chisel was great.
The only negative I found was the lack of a trigger safety, or maybe I broke it. Been using circular saws since before safeties were required, so not an issue for me.
September 23, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by TSmith Gets the job done
I purchased this to mainly cut 2x4's and plywood which it did just fine. Only problem is when I tried to use it to cut a countertop it started to angle the cut due to a loose shaft.
I still use this saw for framing but not for countertops.
January 8, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Skyy I'm sure it was great
Bought as a gift for my brother but he already had one so I returned it.
January 27, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by chase555 not worth it
not power enough for simple cutting . even though it is inexpensive it was not worth the cost.
January 3, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Elio Good product
It's a great product I high recommended light and fast
December 30, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Billy A cheap saw that held up to abuse!
I was a bricklayer for 20 years and I also built some homes, so I am use to professional equipment and tools. I sold everything when I changed professions, so when I had to knock out a wall at home due to ants I bought cheap just to get the job done. It worked great for the home repair and I have since used it to cut out and replace all the windows in the home. In addition, I did a blue stone patio at home and for a friend (total of about 900 sqft) using this saw to cut the stone w/a diamond blade. I also did a full fireplace block rough in and put fake stone on the outside w/real stone on the inside, mica slate hearth, block foundation for a mobile home, and a wheel chair ramp. I think it needs new brushes as it hardly runs, but for the price I am on my way to get a new one for another project.
January 18, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Haffy Good product for the money.
Easy to use right out of the box. Bought an extra blade for smoother cuts and was easy to install.
November 11, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by tgonzalez Basic Circular Saw
The circular saw is a good value for the money spent. I would not recommend it for someone who will use it for work or everyday activity. The motor will not handle that kind of use based on my experience putting together a 5'x5' club house for my kids.
September 16, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Conan Ryobi Circular Saw
Was perfect for building shelves in my garage. Cut through multiple 2x4's and 1/2 in plywood sheets no problem. It was also very affordable. I would recommend for use on simple projects.
October 7, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by rasec Use a hand saw instead
This saw gives the brand no justice. I hand to check twice to make sure the blade was facing the right direction. Most saws need to be pulled away from the material, this one seems to run away. Ironicly I purchased another Ryobi tool the same day and it works better than perfect. Sadly you can get more use out of an 18 volt Ryobi than this tool. I had to use a hand saw to finish the project. Don't get me wrong Ryobi is a good brand, however this particular product needs alot of reengineering.
October 15, 2010
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by RichS Great value in a capable, lightweight saw
My old Skillsaw bit the dust during a project with a lot of heavy, wet two-by treated lumber still to be cut. I needed a replacement the same day.
Home Depot didn't have any of the higher-end saws I would have liked to buy, so I went cheap and got the Ryobi, along with the $10 Freud 24 tooth blade that everyone seems to like, hoping they would get me thru the project.
I was shocked at how much I liked using this saw. It was quieter than my old Skill, has a nice, positive switch, and had no trouble powering through dense, wet 2x6s. It's lightweight, which makes it easy to use.
Will it last? Hard to say. Three year warranty is reassuring.
Overall, a great value for the money. It's not a pro's saw, but don't let the low price fool you. Put a good blade on it, and it will easily build decks and frame houses.
January 13, 2013