Rated 3.9 out of 5 by 142
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
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by mitzismom Circular Saw
Bought this saw for my son to put down my new flooring which I also purchased from home depot. This was a good purchase and for the price it was a great buy.
October 1, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by AA123 Ryobi circular saw
Nice weight balance. Good enough for most general projects. Very happy with purchase.
October 21, 2014
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by cdc5ft A little weak I think...
This saw seemed to heat up fast and bog down just as quickly for me.
I gave it a fair shake due to other reviews posted here but have to say that I am less than impressed with the performance of this saw.
While the saw reluctantly cuts through a 2x4 it is almost useless when ripping 3/4" plywood. This saw would heat up and the blade would stop rotating resulting a in nasty kick back.
I used it for about half a day, returned it and purchased a Bosch. Treat yourself and go with a Bosch.
September 30, 2009
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Ralph Good Basic Circular Saw
I needed a dedicated tool to share and leave at a remodelling project so I would not have to pack up and move tools around. Everything is nice and tight. Blade changing is direct and easy. The tool is a good size and weight. My primary saw is heavier with a larger base plate. Cutting 2 by material felt unbalanced, but cutting sheet goods was great. My hand felt more in position if I used my middle finger, rather than my index finger, for the trigger switch. For $40, a good basic saw.
July 23, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by PSss Good Saw
Cuts wood easily. Safe to use. Light Weight. Good price
October 22, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Steve Good Saw......HORRIBLE STOCK BLADE!
I purchased this saw for the simple reason of cutting up skids for firewood kindling. I almost returned it when it couldn't even cut through thin skid wood. I read a review stating that the stock blade was junk and to upgrade to a better blade.....couldn't have had better advice. I bought an Irwin Marathon 24T twin pack blade set for $10 and the saw now goes through the skids like butter. MAKE SURE YOU BUY A BLADE WITH THE SAW AND THROW OUT THE STOCK BLADE THAT COMES WITH IT!!!!
February 24, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JIMBO perfect for home use
bought this to replace my grandfathers ancient one from way back. Went through several 2x4s and some plywood with no problems plenty of power. Went from in the box to cutting in less than a minute. nothing fancy just what you need. I haven't put it through any real abuse yet but for 99 percent of projects it does the job just as well as the big expensive ones.
April 22, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by stutzderryl Great Saw
This is a great saw. I am no professional but it does what I need at an affordable price. Great deal fo the Do-It-Yourselfer.
September 17, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Flamekindler Great little saw!
This saw was inexpensive, but does the job. It is lightweight, but uses a full 7 1/4" blade. I like that there is just a trigger, not a double button/trigger combo that is difficult for smaller hands (and older ones). Very easy to use.
July 1, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by lynoxx1 pretty good saw for the price
Very good for an inexpensive saw.plan on purchasing a few blades for a big project.
September 24, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by DAVE A GOOD TOOL WELL PRICED
I do not need heavy duty tools for the projects I undertake, but I do need dependable tools for a fair price. I knew when buying a 12 amp saw I would not be getting a excess of power, but I have found this saw to be dependable in every way and up to the power demands my projects have. I am very happy with my purchase.
May 27, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by RD400 Good saw - buy a new blade
Like others here, I didn't even bother with the blade that came with it. Bought a Diablo 24T, 40T and 60T (one each). So far I only used the 40T to cut some 2x4s - smooth cuts, plenty of power with a good blade. I also cut some relcaimed boards, some of which were 2" thick oak; these were part of an old barn that was at least 60 years old. With the 40T Diablo blade, this saw cut through the old oak with no problems whatsoever. Just let the blade do the work, and you're fine.
For someone who doesn't pay my bills with this saw, i.e. homeowner with projects around the house/garage/yard, you can't beat $40 for this saw, and another $15 (avg.) for a good blade. I only bought the 3 blades, so I'd have 'em, and wouldn't have to run out for them when I needed them.
It's not super rugged, the blade guard is plastic, so I wouldn't go throwing it in the back of a truck or toolbox with other tools - set it down gently.
But I can't complain. Again, buy a good blade.
April 29, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by GalenW Easy to use.
Lightweight and easy to use for nominal usage. Great tool for the non-commercial user.
September 16, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by northwindone Throw the blade away
I’ve had this saw for about 3 years and have used it to build a screen-room and an 8x8 shed. It has plenty of power and works great for the price. I would give it a better rating but the blade that comes with it is junk unlike my other Ryobi saws, which came with good blades. The first thing I tried to cut with it was a sheet of plywood and the blade jammed and made my cut extremely wavy. With a good blade it ripped plywood just fine and has worked great ever since.
July 1, 2010
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by jaddy Not bad for the $
Asked for a circular saw for Christmas, shoulda known Pops would have went the cheap route! But seriously, this thing is a beast for 40 bones. I had the original blade on there for about 1-2 years, cutting some boards here, and some plywood there, but nothing major. Then when I just bought a house and started redoing the back deck(500+sq.ft.) I finally broke down and bought a 2 for 1 pack of cheap Avanti blades from the depot and slapped one on her....she flies threw lumber now....5/4 decking, 2x4&6's...and 4x4's......Listen to every one and chunk that starter blade....and for $40 bucks you will be happy. And for the people saying it's too heavy, well be glad it comes w/ a 12amp motor and enjoy that weight! Mine also came with a metal blade guard which I do like...not the clear plastic one I see now on them, I'm sure that has it's pro's and cons also.
April 9, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by UltraDan Good Saw, Bad Blade
As with other reviewers, don't even bother with the blade included! Right out of the box, I used it to test cut a 2x4, and it seemingly worked well, but when I went to do a crosscut along the bottom of a door that I was trimming, it jammed about 6 inches in. Then I remembered all of the reviews and warnings about the saw blade. So when you are purchasing this saw, which I do recommend, buy a new blade while you are at the store!
April 25, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Geneva It did the job
I was a little intimidated, but this turn out to be a very user friendly tool for a female.
August 26, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by TheOneHandedHandyman Great saw for the price
I bought this saw on sale for $20 because you can't get another saw this good for this price. If you need something for making rough cuts this will do the trick. It has a relatively wide aluminum base which adds to stability. The blade changing is a breeze. The depth gauge works well and is easy to set. Ergonomically this saw is comfortable to use. At 4600 rpms it has enough power to cut most woods easily.
The only thing I do not like about the saw is that the vibration while in use is very noticeable. This isn't a problem for cutting 2x4s etc. but for long cuts it can become bothersome.
I can't comment about its durability over a long period of time because I bought it recently but for $20 durability isn't a major concern.
In conclusion, if you're a weekend warrior this saw will do the job and for the price you can't beat it.
November 30, 2009
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Mara Love it!
This circular saw is being used daily, we are in the midst of a renovation. It is working beautifully, we've had NO issues at all. I would recommend this product to anyone looking for a reliable saw, that has the force and power to help you get the job done. Great value.
March 25, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by HDGuyFrqntFlyer Perfect tool for the DIYer
I purchased this to replace my cordless saw. It has plenty of power. Feels great in my hands. No more waiting for the batteries to charge. Just plug and go!
July 16, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by ChickenKeeper123 Good product for the price!
Cuts really well, the blade tool keeps falling off the holder though. Works really good for the price, its a Ryobi so atleast your getting name brand... Like the way it angles and cuts... Thanks!
June 10, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Richard Saw does it all with good power and quick cutting
I've used the saw to cut everything from 2X4's to 1/4 inch plywood and it cuts cleanly and quickly. The only issue I've run into is when cutting 3/4 inch plywood and hitting knots the saw has kicked back a bit. Overall very satisfied w/ the saw and blade..
April 29, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Jake It's a saw
Needed a saw to cut boards and studs. It cuts boards and studs. Well-made, no-frills, circular saw.
July 22, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Casketmaker Good buy for under $30
My mother bought this saw so when I go to her house to work on one of her projects I would not have to bring my saw. I have to say that this saw cost half of what I paid for mine but it has handled everything I threw at it. It has primarely been used for 1/2" plywood and 2X4's but it also worked fine on 3/4 CDX. If you just need a basic saw for around the house this is fine but it is a little under power to be used by a contractor.
January 15, 2010
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Gladys1 Hands On
I like the Ryobi circular saw and my first experience with that saw was demonstrated at a Girls night out at Home Depot with Tom Joyner. I bought one after I watch them used it. I find the product very easy to use.
There was small things I just wanted to do for myself and this saw was an easy handle for me being a female and living along. I am a hands on kind of person, so I invested in that sawI.
June 7, 2010
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Jason44 Excellent price for a brand name saw
For the price this is a excellent DIY saw. the only thing to do is throw away the blade that comes with it and put in a better blade like a Freud. It cuts a lot better with the Freud blade and uses less power to get thru a 2x4.
Rememer this is only a 12 amp saw. It is not made to be used all day long. If your a professional and need a powerful saw, buy one with more amps.
January 1, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Weekenddiy Overall good saw
I got this saw for small projects around the house and its been a good saw for just that. The only downfalls are the blade that comes with it isn't all that great I would recommend buying another blade when you buy the saw. Also it's very loud louder then most saws I've used. For the money it's a good saw and I would recommend it.
August 14, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Chunkins Circular saw that fits the bill
Lightweight enough for a woman to use without straining
June 24, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by dave this is not a heavy duty saw but a fair value for the price for low use saw
this is not a heavy use saw, good for the occasional use person
June 13, 2014