Rated 4 out of 5Â by 75
Rated 4 out of 5Â by rosif3r bit of a rocky start
The saw pictured is the replacement for the original one i bought, since the first one had a weird eccentric calibration error. The local HD was good about letting me grab another one to replace it, and so far this one seems fine. I'm also a little less than thrilled with the laser sight overall, and may just go back to sighting the cut by the notch. Other than that, a reasonably powerful saw for a middle-of-the-road price.
December 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by bvibob Straight cuts?
I read reviews complaining about straight cuts. I decided to take a chance on the saw. I needed to cut a strip off a 10 foot oak board tapering from 3/8" to 3/4" to fit a crooked wall. I did not use the blade that comes with the saw. After playing with the saw and experimenting with it to determine blade to guide board distance I made my cut. Sure enough it was off by over and 1/8 of an inch by the time I reached the end of the board. There was burning in the cut. I usually set the blade depth so only a little of the blade protrudes through the work piece. That was the problem. The blade flex was so bad
that it was actually flexed to an 1/8" error by the end of the cut. Fortunately it left too much material behind. I tried re-cutting with the same settings and I could see the blade beginning to fIex as the cut progressed. i set the saw for maximum depth so the board was up in the meat of the blade. The next cut was right on, no flex and a true cut. I am going to look at blades and see if I can find one that is beefier in thickness, no narrow kerfs for me on hand held circular saws.
The saw performed very well on the 3/4 oak. Only the blade was inadequate.
November 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Jason Couldn't go wrong
I bought this saw being ryobi I didn't have high expectations, but i changed my mind quick, cutting up some 2x12 like its nothing, I'm glad with my decision,
December 17, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5Â by Jrh246 Only for Super Light Duty
I decide to finally go away from my cordless, since I have started to do a lot of remodel projects on my home. This saw appears to be a good quality unit, but a lot of the internal parts are plastic. If all I was doing was ripping a few boards then this saw would be fine, but any continues work will overheat this unit. I bought it and was using it continuously for about 10 minutes and the internals started to melt and smoke poured out the side. All I smelt was burnt plastic. If you are doing a small project or just cutting some lumber this saw will be fine, but it is not designed for heavy use. I took the unit back and bought the 15 amp Ridgid saw and it also comes with a lifetime service warranty. If you are doing a lot of projects and need a good saw spend the extra $40 and get the Ridgid. If you are just doing small projects then the Ryobi should be fine. I hope this helps anybody trying to make a decisions.
November 2, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by 6663 Ryobi circular saw
I have been using the saw since the day It was delivered . I was in the process of building a tool shed when my old saw stopped working. It was almost 40 years old and the brushes finally wore down to the point where they would no longer contact the commutator on the motor. I looked up circular saws on the Home Depot website and the best buy seemed to be the Ryobi circular saw. A couple of years ago I bought a Ryobi drill and I am very pleased with the tool so I ordered the circular saw based on my experience with the Ryobi Electric drill. I placed the order on line and it arrived within 3 days.
The saw is well made, attractive and functional. I had to make some minor adjustments for the vertical cut and the laser beam. But, that's to be expected. I actually prefer a mechanical edge guide over the laser light. It is difficult to keep the beam on track since I am right handed and the blade is not visible from the left side of the tool. In any case, it does the job. the blade that came with the saw cuts through construction grade lumber like a hot knife through butter. I will recommend the saw for any DIY craftsman and the next tool I buy will be a Ryobi reciprocating saw. I love power tools that work.
December 10, 2014