Rated 3.8 out of 5 by 14
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by whatelks67 The right tool for the job
This is a replacement I bought my husband for his old one, another brand he'd had a dozen years or so that quit on him. He went right out and got to work with it, finished up some jobs that he'd put off since his old saw was on it's last legs. Said it works great, regrets not replacing the old one sooner. Said it was just the right size and power for the DIY-er.
July 14, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DavidFromNorthTexas Good Lightweight Saw, ignore the negative reviews, glad I did!
I'm glad I ignored the negative reviews and bought this saw.
- Let's see, it throws sawdust??? Really, it's a saw, it cuts wood and makes dust. I didn't notice any more saw dust compared to other saws I have used.
- The laser is out of alignment, yep, mine was too. Quick look to the manual and 1/2 turn clockwise on a single screw and it is aligned now. Really, it wasn't hard! I went ahead and marked the alignment point with a dab of yellow paint so I can get it back in case it slips somehow. This was very easy!
- Not strong enough? Hmmm...if you can cut a straight line, it's plenty strong. If you cut crooked lines, this saw will bind slightly just like every other light duty saw out there. It's a 14 amp saw, not a $200 framing saw.
- Someone commented on this saw or the non-laser model that the blade guard is plastic and was afraid it might break if he set it down on the guard. Well, if you drop it from 3 feet, it will probably break, but it looks durable enough to set the saw down on the guide. I did so several times today.
- The Home Depot blade. Sorry, what is wrong with a 20 tooth carbide tipped blade? Maybe not enough teeth for trim work? I think this blade is fine for cutting materials intended on a 20 tooth blade.
Overall, I like this saw. The plate seems strong enough and the handle seemed placed in the right spot. I would like a longer cord, but this should not be a problem. It was only two prong though, so no ground point. I liked how light it felt, the laser feature (although I'll still probably just look at the blade to get my cut point). I've been doing carpentry work for 35+ years and although I don't do it professionally anymore, I feel this saw will meet my weekend job needs just fine. Would I buy it for professional use? Maybe, but likely I'd invest in a heavier duty model for more $$$.
Bottom line, Good saw for the budget minded price.
July 19, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by AZWoodchuck Just Right For My Needs
Can't beat the price of Ryobi products. This circular saw has plenty of cutting power for my casual needs. Already did some ripping and a cross cutting of large pieces of plywood with it. No problems and the cuts were clean.
June 2, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by CLK good saw for a do-it-yourselfer
Does not blog down when cutting 4x4 or 4x6 posts.
Laser is a plus for ripping boards / plywood.
Compared to the Harbor Freight circular saws - this one is much heavier duty. The included saw blade is pretty good quality for ripping 2x4's
August 23, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Suggar 14 amp circular saw
No assembly needed. Lightweight, easy to maneuver.
June 9, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Carter Good Product
I was going to buy the Ryobi 13 amp saw but since the 14 amp was a few dollars more why not. I've owned the saw a week and cut corrugated tin and 3/4" plywood with no problems. Pros: powerful, easy to hold, big trigger and depth adjustment lever is a flip up and down. Cons: have to hold on tight to saw when starting saw, and the laser guide is not accurate. Overall I give it an 8 put 10. Your getting a powerful saw with a reputable name and affordable price.
March 25, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by RegularCustomer Laser guid not aligned
The laser guide is way off the mark so you cannot make a straight cut. The notch and saw blade is not aligned also. I have to return this.
August 4, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by skilette but at what cost
the saw does what it is supposed to, but I had a problem with the sawdust flying up and in the air. after talking with others at home depot, we noticed the vent track for the sawdust is covered by the blade guard for the first part of any cut. I had wood chips and dust flying up towards me every time I started a fresh cut.
also, the blade guard is plastic and I felt I had to be extra careful when putting the saw on the ground.
exchanged it for the Milwaukee 7 1/4 saw.
March 3, 2015