Rated 3.6 out of 5 by 78
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by cdueck8 Good value if on sale.
Everything that THW622 says is accurate. I purchased this on sale and was only in need of a saw a few times a year for around the house jobs. The laser is off, the notch is off the cut, the included blade is lousy-replace straight out of the box. A higher end unit is way more valuable especially for someone with amateur experience.
July 23, 2014
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by aaaaa This thing is very very loud
If this is your first time using a circular saw like me.
This thing is very very loud.
Pulling the trigger (without cutting wood) is like turning your TV on to Volumn 50 from 0. Explosion.
O it will cut alright. But it's too loud, like summoning a tornado (whirl) or calling an ambulance. You will want to stay away from it every time you think about making a simple cut. That is not very good for making projects. It will slow down your time.
Trying to find something cheap that will last. Well, I need to last first.
February 28, 2014
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by PurpleSplat Finicky switch.
I bought this product a couple of years ago when it was in blue. The power switch fails intermittently where it doesn't activate the motor.
This seems to be a common occurrence, at least with the blue model. There is a three year warranty available but you need to keep your receipts or proof of purchase and Home Depot's credit card records aren't the best for detailed purchases.
Right now I have a rather expensive paperweight that was used once.
April 22, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by NoviceCarpenter Excellent cuts
I am not a professional when it comes to cutting and sawing, but my experience with this product has been excellent. I bought this product since it was on deal and I had few home projects lined up. After reading the instruction few times, I was able to set up the saw for use. The laser was very helpful since I could not use the edger for most of the cutting that I needed to use. The light near the cutting area was very useful too. I would definitely recommend it to people who do not want to spend a ton of money on expensive saw and do not intend to build a house using this saw.
October 11, 2011
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Griff Not satisfied
Got this saw as a birthday present so that I could cut some wood for DIY type projects. Laser guide is a joke, the blade cut nowhere near the line despite my attempts to adjust it. In addition to that the saw would not make a square cut. Thought this would be a good tool to start woodworking, but overall I was extremely dissatisfied.
March 11, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by PoppaKen This saw is excellent- performs great!
Met all my expectations- accurate, powerful, and smooth to operate. Like the laser tracking very much. Like the angle cutting when you calibrate the angle with a practice cut on a scrap piece of wood. Produced my best wood construction project with this saw and a well-balanced blade (Diablo).
May 28, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Redbaran Switch prone to failure
I posted about how I fixed my saw on a thread on the woodtalkonline forums, but the gist of it is that the switch has a spring that is squeezed between two little nubs. It doesn't take much at all for the spring to come off of those nubs. In my case, I also had some light corrosion on the contacts in the switch. The good news is that I was able to fix it myself, and had I not been able to, I could have purchased a new switch for $20.
When the saw is working, I am pleased with the power and features, but having the unreliable switch has caused me to purchase a nice Makita hypoid saw instead and I'll be selling this one. If you buy this saw, definitely keep the receipt as you'll need if you need any warranty work.
January 5, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Bubblehead poor base-edge alignment with blade -- guided cuts veer away from straightedge.
poor base-edge alignment with blade -- guided cuts veer away from straightedge.
base-edge is 1/32" out of alignment with the blade, front to back. So when cutting with a straightedge cut guide clamped to the work, the cut veers off. A 24" cut will be 1/8" off from start to finish or the blade will bind with work and be difficult to cut.
I found some circular saw reviews from 2009 that listed this as a problem with several brands of circular saw. So beware and check alignment after you buy a circular saw.
I returned my saw. Unfortunately I did not get reimbursed for the work that was destroyed in the process of figuring out that this saw was not made well.
January 12, 2015