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Makita 18-Volt Circular Saws

Makita 18-volt circular saws have a reputation for their ease of use, precision, compact size and convenience. Lightweight and easy to handle, these tools are well suited for a variety of both residential and commercial home improvement projects, including remodelling and framing. They can cut through various materials that include wood, steel and concrete. Models are differentiated by their motor type and the size of their blade diameter.

Corded vs. Cordless

There are two main types of circular saws: corded and cordless. When searching for the right one, consider your intended use. Cordless saws can be used anywhere and at anytime, as long as they are charged. These saws are lightweight and ideal for those working in tight spaces. Conversely, corded saws do not require a battery, and thus, you can use them for an infinite amount of time before requiring a recharge. On the downside, they do require an external power source.

Features

When searching for a saw, it is important to consider the features it offers. Noteworthy features include a dust port, a blade-depth scale, an on-board blade wrench and an adjustable kerf indicator. A laser guide is also a plus to help to ensure accuracy of cuts, as is an adjustable handle for enhanced comfort and control.

Design

There are three main types of circular saw designs, including worm-drive saws, sidewinder saws and trim saws. Each features its own set of advantages. When shopping, it is important to factor intended saw use into your decision to find the best tool type for your specific application. Worm-drive saws are durable, powerful and feature extra length, making them ideal for larger projects. Conversely, sidewinder saws can efficiently cut materials such as plywood and wet lumber. As another option, trim saws are best suited for smaller projects and thinner materials, since they are lightweight and easy to control.

Blade Type

Makita 18-volt circular saws are compatible with various blade types, including ripping blades and crosscut blades. When searching, consider the application. While ripping blades are used to cut with the wood grain, crosscut blades are used to cut against it. It is also possible to purchase special blades to use for slicing through tile, metal and concrete.

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