Best Compact & Mini Circular Saws 2019 – Reviews & Buying Guide


I have been woodworking for many years, but when I was getting started, it was hard. The entire market is filled with circular saws, and that makes it very hard to know which one to pick.

 Therefore, we are going to help you pick the best compact circular saw based on your needs and your project.

Compact Circular Saw - Reviews

 1. Rockwell RK3441K Compact Circular Saw


This is a light saw; it only weighs 5 pounds, and it can cut deep and has a great 90-degree circular motion. It is able to cut through almost anything.

There is also a great guide fence that you can make quick adjustments with. It is a little difficult for lefthanded users to work with, and it is important that they remember to turn off the safety when they are using it with the right hand.

It is important to note that the saw is nimble and can be used and turned easily at an angle. It is very flexible, which can come in handy in difficult situations. It is easy to see why this has become the most popular choice out there.

rockwell rk3441k review - Video Credit : Tool Craze

What we liked

  • Can be used in complex situations
  • Competes with full-size saws
  • Has a blade that can be used for all kinds of cuts at 90 degrees

What we didn’t like

  • Sometimes the blade snapped while using a bolt
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    Cannot cut materials thicker than 3” x 4”
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    Does not come with a carrying case

 2. The Genesis GCS545C Compact Circular Saw


This is a great saw, and when it was put to the test, it was able to cut through 2” x 6” with very little effort.

The saw is also well-designed, and it fits easily in the hand. It is designed specifically for one-handed use. It is also very easy to see and to make good, lean cuts when you are working with it.

We made some repairs around the workshop as well with this amazing saw. It is very easy to cut through items of many different sizes.

You will also want to make sure that you do not allow the blade to get stuck because it will then be exposed. You will see that this is a great contender to be on the top of the list.

What we liked

  • Has an awesome gauge for controlling depth
  • Has a vacuum adapter to make your cutting easier
  • Is fast and strong

What we didn’t like

  • Has a heavy aluminum case
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    Stops sometimes after making cuts
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    Is a bit on the pricier side

 3. WORX WORXSAW 4-1/2" Compact Circular Saw


The Worx Worxsaw is near the top of the list for compact circular saws. It can make clean and effective cuts on ¾” plywood. It is also very easy to use because of the locations of the safety and the power.

 It is also easy to use on granite, which makes it useful for many different materials. You can use it for stone cutting, as I tested it on a 1” slab of granite to make sure that it was what we were looking for.

However, it was a little overheated when cutting the granite, so I let it cool down for a while.

You can use water to minimize dust as well. After working with the granite, it was important to go back to wood and see if things still worked the same way, and they did. There were no issues. This is one great saw.

What we liked

  • You can cut 45-degree angles
  • Has a vacuum port to allow for a clean indoors
  • Cuts through all plywood super easily

What we didn’t like

  • Can overheat if used too much
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    Has flimsy material that flexes on the rip fence

 4. Dremel US40-01 Ultra Saw


This is one of those saws that lefthanders will surely appreciate. There is a handle in the center making it easy to use whether you are righthanded or lefthanded.

It is also possible to adjust the depth with the lock tab. The maximum depth is ¾”. Plunge cuts are also very easy when you look at the spring on the bottom.

It is very easy to maneuver and to work with when you are cutting through a vertical surface as well. You will want to use it for trimming.

You will see that there are many tools out there that are small enough to work with, but they need to be easy to use.

What we liked

  • Allows you to cut on any surface
  • Handle allows for lefthanded or righthanded users
  • Has a shoe that is perfect for all purposes

What we didn’t like

  • Only uses branded blades
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    Can overheat relatively easily

 5. Makita SH01W 12V Max Lithium-Ion Cordless Circular Saw Kit


This is the lightest of all the saws that we reviewed, and it had a great cutting depth and was able to be used at a 90-degree angle.

This means that the depth can be increased to around 5-8” and is able to be used at a 45-degree angle easily and effectively.

The blade is going to have fewer revolutions per minute than others, but you will see that it cuts like a champ. We tried it on many different pieces of wood here at the workshop, and you will love the way that you can use it in tight spaces.

Despite the fewer revolutions, this tool packs a ton of performance for its size.

The saw comes with two batteries only, and you will be able to get a lot of cutting done with these two batteries. This tool is great for those who use wood stoves. It is the perfect tool for cutting firewood.

What we liked

  • Has a great carrying case
  • Super light and easy to carry
  • Works on batteries

What we didn’t like

  • The batteries can be hard to pull out
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    It has fewer RPMs per drill than others.
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    The drill was not as heavy and strong as some of the others.

 6. Rockwell RK3440K Versacut 4.0 Amp Ultra-Compact Circular Saw


This is a very versatile saw that you can work with from almost any angle. It is also made of light metal, so you will not be tired after using it.

The Rockwell cuts with ease, is very balanced and fits perfectly in the hand. It also comes with a two-year warranty.

The saw has a switch to ensure safety and to ensure that the blade will be released when necessary.

The blade is perfect for the use of the trigger and allows it to be used on many kinds of materials. It also comes with a very handy carrying case.

What we liked

  • Is very easy to use
  • Was designed with large-scale needs in mind
  • Warranty covers all issues with no questions

What we didn’t like

  • The maximum warranty is three years
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    There is no dust protector, which means you can get sawdust in your eyes
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    Requires power, so you cannot use it when you do not have electricity

 7. VonHaus 5.8 Amp Compact Circular Saw


Generally, when you are working with a tool, it is very important to make sure that you are using it in a dry environment. However, that is not a concern with this saw because it is waterproof.

You will love the adjustable blades that will allow you to get the exact kinds of cuts that you are looking for. You will also love that it is easy to carry, since there is also a light blade included.

This saw is also very lightweight, which will give you a big boost when you use it. You will save time and be able to cut virtually anything.

What we liked

  • The saw is very lightweight, so you can use it anywhere.
  • The saw comes with three blades, which means you can use it for any task.
  • The blade has a laser system, which is included for guidance and easy use.

What we didn’t like

  • The saw is reliant on electricity and does not come with batteries.
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    The warranty is not clearly outlined, which makes it harder to use.

 8. Makita SH02R1 12V Max CXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Circular Saw Kit


Although this saw is very small, it is perfect for crafting. This saw has a great reputation with artists and other users. It is very durable and is a great option for people looking for a saw to keep for a long time.

The handle prevents the saw from slipping in your hand and allows it to fit in your hand with great ease.

The saw has a thin blade, which will make a great cut. It can cut any kind of material, since it is strong and small. In addition, it is light and can be carried anywhere. Users do not get tired easily.

The saw is also great for environmentally conscious users, since it has an Energy Star label.

What we liked

  • It is environmentally friendly.
  • It has a very strong blade for cutting.
  • It can be used at a 45-degree angle.

What we didn’t like

  • It does not come with a carrying case.

 9. BLACK+DECKER BDCCS20B Circular Saw


This is a great saw for the price and size. It will also be a workable option for you for a long time.

This saw has a very powerful motor and great blades. This ensures that it can make quick, smooth cuts, whenever necessary.

You can use this saw for a variety of projects to meet the demands of clients.

What we liked

  • The warranty allows you to use the tool with confidence
  • The motor makes the saw more powerful than other choices.
  • The blade ensures smooth cuts in any material.

What we didn’t like

  • This is sold separately from the battery, which means it is hard to find and more expensive.

Here are 10 options for circular saws for just getting started.

We looked at the best compact circular saws and evaluated them based on quality and price. The following 10 saws are the most popular on the market based on purchases online.

We wanted to make sure that we were choosing the best saws out there, so there were many things that we considered before we shared our feedback. Here are a few things we always made sure we were checking so that we could bring the best results to you.

  • How Does it Feel in the Hand? It is very important to choose a saw that js going to fit well in your hands. That means that you need to pick them all up and find the one that is going to fit in your hand in the best way and that is going to be comfortable for long periods of work. If you are going to be working with your bare hands, you want to know that you are doing so with the best option for your hands. If you are working in a cold place, you need to think about trying it on with gloves so you can be ready for the cold environment.
  • Choosing the Best Shoe. Whether you realize it or not, you need to also pick the best shoe to ensure that you are ready for business. Steel shoes are more common and cheaper, but they may bend. Magnesium shoes provide much better results, but are more expensive in the long term.
  • Some saws have work lights. There are some saws out there that include work lights as part of the saw itself to ensure proper lighting. This is important to consider if you are likely to be working in poor lighting.
  • Your Price Range. It is important to know what you are expecting from a saw and what your price range is. That means that you need to know how much you want to spend as well as how long you are going to be using your saw. Are looking for something that is cheap and disposable, or do you want to keep the saw for a long time?

What Should I Know about Buying the Best Compact Circular Saw?

When buying a circular saw, it is important to look for lightweight and affordable options. You also want to choose something that is going to fit in your hand comfortably.

How to Choose a Circular Saw : Credit This Old House

The ideal saw should be small and powered by electricity. Make sure you check out all of the models in your price range.

Most saws out there are small and very lightweight. They can perform many of the same tasks that large saws can, but they can be carried anywhere. However, some users are not fans of these smaller saws because many decide to use them in the same way that they would use a large saw.

It is important to use the right tool for the job. There are many mini circular saws that can be used in the same way, but not all smaller saws can.

When you are looking for the best saw, you need to read all the reviews and find the one that is going to help you with the type of projects you will have. You will want to look at the warranty, price and the durability of the saw.

Now that you’ve checked out this review, let us know if we can be of more help. Here at the workshop, we are working to help you make the best choices.

In Conclusion

Here at the workshop, we have been working to review all of the compact circular saws in all kinds of different conditions. We have tested them in the rain and for all kinds of weather conditions.

We have also tested them to see how they perform with different materials so that we know what works well and what doesn’t work so well.

We have also tested the saws to see what performs well for hours at a time, and what gets overheated. We have evaluated all of the safety features as well to know what the best choices are and what does not work well for users.


How Do I Choose the Best Saw for Me?

It is important to look at the project and find the features that are going to be best for your particular job.

How Does the Workshop Choose the Tools That They Want to Review?

We choose based on the most popular sellers out there, and we put them to work. There is nothing worse than false advertising, so we do our homework and share it with you.

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