CIRCULAR SAW guidE

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Want to get better quality cuts with your circular saw?
Wondering how to get more out of your circular saw?
Ready to learn some new cutting techniques?

We've curated this guide to give you the info you need to know all in one place.

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Learn What A Circular Saw Is Best For

  • Types Of Cuts A Circular Saw Can Make
  • Common Circular Saw Sizes
  • Choosing The Right Circular Saw For You
  • Features To Look For In A Circular Saw

Build My Circular Saw Skills

  • Get Better Cuts With Your Circular Saw
  • Guided Cutting & Techniques

Discover New Projects

  • Projects For Your Work Space
  • Project Ideas To Build Your Cutting Skills

Learn What A Circular Saw Is Best For

Types Of cuts a circular saw can make

Making cross cuts in dimensional lumber and plywood

Ripping down plywood to manageable sizes

Making angle cuts on dimensional lumber & plywood

Making bevel cuts on dimensional lumber & plywood

Common circular saw sizes

There are three common sizes of circular saws. The size in the name refers to the size of the blade.

 5 1/2 inch blade  

90° Cut Through A 2x4?

Yes

45° Bevel Cut Through A 2x4?

No

Max Cut Depth

1-11/16 inches

 6 1/2 inch blade  

90° Cut Through A 2x4?

Yes

45° Bevel Cut Through A 2x4?

Yes

Max Cut Depth

2-1/8 inches

 7 1/4 inch blade  

90° Cut Through A 2x4?

Yes

45° Bevel Cut Through A 2x4?

Yes

Max Cut Depth

2-9/16 inches

SKIL 7-1/4" Corded Circular Saw 15-amp w/Laser Guide
SKIL 7-1/4" Corded Circular Saw 15-amp w/Laser Guide
SKIL 7-1/4" Corded Circular Saw 15-amp w/Laser Guide
SKIL 7-1/4" Corded Circular Saw 15-amp w/Laser Guide
SKIL 7-1/4" Corded Circular Saw 15-amp w/Laser Guide
SKIL 7-1/4" Corded Circular Saw 15-amp w/Laser Guide
SKIL 7-1/4" Corded Circular Saw 15-amp w/Laser Guide
SKIL 7-1/4" Corded Circular Saw 15-amp w/Laser Guide
SKIL 7-1/4" Corded Circular Saw 15-amp w/Laser Guide

SKIL 7-1/4" Corded Circular Saw 15-amp w/Laser Guide

$65.99
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Skil PWRCORE 20™ Brushless 20V 6-1/2'' Circular Saw Kit
Skil PWRCORE 20™ Brushless 20V 6-1/2'' Circular Saw Kit
Skil PWRCORE 20™ Brushless 20V 6-1/2'' Circular Saw Kit
Skil PWRCORE 20™ Brushless 20V 6-1/2'' Circular Saw Kit
Skil PWRCORE 20™ Brushless 20V 6-1/2'' Circular Saw Kit
Skil PWRCORE 20™ Brushless 20V 6-1/2'' Circular Saw Kit
Skil PWRCORE 20™ Brushless 20V 6-1/2'' Circular Saw Kit
Skil PWRCORE 20™ Brushless 20V 6-1/2'' Circular Saw Kit
Skil PWRCORE 20™ Brushless 20V 6-1/2'' Circular Saw Kit
Skil PWRCORE 20™ Brushless 20V 6-1/2'' Circular Saw Kit
Skil PWRCORE 20™ Brushless 20V 6-1/2'' Circular Saw Kit

Skil PWRCORE 20™ Brushless 20V 6-1/2'' Circular Saw Kit

$91.99
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20V MAX Circular Saw Cordless 6-1/2, Tool Only
20V MAX Circular Saw Cordless 6-1/2, Tool Only
20V MAX Circular Saw Cordless 6-1/2, Tool Only
20V MAX Circular Saw Cordless 6-1/2, Tool Only
20V MAX Circular Saw Cordless 6-1/2, Tool Only
20V MAX Circular Saw Cordless 6-1/2, Tool Only

20V MAX Circular Saw Cordless 6-1/2, Tool Only

$126.99
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CRASH COURSE:

Choosing the right circular saw for you

Circular saws come in many shapes and sizes. With blade sizes that range from 5 ½” to 7 ¼” and come in corded and cordless options, you want to use a saw that is right for you.

  • Circular saw sizes (:24)
  • Power options (2:35)
  • Saw features (3:11)

Features to look for in a circular saw

Build My Circular Saw Skills

crash course:

Get better cuts with your circular saw

Circular saws can be used for cutting more than rough construction projects. With a few simple tips, you can get better quality cuts for your wood projects.

  • Support your material (:26)
  • Upgrade your blade (1:20)
  • Quick tips (2:1)

How To Improve Your Cuts

 Upgrade your blade  

Improve your cross cuts and plywood cuts with a 40-tooth finish/plywood blade.

 Adjust Your Blade Depth  

Set your blade depth to 1/8 inch below the thickness of your work piece.

 Support Your Material  

For making cuts, fully support your material on a flat work surface or a large piece of  rigid foam insulation.

Finish Blade
Finish Blade
Finish Blade
Finish Blade

Finish Blade

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Ripping/Framing Blade
Ripping/Framing Blade
Ripping/Framing Blade
Ripping/Framing Blade

Ripping/Framing Blade

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General Purpose Blade
General Purpose Blade
General Purpose Blade
General Purpose Blade

General Purpose Blade

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guided cutting & techniques

Adding accessories to your circular saw gives you the ability to make straighter cuts, cleaner cuts, and multiple cuts of the same dimension.

  • Handmade guides (:18)
  • Store-bought guides (:50)
  • Hands-on demonstration (3:20)

 for STRAIGHTER cuts  

Johnson Johnny Square Easy-Read Aluminum Rafter Square
Johnson Johnny Square Easy-Read Aluminum Rafter Square
Johnson Johnny Square Easy-Read Aluminum Rafter Square
Johnson Johnny Square Easy-Read Aluminum Rafter Square
Johnson Johnny Square Easy-Read Aluminum Rafter Square
Johnson Johnny Square Easy-Read Aluminum Rafter Square
Johnson Johnny Square Easy-Read Aluminum Rafter Square

Johnson Johnny Square Easy-Read Aluminum Rafter Square

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 for STRAIGHTER cuts  

Kreg Square-Cut™

$11.99
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 for repeated cuts  

Kreg Rip-Cut™

$39.99
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 for CLEANER cuts   

Kreg Accu-Cut™

$79.99
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Stanley Sawhorses (2-pack) 31"
Stanley Sawhorses (2-pack) 31"

Stanley Sawhorses (2-pack) 31"

$39.99
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Kreg Track Horse
Kreg Track Horse
Kreg Track Horse
Kreg Track Horse
Kreg Track Horse
Kreg Track Horse

Kreg Track Horse

$119.99
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Kreg KWS1000 Mobile Project Center
Kreg KWS1000 Mobile Project Center
Kreg KWS1000 Mobile Project Center
Kreg KWS1000 Mobile Project Center
Kreg KWS1000 Mobile Project Center
Kreg KWS1000 Mobile Project Center
Kreg KWS1000 Mobile Project Center
Kreg KWS1000 Mobile Project Center
Kreg KWS1000 Mobile Project Center
Kreg KWS1000 Mobile Project Center
Kreg KWS1000 Mobile Project Center
Kreg KWS1000 Mobile Project Center

Kreg KWS1000 Mobile Project Center

$169.99
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FastCap® 16' ProCarpenter Tape Measure
FastCap® 16' ProCarpenter Tape Measure

FastCap® 16' ProCarpenter Tape Measure

$9.63
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Kreg Multi-Mark
Kreg Multi-Mark
Kreg Multi-Mark
Kreg Multi-Mark
Kreg Multi-Mark
Kreg Multi-Mark
Kreg Multi-Mark
Kreg Multi-Mark
Kreg Multi-Mark
Kreg Multi-Mark
Kreg Multi-Mark
Kreg Multi-Mark
Kreg Multi-Mark
Kreg Multi-Mark
Kreg Multi-Mark
Kreg Multi-Mark

Kreg Multi-Mark

$14.99
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Johnson Stainless-Steel Combination Square
Johnson Stainless-Steel Combination Square
Johnson Stainless-Steel Combination Square

Johnson Stainless-Steel Combination Square

$11.59
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Kreg Square-Cut™
Kreg Square-Cut™
Kreg Square-Cut™

Kreg Square-Cut™

$11.99
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Discover New Projects

Projects For Your Work Space

One Sheet Workbench

DIY Saw Blade Storage Box

Knock Down Cutting Support Grid

Rolling Tool Cart

Project ideas to Build Your Cutting Skills

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Rustic Bathroom Vanity

Garage Storage Center

Wall Clock With Display Shelf

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