best mini circular saws

What Is the Best Mini Circular Saw for Your Needs?

In this article we will provide you with the right information to be able to pick the best mini circular saw for your needs. There are quite a few of these on the UK market right now, so hopefully we can help to narrow down those choices, and find out which is the best one for the tasks that you need it for.

There are a few different types of saw in the market, but without doubt the humble circular saw is probably the most used, because it can be used for a whole range of sawing tasks.

Home owners can make great use of these, as can those working in the trade. You might need a slightly different model depending on what you primarily want to use it for, and hopefully we can help you decide.

Before you do, it is worth knowing just the basic facts about mini circular saws. The main purpose of any compact saw is to be able to do basic rip cuts, cross cuts and/or plunge cuts.

COMPACT CIRCULAR SAW BASIC FACTS

You can buy these as either corded or cordless (cordless are more expensive)

You can buy these as either straight cut only or as being able to do straight and bevel cuts. (To do both types of cut is a slightly more expensive option)

These two decisions will directly impact the price you pay.

List of Top 10 Mini Compact Circular Saws

Just below you will find a top 10 list. This list is based on actual online buyer ratings. We looked at many online websites, took the average buyer rating, and then summarised those ratings.

Underneath the list you will find a concise review on each of the saws on our list.

Please note that the Makita HS301DWAE Cordless is actually the highest rated, but is also an expensive option, and most buyers opt for a corded version.

Circular Saws vs Mini Compact Circular Saws

The main difference in regular standard circular saws and the mini compact versions is of course their size and weight. Normal circular saws can be heavy, bulky and cumbersome to use. Compact versions are lighter and easier to use but they do have some important restrictions.

A key difference which you should seriously consider is the blade size and more importantly the cutting depth.

Please note that normal sized circular saws use blade sizes such as:

Blade Size Diameter

90 Degree Cutting Depth

160/170 mm

55 mm

185 mm

60 mm

190 mm

65 mm

230 mm

85 mm

You will note here that the blade sizes are much bigger than those you will find on a mini circular saw. You will also note that the cutting depths are also much larger, than those for compact circular saws.

We have completed a top 10 list of the standard circular saws which you can read by clicking here.

Mini Circular Saw Blade Sizes & Cutting Depth

We have included just below the blade sizes and maximum cutting depths for these smaller and lighter mini compact saws. The depth quoted is if used as a straight 90 degree cut.

Some mini saws also allow a bevel cut, and if that is the case, then the depth of cut will be smaller as you are cutting at an angle.

Blade Size

Cutting Depth

65 mm

16 mm

85 mm

27 mm

89 mm

28.5 mm

115 mm

42.8 mm

120 mm

45 mm

1.- WORX WX423 85mm 400W Compact Circular Saw Worxsaw Review

86%
Buyer Satisfaction

The Worx WX423 came out as the number one choice on our list. Many of these have very similar online buyer ratings, but this one was the highest, and was also the saw that sold the most.

It is also one of the most affordable and that again would explain why it is a very popular choice for many UK buyers.

It is a 400 watt saw with a blade diameter of 85 mm and a cutting depth of 27 mm. It can be used to cut through wood, metal, tile, plasterboard, and brick.

It can only be used for straight cuts, so no bevel cuts with this basic model. The cutting depth can be adjusted.

It comes with a hex key, a parallel guide and one 24 TCT blade. There is a spindle lock that helps make changing the blade a great deal easier.

It does come with a 2 year warranty, which can be extended to 3 years if you register the product online when you buy it.

It weighs 1.9 kg and measures 43.8 x 13.8 x 13.2 cm.

BUYER PROS

  • Can cut laminate flooring
  • Can cut up to 18th plywood
  • Lightweight and really handy for a whole range of basic cutting jobs
  • Perfect for cutting up pieces of thinner wood
  • Works great for MDF and chip board up to around 12 mm in depth

BUYER CONS

  • No good for a lot of heavy work
  • Not great at cutting thicker woods
  • Can wander easily

This model sells really well and we would class this as a basic compact circular saw, that will be able to do most sawing jobs around the home.

It is not a work horse and it is not suitable for thicker wood or for regular daily use. It will be OK for laying laminate floors and for basic projects around the home like cutting 2 x 2s etc.

The 27 mm depth of cut is a bit limiting, but for thinner MDF, 2x1 batons, plasterboard and floorboards, it works well.

It is compact and light and can be used with one hand while supporting the work piece with the other hand. We think this is a good choice for those jobs where you don't want to bother pulling out a larger power tool.

2.- Bosch PKS 16 Multi Handheld Mini Circular Saw Review

86%
Buyer Satisfaction

At number 2 on our list is the popular Bosch brand. This is a pretty versatile saw and as such a good all rounder to own. There are three saw blades for tiles, wood and multi material.

This saw is easy to operate and control, even with one hand, and buyers said it was also very comfortable to use. The saw blade can be lowered and that is great for safely carrying out plunge cuts.

It is a 400 watt saw with a blade diameter of 65 mm and a cutting depth of 16 mm. That is a small cutting depth so please be aware of that if you are considering making this purchase. The depth can be easily adjusted from 1-16 mm.

It can only be used for straight cuts.

It comes with 3 saw blades, wood, tiles and multi-use. You also get an Allen key, a carrying case and there is a dust extraction adaptor. There is a spindle lock that helps make changing the blade a great deal easier.

It does come with a 2 year warranty, which can be extended to 3 years if you register the product online when you buy it.

It weighs 1.9 kg and measures 38.6 x 28.2 x 10.2 cm.

BUYER PROS

  • Can cut laminate flooring and is also useful for trimming around laminate flooring
  • A powerful saw that is extremely easy to set up and use
  • Great for fast accurate plunge cuts
  • The diamond blade for tiles works like a treat
  • You can attach this to a hoover which helps a lot with the dust

BUYER CONS

  • The 16 mm depth is restrictive so can't cut floorboards for example
  • Can't cut that close up to a wall because of the blade position

You are not going to go far wrong if you buy a product from this brand. The one thing that you should pay attention to id the cutting depth on this compact saw.

It is only 16 mm (0.63") and that is not that deep.

It is powerful and you do get 3 blades with this and that does represent good value for money.

This saw is a good choice ideal for cutting work pieces to length or for jobs like trimming laminate or tiles. With the important plunge cut function, it can also cut recesses for plug sockets or cable ducts.

This plunge cut feature is activated by touching down the saw and then lowering the saw blade to cut out the desired area or to saw grooves.

3.- Makita Circular Saw 85mm Review

86%
Buyer Satisfaction

The Makita brand stands for very high quality but usually comes with a hefty price tag. They are a competitor of Dewalt so no doubting the quality of their products, if you can afford to buy them.

This model is a cordless option that uses 10.8 Volt Lithium Ion batteries. Please note that this is a bare tool so no battery is supplied. You will have to buy a battery and charger and that increases the costs considerably.

The only advantage is if you already own a Makita compatible battery, or plan on buying other Makita tools that use a similar battery.

  • It can do both straight cuts and also up to 45 degree bevel cuts
  • The cutting capacity at 0 degrees is 25.5 mm
  • Cutting capacity at 45 degrees 16.5 mm
  • Bevel capacity 0 to 45 degrees
  • Blade diameter 85 mm
  • Bore size 15 mm

It is very good at cutting plywood, MDF, particleboard, melamine, drywall and more.

It weighs 1.82 kg and measures 33.3 x 19.1 x 18.5 cm.

BUYER PROS

  • Lightweight and very powerful
  • The cordless means you never have to worry about trailing leads and you can use it anywhere and at any time
  • Great for both straight and bevel cutting

BUYER CONS

  • A few buyers said it lacked a bit of power, but they had been using 18 Volt cordless tools

This saw is not going to be the first choice for that many people as it is supplied as a bare tool and that means no battery is supplied.

When you add on the cost of a battery and also a charger, this becomes a very expensive buy.

The quality is very good but that does come at a price.

Some buyers, especially those in the trade are moving from Dewalt to Makita. In most cases they will have bought the battery and charger. If that is the case then this Makita model will work well for them. Just be aware though that this is a 10.8 Volt model and there are more powerful options available.

4.- WORX WX427 XL 710W WORXSAW Compact Circular Saw Review

85%
Buyer Satisfaction

As you can see the Worx brand pretty much dominates this list with a variety of model numbers. This one is the WX427 XL model and like many on the list is a versatile saw that can be used for a range of sawing and cutting jobs.

This model is also a high seller despite the higher price point. The main reason for the higher price is that is can cut bevels as well as the normal straight cut.

  • At 90 degrees the cutting depth is up to 46 mm
  • At 45 degrees the cutting depth is up to 30 mm

It weighs 4.8 kg and measures 51 x 30.4 x 14.6 cm.

It can be used for cutting wood, plasterboard, metals and brick as it comes with three blades designed for these different materials.

It is also very good at plunge cuts which are used for putting in electric sockets, light switches and for cutting out sections of flooring. There is a depth guide and it also comes with a laser guide to enable accurate, straight cuts.

BUYER PROS

  • A great saw that is light in weight, quiet and most of all very accurate
  • Great for cutting decking boards which is why many buyers opt for this model
  • Ideal for working on smaller jobs without having to set up the bigger circular saw
  • The laser is really handy and makes a big difference to those who need accurate cuts

BUYER CONS

  • The safety button is badly positioned on the side
  • Powerful enough but better at thin cuts and not so hot at thicker ones

This model is a step up from the first one on our list the WX423 model. That one is a basic straight cut saw, whereas this one can do both straight and bevel cuts, and also has a deeper cutting depth.

That along with the laser guide and few other smaller features makes this a better choice for someone planning on regularly using this type of mini circular saw.

If you are going through my list and still not sure which to buy, then we would recommend this one. It is big enough to do a whole range of jobs, and having the bevel function is always handy.

The laser is great for marking out the cut line and the three discs will allow you to get through just about anything. The cutting depth is also generous and again suitable for most plunge cuts.

5.- WORX WX429 400W 120mm Worxsaw XL Compact Circular Saw Review

85%
Buyer Satisfaction

As you can see the WORX models just keep on coming up. So far we have looked at the 423 and the 427 models and now we look at the WX429 model.

This one can do both straight and bevel cuts.

This saw will cut tiles, stone, brick, wood, metal and plasterboard as it comes with three blades. These are a diamond tipped blade (for tiles, ceramics and brickwork), 1 x TCT wood cutting blade and 1 x HCS general purpose blade (ideal for plastic and metal).

You can also do plunge cuts. 

  • Blade size: 120 mm
  • Max. cutting depth: 90° 46 mm / 45° 30 mm
  • Bevel capacity: 45 degrees

It weighs 2.0 kg and measures 45 x 30.2 x 14.4 cm.

It can be used one handed, has a spindle lock for easy blade changing, a parallel attachment, an adjustable guide rail and a dust extraction port.

BUYER PROS

  • Buyers stated that they were changing many of their tools out to the WORX brand because of their quality
  • Light in weight, yet packs a lot of power
  • The cutting depth is very good and buyers liked the fact that you could also cut bevels when required
  • Some buyers said that has made a lot of awkward woodworking jobs a pleasure to do.

BUYER CONS

  • A few buyers said it wandered
  • A few buyers said it was not great at cutting straight lines

This model does sell really well and this is a good choice for the home owner who enjoys doing DIY.

It appears to tick many of the boxes and it is a great deal easier to use this one rather than pull out the big circular saw for every small job around the home.

As you get all 3 blade types it means you can just about take on any material.

This is a very useful and versatile 4-1/2” WORXSAW that lets you make quick and easy depth adjustments up to 2” for easy cuts. It also has some really nice additional features.

6.- WORX WX426 WORXSAW 85mm 400W Plunge Cut Compact Circular Saw Review

84%
Buyer Satisfaction

Hey guess what - another WORX model. This is WX 426 version so let's have a closer look at this one.

It is a 400 watt saw with a blade diameter of 85 mm and a cutting depth of 27 mm. It can be used to cut through wood, metal, tile, plasterboard, and brick.

It can only be used for straight cuts, so no bevel cuts with this model. The cutting depth can be adjusted.

This particular model does have a laser guide, the depth can be adjusted and it also has a dust extraction port.

It weighs 3.6 kg and measures 41 x 12.5 x 25.1 cm.

BUYER PROS

  • Great for doing straight cuts in boards
  • The plunge cut is very useful and very easy to use
  • The laser is also very useful according to many buyers
  • Buyers liked that it came with 3 blades so as they could use those right away

BUYER CONS

  • Some buyers said the laser used up batteries too quickly
  • Some said it was too basic for their needs

This model does not sell in huge amounts and is really only suitable for home owners who want a compact saw that will do good straight cuts.

You do get 3 blades but even with that this model is still pretty expensive when compared to other WORX models on this list.

The laser is a useful feature but not that necessary as you can just draw a line and follow that.

It is not a huge seller though some buyers prefer this one if it is just for straight line cuts. That is because with less features it is easier to use, and the laser is a feature that they like to have.

7.- Einhell TC-CS 860/2 Kit Mini Circular Saw with Robust Blades and Tool Bag Review

82%
Buyer Satisfaction

This is a good quality German brand and many UK buyers recognise this brand for making good quality power tools. They don't do a lot of compact circular saws and this one is their best seller in that range.

As well as being high quality Einhell always offer really good value for money. With this saw you get 6 blades and a tool bag to hold everything.

This is a very good all-rounder for precise cuts in almost any kind of material. It can also do high-precision plunge cuts and has an adjustable cutting depth.

The maximum cutting depth is 23 mm

It also has an integrated laser that helps a lot for accurate straight cuts. The tool is fitted with an overload cut-out.

It comes with a parallel guide. You also get

  • 2 diamond cutting wheels for tiles
  • 2 HM blades with 20 teeth for wood-based materials and plastic
  • 2 HSS blades with 80 teeth for solid wood

It weighs 1.96 kg and measures 39 x 17 x 28 cm.

BUYER PROS

  • Great sawing power even on the harder woods like marine plywood
  • Buyers said when you look at all the various pieces it is really good value for money
  • Works great on plunge cuts and very effective
  • Depth gauge is very easy to use

BUYER CONS

  • A few buyers said it conked out after short periods
  • A couple of buyers thought it was too expensive

If you have never used any Einhell tools before then we think that you should take a closer look at them.

A few of the guys on the website have done that and they have been well impressed by just how good they are.

This is a good choice for doing the basics that a compact saw should do.

This is a nice piece of kit and the tool bag is also nice to have as well. It is also hard to argue with getting 6 blades suitable for sawing and cutting almost any material that you need to get through.

8.- WOLF 600w 89mm Precision Plunge Mini Circular Saw and Mitre Base Guide Track Review

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Buyer Satisfaction

This one is certainly different and includes what we think are some very useful options. Now not every buyer will need these extras but there are some who may find them very useful.

As well as the compact saw you also get 3 x 89 mm blades, 1 x parallel guide and 1 x mitre base along with a dust extractor adaptor.

Some of the key features are the accurate and adjustable depth stop control which allows plunge cutting up to 28.5 mm deep.

There is also a battery operated laser guide

It has a spindle locking button that makes blade changing considerably easier.

It also has a parallel cutting guide enabling easy and accurate cutting every time.
What is different about this one compared to the others is that it also comes with a mitre cutting frame enabling accurate mitres to be cut each and every time.

The 3 blades are:

  • One 89 mm HSS saw blade for soft metals and plastics
  • One 89 mm 24 tooth TCT Blade for wood
  • One 89 mm diamond tipped blade for cutting masonry and ceramics.

That makes it suitable for cutting laminate flooring, making picture frames, fitting electrical boxes into walls, sawing plywood, block board or MDF, cutting plastic or copper pipes, thin soft metals, ceramic tiles, bricks, blocks and even scoring paving slabs,

It weighs 5 kg and measures 47.4 x 35.8 x 12 cm.

This model comes with a 2-year warranty.

BUYER PROS

  • A tough compact saw that can do a wide range of jobs but does take a little practise to get used to
  • Great for making precise and accurate cuts once you learn how to make full use of it

BUYER CONS

  • Some buyers say that the body is to thick for their hands and that makes it hard to hold

This is the classic "Marmite" model in that you will either love it or hate it.

It is clear from buyers that it takes a bit of getting used to and is not suitable for anyone with small hands.

If you can master this one then it becomes an invaluable tool to have in your tool box.

It is a hard one to master but if you can, then according to buyers you will fall in love with this Wolf compact saw.

9.- Makita HS301DWAE 10.8 V Li-ion CXT Circular Saw 85 mm with 2 x 2.0 Ah Li-ion Batteries and Charger Review

98%
Buyer Satisfaction

If you can afford this one then please just buy it. In our opinion there is not a better one on the UK market and it ticks just about every box that you will ever need.

This is a cordless option and you can tell from the extremely high buyer rating that buyers love this compact saw. This is a high powered saw that uses long lasting Lithium-Ion batteries.

It comes with 2 batteries, a charger, a blade and along with the compact saw that is all you will ever need to get started. Two batteries are always a great idea as you can use one and have the other on charge.

It can do both straight and bevel cuts and the depth of cut is adjustable to 25.5 mm on a straight cut and 16.5 mm on a 45 degree bevel.

That makes it suitable for cutting MDF, plywood, drywall, plasterboard and much more.

It weighs 1.8 kg and measures 31.3 x 17 x 15.5 cm.

This model comes with a 3 year warranty but you MUST register the product online.

BUYER PROS

  • Buyers say that this saw is powerful for its compact size and love the fact that there no trailing leads to worry about
  • Buyers said it is light, easy to control and a great choice for cutting all types of wood
  • Great for all types of lighter work like laminates, floorboards and sheeting

BUYER CONS

  • This is not your full blown circular saw buy it comes pretty close
  • Doesn't come with a guide rail

Almost every buyer says this goes through 18 mm plywood with considerable ease. 

Likewise almost every buyer was impressed with how light and easy this saw was to use, while still retaining more than enough power to get the job done.

This is a great choice for cutting skirting board or floorboards if you don't own a circular saw. 

There is not a lot we can add to this really. The buyer satisfaction rating should tell you all that you need to know.

10.- Powerplus 600 Watt Circular Mini Plunge Saw with 3 Blades, Laser Guide + Mitre Base Review

78%
Buyer Satisfaction

And finally at number 10 on our list is this model from Powerplus. This one has a pretty powerful 650 watt motor and comes with a parallel guide and a carrying case.

It also comes with a single blade suitable only for cutting through wood.

It can be used for straight cuts, and also for bevel cuts.

  • Blade size 89 mm
  • 42.8 mm cutting depth at 90 degrees
  • 28 mm cutting depth at 45 degrees

It does come with a 3 year warranty.

It weighs 3.9 kg and measures 43.8 x 53.6 x 23.4 x 14.2 cm.

This model is pretty new to the market and as such there are not a lot of reviews for us to go on.

We will of course update this section of our review, if and when those become available.

The brand is well known and they do offer and stand over their warranties.

Mini Compact Circular Saw Buying Guide

We always like to include a buyer's guide in any of our main reviews such as this one. In this guide we like to offer some pointers to make sure that you get the right tool for your needs.

Corded or Cordless

This is probably the first choice to make. Almost every power tool is quickly moving to cordless. With the improved Lithium Ion batteries these are now a great choice.

You don't have to worry about trailing leads, having to use extension leads or having to be close to a power supply.

The disadvantage of cordless is that for it to be practical you really do need two batteries and a charger, and that pushes the cost up.

Straight Cuts or Bevelled Cuts

The next question to answer is will you ever need your compact circular saw to cut bevels or angles in wood. If that is yes then be sure to buy one that has this feature.

Bevels are always done by the foot plate moving with a set of stops and angles. If that is important make sure that it can do bevel cuts.

Cutting Depth

This is the most vital thing to understand. It should probably be right at the top of your list when you are thinking about buying one of these mini circular saws.

When you have read as many reviews as we have, the one thing that comes up over and over again is that buyers forgot to consider this. Make sure that you do and that you get one wide enough for both straight cuts, and/or for bevels if you plan on making those types of cut.

Ease of Use

Buyers don't often consider this when buying a tool like this and we think that they should. A standard circular saw needs both hands to guide it, where as many of these smaller ones are much lighter and can be used one handed.

They are also suitable for left or right handed people. Some of the bigger versions of these mini saws though can also be quite heavy. Just be aware of that as that can catch you out.