Evolution RAGE1-B Circular Saw UK Review

This is our detailed review of the Evolution RAGE1-B circular saw.  This is a popular choice for many UK buyers so please read on to find out why that is the case.

The RAGE1-B circular saw is a good all rounder, or multi-purpose circular saw that buyers clearly like once they have bought and used it. It has an RRP of £69.99 but almost always you can get a discounted offer online. That of course makes it affordable. In terms of quality, thousands of online UK buyers have rated this saw with a 92% buyer satisfaction rating.

So when you combine the affordable price, with the excellent buyer rating then clearly Evolution have a winning combination. The saw is bought by many tradesmen and is also popular with many UK home owners, who like to do their own projects or as it is better known DIY.

RAGE vs FURY Explanation

Evolution do two main lines of saw products. These are the Evolution RAGE and the Evolution FURY. I am often asked what is the difference between the two. As a general guideline the FURY range is primarily aimed at the DIY or home market, whereas the RAGE is aimed at tradesmen.

THE EVOLUTION BRAND

Evolution is a popular brand with the motto that they make power tools for professionals. They are an English company based in Sheffield and the company was founded in 1992.

They aim their products at tradesmen such as builders, metal workers, carpenters, joiners, plumbers, electricians, gardeners, roofers and even stone masons. Many UK consumers also make this their number one brand choice as they do great tools at really good prices.

Short Summary Review of the Evolution RAGE1-B

For those of you who want to see at a glance what this product is all about, I have put together a short summary review of the main elements to know about this saw.

Review of: Evolution RAGE1B Circular Saw

Purpose: For fast cutting through wood, plastic and metal

Value

92%

Reliability

94%

Features

90%

Support

95%

  • This is a reliable and affordable circular saw from a very good brand that offers very good customer service. The saw is a 185 mm blade size (7.3") and ideal for multi-purpose use.
  • It comes with one TCT blade which can be used to cut wood, plastic and thinner metals.

PROS

  • 79% of buyers gave this a full 5 star rating
  • 3 year's warranty
  • Comes with a TCT blade so good to go as soon as you get it, and that one blade cuts wood, plastic and metal
  • Cuts quickly and easily
  • Lightweight when compared to other brands

CONS

  • 4% of all buyers gave this a bad rating
  • Side guards are large so not ideal for cutting up close to skirting boards

Who Should Consider Buying This Saw?

If like me you are in the market for a good quality but affordable circular saw, this RAGE1-B from the Evolution brand is well worth a closer look. If you visit most DIY stores in the UK, you will see these on display, and they have become a very popular brand for various types of electric saws.

Personally I think they get the balance right between good quality (which to me means a reliable product) and also the price point. They are not the cheapest on the UK market, but they are certainly not the most expensive. I own a few Evolution tools and I really like using them and I know that there is really good support from their customer service teams, if you ever need that.

I worked as a builder for many years and mainly I used Dewalt tools, but for saws and stands I would now prefer Evolution. They are a lot cheaper and the quality is excellent. So if you are a guy looking for a great multi-purpose saw, then this one fits that bill.

If you don't want to spend over £50 then a cheaper circular saw like the Silverline 845135 is a better option. That one is around £35 but the buyer rating is also a lot lower at 68% satisfaction. It is still OK though for basic wood and plastic straight cutting.

MAIN PRODUCT REVIEW

Rather than write a lot of words about this saw I have included a short video below, that shows you a really good overview of the RAGE1-B model, along with the key features.

Short Video Review of the Evolution RAGE1-B Saw

Here is a good overview of this saw from Screwfix which I found really useful.

Important Features & Benefits

Size and Weight

It measures 36 x 28 x 28 cm and weighs 5.4 Kg and it is a corded product. 

The Blade

This saw has a maximum cutting depth of 60 mm through wood. It comes with a 185 mm RAGE multipurpose TCT blade (20 teeth) with a 185 mm blade diameter and 20 mm bore diameter. The blade can cut wood, plastic, aluminium and even light steel (nails)

If you need to cut concrete or something like a granite worktop, then you will need to buy the Evolution diamond blade to be able to do that.

You can use other blades with this as long as they are 185 mm and a 20 mm bore. You can of course buy rings to size the bore which work really well.

Bevels & Tilts

This saw does have a 0-45 degrees bevel tilt function. That will allow you cut a bevel along something like a skirting board. Most likely though the wood will need to be clamped or held, as you will need both hands on the saw.

Adjustable Cutting Depth

For the plumbers or electricians among you, the good news is that you can adjust the cutting depth. That's ideal for cuts through floorboards etc.

Our Verdict on the Evolution RAGE1-B Saw

92%
Buyer Satisfaction

As you can see the buyer satisfaction rating is very high at 92% and there are not a lot of complaints about this circular saw.

If you have never used an Evolution product before, then I think you will be pleasantly surprised if you do.

If you are in the market for a small compact good quality saw, then this one tops my list every single time. It has all the important features for most jobs and all powered by a strong and powerful motor.

If you are doing some sort of project like making a wooden gate, building a fence, putting down decking or wooden floors, then owning a circular saw will save you hours of work and also makes those jobs a lot less frustrating.

This model can handle all those with some considerable ease.

If however this is not the one for you, then check out either of these two articles that I have completed:

Best Circular Saws and Best Mini Circular Saws

This Evolution RAGE1-B is a great multi-purpose option and for most people will be a great tool to own.

The Saw Guy