The Beauty of Circular Saws When Trying to Build

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Written by Alyssia Walmsley

The DCS575B Flexvolt is made by construction tools manufacturer, DeWalt. DeWalt was established in 1924 for making electrical woodworking machines. Since then, the company is known for making several power tools for professional and personal uses.

  • Type: Brushless Circular Saw
  • Weight: 10.1 pounds
  • Dimensions: 8.2 x 10 x 15.3 inches
  • Power: Cordless Battery
  • Voltage: 60 Volts
  • Bevel Cut Capacity: 57 Degrees
  • Depth Cut Capacity: 2 & ½ inches at 90°
  • Warranty: 3 Year Limited

Build wise, the DeWalt DCS575B Flexvolt is quite solid and sturdy. The saw can take an incredible amount of abuse and is perfectly fit for heavy-handed job sites. It comes with a high-grade circular saw blade build for any cutting purposes. The saw blade is made from aluminum and features an anti-kickback design that prevents the saw from backfiring. Operationally, the saw can handle speeds of up to 7000 RPM without breaking.

The anti-stick rim design reduces friction and gumming up, which results in a smoother refined cut. In addition, the DeWalt DCS575B Flexvolt is also very ergonomic and has a good comfort level even during hours of continuous use. The handle on the saw features a contoured grip which results in a comfortable wrap around the hand. The offset pommel was designed with the hand’s wrist position in mind, meaning your hand is guided into it and you get a natural fit.


The trigger is very easy to use and is made to be pushed in. All of the controls on the saw are easy to understand. The saw has very legible and multilingual markings as well as safety warnings. DeWalt introduces its new Flexvolt technology on the DeWalt DCS575B circular saw. With this ingenious technology, you can use one battery pack to run at two different voltages and battery times.

The tool tells that battery its voltage requirements needed to run. The battery then provides the necessary voltage to the tool in no time. This saves the hassle of having to upgrade your battery every time you buy a new tool. You can use the battery for 60V tools that require a decent amount of power or 20v for tools that need less power but longer battery times. The DeWalt DCS575B Flexvolt comes with a 64V max that provides 60V power.

The battery is completely backward compatible and can be used in older tools. Certain variations of tools need a smaller output of 20V of voltage to run. The DeWalt 64V max battery has no problems providing this kind of voltage. You can get a significant amount of mileage from the battery. At 60V the battery promises to deliver 2Ah of battery time, while at 20V you can get a capacity of 6Ah on a full charge.


This means that the total energy provided by the DeWalt 64V max is an astonishing 108 Watts per hour. There isn’t much weight to the DeWalt DCS575B Flexvolt circular saw. Even with its battery pack, the saw hardly weighs 10.4 pounds. This is highly surprising considering that most corded saws weigh much more than that. The lightweight really aids in handling the saw in critical situations such as sawing rafters or denser woods.

The Flexvolt’s weight makes it ideal for just about any person to use; you don’t even have to have a great deal of strength to handle the saw. The DeWalt DCS575B Flexvolt boasts a great value for money. You can get the saw at a price point that competes with most other midrange wired saws. The saw retails for (around) $180 on its own at most hardware stores.

For about $400 you can get the complete package which includes the DeWalt DCS575B Flexvolt saw, two DeWalt 64V max batteries, a DeWalt fast charger, and an attractive carrying bag. This makes it one of the most affordable saws that you can find in the price range. In terms of power, the DeWalt DCS575B Flexvolt saw does not disappoint. The saw features the power of a corded circular saw in a cordless design.


The saw can be operated at 5800 RPM and can cut through just about any type of wood. You can even use the saw for trickier dense woods such as engineered lumber. The saw run at 15 Amperes at 1600W provided immense levels of power for a cordless saw. In a single battery charge, you can effortlessly make 340 cuts on 2×4 pieces of lumber without any stalling, binding or motor heat buildup.

Making adjustments with the saw is incredibly easy. The DeWalt DCS575B Flexvolt comes with an adjustable bevel that has a total capacity of 57 degrees. There are hand bevel stop markings on the 22 & 1/2 degree and 45-degree angles. You can easily change the bevel angle and lock it into place. There are two kerf indicators on the front of the saw that help you guide the cuts. One of them is meant for bevel cuts while the other is used for flush cuts.

This makes it convenient to make cuts even without a guide track. You also get a very substantial aluminum shoe plate that holds the saw down very well. The shoe has a thickness of roughly 5 inches and has a decent size to it. This ends up giving the saw great balance, making it easy to keep steady during delicate cuts. By stabilizing the saw, it manages to provide an added level of safety by preventing slippage. The shoe also has a rigid rust-free coating on the outside to protect the saw from any damage or rust.


The Skilsaw SPT77WML is a worm drive circular saw made by Skil, a tools manufacturing subsidiary of Chevron. The company has been making saws since 1900 during its initial hand held worm drive design. Ever since then, the company has been making a wide variety of power tools aimed Skilsaw SPT77WML at contracting professionals.

  • Saw Type: Worm Drive Circular Saw
  • Weight: 11.5 pounds
  • Dimensions: 8.2 x 10 x 15.3 inches
  • Power Source: AC Corded
  • Voltage: 120 Volts
  • Bevel Cut Capacity: 53 Degrees
  • Depth Cut Capacity: 2 & 3/8 inches at 90°
  • Warranty: One Year Limited

The Skilsaw SPT77WML is extremely lightweight and easy to handle. In fact, it is the lightest worm drive saw available on the market right now. At just under 11.6 pounds, the saw easily beats its competitors in the same space. This means you don’t have to use a lot of force to handle it, making it usable for just about anyone. The lightweight also means there is less force exerted on the saw blade itself, leading to less wear and tear overall.

Everything from the housing of the motor, the blade cover, the footplate, and the gear housing is made from a die-cast magnesium alloy. The alloy is made to be extremely durable and tensile even when exposed to strenuous conditions. This translates to a well built saw that last for several years even under heavy use.


The Skilsaw even comes with its own lubrication solution to apply on the saw blades, preventing it from jamming. The amount of solution you get is enough for a year’s worth of use, offering great value. A common caveat with lightweight saws is that fact that with the loss of weight you also lose the durability and maneuverability of the product.

However, this is not the case with the Skilsaw SPT77WML. The delicate mechanical and electrical parts of the saw are well protected by the outer magnesium housing. Despite being the fourth lightest metal ever found, magnesium isn’t known to be weak or brittle like other lighter metals. The magnesium alloy has a tensile strength of about 560,000 psi. Making the Skilsaw SPT77WML simultaneously one of the toughest and lightest worm drive saws ever.

In terms of its ergonomics, the Skilsaw isn’t too far behind. The saw features a soft rubberized handle with a ribbed grip for added control. The design of the saw also minimizes vibration during use. This not only means a great level of stability but also helps in reducing user fatigue. You can use the saw for hours without feeling like you’re wrestling to bring it under control. The Skilsaw SPT77WML comes with extra goodies out of the box.

In addition to the saw itself, you get a multi-functional socket wrench and a screwdriver part. The socket wrench is used to undo the duds that fasten the saw. This is incredibly helpful for when you want to change saw blades. Instead of having to dig around in your truck toolbox or going out to buy one, you can just use the one provided to easily replace your saw blades.

Advanced Cutting

The screwdriver bit is included to undo the screws holding the brush. This makes it really easy to clean your brushes after heavy use or even outright replace them if need be. The motor powering the Skilsaw SPT77WML is a strong 15A dual field motor made specifically for the Skilsaw. Not only does the motor offer great power to the saw but also has a self-cooling system built into it.

By using dual copper windings on the motor, the motor is spread throughout a greater area. This results in 40% more surface area than conventional motors, allowing the motor to cool easily. Less heat means less maintenance and fewer breakdowns as well as creating a safer work environment. The dual field motor allows the saw to reach speeds up to 5300 RPM.

The Skilsaw is geared towards heavy cutting uses especially for housing contractors. The robust motor helps in driving a great amount of force into the wood. This results in finer deeper cuts in dense woods. Skilsaw’s combination saw blades allow for a greater versatility of woodworking. Anything from a crosscut to a rip cut can be made easily with the Skilsaw.


Skilsaw comes with a variety of design features to help it maneuver and handle better. On the lower part of the circular saw blade, there is a handy saw guard. This saw guard is adjustable and offers an added layer of safety. When using the saw for close cuts, you can simply lower the guard to prevent it from accidentally slipping off. The lower guard moves down smoothly without snagging on anything.

The Skilsaw also comes with a built-in rafter hook to hang it up high when you’re doing work high up. The Skilsaw Skilsaw SPT77WML also comes with a depth adjuster that can be used to gauge the depth of the cut. Several markings are made on the adjuster to give you an accurate estimate of how much you’re going to need to cut.

Everything from ¾, ½, and ¼ Plywood to 1X material and 2X material of Lumber, the scale offers a great degree of depth. When you’re done selecting the depth of the saw, you can lock it in with the bevel adjust handle lock. The bevel adjuster for Skilsaw includes clear and legible markings for the different angles.

Special indents can found for the 0° and 45° marks, which make it convenient for these commonly used angles.The bevel has a maximum angle range of an impressive 53°, making for a wide range of angular cuts. The cutting capacity of the saw is 2 & 3/8 inches when you make cuts at a 90° angle. The Skilsaw is the perfect companion for anyone looking for a reliable saw that doesn’t cost much.

Rockwell RK

The RK3440K Versacut is designed by infamous power tools manufacturer, Rockwell. The company is known for making new and innovative products for a host of different purposes.

  • Saw Type: Brushless Circular Saw
  • Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Dimensions: 17.1 x 8.7 x 4.7 inches
  • Power Source: Corded Electric
  • Voltage: 120 Volts
  • Bevel Cut Capacity: No Bevel Adjustment
  • Depth Cut Capacity: 1.15 inches at 90°
  • Warranty: 3 Year Limited

The Rockwell RK3440K Versacut is a really small and manageable saw. It is designed to be a compact mini circular saw that doesn’t take much handling to use it. The saw can be picked and used exclusively with just one hand. This makes it handy for those that have difficulty operating heavy tools, especially high school woodworkers and senior citizens. This also works towards easing the burden on the wrist preventing repetitive stress injuries like carpal tunnel or arthritis.

The Rockwell RK3440K Versacut comes in a complete package with all the necessary accessories as well as a few extras. Included in the package is the saw itself, three different blades, an L shaped hex key, a parallel guide, a mark less skid plate, and a spacious carrying bag to house it all. At just a little over $100, this provides an immense level of value for such an attractive price point.


Along with the included parallel guide, you also get a laser guiding system for making precise cuts. The laser emits a straight red line onto the cutting surface making it effortless to plan your cuts. The laser runs off its own power source of watch batteries and doesn’t leech off the saw’s power like an angle grinder would. Additionally, there is a dust extraction system with a hose end included with the saw. This allows you to connect the nozzle to a vacuum to suck all the sawdust away.

Don’t be fooled by the Rockwell RK3440K Versacut’s tiny appearance, the saw is just as powerful as any other circular saw. The 4 amp motors produce a respectable 3500 RPM, offering a great deal power for a smaller saw. The saw comes with three kinds of blades for different purposes. The blades include the 3 & 3/8 inch standard wood blade for cutting wood, a diamond disk for cutting tiles and ceramics, and a metal cutting blade for cutting aluminum piping as well as sheet metal.

The depth adjustment of the saw works great and has a range anywhere from 0 to 1 & 1/16 inches. This offers a fair amount of leeway for any small to medium level of work. Adjusting and locking the depth into place is simple and easy just by moving the adjuster. The depth adjuster also functions as a safety measure preventing you from cutting anything until you release the trigger.

The Rockwell Versacut is great for any amateur hobbyist or DIY’er looking for a cheap manageable saw for around their home that doesn’t fail on many fronts.

About the author

Alyssia Walmsley

Alyssia is a Cornell University graduate of 2003 and a former lead technology development manager for Microsoft and Cisco Networking Systems. Between writing on her blog, Blubbr, she likes adventures and chocolate sprinkles.

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