Can anyone recommend a cordless circ saw? It needs to cut at least
planed 2" timber, so 45mm at least, and cost a lot less than the Bosch
etc offerings at a few hundred. Erbauer do a 15cm blade one at about
£110 (screwfix), was just wondering if there was anything else you'd
recommend more? It probably wont get a great amount of use, so similar
performance to a mains cheapie is probably ok in this case. I'm doing
less diy these days.
Thats the one I was looking at, just barely big enough. 44 foot of cut
on a chanrge should do the trick, so I might go for that. Thanks.
Would be nice to have something better specified re depth & power, but
I'm not going to spend a few ton to do it.
I have the B&Q Power Pro OEM version which was based on the previous
Ryobi 18V cordless circular saw. It's pretty good and can cut three or
four 2400mm cuts in 18mm WBP before it needs a charge/battery
replacement. I have used it to cut 50mm+ rough sawn, the trick being to
cut about halfway through on one side then turn over and cut through on
the other side. use the rip fence for accuracy and you get an extremely
I wondered about getting a much larger circular saw, mains powered. What
put me off was having to deal with a cord while cutting and I don't do
enough jobs to make it worthwhile.
What I do appreciate with the PP circular saw is that it cuts extremely
well and doesn't tend to wander off the cut. It's very easy to cut an
exact straight line while hand-holding the saw.
Sadly B&Q seem to have dropped the range, they cost about 1/2 to 1/3rd
of the price of the Ryobi version and it was difficult to tell the
difference between the two (other than the case colour and logo). The
Ryobi "One" system seems to offer a better range of tools and the prices
If you do see one of the B&Q Power toolsets on sale (Circular Saw,
Reciprocating Saw, Drill, Torch all using the same 18V battery) I'd grab
it. The only beef I have is with the quality of the batteries. After
several years I think mine are ready to be re-celled since they don't
hold a charge as long as they used to.
I have a mix of batteries, three slow charge which were supplied with
the set of tools and three rapid charge (one hour) supplied with the
jigsaw that I bought separately, the batteries are almost identical
except that the rapid charge ones use a thermal sensor to stop charging
when they get too hot. The slow charge ones don't have the sensor hence
cannot be used in the rapid charger. I'd love to get hold of three
sensors but I've not been able to source them. I think it may be a troll
around RS or Maplin to see if I can identify the component.
As you say, no-name tagged cells and I suspect that I could source
better from the "pound shop".
On the positive side the battery boxes are well made and easy to open by
removing a handful of screws.
On Feb 7, 7:54 pm, % firstname.lastname@example.org (Steve Firth) wrote:
If the saw disc isn't sharp it'll zap the batteries too as it works a
The only issue I have with mine is the base plate is only secured one
end so if you press too hard the cut goes of vertical.
I bought an SIP badged jobby with 2 x 18v 2 ah batteries last year. You can
have it if you collect. Useless except on thin ply etc.
Even with 2 batteries it struggles, charger won't charge them as fast as you
use them up.
Went back to a mains 165mm Makita, very small & light, 54mm depth of cut
I expect to get a good one you would have tp spend around £400.
Dave - The Medway Handyman
I have a PPro one I think, and I bought it to rough cut a kitchen
worktop so it would fit in the car. I'd say it'd do maybe two or
three cuts through something so thick before losing power but use it
on lighter things and it lasts longer. They're no where near as
powerful as mains one but I find mains ones to be a bit scary :-)
Mine has a fine-ish toothed disc so it makes fairly neat cuts and I'd
say it's one of the best tool buys I've ever made. It seems like a
well made B&Q product rather than some of their poor quality stuff.
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