What Are The Best 5 Compact Circular Saws For Woodwork In 2021?

When you think of using circular saws, one of the first things which come to mind is the heaviness of these models. 

Of course, they’re incredibly powerful, there’s no doubt about that, but their portability is often compromised due to their size, and it can make storage a real hassle – whether it’s transported from worksites or moving around your home garage.

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Luckily, there’s an alternative to these heavy power tools; in a compact and mini circular saw form. These can often be used with one hand, and are so comfortable to use, that the designs are award-winning for many models found in the class.

If you’re worried about power, then you don’t have to be – these smaller designs can pack a punch. We’ve listed the five best compact and mini circular saw designs found in the class today, and there’ll definitely be one for you, regardless of your experience level.

My Recommendations

There are a lot of different compact and mini circular saws on the market, and it can be difficult for even the most seasoned professional to choose what’s best for them.

I’ve made it easier for you by putting together this review of five different mini and compact circular saws – as well as an overview of their features, specifications – and my favorite feature of each.

Let me know what you think of these models by leaving a comment in the section below this article.

Rockwell RK3441K Corded Compact Circular Saw

Considered one of the best circular saws in the compact class, the corded RK3441K model from Rockwell is not only ergonomic for the hobbyist or professional but also is incredibly durable – and most importantly, powerful.

The Rockwell RK3441K can cut through 2x4s in a single pass. It’s assisted by laser-guided technology, which aims to assist your cuts, allowing them to be precise from any angle you’d be cutting from. 

Accuracy is at the heart of this compact circular saw. It is enhanced by the ergonomic and well-balanced design, which allows it to lessen the stress on your body when working, allowing for a smarter working environment.

I’ve put together a list of the best features and specs found on the Rockwell RK3441K, which you can find below:

  • 5 amp electric motor, with 3,500 RPMs
  • Weighs only 5 lbs
  • Depth of cut at 90° is 1-11/16” 
  • Bevel capacity at 45° is 1-1/8”
  • Arbor size is ⅜”
  • Slim, inline grip
  • Left-handed blade design increases blade visibility
  •  4-1/2” blade
  • Lock-off safety switch

What’s Included?

  • 1 x Rockwell 4-1/2″ Compact Circular Saw
  • 1 x 24 Tooth Carbide-Tipped Blade
  • 1 x Parallel Guide
  • 1 x Vacuum Adapter
  • 1 x Hex Key

My Favorite Feature: Slim, Inline Grip

  • The slim grip is up to  50% lighter than other compact circular saws

Working smarter and safely whilst getting the most out of your sessions is becoming more important than the tools themselves in the modern world. But, what happens when you combine the two together? You get a perfect model that works efficiently and as though its’ part of a dream.

The slim, inline grip is an ergonomic design that allows for increased comfort when working and also resists dust and water (as well as sweat) from building up. In addition, the design of the grip itself allows for greater control of the RK3441K. Also, it gives you the ability to make overhead cuts, which can be difficult and tiresome with alternative compact saws.

WORX WORXSAW WX429L Compact Circular Saw

In the WX429L, there are many features packed into this compact circular saw – and the best thing? It’s great value for money.

The left-sided blade design allows you to have a clearer sightline when working, meaning you can see both your circular saw and material during your cuts. However, one important aspect to note of the Worxsaw WX429L is its difficulty when making larger cuts. This isn’t exactly a negative feature of the saw – as it’s maybe not built for the contractor on heavier jobs, but perfect for the weekend handyman.

If this is you, then you’re in luck. The WX429L can make quick and easy depth adjustments, allowing you to get on with the job quicker. In addition, a 0° – 45° bevel cutability provides you with more techniques and ways to cut – without using other tools. 

The elimination of extra tools means you can have less to carry on the job, increasing the convenience of your work.

This isn’t the only thing that’s great about the WX429L, however. I’ve put some of the best features and specs below:

  • No-load speed of 3,500 RPM
  • Weighs 50% less than other circular saws of this size
  • Total blade size of 4.5”
  • Easy-set gaugelevel
  • 0° – 45° gauge level
  • Matches the speed of a full-size circular saw
  • Can cut tile, wood and plastic
  • Left-sided blade design for great cut-line visibility
  • Integrated safety trigger with increased grip

What’s Included?

  • 1 x WX429L compact circular saw 
  • 1 x 24T Carbide-tipped blade
  • 1 x Parallel guide
  • 1 x Vacuum adapter
  • 1 x Allen key

My Favorite Feature: Left-Sided Blade Design

  • The left-sided blade design allows for greater cut-line visibility during projects

Whilst it may not be the best function if you’re a left-hander, the left-sided blade design is a welcome addition to many compact circular saws, and this is no different on the WX429L.

What exactly makes this feature so great? Well, that’s a great question, and it’s mainly down to accuracy and precision.

This feature of the WX429L allows for a clearer view of the blade when cutting, as well as the materials you’re also cutting. This increases the accuracy of your cuts by giving you straighter cuts, without inaccuracies – and that’s exactly what you want in a compact circular saw, isn’t it?

Due to its compact nature, it’s also suited for those who have difficulty with full-sized circular saws – so if you’re in this category, you can’t go wrong with the WX429L in your inventory.

TACKLIFE TCS115A Corded Compact Mini Saw

We’ve discussed value for money and how many compact saws provide this, and this is exactly the case when looking into the TCS115A from Tacklife. At the affordable end of the pricing spectrum, the TCS115A packs a lot of features into its design and many inclusive features that see the TCS115A as the envy of other brands.

As well as the six blades included in the box, the TCS115A is encased in a very durable, lightweight design – that will see it assisting you with cuts for years to come. Added to this is the powerful motor, with a top speed of 3,500 RPM, cutting not only through the wood but also plastics and even tiles without damaging the blades or mini saw itself.

Want to know what else is great about the TCS115A? You can find out below:

  • Total RPM speed of 3,500
  • 5.8 Amp copper motor
  • Includes a unique metal handle that reduces fatigue when using one-hand during cuts
  • Stronger clamping force than alternative mini saws
  • Easy installation and disassembly by rotating the handle
  • Laser guide for a precise cutting line
  • 90° & 45°  bevel cutting
  • Easy-set depth gauge lever
  • Cutting depth up to 1-11/16” at 90
  • Bevel capacity at 45° is 1-⅜” 
  • Left-sided blade design for great cut-line visibility.
  • Motor postposition separates the front and rear for a stable operation
  • Optimized ergonomic slim grip provides reduces fatigue

What’s Included?

  • 1 x Tacklife TCS115A circular saw
  • 6 x  blades
  • 1 x metal handle
  • 1 x parallel guide
  • 1 x elbow dust port
  • 1 x hex key
  • 1 x user manual

My Favorite Feature: Powerful Motor

  • A powerful copper motor can power through the most difficult of cuts – a step above many compact mini saws on the market

No matter your experience when it comes to handling tools, there’s one thing we all know – you won’t get very far when using a tool with a weak motor. If your motor isn’t up to scratch, you may also be using a regular, non-motorized saw.

The TCS115A is built with a 5.8 amp copper motor that can attain a maximum speed of 3500 RPM. This speed setting is perfect for most applications, such as cutting through types of woods, plastics, and softer metals and tiles – applications that other models would struggle with. 

When paired with the price and other inclusive features – it’s not hard to see why it’s amongst the top of its class.

TECCPO TAMS25P Compact Circular Saw

The Teccpo TAMS25P is slightly heavier than many of the compact saws on our list today – yet that isn’t to say it’s more difficult than the others to control. The TAMS25P is built with a heavy-gauge iron base, fitted with an aluminum upper cover, so you know it’s a very durable compact saw.

One of the most impressive features of the TAMS25P is the motor this iron base protects, which can achieve a maximum no-load speed of 3,500. Teccpon achieves this thanks to the copper-clad aluminum motor, which not only powers through materials, but also extends the longevity of the tool itself.

There’s a lot to like about this one-handed compact circular saw from Teccpo, and I’ve outlined some of the great features in the list below;

  • Total weight of 5.07 lbs
  • The no-load motor speed of 3,500 RPMs
  • Copper motor design
  • Make cuts up to 1-11/16” at 90° and 1-⅛” at 45°
  • Bevel cutting angles between 0° and 45°
  • 7” scale ruler for straighter cuts
  • Heavy gauge iron base with an aluminum upper cover 
  • Grip with an integrated safety trigger to reduce accidents such as accidental starting
  • Inclusive 15.75” vacuum adapter

What’s Included?

  • 1 x TACKLIFE TCS115A Corded Compact Mini Saw
  • 1 x 24T Carbide-tipped blade
  • 1 x Parallel guide
  • 1 x Vacuum adapter
  • 1 x Allen key

My Favorite Feature: Scale Ruler 

  • Scale ruler provides straight and precise cuts when making cuts

As models of saws become more compact and powerful, companies are also including new and innovative ways to increase user accuracy; as many of us are looking for the perfect blend of power, comfort, and accuracy in one design.

Whilst some models lean on lasers to assist with precision; the TeccpoTAMS25P gives its accuracy assistance in the form of the 7” scale ruler. The 7” scale ruler will give you an optimal straight line when cutting, meaning your cuts can be more precise than they’ve ever been before – without the need of additional laser guides.

This feature works best with both the inclusive parallel guide and the 15.75” vacuum adapter, which can clear dust from your working space. But, of course, less dust means clearer sight – plus it’s also great to not breathe in all the time, is it?

GALAX PRO 97630 Corded Circular Compact Saw

Rounding off our list of reviewed compact models today, we have the Galax Pro 97630. As many of the mini-compact saws we’ve had a closer look into, the Galax Pro 97630 is a very powerful design, with a 5.8 amp motor and a total RPM max speed of 3,500.

If you’re not familiar with Galax Pro and its tools, you should be with its 97630 model – which allows for cuts to be made through PVC piping, plywood, and other materials – all in a single cut. In addition, the entire design is ergonomic – perfect for any experience level, whether you’re a professional or fancy yourself around the house on a Sunday afternoon.

The one-handed design reduces fatigue when in use, with an optimized non-slip grip, which is perfect for any conditions – especially under sweaty hands. 

If you’re not impressed with the Galax Pro from this – there’s more to love, and we’ve listed some features and specifications below. Let us know what you think of this model from Galax Pro by leaving a comment in the section below this article:

  • No-load speed of 3,400 RPM provides faster and multi-purpose cuts
  • Maximum depth of cut at 90°is 1-11/16” 
  • Maximum bevel capacity at 45 °is 1-1/8”
  • Cut selections include miter, bevel, framing and edge cuts
  • Angle guides included
  • Laser guide increases the precision with cuts
  • Double protection switch locks tool from accidentally opening
  • Soft rubberized handle improves control
  • Vacuum adaptor to reduce sawdust and debris from your line of cut

What’s Included?

  • 1 x GALAX PRO 97630 cordless circular saw
  • 1 x 1.3Ah Li-ion battery
  • 1 x 24T TCT saw blade
  • 1 x 60T HSS saw blade
  • 1 x Fast charger
  • 1 x Rip guide
  • 1 x Vacuum adaptor
  • 1 x Hex key

My Favorite Feature: Laser Guide

  • Laser guide feature projects a beam which increases accuracy through a straight line of sight

The Galax Pro increases the accuracy of your work by two inclusive features, the rip guide and also the laser guide. Combined, both guides will enhance the level of your cutting game, making these more accurate and precise – so there’ll be no more waves in your designs.

The laser guide works by projecting a beam across your material, which is incredibly accurate. This works best in dim environments where light is hard to penetrate, perfect for a home workshop or garage. With the laser beam, you also have the addition of using the rip guide to enhance the accuracy of your cut – so they really are a match made in heaven.

Do you think laser guides have a place in modern-day tools? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

The Final Verdict

Now that we’ve reached the end of the article – which model is the best of the five reviewed today?

Of course, it’s all down to preference, as well as your budget – but it’s very hard to go past the Rockwell RK3441K corded compact circular saw. A powerful motor with an ergonomically friendly design that reduces your body’s stress when in use, it’s not hard to see why this is our favorite of the designs reviewed.

Our choice may differ from yours, however. Is there anything you think we missed? Or a feature you really love?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

James Thomas

James Thomas

Tool Enthusiast

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