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Pros Powerful, great blade changing system, positive bevel stopsPowerful motor, long-lasting battery, good shoe designGreat adjustment and setting features, decent battery life, cutting lightSuper long-lasting battery, easy to adjust shoe, powerful motorDecent cutting power, straightforward blade changing, simplistic design
Cons Limited battery life, heavy, expensiveHeavy, expensive, so-so bevel designInconsistent cutting performance, slightly underpowered motor, heavyNo positive stops, imprecise sightlines, so-so blade removalDifficult to adjust bevel, so-so battery life, unclear setting marks
Bottom Line A professional level 7 1/4" saw with slick adjustments but a little short in the battery departmentThis 7 1/4" saw boasts professional level power and accuracy in a cordless formatThis fully-loaded saw makes cut adjustments a breeze, but the motor power leaves something to be desiredIf you need to make lots of cuts on a single charge, then the Kobalt is the ticketThis mediocre mid-sized circular saw is at best uninspiring
Rating Categories DeWalt 20V MAX... Milwaukee M18... Ridgid R8653B Kobalt KCS 6524B-03 Bosch CCS180
Ease Of Use (50%)
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Cutting (30%)
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Battery (20%)
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Specs DeWalt 20V MAX... Milwaukee M18... Ridgid R8653B Kobalt KCS 6524B-03 Bosch CCS180
Blade Side Right Right Right Right Left
Blade Size (inches) 7.25 in 7.25 in 7.25 in 6.5 in 6.5 in
Brushless Motor? Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Blade Brake? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bevel Positive Stops? Yes No Yes No No
Linear Feet of 3/4" Plywood Cut per Charge 242 ft 298 ft 304 ft 360 ft 228 ft
Measured Weight w/o Battery 8.2 lbs 7.7 lbs 8.4 lbs 6.6 lbs 6.9 lbs
Measured Max Depth of Cut w/ Framing Blade (inches) 2.3 in 2.3 in 2.2 in 2.2 in 1.8 in
6x12" Cross Cutting Time 6.4 sec 4.2 sec 6.3 sec 4 sec 5.8 sec
Rafter Hook? Yes Yes No No No
Battery Used in Testing (Amp-hours) 5 Ah 5 Ah 5 Ah 4 Ah 4 Ah
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