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