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Bosch CCS180 Review

This middle of the road 6 1/2" saw can best be described as meh
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Bosch CCS180 Review
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Price:  $129 List
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Manufacturer:   Bosch
By Nick Miley and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Dec 19, 2019
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RANKED
#7 of 13
  • Cutting - 50% 7.0
  • Ease of Use - 30% 5.8
  • Battery - 20% 6.0

Our Verdict

We feel lukewarm about the Bosch CCS180 because it presented mediocre outcomes in every evaluation we use to judge cordless saws. Cutting power, battery life, ease of use, all average. It is neither a terrible saw nor is it worth writing home about. Were it priced a bit lower we would have better things to say. As it is, we are hard-pressed to recommend this saw with more competitive options on the market.
REASONS TO BUY
Decent cutting power
Straightforward blade changing
Simplistic design
REASONS TO AVOID
Difficult to adjust bevel
So-so battery life
Unclear setting marks

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Bottom Line This mediocre mid-sized circular saw is at best uninspiringIf you need to make lots of cuts on a single charge, then the Kobalt is the ticketThis fully-loaded saw makes cut adjustments a breeze, but the motor power leaves something to be desiredA competent, affordable saw that is a great choice for non-professional usersThis saw will appeal to the novice DIY crowd due to its modest price tag and ease of use features
Rating Categories Bosch CCS180 Kobalt KCS 6524B-03 Ridgid R8653B SKIL CR540601 Ryobi P507
Cutting (50%)
7.0
8.3
7.4
5.3
5.3
Ease of Use (30%)
5.8
5.6
7.6
5.9
7.0
Battery (20%)
6.0
10.0
8.0
9.0
5.0
Specs Bosch CCS180 Kobalt KCS 6524B-03 Ridgid R8653B SKIL CR540601 Ryobi P507
Blade Side Left Right Right Left Left
Blade Size 6-1/2" 6-1/2" 7-1/4" 6-1/2" 6-1/2"
Brushless Motor? No Yes Yes No No
Blade Brake? Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Bevel Positive Stops? No No Yes No No
Estimated Linear Feet of 3/4" Plywood Cut per Charge 228 ft 360 ft 304 ft 324 ft 202 ft
Measured Weight w/o Battery 6.9 lb 6.6 lb 8.4 lb 5.8 lb 5.0 lb
Measured Max Depth of Cut w/ Framing Blade 1-13/16" 2-3/16" 2-3/16" 1-15/16" 1-7/8"
Average 6x12" Cross Cutting Time 5.8 sec 3.9 sec 6.3 sec 6.6 sec 7.6 sec
Rafter Hook? No No No No No
Battery Used in Testing 4 Ah 4 Ah 5 Ah 5 Ah 4 Ah

Our Analysis and Test Results

Having familiarized ourselves with the Bosch's interface and run it through a gauntlet of tests, we find it difficult to say much about the saw. It didn't flop the tests we put it through, but it certainly didn't excel either. At the same time, the cost of this saw had us expecting a better performing machine. As such, we find it hard to compliment or criticize this saw. All we can say is that, for the money, you can get a saw that performs at a higher level.

Performance Comparison


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Credit: Austin Palmer

Likes


We like that the Bosch is a fairly basic machine. One tester who has ample professional experience with circular saws commented that with all the bells and whistles on saws these days, I like the simplistic design. As we have come to expect from Bosch, the machine gives no indication that it has components prone to failure or damage due to normal use. The blade depth lever is also large, easy to actuate, and conveniently placed.

bosch ccs180 - the bosch has a very basic design, but it is reliable and...
The Bosch has a very basic design, but it is reliable and straightforward to operate.
Credit: Ian Pearman

Dislikes


While there isn't anything overtly terrible about the Bosch, it lacks many of the ease of use features that would appeal to the novice or inexperienced saw user. These are a lever to secure the bevel and positive stops within the bevel to ensure that cut angles are accurate. Moreover, the sightlines that help the user guide in a cut are a little shallow and, as a result, relatively hard to see. Finally, the saw has just average battery performance.


Value


We do not find the Bosch CCS180 to be a very good value. This appraisal is based on this saw's shortage of features that other saws in its price range boast. So, this saw is just a bit overpriced for what one gets when compared to others in the class.

Conclusion


The Bosch CCS180 is a middle of the road saw from a reputable brand that is just a bit overpriced. The saw gave average performances in battery life, cutting power and ease of use, yet it costs the same as better-performing saws in the 6 1/2" category. That said, the saw appears to be well constructed, and some might like its simplistic design.

Nick Miley and Austin Palmer