Makita BSS610 Circular Saw

Price: About $249; DeWalt

Weight: 8.0 pounds

The verdict: Easily outrunning the other saws in the battery test, this is the choice for prosumers. It also felt slightly more powerful than the other saws, cutting faster and bogging down less on high-angle bevels. Raised shoe markings read easily. And we like its comfy grip and simple safety switch; once you've engaged the blade, you can release it.

Fine print: Magnesium shoe and blade housing. Plastic blade guard. Charger and one battery.
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