A plunge saw, is in effect a circular saw which has a moveable blade, unlike a reciprocating saw you work at a horizontal angle to the surface. You’re able to set the depth, position the saw and then make a smooth, clean-cut in a separate area. Plunge saws are especially useful for cutting materials, like tiles or plastics, to fit around ventilation points or electrical outlets. Some allow for mitres and bevels, whilst others make the plunge their main attraction.
Worx’ compact circular saw is a versatile and hardy piece of cutting kit. The saw comes in several different sizes of motor and blade. The options are as such:
- 700 W / 120 mm blade
- 500 W 120 mm blade
- 400 W / 85 mm blade and laser guide
- 400 W / 120 mm blade
- 400 W / 85 mm blade
The Worx tools, whatever saw, are capable of one-handed use, but large enough to accommodate a double-handed grip when needs be. This is a versatile and compact circular saw in whatever size you opt for, we’ve looked at the 700 W model for you.
The 700 W version has a bevel capacity of 45 degrees. When cutting 90 degrees you can get through 46mm and at 45 degrees 30mm. The saw is comfortable working with wood, but will also handle tiles, masonry, brick and plasterboard.
WORX WX427 Features
- Available in a range of sizes
- Perfect for one-handed use
- Can work with many materials, including but not limited to ceramics, wood and plastics
- Comes with three different blades
- 45 mm cutting depth
The saw comes with three different blades for these purposes. You get a diamond-tipped blade for tiles, ceramics and bricks. A tungsten carbide-tipped blade for wood cutting. There is also an HSS general purpose blade which is ideal for cutting metal and plastic.
What makes this a superb circular saw, is that its a plunge saw. You’re able to set the necessary depth and plunge into your material. Leaving behind smooth cuts for ventilation holes or additional design features.
The Worx also has a laser guidance system, which is rather more useful than when they’re applied to mitre saws, due to the working angle. The laser is bright enough indoors, but can be difficult to spot on a sunny day. All in all, you know how to follow a line don’t you?
There are anti-vibration features to prevent strains and injuries. With vibrations being sent out into the ground through the cutting plane feet and a body with insulation and padding to soak up the rest.
The position of the buttons is easy to reach and adjust. The power button sits on the handle and has a safety trigger to prevent accidental starts. The Worx has a dust extraction port which can prevent hazardous particles getting into the air. This works with an extraction bag or can be plugged into a larger system.
Clocking up 3500 rpm the Worx certainly spins fast, the 700 W motor is powered through the mains. So while this is not a cordless circular saw, it has a long-ish 2.5 metre cable. Which is ok, but 3 metres would be ideal in my opinion. That extra reach for a little more cable is worth it.
WORX WX427 Conclusions
This is an adaptable, lightweight plunge saw with a decent length cord. You’d happily use this all day to cut timber or ceramics. It comes with three blades, so you can get going immediately on a range of materials.
Although it can handle many materials it is not the largest of circular plunge saws out there. It’s unsuitable for really big materials, but for most projects you should be good to go.
WORX WX427 Technical Specifications
- Cutting Depth – 46mm straight cut, 30mm on 45 degree mitre cuts
- Materials – Wood, metal, plasterboard, masonry, tiles
- Cord Length – 2.5 metres
- Power – 700 W (other sizes available)
- Blade Size – 210mm
- Weight – 4.9kg
- Dimensions – 50.8 x 30.8 x 15 cm
- Laser Guide
- Carry Case
Wolf’s 89mm compact circular saw is a beautifully designed tool. The handle is super easy to hold onto and has a lengthy cord to keep you moving around the work area without plugging and unplugging.
This saw is ideal for accurate and rapid plunge cuts. It has a very modest size and is incredibly lightweight. The design allows for very easy one-handed use, much more so than with wider bodied saws – such as the Worx above. This ‘Sure Grip’ technology also helps to reduce vibrations which pass through the tool when cutting.
The 89mm blade can work its way through wood, aluminium, plastics, ceramics and tiles without any bother. You can modify the depth and the angle of the plunge cut, to ensure you get accurate straight cuts or mitre cuts every time you drop the blade.
You can plunge to a depth of 30mm, so you won’t be getting through any rafters, but you can use this for all kinds of carcassing or interior design jobs.
You can also fit a parallel guide to improve this accuracy and precision. There’s a laser integrated into the body which guides the saw to cut where you want it to go.
Packing in a 705 W motor and high geared driving system allows the Wolf to find the maximum cutting torque, and maintain the speed of the blade even when things get tough.
You’re provided with three 89 mm saw blades. These are a tungsten carbide-tipped blade for wood, an HSS blade for plastics and metal, and a diamond-tipped blade for working with masonry and tiles.
Wolf 89mm Features
- Highly mobile and compact design
- Ergonomic handle reduces vibrations and cutting accuracy
- Plunges and cuts through metal, wood and masonry
- Ships with three different blades for all kinds of jobs
Any cutting job is going to produce some dust and debris. The Wolf plunge saw has a dust extraction port which you can hook up to a vacuum cleaner, specific extraction system or a dust bag.
For the saw to operate a safety lock button must be depressed and the trigger squeezed simultaneously. These two actions must be carried out before the blade can move – extra safety to keep all your fingers and toes attached.
The parallel guide is there to assist with making the straightest and cleanest cuts you can. When combined with the laser, and your know-how, you’ve really got no excuse.
There are a number of air vents located on the handle, body, of the Wolf saw. These improve the ventilation of the motor to prevent overheating – which will damage the machine.
Wolf 89mm Conclusions
The Wolf 89mm is a really striking circular saw. It packs a 705 W motor into a handy little body. The air vents are a hint that this design is pushing the limits of body size for a circular saw. And you won’t be disappointed with the cutting abilities of this little machine – as long as you know what you’re buying.
The small size of this circular plunge saw is reflected in the plunge depth – a measy 30mm. Though this is enough to get through tiles, plasterboard, plywood and sheet metal. If you know what you’re going to use it for, this is a fantastic find.
Wolf 89mm Technical Specifications
- Power – 705 W
- No-load Speed – 4500 rpm
- Max Cut Depth – 30mm
- Blade Diameter – 89 mm
- Weight – 3kg
Teccpo Circular Compact Carbide
Teccpo have a very affordable and compact circular plunge saw, it’s motor is made from fine grade copper and turns the blade at 3500 rpm. The lightweight design is the perfect foil for long days cutting and plunging, and it offers an adjustable bevel too.
Inside the Teccpo lies a motor made from copper. This is a durable material, although it is an excellent heat conductor, so things might get a little hot. The blade is aligned with some iron feet, this is a stable weight, the whole thing weighs 2.2kg. The handle is made from rubber to aim your grip through those palms sweats and vibration tingles.
The design is such that you can wield the Teccpo with one hand. This manoeuvrability is useful when making bevelled cuts, you can adjust this up to 45 degrees. When setting the depth you merely pull a few levers on the side of the steel base. There’s a built in depth scale to keep track of how far in you are – especially useful if you hit a hidden nail or screw.
Teccpo Circular Compact Carbide Features
- Lightweight at onnly 2.2kg
- Copper motor – liable to overheat or durable when used ‘correctly’?
- Trigger guard switch for safety
- Dust extraction port suitable for systems or bags
The design also offers a view of the blade, so you can keep better tabs on what is going on down there. It also has a dust extraction port, which can be used with bag or integrated into a larger extraction system. This keeps dangerous dust out of your eyes and lungs, you’ll be thankful in a few years.
The safety of the saw is paramount, it has a power switch and guarded trigger which must be pressed together to get things going. Without this accidental running could take your finger off.
Teccpo provide a 2-year warranty as standard and are active on the internet for your help and support needs.
I would warn against buying the Teccpo for site usage, it doesn’t really have the heft or depth to deal with the random fluctuations in material and job spec that exist out there. If you’re a DIY fan looking for a plunge saw and have a tighter budget, the Teccpo will definitely see you through.
Teccpo Circular Saw Conclusions
Not one for the professionals, but a solid choice for the DIY-inclined. This is due to the underwhelming power and dubious use of a copper motor. It just won’t hack it for days and weeks of constant use. The plunge depth is also not large enough for it to be a versatile site tool.
Teccpo Circular Compact Carbide Technical Specifications
- Weight – 2.78kg
- Power – 480 W
- No-Load Speed – 3500 rpm
- Includes; 24 Tooth TCT Blade, Scale Ruler, Dust Extraction Hose, Hex Wrench, 2- Yera Warranty
Einhell TC-CS 860/2
The TC-CS 860/2 is a compact hand-held saw, that comes with a big goody bag of accessories. This is the perfect starter kit for a DIY enthusiast as it can handle a range of applications. The bevvy of little features which make it versatile enough to use professionally too – it even comes with a nice bag.
The Einhell performs well all-round. It can handle jobs where you just need to cut a load of stuff to size, thanks to its carefully calibrated blades and accurate handling. It’ll also get through wood, plastic, metal or tiles.
Making highly precise plunge cuts are simple with the Einhell. It has an infinitely adjustable cut depth. You’re working on top of an aluminium base plate, which slides and glides beautifully over materials for continuous sawing. The integrated laser will also aid in the accuracy of your cuts, should you feel a bit shaky.
Einhell TC-CS 860/2 Features
- Comes with loads of accessories
- Dust extraction port
- Anti-vibration technology inside and on the handle
As is standard, the tool has an overload cut out point, and a dual start trigger system. There is a dust extraction port at the back too.
The grip is soft and ergonomic. Definitely pleasant to hold and it feels secure when pushing through. The rest of the body is ‘soft-painted’ to increase your grip if you need to use two hands.
When you buy the Einhell TC-CS you’re also buying an entire accessory pack. This hefty delivery includes six blades. Two HM blades with 20 teeth for cutting woods and plastics. There are 2 HSS blades with 80 teeth for solid wood. For tiles and ceramics, there are two diamond-lined cutting wheels. You do have to use a tool to change blades, but this is included too.
In addition to the blades you receive a dust extraction bag and hose, parallel guide to add on to the base if needs be, and a lovely red Einhell tool bag to stash it all in.
Einhell TC-CS 860/2 Conclusions
The Einhell TC-CS is a wonderful tool for someone looking to get into DIY. The accessory kit is an attraction for an experienced tradesperson too, you’re getting a good deal here. The power and depth are enough to tackle jobs on-site, and the range of materials you can work with means you just need the one tool.
Einhell TC-CS 860/2 Technical Specifications
- Depth – Infinitely adjustable depth to 23mm
- Power – 450 W
- No-Load Speed – 6000 rpm
- Blade Arbour – 10 mm
- Dimensions – L385 mm, W170 mm, H280 mm
- Weight – 1.96kg
- Shipping Weight – 4.5kg