Thank you to the Home Depot for sponsoring this post about the Ridgid Octane circular saw. We all want our tools to perform to the best of their ability. And the Ridgid Octane line of tools is no exception. They guarantee maximum performance in high demand applications when paired with an Ridgid Octane battery. Let’s take a closer look at the Ridgid 18V Octane cordless brushless 7 1/4″ circular saw.
A tool review of the Ridgid 18V Octane circular saw. This brushless, cordless circular saw with well thought out features is worth the cost.
Having a circular saw on hand provides endless applications for cutting wood and metal for projects in and around your home. This Ridgid Octane circular saw can handle up to 2 11/16″ of cut thickness. It’s cordless and brushless which means you can take this high performance motor and advanced electronics almost anywhere you need to make a cut.
Right out of the box you’ll need to install the blade. It’s very simple and I shared the process on my Instagram post here.
Included in the Package:
- octane brushless circular saw
- 7 1/4″ blade
- blade wrench
- vacuum attachment
- dust chute
- rafter hook
You’ll need the blade wrench to install the blade and once you’re finished there is a handy on-board storage spot for the wrench. I absolutely get giddy over tools that include storage for all the bits and pieces you may need when using the tool. Having the wrench on-board guarantees it will be there when you need it and you won’t be hunting for it when it comes time to change the blade.
I took this Ridgid Octane circular saw to some 3/4″ plywood for a test drive. Be sure to pair this saw with a Ridgid Octane battery for maximum performance and 30% more power than a standard brushless circular saw. I opted to attach the dust chute since I’m cutting outdoors. Alternatively you could use the vacuum adapter and then attach your hose to keep the workshop or job site clean.
This Ridgid Octane circular saw is backed by the industry’s only Lifetime Service Agreement when you register the tool. That means FREE parts and FREE service for life. Not many other tool companies can provide that level of service to their customers.
Again Ridgid put some thought into this circular saw including an on-board rafter hook which makes working up above a cinch. No weighty tool hanging off your belt or precariously perched on the studs. Simply twist the rafter hook forward and you can hang over any 2x for secure resting while maneuvering boards. There’s also a LED light that turns on when you engage the trigger to provide a clear line of sight for cutting.
Although I didn’t cut a bevel yet with this circular saw it does have the capability for up to a 56° bevel. And this Ridgid circular saw works with all Ridgid 18V batteries which are sold separately.
Lastly you can easily adjust the cut depth with the lever and tighten back up for safe cutting. Typically Ridgid tools run a bit heavy for my liking but in this case since I do most circular saw work on the ground I don’t mind have the extra weight to push through the cuts.
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