Tacklife Circular Saw with Laser Guide Review
When it comes to power tools, there is no way we can ignore the new kid on the block: Tacklife. The company is known for making high-quality construction power tools, but their main focus is affordability. Their line of handheld power tools ranges from electronic screwdrivers to engraving tools to circular saws.
In the case of the Tacklife PES01A handheld circular saw, the company really outdid themselves by manufacturing a quality piece of equipment at an extremely competitive price. Mini circular saws don’t generally sell for under $100, and you’d probably expect one to give weird misaligned cuts, but that doesn’t represent the PES01A by Tacklife at all. From its customers, this product has received rave reviews, talking about the number of features available in a budget-friendly circular handsaw model. To get an understanding of what makes this tool so awesome, let’s check out its features and how it fares at cutting wood and other materials.
The Tacklife PES01A handheld circular saw features a 12.5 amp motor. The motor can deliver speeds of up to 4,500 RPM, allowing for easy, precision cutting. Although this isn’t exactly the most powerful motor (amp-wise) on a low-priced handsaw model, it still has enough power to perform exceedingly well at cutting into whatever materials you’re working with.
This mini circular saw weighs only 9.3 pounds (fully assembled) so your arm won’t get tired after just a few strokes against soft materials. Generally, lighter-weight models are sought after for their maneuverability and portability, and although this isn’t the lightest mini circular saw available, it’s weightless enough to prevent fatigue while at the job site.
The most important aspect of a saw is how well it saws. With the Tack PES01A, there’s no need to worry: it works wonders. The amazing 4,500 RPM delivers consistently clean cuts all day long on delicate and moderately dense materials. Although this tool was built to be used against wood and other soft materials, it performs impressively on thin sheets of metal. However, if you’re planning on sawing through hardwood, you’re going to need a more powerful saw.
The built-in laser guide is a feature we don’t see too often on budget circular handsaws, and we’re grateful Tacklife thought to install it in this model. Although you can’t put total reliance on the laser guide for precision cutting, it offers a great estimated guide for straight-line sawing.
A neat thing about the saw is that it can cut quite deeply into the materials you’re sawing. While the blade is standing at a 90° angle, the blade can cut up to 2-½-inches deep. The blade can swing from 90° to 45ׄ°. While the blade is at the acutest angle, it can cut up to 1-¼-inches deep.
This mini circular handsaw kit comes with a 24-tooth and a 40-tooth blade for cutting different types of materials with varying roughness. The blades are reasonably durable, and you should get a couple month’s – if not year’s – work out of the blades before it’s time to replace them.
One problem that customers complained about concerning the blades is that using the sturdier American-made blades doesn’t fit into the unit correctly. Because of this, you’re stuck with using the stock blades you get with the kit or you’re limited to only purchasing Chinese-made replacements. Chinese blades aren’t necessarily bad, but American-made ones tend to deliver cleaner, more precise cuts on hard materials.
Double the Safety
There are two safety features on the PES01A that are worth noting. First is the aluminum alloy guard which works both as a guide and as a way of preventing shard of wood or metal from flying around. The second is the plastic blade guard which revolves backward and out of the way while cutting.
One problem with the plastic guard is that it tends to get stuck and revolve ineffectively out of the way, so we either need to stop sawing while the blade is in the middle of the material, or we need to manually pull the guard out of the way which significantly increases the risk of losing a finger.
The integrated dust blower is a handy feature which keeps our workstation and the freshly-made cut into wood or metal relatively clean. It has some trouble blow relocating every little particle that comes out of the cut, but it does well enough that we don’t need to stop mid-cut and manually clean the area.
Tacklife Circular Saw: Bottom Line
All in all, the Tacklife PES01A Mini Circular Hand Saw is a great tool for doing cutting into soft materials, but it can struggle in hardwoods. For a budget-friendly unit, it’s quite surprising to see that it can perform as well as it does. The laser guide is a neat feature which we use more as an estimate rather than a guide for straight-saw cutting. There are some drawbacks to this unit that should be considered, but they’re not exactly deal breakers, especially for such a cheap circular hand saw.