Masterforce Cordless Brushless Circular Saw 2410476 Review

Masterforce Cordless Brushless Circular Saw Finds the Sweet Spot in Performance and Price

The Masterforce Cordless Brushless Circular Saw looks pretty good on paper when you consider its sub-$200 price tag. It takes some sawdust production to expose any flaws or trade-offs in design, though. By the time I cleaned all of it up, this saw left behind a positive impression.

Pros

  • Brushless motor
  • Smooth guard action
  • Base glides well over material
  • Excellent performance for the price

Cons

  • Depth adjustment lever is too flexible for my liking

Recommendation

The Masterforce Cordless Brushless Circular Saw quietly sits in a favorable position without much competition as a brushless 7-1/4″ model in the sub-$200 price range. While it doesn’t really “wow” me in any particular area, it doesn’t disappoint me, either. It has a solid design and feature set to go with the performance we saw on Pro models from just a couple of years ago.

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Performance

The Masterforce Cordless Brushless Circular Saw uses its brushless motor to drive a 7-1/4″ blade. Masterforce strays from the standard tungsten carbide tooth design and goes with titanium carbide.

Masterforce Circular Saw

With a no-load speed of 4800 RPM, this saw cuts smooth and the blade leaves a surprisingly nice finish for a stock blade. The guard action is nice and smooth as well. That’s when I’m taking my time to make a cut and really feeling for the saw’s feedback.

Masterforce Circular Saw

For more aggressive, quick cuts, you can feel the motor start to drop RPMs under a heavier load. It feels a lot like the Pro-level cordless circular saws from just a couple of years ago. It’s perfectly capable of making the cut, even at a bevel, it’s just not going to have the hot-knife-through-butter feel that today’s Super Saws do.

It doesn’t have their price tag, either.

Masterforce Circular Saw

The max cutting capacity at 90º is 2-17/16″— just shy of 2-1/2″. At 45º, you can cut up to 1-13/16″. The bevel maxes out at 56º and a flip-out plastic piece gives you a stop at 45º. That handles the majority of common cuts out there, so I don’t have any complaints on the capacity front.

Masterforce Circular Saw

A Tour Around the Masterforce Cordless Brushless Circular Saw

General Build

Masterforce sticks with metal components for the base, blade cover, and blade guard. Often, value-brand saws go for plastic blade guards and I like that Masterforce avoids that temptation.

The lever locks for the bevel and depth are plastic, which isn’t unusual even on premium saws. The height lever has more flex to it than I prefer, though.

Ergonomics

There’s nothing crazy about the general design of this blade-right sidewinder. The two handles are in line with each other and the secondary handle has enough girth to get a secure grip if your hands are larger or you’re wearing gloves. A simple push with your thumb releases the push-in trigger safety.

Masterforce Circular Saw

As a bare tool, the Masterforce Cordless Brushless Circular Saw weighs 7.8 pounds and 9.4 with a 4.0 Ah battery pack. It’s on the heavier side compared to the main value-focused models, but on par with Pro saws that go with the same kind of metal construction.

Blade Changes

Blade changes are pretty standard, though Masterforce adds a modern twist with its flat motor housing. It lets you set the saw on the motor housing so you can change it without using the blade as a contact point on your work surface.

Masterforce Cordless Brushless Circular Saw Additional Features

  • Electric brake
  • LED light has a pre-light and afterglow
  • Stout rafter hook

Price

The regular price on this saw is $219 with a 4.0 Ah battery and charger, but we see it pretty often at $179. If you’re on the Menards mail-in rebate train, we’ve seen it as low as $159.31.

When it comes to a 7-1/4″ brushless circular saw in the sub-$200 price range, Ryobi is the only major competitor. Their P508 runs $99 as a bare tool. It doesn’t have a battery kit option, but there are combo kits that run $189–$349. Kobalt’s 24V model is $99 as a bare tool as well, but it’s a 6-1/2″ model.

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The Bottom Line

The Masterforce Cordless Brushless Circular Saw quietly sits in a favorable position without much competition as a brushless 7-1/4″ model in the sub-$200 price range. While it doesn’t really “wow” me in any particular area, it doesn’t disappoint me, either. It has a solid design and feature set to go with the performance we saw on Pro models from just a couple of years ago.

Masterforce Cordless Brushless Circular Saw Specifications

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