Did you catch last week’s post about Ryobi’s new 18V One+ cordless tools for 2015? The circular saw looked unfamiliar to me, and it turns out that it is a new model – P507.
The new saw features a 6-1/2″ blade size, which Ryobi says gives it 35% greater cutting capacity than their 5-1/2″ circular saws. It also sports a new motor which delivers 40% more power, giving the saw “corded-equivalent cutting performance.”
Features and Specs
- 6-1/2″ blade size with 5/8″ arbor
- 4,700 RPM (no-load speed)
- Depth of Cut: 2-1/16″ at 0°, 1-7/16″ at 45°
- 0-56° bevel cut capacity
- Weighs 5 lbs
- Comes with a 24T ultra-thin kerf carbide-tipped blade for fast and clean cuts
In addition to the upgraded blade size, the new saw has new “GripZone” overmolding for greater grip and comfort, and decent-looking ergonomics.
Price: $69 (bare tool)
ETA: March 2015
As with other Ryobi power tools, the new saw will be available exclusively at Home Depot.
I’m not sure how seriously I can take the “corded-equivalent cutting performance” claims, but the larger 6-1/2″ blade size definitely makes this a high-interest saw for Ryobi 18V One+ users, as well as newcomers to the Ryobi line.
In addition to the greater cutting depth capacity compared to saws with 5-1/2″ blades, there seems to be far greater blade selection for this size. Other brands’ cordless 18V saws often have 6-1/2″ blades, which means there are loads of brands and blade sizes to choose from.
It’s a bit surprising that Ryobi only now came out with a 6-1/2″ blade size, but there are two possible explanations as to why they hadn’t come out with a circular saw of this size sooner. I’m thinking that previous prototypes either had power or runtime limitations. With Ryobi now offering 4.0Ah battery packs, and with a new motor that is said to be 40% more powerful and capable of “corded-equivalent” performance, it seems these possible obstacles are no longer valid concerns.
I think that the greatest limitation with this tool will be its long-term durability, at least if used in a jobsite setting. It looks great for DIYers and casual users, but professional users will probably want a saw with a beefier shoe.