Bosch has come out with a new 18V metal-cutting circular saw, model CSM180, which they say is the smallest metal-cutting saw [of its kind] on the market. It’s built with a metal-cutting motor, a balanced design, and ergonomic handle.
As you might know, saws like this are specially designed for cutting steel studs, struts, tubing, and other metallic materials, such as conduit and copper tubing. I’ve used these saws on aluminum channels and extrusions before as well.
Metal-cutting circular saws are great for times when an abrasive or multi-cutting chop saw isn’t available, or when you want to take the tool to the work. There’s a huge convenience when you factor in cordless aspect as well.
While I can’t verify that this is the smallest metal-cutting circular saw available, it is quite compact and easily managed. We’ll have a review up on it as soon as I can get some more use in.
- 5-3/8″ blade size (30T is included with tool)
- 20 mm arbor size
- 0-4,250 RPM
- Weighs 5.75 lbs
There’s a bare tool option (CSM180B) and 2-battery kit (CSM180-01). The kit comes with (2) 4.0Ah FatPack Li-ion battery packs and a charger.
One thing to point out is that this is a “right-handed” saw, in how the blade face is to the right. Some other saws, such as Dewalt’s 20V Max cordless metal-cutting saw, are “left-handed” saws. Some users prefer right-handed wood-cutting circular saws, others prefer left-handed, and a lot of the time there’s no choice, you must simply follow the trend.
Price: $199 for the bare tool. $349 for the kit