Both circular saws and plunge saws are designed to cut wood, but with an appropriate blade you can also use them to cut masonry, plastic and metal. They are generally held in the hand when used, but most models you can also mount on a stand or table to enable a wider range of uses.
What makes a plunge saw different to a circular saw is its spring-loaded riving knife, also known as a spacer wedge.
Riving knives sit behind the blade, stopping the material being cut from pinching the blade and causing kickback when doing rip cuts. The riving knife has to be removed from a standard corded circular saw to allow it to make plunge cuts, as it prevents the blade from plunging straight down into the material.
However, on a plunge saw it is spring-loaded. This means that the material pushes it upwards and out of the way when the initial cut is made. Then it slips back down and into the cut as the saw moves forwards. This is a worthwhile safety feature on a plunge saw. It also saves you time if you are doing plunge cuts or rip cuts on a regular basis.
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The cordless versions can offer you a safer option because there aren't any cables to cause a trip hazard. Some offer 36V power as well which means you can achieve the same level of power as these mains powered ones. You can find our cordless circular saws here.
If you are looking for circular saw accessories we have a vast range of TCT blades. There are a variety of brands and sizes to suit your application.