Review: The Evolution Rage Circular Saw That Cuts Through Hidden Nails and Screws

Updated on August 8, 2018
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I strive to balance aesthetics, functionality, and quality with costs when planning DIY projects in the home and garden.

The Evolution Rage circular saw.
The Evolution Rage circular saw.

The Evolution Rage circular saw gives a clean cut through wood, and the saw blade is engineered to cut through soft metal without blunting, which makes it the ideal circular saw for DIY enthusiast. What really impressed me and why I decided to buy this all-purpose electric circular saw was how it cut through those hidden nails and screws in old timber with no effort and without any damage or blunting to the saw blade. Previously, I had an old cheap circular saw that never really cut straight and smooth. I'd often end up using a jigsaw and plane to cut and smooth the wood, which isn't ideal. So I was grateful to find this superb replacement.

Below is my personal review of this most wonderful electrical power tool, including photos and a video I made giving a demonstration of the Evolution Rage circular saw in action.

Cutting timber width with a circular saw.
Cutting timber width with a circular saw.

Using the Evolution Rage to Cut Timber to Width

Below is a short video I made to demonstrate the Evolution Rage circular saw in Action cutting the width of a piece of new timber. From experience and from the specifications of the saw, if the timber had been old reclaimed or recycled timber with hidden nails or screws, then the saw would cut right through them like butter without blunting the blade.

Of all the circular saws I’ve ever used, these Evolution Rage saws are the most spectacular. With their tungsten carbide-tipped (TCT) blades they’ll cut through just about anything with ease and not blunt, which makes it a great saw when working on old recycled and reclaimed timber where there is always a risk of hidden nails and screws.

If You Don't Have a Suitable Bench or Band Saw

If like me you don’t have a bench or band saw for cutting widths of timber, then the Evolution Rage circular saw does a good job here (as demonstrated in the video below), making it a truly versatile tool. And the offcuts don’t go to waste; they’re always useful as battens and beading in other DIY projects. The offcuts can be routed with a router for decorative beading on cupboard doors or cut to size for shelf supports. The uses are endless.

Cutting timber to width in this way may mean clamping up a couple of times (e.g. when the saw reaches the clamp, stopping, repositioning the clamps to behind the saw cut and then continuing). But the end result is well worth it. For cutting long bits of timber, if your workbench or portable workbench isn’t big enough, a sturdy patio table can make a handy makeshift work bench—provided you’re careful and don’t cut off the edge of the table with the saw by accident. And because of the sheer size and power of the saw and the quality of the saw blade, you’ll almost always end up with a good job well done.

Finding the Perfect Circular Saw

When I began searching for that perfect saw, I first asked my friends and had a good look at what they used. One, a retired builder, advocated the Dewalt as a good, reliable and durable piece of kit, but he suggested I should also look at the Evolution Rage circular saws. The other friend, who's also a DIY enthusiast, passionately advocated the Makita.

Normally when buying a new power tool, I would consider the Dewalt as my first choice. I've had power tools from various manufacturers over the years. Whereas other makes have been less than satisfactory, Dewalt has never let me down and their power tools' have always exceeded my expectations. So I was starting from a biased position in favour of the Dewalt.

However, as it was a major purchase, I wanted to be through in my research and make an informed decision where my purchase would meet my expectations. So the hunt was on. I ploughed through the official sites for these and other models and compared their specs. I visited user blogs and review sites. The more I researched, the more the Evolution Rage stood out for me.

The Evolution Rage power saw.
The Evolution Rage power saw.

The Importance of a Good Blade

Yes the Dewalt’s are good and the Makita wasn’t bad either, but what swung it for me in opting for the Evolution Rage circular saw was the blade. The Rage comes with an excellent blade pre-fitted that cuts through just about anything with ease without damage or blunting, including soft metal and stone. I discovered the stone bit by accident when on one occasion I did the unforgivable and placed the circular saw down on a patio slab while the blade was still spinning. It cut a deep channel in the patio slab before the blade stopped with no damage to the blade. The lesson learnt is that when you let go of the power switch, wait for the blade to stop spinning before laying the circular saw down.

In other words, if there are hidden nails or screws in the wood you’re cutting, then the blade of the Evolution Rage circular saw will just cut right through it like butter. Also, unlike the Evolution Rage, many circular saws you buy come with cheap blades that are best thrown away and replaced with a good quality blade. And as blades are expensive, if you want a quality saw with a quality blade, then it does up the price of the product.

It’s for these reasons I opted for the Rage saw, which I purchased a few years ago and have well used since. And it has exceeded all my expectations.

The Evolution Rage saw blade.
The Evolution Rage saw blade.
Evolution Power Tools RAGE 1 7-1/4-Inch TCT Multipurpose Cutting Circular Saw
Evolution Power Tools RAGE 1 7-1/4-Inch TCT Multipurpose Cutting Circular Saw

This magnificent multipurpose circular saw is the one featured in this review and one which I highly recommend as a good quality all-purpose durable and reliable saw.

 

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