Einhell Mini Hand-held Circular Saw archive

Tuesday 7 May 2013

Anthony Bailey looks at one of the latest circular saws from Einhell

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Einhell, like all power tool manufacturers, are finding new and inventive ways to bring us tools with a plug on. We’ve had plenty of large portable circular saws but not many this small, the nearest equivalent being biscuit jointers with 100mm diameter blades 4mm thick. The Einhell BT-CS 860 L has a blade diameter of just 85mm and a 1.6mm kerf. Two blades are supplied, a TCT one with 20 teeth giving a medium cut, and an 80 tooth fine-cut HSS version with quite long teeth. The upper blade housing has a separately switched, battery-powered laser aimer fitted which takes a large single flat battery cell. There is also a cut-depth stop and scale. The aluminium base has a tough plastic lower guard fitted with a lift lever with a bi-directional sprung push button to unlock the cutterhead, allowing the saw to plunge and cut. On the other side of the housing there is a small spout to which a plastic extraction outlet is attached. There is also a drive belt cover which unscrews if you need to fit the spare belt provided. A fence can be fitted for guidance and there are two Allen keys for blade changing. Lastly, the 450W motor is protected from overload and reset with a red push button.

Verdict

It is often the case that we need to cut thinner boards or make slots without needing to use a larger saw or router, in the latter example. There are cordless circular saws but cost versus convenience make the Einhell an acceptable alternative. It’s a well-engineered bit of kit and gives a good result with enough power to cope. The fence is useful especially as projections on the machine preclude using a batten for guidance. The laser is useful for following a drawn line but fenced working is a safer option. Plunging is a one finger, one hand job so you can release the plunge lock. The plastic extraction spout fouls the fence lock knob so it’s one or the other. A handy tool but not developed to its full potential.


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At A Glance

Known brand
Good quality
Versatile

The Numbers

]Manufacturer: Einhell UK
Model: BT-CS 860 L mini hand-held circular saw
Motor input: 450W
No load speed: 6,000rpm
Max. cut depth: 23mm
Blade dia.: 85mm x 1.6mm x 10mm bore
Weight: 2kg
Price: £54.99 (RRP Inc VAT)

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Easy to handle
Good for manmade board
Cons:
Awkward plunge lock

5 Star Rating

Versatility: 2/5
Performance: 3/5
Ease of use: 2/5