Erbauer ERI490CSW 140mm 3.0Ah Li-Ion Cordless Circular Saw 18V
decent little saw
The Erbauer 18V saw is a nice bit of kit for both newbies and pros, it's light enough to use without strain on the arms but strong enough to cut through some thick timbers such as joists, roof rafters, and flooring.
The only downside is that you only get one battery pack, and seems that you cannot buy any spares.
But other then only having one battery I would highly recommend this saw
8 Aug 2015
No spare batteries
Overall this is a good value bit of kit but and it is a big BUT you can't get spare batteries. The pictures show two 18v 2.6 Ah batteries however it only now comes with one 18v 3Ah batteries and no matter how hard I search I can't get any other suitable batteries that fit. Why this was changed only Screwfix knows, even the other Erbauer batteries supplied by Screwfix donât fit so be aware this is a throw away tool at a throw away price.
12 Jul 2015
The Perfect DIY Circular Saw
The kit as a whole is brilliant, you get a sturdy tool bag to keep the saw and all of the accessories in one place, the saw itself feels well built and a quality piece of hardware when in use. I bought this kit for my son who is learning the trade and had 5 x 35mm internal doors to put up, the saw handled the workload with extreme ease, even I was surprised at the quality of the cut and lack of effort needed in setting up and using from opening the box, the charge time was under an hour and lasted for all 5 doors.
The only downside to this bit of kit and the only reason I didn't give it 5 stars for value was the fact you cannot buy any spare blades or batteries from Screwfix which is a real shame otherwise this would be up there with the leading brands and a must have piece of kit for the trade.
27 Jun 2015
Very good for left handers
A bought this saw as my old Makita weighs a ton and is a bit cumbersome for smaller jobs. Initially I was concerned that the smaller blade and the battery power may be limiting. Certainly if you are doing major roofworks etc this is not the way to go. However I have boarded two lofts and built a pet enclosure using only this saw.
The battery easily lasted for each loft job - the largest was 42 boards all of which had a least one cut. So that is a minimum of 42' of cutting without the saw slowing down through 18mm chipboard.
Although slower to cut than my mains powered one, this is more than compensated for by the fact that it's always to hand and there is no trailing lead. In short a great buy for lighter work with one gripe -
The table the saw sits on is offset to the right. This may seem minor but means if you are right handed it's natural to cut so the wood you want removed is to the right. Once cut this means the saw is now sitting on the wood that's about to fall off. It's a small matter of sawing from the other side but it's not natural (at least to me) if you are used to cutting where the saw stays on the remaining wood.
However it's easy to get used to - but presumably easy enough for Erbauer to address as well. All said I would recommend this as a good compliment to a more powerful mains driven saw depending on the scope of work you undertake.
21 Jun 2015