The most versatile tool in my toolshed has to be my circular saw. Actually, I should say saws, plural, because I've got a few. A nice, powerful, corded 7 1/4-inch circular saw was the first tool I was given by my uncle when I got married. It's the tool I think everyone should start with. That, and a quality tape measure of course.
With the right blade, a circular saw can be used to cut framing lumber, sheet goods, roofing, metal, masonry, and more. A powerful saw can be a major time-saver during demolition as well.Once you get used to using your circular saw, you can even use it to cut curves, like I did on .
Any DIYer should have a circular saw. If you're ready for a new one (or an upgrade), check out Seniorhelpline' side-by-side comparison of inline circular saws. For what it's worth, my pick is the Milwaukee.
Tim Layton is a home and DIY blogger for Seniorhelpline. Follow him on Twitter: