Wednesday 11 July 2018
Einhell, like all power tool manufacturers, are finding new and inventive ways to bring us tools with a plug on. Weâ€™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.
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. Itâ€™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 itâ€™s one or the other. A handy tool but not developed to its full potential.