Bosch CS5 120 Circular Saw Review


The Bosch CS5 120 Circular Saw is the fastest cutting saw in its class. Units speed, combined with the high standard Bosch quality, makes this too a force to be reckoned with on all kinds of jobsites and working environments. It easily rips a wide variety of sheet material down to size quickly and accurately. The left hand sided blade is perfect for right hand sided users, allowing them full view of the cutting site at all times.

It is a stable yet powerful cutting tool which delivers a smooth accurate cut every time. It has a ton of features packed into its small size and remains lightweight and easy to use for longer periods of time without causing fatigue or strain.

Technical Specs

This circular saw features a 15 amp motor which gives it more than enough power to easily saw through dense materials.  It makes easy work of plywood as thick as ¾ inches and the new improved spindle lock feature allows for quick and easy blade changes for any type of sheet material application. Blade rotation speed of 6,200RPM with no load present and its 7-1/4 inch blade is powered by 120V.

The left hand sided blade allows for full view of the cutting site at all times. Its light weight design and comfortable grip means that you will have more control over the tool and be able to work a lot longer than you would with a larger sized saw.


This saw is designed for smooth and accurate cutting every time. The upper and lower guards are both made from lightweight aluminum which means sturdiness without the added weight. The on-tool wrench storage ensures that you are equipped to change blades whenever necessary. The anti-snag lower guard allows you to make smooth finish cuts without snagging or hooking sheet material.

Its arbor size is 5/8 inches and the device has a handy cord length of 9 ft which means you never have to worry about batteries or chargers.  Just plug it in and you are ready to go. The new improved spindle lock feature allows the user to safely switch between different blades as needed.


The unit comes in the standard Bosch blue in color and weighs a total of 13.3 pounds.  Dimensionally it stands at, 17.3 x 11.4 x 11.4 inches making it ergonomic and lightweight. The upper guard is made from sturdy aluminum and the foot plate is manufactured from magnesium. Both of these materials make the unit durable yet lightweight. This saw is designed for clients who are looking for an affordable product which focuses on general, straight forward core user needs


Designed for the tougher diy or renovating applications. The 15 amp motor allows for faster rip cuts as well as cross cuts. It cordless design makes it easy to use in places where an electrical outlet is not readily available or where dangling wires would pose a safety threat, The Bosch CS5 120 can easily cut through 2-by dimensional lumber making it a versatile tool for all wood applications.

The vibration-dampening technology provides maximum comfort for larger jobs and is great for users suffering from arthritis and painful joints. Can be used to cut through softwood, plywood and virtually any other sheet wood.

Other Important Specs

This product sports a 56 degree bevel cut and a blade diameter of 7-1/4 inches. The depth of cut at 45 degrees is 1-7/8 inches, 1-5/8 inches at 50 degrees and it boasts a level of 2-7/16 inches at 90 degrees. There is a clear view of the cutting site at all times which makes for safer and more accurate applications every time. The devices electrical cord is an optimum length of 9 ft which greatly diminishes the chances of a cord pull out while in use.

Why We Liked It

We gave this saw top score for its no nonsense, to the point design. It has all the most important features without the extra fuss and hassle of unnecessary bits and bobs. Its left hand design was enjoyed by both left and right handed users and although it is the fastest circular saw in its class, it still has a very competitive price. Here are a few other features worth mentioning.

  • 15 amp motor and 5/8 inch arbor
  • 9 ft cord length
  • Left- hand sided blade
  • New improved spindle lock
  • On-tool wrench storage

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