Mac Allister 1500W corded circular saw review: How good is this budget model?

We took the Mac Allister 1500W corded circular saw for a test drive to see how well this budget model performed. Long-time handyman and DIYer Steven Jenkins gives his verdict

MacAllister 1500W circular saw on pink wooden table
(Image: © Steven Jenkins)

Homebuilding Verdict

The Mac Allister corded circular saw is a great low budget option and gives you decent clean cuts with the supplied blade. However, this is a saw that is aimed at occasional or weekend DIYers who want to work on a few home projects throughout the year, not seasoned professionals. It offers great value for money and with a new finer blade you can extend the type of projects you can work on. But it isn't cordless so you'll need an extension lead for a lot of jobs.


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    Value for money

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    Decent clean cuts

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    Easy to set up


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    No carry/hard case to protect it

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If you’re a keen DIYer looking to tackle a few home woodworking projects then the Mac Allister 1500W corded circular saw – a budget brand predominately exclusive to B&Q – could be just what you are looking for.

It offers enough power to zip through MDF, softwood and can tackle hardwood and timber worktops. A few basic features help ensure that you can get neat straight lines without too much trouble.

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Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.