Ridgid R8653 Gen5X 18V Brushless Cordless Circular Saw Review

Ridgid R8653 Gen5X 18V Brushless Cordless Circular Saw Review


This is a review of the Ridgid R8653 Gen5X 18V Brushless Cordless Circular Saw. The first thing to say about this saw is that it has plenty of power. It can cut through metal with one of their diamond blades, and in addition, if you buy an adapter for it, it will work with a standard circular saw blade as well. This means that you’ll be able to use your favorite brand of the blade when needed without having to purchase a full new set from Ridgid.

About the product

The saw offers both standard linear cutting and bevel cuts. It has a laser for lining up the blade to ensure that your cut is accurate, though it might be hard to see in direct sunlight. Another great thing about this saw is that it comes with an LED light so you’ll always have the ability to illuminate your work area without needing another source of light, such as a flashlight or other lamp.

Another feature of this saw is the blower which blows dust away from the front of the saw. This helps keep things clean – especially necessary for working with glue joints to prevent them from sticking together before they’re glued into place. This tool also has a built-in rafter hook which comes in handy when you need an extra hand or want to hang it up for storage purposes.

This saw is excellent for use both inside and outside the home. Some of its uses include:

  • Cutting through metal like conduit and air ducts.
  • Cuts single sheets of plywood and drywall, especially when using a standard blade instead of the included one.
  • Great for making bevel cuts with standard blades as well as cutting 2×4 boards into smaller pieces that are useful around the house – without having to worry about running out of power or overheating.

Overall, this circular saw has proven to be reliable even in the face of numerous projects over several years now. It works perfectly fine right out of the box, however, you will need to purchase batteries separately which can run up your initial cost.

Unfortunately, it does not come with a bag, which is unfortunate since its weight when fully loaded could injure your back if you’re carrying it around all day long.



  • Powerful
  • Built-in blower to keep sawdust away
  • Durable and reliable
  • Cuts a variety of materials with standard blades


  • Doesn’t come with a bag


This is a great circular saw for the professional woodworker as well as the homeowner. One of its most important features is how it can cut through metal like no other thanks to the diamond blade and an adapter. And while you do need to purchase batteries separately, this allows you to use your favorite brand instead of having to stick with Ridgid’s.

The built-in blower helps keep things clean and dust-free around the work area which makes this tool perfect for gluing together pieces before nailing or screwing them into place. The LED light illuminates darker areas, such as closets or under cabinets, making projects easier than ever before.


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