This saw can cut to a maximum depth of 12 mm and as the blade is never 'on show' it's not likely to cut your fingers off, although if not treated properly then fingers could be lost.
The blade is covered all the time that the saw isn't being used, hiding up into the footplate. Then, when the plate is pressed onto the work, the plate goes up and the blade reveals itself, cutting through the wood.
It offers 4000rpm which is as fast as those larger circular saw and, as it's mains powered, there's no loss of power.
The handle is nice and firm with the on switch, or slider, positioned in just the right place, making it easier to control whilst cutting. Even the cooling vents are in the right place so that your hands don't cover them whilst the motor is running.
The great thing about this saw is that it can be used in 'situ'. This means that this is great for such things as cutting floorboards and the like. The blade is able to cut right to the end of the wood, even if there's a wall right at the end.
You can set the depth by turning the little black nob on the top, this gives you mm depth choices so that the blade comes out to the depth you want. This is great for cutting rebates, or simply when you don't want to slice straight through something.
The blades are great at leaving the finished cut with no burr, roughness, which means hardly any sanding down. Changing the blade means using the supplied 'hex' key and takes a matter of a minute or so.
The mains lead sticks out the back of the handle and doesn't get in the way of the cutting area so there's hardly any chance of accidentally slicing through the wire.
This is not only for cutting wood. If you put on the appropriate blade you can cut through metal, plastic and even tiles, which really does make life easier.
When I bought this I used it on most cutting jobs, giving it a good testing, and it managed to withstand some serious work. I found it great for cutting grooves in wood in order to slide other wood into the groove as the depth gauge was accurate indeed.
It sells for around the £70 mark, or less, but, if you tend to do a lot of cutting, grooving or floorboard laying, then this is £70 well spent.
This is one saw that's worth buying even if you only DIY in a blue moon. This is always there to do the cutting.