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I took a chance on this inexpensive saw to replace my Makita, which lasted me 15+ years until I finally killed it with an 8' drop. It came shipped in the factory box, which bulges as the saw doesn't fit in it properly. I took it out and immediately noticed the cheap depth adjustment lever and overall housing. Yes, it's light, but I'd prefer sturdy - this would not survive a 2' drop. I thought the integrated wrench was a good idea, and used it to put on the blade which was included. This saw has a thumb safety which some might appreciate, but even with this I've used the DeWalt cordless circ saws which are much less clumsy in regard to this feature. I plugged it in and pulled the trigger and immediately thought I tightened the blade improperly. Took it off, put it back on, pulled again - it wasn't me, this saw either came from the factory with a bad bearing or it's just designed to shake rattle and roll. I took the blade off and put it back in the box never cutting anything. I thought that the eponymous Skill saw would have something way better to offer, and come away avowing never to buy one of their products again. The only reason I didn't give one star is that I didn't try cutting anything with it.
This saw lacks the power for normal jobs. I’ve used it maybe 4 times and it struggles getting through 2x6’s. If there is a knot in the wood I can feel the blade jerk as it hits it. The last time I used it it hit a knot and the saw jumped back. I tried to go forward again and it jumped back again. At his point my saw line was crooked so I sawed around it. Later the same day I noticed it smoking a little as I was powering through a 2x4. I stopped using it and left my project unfinished. Btw it was a simple bike ramp that I was building... 4 feet long by 1 foot high with 10 inch wide, 2x4’s, horizontally placed slats. As you can probably imagine that 10-12 straight cuts so nothing major. My other projects were to build a small workbench (x2), rig up some shelves and a holder for my bikes. As you can see none of that required an enormous amount of cuts. Very disappointing.
Got the pleasure of using the saw 3 times, worked great. When I was a kid Skil was THE saw, in fact, that became the generic name. "Hand me the Skin saw." The forth time I used it the little pot metal lever that locks the depth plate broke in my hand. Now, I'm a big strong guy of 77 years old. In fact I go around just ripping things apart.. Point being the locking lever could been made of fiber glass or some other strong CHEAP material. No product is better than it's weakest part. Manufacturers have a hard time with that concept.
I am a handyman, have owned many circular saws including SKIL brand. This product is not worthy of the name and not even close to the quality of their mid to top end saws and worm drives. The depth adjust lever broke after 3 uses rendering the saw worthless!
Before it broke... it cut great, was lightweight, and had an awesome carrying case. Just not a professional saw if you plan to use it more than a few times.
I've never used a circular saw before but if you want a laser, the laser on this is terrible. You can't see it during the day, it's not bright at all. Also it's really weird trying to get the tightening on the blade right, it says don't overtighten but I've also had the bolt get lose multiple times not trying to overtighten it soooo you need to magically guess how tight the bolt should be. Idk all around kinda weird, bad experience for first time user.