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Great saw! Only one problem has a weird sound coming from the motor when winding down to a stop. Called the skill 1-800 number and we as told it was normal to give it some break in period I will revise My review if that annoying sound goes away finally.
Con: depth adjustment lever is terrible motor sits too low to the shoe
There is a lot to like about this saw - and the price is amazing for what you get. Tons of power, good blade depth, easy to handle ergonomically.
But there is one very serious problem - the depth adjustment lever that is used to lock the blade depth into place is made out of soft metal - it's hard to get feedback on when the blade is locked, and you don't want to press it too hard, because you're afraid to break it... as several users have broken it. This is quite dangerous, because if the lever slips while you're cutting you're liable to get serious kickback and also destroy your work piece. And the way it locks you just have no confindence it will hold. This is just asking for trouble. In fact, although I like almost everything about this saw, I'm seriously thinking about getting a different saw with a different locking mechanism.
The other problem is that when you drop the blade to its max deepest position 2 3/8", the motor sits almost right on top of the shoe - the clearance is about 3/8". This means that at that depth, you are seriously limited in how high your guide fence can be - 3/8". Most guide fences you make will be taller than that, just to provide more ridigity, and it's hard to get that with only 3/8" thickness material (plywood, wood, even aluminum strips that won't flex etc.).
This is my third Skill saw. I bought my first on in 1967 and it still works. The trigger had gone bad so when you plug it in it is running. Too old to get parts. The carbon brushes springs have gotten weak and I have to work on them as the brushers get smaller. So about 10 years ago I bought a new skill saw. The motor burnt up so I got another Skill saw. The just seem to be making them cheaper all the time. My first on has a button you press in that locks the motor so you can loosen the blade. On this newest the blade wrench is bent right at the bolt hole so it can slip off the bolt as you try to tighten it. They just seem to make then cheaper so they don't last as long so they can sell more. I fixed the wrench by putting it my vice and making the bend about a 1/4 inch.
I did my due diligence on circular saws before I decided to purchase this one. I like it overall, however, I do have to say that it seems as though the laser is hard to see and it also seems like it is a bit inaccurate - or maybe I just need to adjust... Either way, at the end of the day the saw gets the job done. Even better, it came with a blade so I didn't have to go out and purchase one separately.
The saw works which is always a plus but it feels cheap and the motor seems to slow down when cutting and the blade ether wobbles or the safety guard gets caught because when cutting a straight line the blade will pull to the left it is a light weight saw which is nice when using it all day. The safety button is really annoying as I sometimes need to hold the saw in a different way I understand for a home owner this feature is needed and it’s for safety I just can’t stand it and sometimes have to use both hands just to start the saw so yeah I wouldn’t buy it again but it’s affordable and works I’m using it everyday at work still and I’ve had it for about a month I recommend non trade workers to look for something better but average joe have at it. It’s cuts right so it does what it’s supposed too haha
I'm updating my review since it has been a few months of having my Skil saw. My husband and I share our Amazon account and he got me a few tools for my DIY woodwork. If I had to do it over again, I honestly wouldn't just got a miter saw.
So I can say that the Skil Saw did the job j needed it to do. I am a petite female so the saw it NOT lightweight but I wasnt expecting it to be. And yes I've done my research but decided to go with the reviews on this purchase.
I have noticed that the saw will actually get "stuck" and I have barely used it for 10 minutes. I unplugged it, checked the blade and literally nothing is caught. The blade isn't chipped. Check the screws, not too tight not loose. It just will stop halfway thru the cut, which sucks if you have a pace going.
Secondly, the laser is not the most accurate. It doesn't line up with the "arrow'' on the metal plate.
So future stuff if I really need to use it I will but I will be buying another saw because this doesn't provide the most accuracy in my opinion.