Summary: My decision between circular saws came down to the base Sears model at $39.99 and the Skil at $49.99. The base model Sears looked a little "flimsy" sitting next to the Skil and the Skil came with a multipurpose blade (probably an $8.00 or so additional cost with the Sears) so I bought the Skil. The saw is GREAT thus far! It cuts extremely quickly and has tons of power. I figure I'll have this saw for decades of home use.
Summary: I bought this to replace a 20 year old Skil saw and this is no replacement at all. My first job for it was cutting a piece of counter-top and it could hardly make the cut. I went back the next day for a DeWalt, much better product.
Summary: I received this circular saw 3 years ago for my birthday from my wife. She may have brought one of the lowest priced saws, but this little saw is still running strong. It helped redo my roof, my garage, and my bathroom. Not to bad for a $50 saw.
Summary: I have had several skil saws before. I have to say that I am a big fan of my Ridgid battery set. But this skil saw is my corded backup and works great. It's a great saw for the price and does what you want it to. I bought the 4 blade set so that I have the versitility of cutting many surfaces. It's a great tool to have and works great. Another fine tool by Skil.
Summary: I bought it to replace an old Skil 5150. This saw is actually 13 amps even though the picture of the saw shows a 12 amp model. Skil is a good name for circular saws. I bought a Freud Diablo blade at Amazon for this saw, and it cuts everything from plywood to pressure treated lumber like butta.
Summary: This is a great saw. I have used it for tons of cuts and it has never failed. I have used it for ripping and cross cutting construction lumber the full blade depth, ripping plywood, MDF, particleboard, etc. The depth and bevel adjustment lock in place well. The blade that comes with the saw is not necessarily the best, but a good replacement is not too expensive. Its a great overall saw that won't let you down.
Summary: I probably do about twenty cuts a month, and this is absolutely all the saw I could want. It's nice and light, plenty of torque for anything I've thrown at it (spring for sharp blades, it's worth the money). And how did it take so long for someone to figure out to put the wrench in the guide? Brilliant. What a great bargain on Amazon, with free shipping for Prime, too.
Summary: Bought this skil saw 3 day's ago and have used 4 times and for the diy'er that needs a saw for medium or average usage then i recommend this saw went threw 2x4 like hot knife threw butter no problem no bogging down. only bad thing can say is when sawing the sight on the tray is useless but I don't use it anyway. almost went to competitive store then looked when buying other items and was same price as competitor and closer to my home.
Summary: Shortly after I received this in the mail I purchased a set of metal grinding blades that I need to cut a steel pipe with which was a good learning experience since it was the first time I have ever used a circular saw and It was surprisingly easy.
Summary: I purchased this saw for my guy for Christmas a year ago. Although he hasn't got much use out of it, when he has used it he liked it. It's heavy and seems to be able to handle anything you try to cut with it. I was a little leery about getting a refurbished one, but that hasn't seemed to make any difference. I'll definitely buy refurbished to save money in the future as they seem to work just was well as a brand new product!