Summary: I'll admit to being one of those guys who gets a new tool and thinks immediately that I can use it right away without instructions. Dumb move. Knowing that I was cutting plywood and would need a 60-tooth blade, I installed the new blade and went to work. The first few seconds were a bit slower than I anticipated, and about 4 inches into the cut, the blade stopped. I tried again--same result. Third try, guess what--same result.
There's a reason most people call their circular saw a "Skil saw"
igen "igen", Amazon
16 September 2013
Summary: My brothers and I bought this no-frills circular saw as one of our dad's Christmas gifts after his decades-old Skil saw finally burned out. I also have one that's almost identical. You can manually retract the blade guard for trickier cuts and tilt the base for angled cuts. Fitted with a 60t blade, a straight edge, and some clamps, you can make long, finish-quality cuts almost as easily as with a table saw (or when working with full 4x8 sheets, even more easily than with...
Summary: Spent a lot of time trying to make this saw cut through simple things (like 3/4 inch plywood) and it just wouldn't work for us, even after buying new blades for it. Goes in a few inches and stalls out, blade just stops turning. It starts up fine, spins for a little while, but doesn't seem to have enough power to make it through normal treated plywood. Pretty big disappointment considering how positive all the other reviews are.
Summary: First time ever using a circular saw and it's everything I could ask for and more. No more having to use a jigsaw to make my straight cuts in wood for my misc projects. very accurate and straight cut when used with a guide. (I just used a piece of 2x4 clamped down to make a guide - no point in buying a more expensive one unless you need to be accurate to the millimeter). Did not even try the blade it came with though, I'm sure it works fine.
Summary: I guess I should not have expected much for the price, but even at the price, the general overall build of this saw was cheesy. I'm a construction professional and own half a dozen sidewinder saws and needed this one for a job in another location. First thing I noticed right out of the box was that way the cheap plastic housing pieces didn't fit. Then that shoe . . . could they have made it any thinner?
Summary: I can't justify spending very much money on a circular saw. I'm a part-time remodeler, not a professional carpenter, so take that caveat for what its worth. I can't justify the money for a worm-drive saw, especially since they're so much heavier. The circular saw isn't a tool I use very often for really heavy-duty applications anyway. The miter saw and sawzall both get considerably more use.
Summary: i bought one of these saws to cut some plywood after discovering my dad's craftsman had rusty and dull blade. The price of a new blade was close to the price of this entire new saw, so i bought the saw intending to use it really only once, and didn't expect much. After using it that one time, i found myself looking for new projects which involved using a circular saw.
Good Solid General Purpose Circular Saw For The Non-Professional Craftsman
G. P. WHITEHOUSE, Amazon
7 May 2008
Summary: Skil has been making this basic model for well over 25 plus years now. I purchased my first one when I bought my first house at age 25. I'm now 50. It just recently gave up the ghost a couple of days ago. Just like a wheel bearing on your car, these things have a main bearing that goes bad after 300-400 hours of use. The motor brushes should also be replaced at the same time as the bearing.
Summary: Recently I retired my fathers old Craftsman saw. It was about 25 years old, weighted about 9 pounds, been dropped any number of times, and the cord was patched (I cut it 4 times), and it cut almost square. I bought this saw as a replacement mostly cause I got a good deal on it. After so many years lugging around my dads old saw, we nick named it the Mayflower, I've been very happy with the switch. The depth adjustment is easy.