Summary: Awesome saw. Works great for cutting 6x material in two passes, cutting TJIs, and for cutting irregular roofs. Couldn't live without it, but its a specialty saw to me. If you're a framer I would buy one, if you're a diy homeowner - you probably would be better off with a 7 1/4 (my go-to saws are...
Summary: The skill 8 1/4 worm drive saw is a great saw for anyone who plans on cutting rafters or anything else that requires constant running. The saw is heavy would not recommend for everyone, but if you are looking for a work horse saw this one can't be beat.
Summary: First off this advice is not for novice or diy weekend warriors!!!! If you remove the blade guard you can fit an 8 1/2 inch blade in this saw and increase Cut depth. I have done this with this saw for well over a decade. Like I said not for beginners or those on a site with osha present.
Summary: Ive been a CA framer for 13 years. Cant beat an 8-1/4" for cutting 3x sill, sole plate,TJI's, or tricky roofs. When I was younger and my arm could handle it I used an 8-1/4" everyday as my everyday saw.
Summary: I was looking for a good worm drive saw made in the USA for our shop. I called Amazon and was assured that it was and ordered it. Then I went on vacation. When i returned the saw had already been used several times and right there on the label - Made In China.... of course!