Summary: The one I purchased in 1974 is still going strong and the newer ones are of essentially unchanged design. This saw has had bearings, brushes, handles, and cords replaced, but due to the fact that the gear oil can be changed (and has been), the hypoid gears are still serviceable.
Summary: I'd love to write a review for this saw but I don't own one. Mine is a Skil model # 77 type 16 from 1986. I bought it new. I have other circular saws but the 77 is my go to saw for heavy stuff.
Summary: This saw is fantastic, its just as well built as the old ones, its the only circular saw worth getting if your a pro. Its quite heavy, but that helps to keep it on track. Its worth every penny!
Summary: My last Skil Saw purchased lasted 22 years..And when I got this one the other day it was like the old one. Felt good..So what if it's "assembled in China"? If you who read this want a professional saw that has a proven track record at effortless & straight cutting, this saw ain't no joke.
Summary: Made in China!!!!!! Yes this saw used to be made in USA but not any more. So much for the " Saw that built America" The people at Skill on there Info line are Jerks you try to ask them anything about the saw before purchase and they will not tell you anything
Summary: this thing is badass! Solid super easy to use and can do pretty much anything. beware though as others have said this thing is heavy. But once it is up on the cutting surface it does not hop around at all!