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. It has seen 25 years of carpentry, framing, door work, & finish, and I would definitely get another if it ever becomes unusable or too expensive to repair.
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. It truly sets the DYI'ers and wannabes apart from the true professional. With a worm-drive saw of this caliber and the price can't be beat!
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