Summary: I purchase all of my tools (way too many if you ask my wife) from Amazon and very rarely, because I read all of the user reviews, am I disappointed. In this case I didn't listen to the one reviewer who found the problem with the base plate wobble. After a number of hours trying to figure out why I kept failing to get "square" cuts I finally figured out it was this miserable saw. The plate has a heavy 1/16th to 1/8th play that can't be tightened away.
Summary: This is my first worm drive circ caw and i tell you what this puppy can actually cut a straight line unlike the regular side winders. It is heavy and you can feel the torque when you fire this saw up. I ripped up 3/4" ply all day with the factory blade and it was flawless. Only complaint is the cheap plastic handle I can see that will be the first place it will crack, I will just have to becareful when storing it...doesnt effect the performance of the tool..
Summary: Saw works great. It is my first worm drive saw. So I have nothing to compare it to. It is ten times more powerful than any standard type circular saw I have ever used. I have used it to rip full sheets of oak veneered plywood and also to cut some basic 2x6 framing. I am confident this saw would be a great saw for any type of work you do. It is very good at adjusting for angled cuts.
Summary: My new Skil SHD77M arrived. I heard that there was a problem of the base plate not being flat, but assumed Skil had fixed that. Mine is way out of flat! The whole saw rocks as you place it on the work piece. So, back she goes. What a pain.
Summary: After too many years of unsatisfactory results with yellow and gray sidewinder circular saws, I decided I deserved a good worm drive saw. All the reviews of the Skilsaw were pretty positive, and I liked the idea that Bosch had continued making such an old design with limited changes. First use was a revelation, As many have noted, the saw tracks very well, and following a line is no longer a WAG as with a sidewinder.
Summary: I was considering "trading up" from my old 13AMP SHD77M to this new 15AMP version for only one reason: the additional power. Honestly, I've never found a job that the 13AMP saw couldn't handle. In fact I'd rate that saw a solid 5-stars. That thing is designed to last forever with proper care, and is simply a marvelous machine. But what can I say? If additional power is available, I like to have it. Why did I stop dead in my tracks? This 15AMP model is now made in China!
Summary: Skil SHD77M 7-1/4-inch Mag Worm Drive Saw I Keep three worm drive saws on the Job. The first saw I reach for is the 7 1/4 inch Mag. For deeper cuts I use an 8 1/4 saw. For concrete,masonry and stone I use a modified 8 1/4 inch unit with an added water cooling jet.
Summary: I've owned several saws in my work as an independent contractor and this is simply the best. I have two other saws that are now collecting dust in my garage. The Mag 77 is powerful, sturdy, accurate, quieter than other saws, and perfectly weighted (not too heavy not too light). I think it definitely worth every penny.