Skilsaw Just Keeps Getting Better And Better!
I have an older model Skilsaw circular saw. It is a good saw, but it seems much cheaper made than this one, and doesn't have the blade lock that this one has. It also doesn't have that very cool vacuum hose attachment that this one has! Skilsaw markets this saw as being for fiber cement board, because it has the dust-collection vacuum attachment, and comes with a Diablo Hardie Board blade. If you've ever cut cement board for a bathroom remodel before, with a regular circular saw, you know what a
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pain in the neck mess that is! Clouds of cement dust fills the air, and you better be wearing a respirator if you value your lungs! This Diablo blade does a much better job of cutting the cement board than a regular saw blade, and that dust collection vacuum attachment is a life-saver for cutting down the dust.
Now, Skilsaw says not to use this saw with cutting other materials such as wood, but if you change out the blade with a standard 7 1/4 wood blade, it works just perfect for that as well. Skilsaw has made a lot of other improvements with this saw too. For instance, the base plate is a very heavy Magnesium one, versus the stamped steel one on my old saw. It looks and feels much more substantial. The blade wrench on my old saw was fairly light weight and simple. The blade wrench on this new saw is much thicker, has two holes for undoing the bolt, and even has a screwdriver edge cut into the back end. I was very impressed with that.
The adjustments for this saw are pretty much the same as before. The put the vacuum attachment at the back of the blade guard, in just the right place. They include a vacuum hose, with a nylon type fabric hose guard, so you don't rip the hose on something you are working on. They also include two vacuum adapters, so that you can attach it to your shop vac. The only complaint I have whatsoever with this saw, is that the hose they provide doesn't really fit snugly on the vacuum adapter they provide. As a result, it slips off the adapter easily, and leaks air. That can easily be addressed by taking a medium sized radiator hose clamp, and snugging down the hose to the adapter for a tighter fit. Since it is so easy to fix, I'm not knocking off any stars for that, but Skilsaw might want to look into making their adapter castings just slightly bigger in diameter in that area. The portion on the saw itself is a nice snug fit for the vacuum hose.
All in all, I really love this saw, and think it is a great improvement over Skilsaw's older models, and certainly better than many of their competitor's products! Thanks Skilsaw, and Home Depot!
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