Rated 3.4 out of 5 by 18
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Merc30 Light duty only
Considering the number of Skil Saws that I have seen in use by friends and family that are well over 30 years old, this one did not last 5 years.
I has had a few hours and some tough jobs (sawing brick), but I was very disappointed with the longevity.
I would spend a few more dollars and buy a better model SkilSaw.
December 28, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by NightVision Don't waste your money.
Seriously was disappointed about this saw. I ended up returning a Bosch saw because the levers were cheap and unreliable, then I picked up this saw, a huge mistake. It makes awful cuts in wood, and then couldn't even get through the wood. the blade would stop halfway through the cut. Not even functional. I ended up returning and getting the Rigid Saw. The rigid is on a whole other level. It was amazing. Do not buy this saw unless all what you're planning on building is pinewood derby cars, which is still a stretch.
September 16, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by ShendoGeek Got what I needed!
If I used this saw for a living I might buy a more expensive one but I don't, so used it for its intended application.
I had a refurbished Skil circular saw for years and it finally gave out while cut'n through some concrete in 108 degree weather. No brainer to buy another Skill, worked like a champ, finished the job like a pro.
If you know how to use this saw properly it will serve you well for many years to come . . . no doubt.
July 15, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by ELCHEAPO Get what you pay for
Spend a little more and get a reputable model. I wanted to try and get by on the cheap and the saw did not last through the first cut.
Directions saw to finger tighten the bolt attaching the blade and then use the wrench to tighten 1/8 turn or 45 deg---doing that or any more or less still activates the clutch and you have a blade that doesn't spin---and folks without a spinning blade you don't rip any boards.
Most of my equipment is older--those models had a button or key that prevented the blade from moving as you tighten the nut---this is the first I've ever seen that without that (perhaps that's a new thing--although my Stihl whacker still employs the same sort of tech to stop the mechanism from turning while you tighten the nut).
Guess I should have kept the receipt. Do yourselves a favor and drop 100 on a good saw...don't fall for the head fake on the 59 dollar special.
December 16, 2011
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by H3guy Good tool for a fair price.
My last Skill Saw quit after 40+ years of service, so I bought another that should last until I'm 6 feet under. I'm using it on pressure treated 2"x8" boards and it does a great job. Doesn't have all the features of a more expensive saw, but It's good for the average DIYer. Easy to adjust.
January 14, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Ichthus 5 minutes to cut a 2x4
I'm not sure if the saw is just of horrible quality, too low of amperage, or if the anti-kickback clutch on this saw I got was over-reacting, but it literally took 5 minutes just to cut through a 2x4, the clutch stopping the blade every 5 seconds of that. I'm returning the saw tomorrow and plan on spending an extra $50 for a quality saw.
August 11, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Pete Great Buy for the Money
Bought my last Skil saw 35 years ago. Time for a new one. Home Depot didn't have the item in the store, so we ordered on line. Quick and easy. Delivered right to the door. Same quality 35 years later.
March 11, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Jasonvee won't last
I never seen a saw give out so quick. Had to install a security door and needed to cut through 3/4" board to increase the opening. Gears stripped and the blade stopped spinning right away. I had to make any cuts EXTREMELY slow to to finish the job. Encountered only one nail prior to the gears stripping. Would have been much better off with the cheaper Ryobi.
February 26, 2012