SKILSAW Sidwinder 7-1/4 in. Circular Saw Review
Early in my carpentry career I own two power saws: a circular saw and a reciprocating saw. Much later as my two tool arsenal grew, and I became more experienced, I ended up buying a table saw, jigsaw, routers and all kinds of other tools.
Back then circular saws were used for rough framing, as well as finished trim-work and carpenters quickly learned how to cut a straight line. If straight lines didn’t come easy to you, you’d use a straight edge.
The very first circular saw I owned was a Makita “sidewinder,” or direct drive. Regardless of the name everyone on the job site called it a Skilsaw. Like Kleenex and tissue paper, the term Skilsaw and circular saw have become synonymous.
As the old saying goes, you never get a second chance to make a first impression, the Skilsaw did not disappoint. The SKILSAW SIDEWINDER 7-1/4 in. Circular Saw SPT 67 WL-01 looks and feels like quality, from the spring in the blade guard, down to the clicking of the trigger switch.
The Skilsaw is not the lightest saw on the market but it comes close, 8.6 pounds. Skil uses magnesium to provide a rigid, durable base plate and durable and lightweight pvc housing to cut down on weight. The saws size dimensions are 14.4 x 9.8 x 7.4 inches.
Skil was inspired by their worm-drive motor and gear technology and build what’s called a “Dual-Field” motor. This 15-amp motor spins is it 5300 max rpm, and is designed to increase cooling extend the life of the tool.
The saw comes with a 7-1/4″ 24 tooth Diablo carbide blade. A built-in dust blower clears cut line for increased accuracy and the bevel maxes out at 56°, something very useful in dealing with rafters.
The bevel setting is actually spring-loaded, it allows you to make adjustments quickly from 0 to 45°, pulling on the spring handle allows you to move past 45° in up to the 56° bevel.
One thing often overlooked by users is the length of power cord this saw comes with a 10 foot cord, not bad!
There is a saying, “the devil is in the details,” all the scales on this saw are etched, clearly visible, and easy to read and the blade wrench stores neatly and securely at the rear of the tool near the base plate and does not come loose.
Depth of Cut
This saw has a 2 inch gap of cut at 90°. The blade depth-of-cut scale displays common settings for 1/4″, 1/2″, 3/4″, 2X material and max depth.
I was not overly impressed with the sawdust blower. It seemed to work better at slower speeds and could use a double shot of “turbo” blowing!
Using the Saw
The SKILSAW SIDEWINDER 7-1/4 in. Circular Saw SPT 67 WL-01 has plenty of power cut LVL, framing, plywood and pressure treated lumber; easily and quickly. I was not able to get it the motor to bog down. Probably the most important thing I noticed was that the blade guard does not get hung up on angle cuts, bevel cuts, or thin slice rips.
All of the levers on the saw are intuitive, large [easy to see] and easy to operate. There is no fumbling with adjustments, you know exactly what you need to do with this saw, when you need to do it.
The SKILSAW SIDEWINDER 7-1/4 in. Circular Saw is a back to basics, no-frills workhorse. There is nothing fancy or overly extravagant about it it’s just designed to cut and get things done.
How Much and Where To Buy?
The SKILSAW Stay True Guarantee which includes a 1 Year limited warranty as well as a 180 Day money back, no questions asked guarantee and sells online here for $99.00: SKILSAW-SPT67WL-01-15-Amp-Sidewinder-Circular