|Review by patcollins||posted 11-07-2010 11:33 PM||3473 views||0 times favorited||12 comments|
Ok I know many of you would never even consider a tool made by Skil because they are low end but I have been happy with a couple of their products. I am by no means an experienced woodworker but just a guy starting out and that likes to make things.
First off the saw has a large amount of plastic in it but I really don’t see where metal would be superior except if you bang it around alot. The motor bogs down a little bit when cutting curves in 1/2” oak with a 3/8” blade but i bet a thinner blade would work a bit better for this. My biggest two complaints are the pully on the motor is not round at all but it doesn’t seem to adversly affect the performance of the saw and the safty switch seems to allow the motor to turn when the cabinet is open.
Now into the good parts: This saw was only $99 at Lowes and came with a cute little fence that is actually very useful. No other benchtop saw that I found in a store had a fence. There was very little setup to do out of the box just some minor adjusting that well explained and very easy to do for this newbie. It cuts very well, I was able to rip a 3/4” square oak dowel straight down the center with no wandering and a fairly smooth cut. I was also able to cut a very nice 3” circle out of 1/4” oak plywood also. It also takes a fairly standard 59.5” blade but the blade that came on it is fairly decent.
So while it is a low end saw I thnk it does a great job for what it is and am happy. If the pully was more precise and the safety switch actually worked I might have considered giving it 5 stars.