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Forum topic by BDFan1981 posted 11-21-2012 06:40 AM 3471 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-21-2012 06:40 AM

Topic tags/keywords: skil skilsaw power tool nameplate label decal

For those of you that have Skil power tools from before 1993: how many of you actually check the power tool nameplates to determine the age of your tool?

Sometimes the label design may help you as to the age of your product. For heavy-duty power tools like the model 77 worm-drive saw, several different label designs had been used over the years.

The above image is from a model 77, type 15, which had been produced from circa 1978 through December 1985, at which point this (and all Skil tools classified as “Heavy Duty” or “Super Duty” and “Complies with OSHA Standards”) had moved to the Professional line. Until that time, all Skil power tools used the black and red nameplate (they used this style of decal starting in the early-to-mid 1970s), where on the black portion of the label is the maker’s name and the basic description of the tool, where below, on the red portion, is the specifications of that tool.

Looking to the left of the picture, the newer Skilsaw Professional label is seen, this tool being a model 77, type 16. Here, all the tool specifications moved to the silver portion of the decal. The type 16 model 77 was produced from December 1985 through 1992, the year that Skil merged with Robert Bosch to form S-B Power Tool Company.


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#1 posted 11-21-2012 07:13 PM

Interesting post. I had to check mine: serial #497492. Red label. I bought it about ‘78 or ‘79.

I am recalling there was a run of these with poorly cast blade guards which cracked at the hub. Once that was replaced, it ran for years on our framing crew. It’s a great design with a proud heritage.

Another framer that I worked with for a while had a 6” Skil just like these. It was a beauty for roof and overhang work. Ever seen one of those?



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#2 posted 11-22-2012 01:45 AM


I’m wondering if your 77 is a Type 14 if you claim to have bought it then?


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