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Forum topic by americanbuilder posted 01-22-2013 10:33 AM 3060 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-22-2013 10:33 AM

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Hello does anyone know where to find a gas powered skill saw?? And does anybody know why they quit manufacturing them?

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#1 posted 01-22-2013 03:18 PM

The closest to a gas powered tool that I know of, (other than a chainsaw) is to run the tool off a generator. I know it’s not the tool you are looking for but if you need a tool (not necessarily a skill saw) away from “city” power, it’s an option.

Small to medium generators also come in handy when the power goes out to keep the refridgerator/freezer going or to power the fan in a gas furnace.

If you weld at all, a welder/generator may be in your future. They aren’t really “portable” though, other than in a truck or on a trailer.

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#2 posted 01-22-2013 03:20 PM

What’s wrong with a Skil Saw with a battery?? Too Weinie?

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#3 posted 01-22-2013 03:24 PM

I suspect a combination of developments, inexpensive portable generators and improved performance battery powered tools, have combined to shrink the market for a gas powered circular saw to a size not possible to sustain production.

Or, in other words, new stuff put the old stuff out of business.

From what I could find with a quick Google search you can still buy a 1.4hp gas powered drill for over $500 and you can buy a 2000watt portable generator for about $200 which would operate any corded electric power tool out there up to 15 amps.

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#4 posted 01-23-2013 02:50 AM

leahmans hardware in the heart of ohio amish country. i think the city is charm.if anybody has one they do. i have seen amish carpenters use them

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#5 posted 01-24-2013 07:39 AM

First Of all thanks everyone for the comments!!! The battery powered are just to weak and don’t hold a charge for very long ! And as for a generator yes that works and have been doing so right now but very interested in finding the gas powered circular saw

Hopefully I find some luck and run across one !!!

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#6 posted 01-25-2013 01:49 AM

Gas powered circular saws disappeared from the market in the mid 1970’s once the battery powered tools started getting better. I have quite a few in my collection from just about every manufacturer that ever made one, but none are for sale. There was a guy who tried to make a new one a few years back but unfortunately it didn’t make it to the mainstream and the idea died.

Have you ever tried a top of the line cordless circular saw? I have a Dewalt and the thing cuts about 90% of what I throw at it. It is a rare occasion that I even pull out the corded saw. The gas ones only come out for fun, no hard labor anymore.

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#7 posted 01-25-2013 02:48 AM

Look for a Homelite XL100. Going rate is $500 and up.


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