Vintage wormdrive Skilsaw that I havn't seen before!

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Forum topic by PhilStLouis posted 09-18-2013 07:00 AM 4138 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Topic tags/keywords: vintage skilsaw skilsaw skil saw 825

So I picked up this skilsaw at an estate sale not long ago. I bought it not because I needed it, but because I couldn’t resist it due to its hardware store fresh condition. This estate sale was like a time capsule back to the 60’s and 70’s, where the guy had clearly bought a lot of stuff that he didn’t use/need.

Its a model 825. This is one of the big boys with the 8 1/4” blade vs. the more standard 7 1/4.” I flushed out the original oil with kerosene and replaced it with the modern skillsaw specific oil. I also put a fresh 40t freud blade on it.

I’ve searched all over the internet and can’t find another example like it. Based on the serial number I gather it is from the 1960’s. I emailed skil but they gave me a somewhat generic response saying they stoped production of the 825 in 1960 (produced from 1945-1960), but this seems contrary to what other owners saw. What seems unique about this saw is the adjustment mechanisms and the enlarged blade cover. Its heavy and appears to be built like a tank. Based on its design, it almost seems likely that this was a saw made briefly between “body styles.”

If anyone can shed light on this saw let me know!!

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#1 posted 09-18-2013 03:45 PM

I asked Skil again and they were able to verify that the type 8 825 was manufactured in 1961!

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#2 posted 09-18-2013 03:52 PM

Nice pickup, Phil, looks like brand new! Skil wormdrive saws are heavy duty workhorses and you should get many years of use (unless you end up putting it in a museum). What’s the deepest it can cut?

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#3 posted 09-18-2013 04:01 PM

That’s a real thing of beauty. It’s doubtful anything manufactured today will look that good 50 years from now.

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#4 posted 09-18-2013 04:04 PM

Very very nice. Made the same year I was. :)

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#5 posted 09-18-2013 04:09 PM

Nice score. I am thinking it would have value to a collector of vintage power tools. I can see it on a shelf beside one of those Rockwell sidewinders that actually had grease cups.



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#6 posted 09-18-2013 04:45 PM

That definitely looks beefy! I stopped fixing power tools professionally about 2004, at that time some manufacturers (Bosch I remember specifically) produced some power tools for specific agencies. Some were rebranders marketing the tools as their own and some were for the government. This certainly looks like something that could be a government specific tool, given the build design. I doubt it would be easy to confirm this as I’m not sure if Skil did that before becoming part of the Bosch conglomerate and records from that long ago might not be readily available. One of the more interesting tools I ran across was a European rotary hammer from Bosch that had a completely transparent body.

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#7 posted 09-18-2013 09:44 PM

Thanks guys for the responses!

A good finish carpenter friend of mine gave me his skilsaw 77 mag about 5 years ago and I’ve been hooked on them ever since. I feel way more comfortable from a safety standpoint holding a wormdrive saw than any other. My friend bought his skilsaw (the one he gave to me) in 1987 and I still use it frequently and it runs smooth.

When I found this one, it didn’t even cross my mind that I would retire my other saw…instead it inspired me to fix up my beat-up saw…new handle, new cord, new brushes, and I re-alligned the foot plate. I love these things!

Anyway, the old skilsaw type 8, model 825 from 1961…I’m not sure what to do with it. I cut a few pieces of wood and it runs great. Its just so nice that I feel bad tossing it around. Perhaps a collector would like to have it.
It would definatly come in handy now and then when I need the extra cut capacity. Maybe I’ll just put it on the shelf and have it make special appearances.


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