Vintage wormdrive Skilsaw that I havn't seen before!

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Forum topic by PhilStLouis posted 09-18-2013 07:00 AM 11893 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-18-2013 07:00 AM

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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#8 posted 11-05-2015 06:02 AM

Newbie here. I just dug up smolder 825, 220 V. Thing is built and weighs as much as Ironsides. The guys that slung these saws around all day on job site had arms like gorillas. Yours in pristine, good job. Wonder what it’s worth ? I port cable speedmatic 89 8”. I also have B&D drill motor that could turn a bldg over it has soo much torque. Does anyone know if these bestows have any real value dollar wise. Thanks for any info you can give me…

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#9 posted 11-05-2015 06:42 AM

Phil, that’s got to be ” a Sunday go to meeting”, Skilsaw. You need to put that in a glass case and display it like a treasure. It’s absolutely stunning.

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#10 posted 11-05-2015 11:39 AM

How much did pay for?

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#11 posted 11-05-2015 02:18 PM

Its a beast. If you got it for $75 or less you got a good deal.

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#12 posted 11-05-2015 10:21 PM

That thing is a beast ! Looks like it could cut railroad ties !

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#13 posted 11-13-2015 02:45 AM

Your post sent me to the shop to get the saw that Dad gave me years ago. He said they bought it the year I was born 1953. I still have the oil can. This saw was use in building forms for many bridges in PA.

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#14 posted 10-23-2016 06:21 AM

I have a model zero thinking serial number about 0356 or so can’t seem to find it on the Internet pick it up years ago customize a 10 inch blade on it for beam cutting plates and raftersI think it originally took an 8 1/2 inch blade anyone ever heard of one of these

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#15 posted 12-11-2016 08:26 PM

Beautiful saw Phil, I know this is an old post but I am desperate! I have my dads old model 77 worm driven skill that I use all the time. However today it fell and broke the piece that attaches the base plate to the front of the saw. It has the degrees on it just like in your fourth picture. Anybody have any idea where to get one? I am heartbroken that was the thing I wanted most after my father died!

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