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 08-31-2003, 17:27 Post: 62967
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I just ordered a Skilsaw Model Skil 5700-05 7-1/4" 2.6 HP Circular Saw with Site Light. This is not the best saw in the world but not bad for home use. The price of $69.99 and free shipping was not too bad either. I also ordered a Diablo D0740X 7-1/4"x 40-Tooth Carded ATB Finishing Blade for $17.99. I found a Model 5600-01 Skilsaw at Walmart for $47 on the opened package discount shelf but this does not come with the carrying case like the Model 5700-05 does and it has .1 more hp. I need to finish up some cabinet work in the kitchen an need a circular saw. Any comments or suggestions appreciated. Did I buy a piece of crap saw or did I do good? Thanks.






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 08-31-2003, 18:45 Post: 62969
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I don't mean to put a damper on your enthusiasm here but I've bought two skil products, a belt sander and a saw, and wasn't happy with either one. The sander belt rollers were really sloppy and it was impossible to adjust the belt so it wouldn't walk off the rollers. The saw frame was weak and it was difficult to keep the blade adjusted so it was square. I ended up returning both units and bought porter-cable replacements which have been superb, but they were quite a bit more expensive. My experiences were a few years ago so maybe the skil products have improved. The saw I had would have done the job but I didn't want the aggravation. The belt sander was hopeless.






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 08-31-2003, 19:10 Post: 62971
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Chief I gotta agree with Ken. Skil used to be one of the finest names you could buy. Along with Black & Decker, and many others that were bought by conglomerates for the name reginition. Then built the stuff so cheap making a hugh profif and dumping the name.

My prerfernce for circular saws is Makita, I have other tools by dewalt, craftsman, milawakie, air nailers by Portercable, bostich...

For finish type cutting you can not beat a good table saw or radial arm and a high quality router.

Sorry but I do not shop at wal mart for any kind of tool.






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 08-31-2003, 20:40 Post: 62978
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As I said, this is not the best saw in the world but I figured I would give it a try and see how it performs. I was looking at the DeWalt, Makita, and Milwalkee worm gear drive saws for maybe later on it I find more use for a saw. I looked at the Black & Decker and other brands and they seemed like junk next to the Skilsaw. I liked the cutting light on this saw as well since my vision is not consistent everyday, the grips were some kind of soft material that is easy to grip, and Accu Sight looked like it may actually work. Those other saws were $189 and up. For now I just need to rip a few pieces of plywood and maybe some boards. You guys confirmed what I was thinking. After I use it a bit, I will post some feed back. Ken turned me on to the "Tracto Point Best Buy" pressure washer for half what the others cost and it has performed fantastic. Hopefully this saw will too. My other power tools are DeWalt and Makita. I love how the Makita buffer works on the finish of the boat.






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 08-31-2003, 21:46 Post: 62979
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"Chief I gotta agree with Ken. Skil used to be one of the finest names you could buy. Along with Black & Decker, and many others that were bought by conglomerates for the name reginition. Then built the stuff so cheap making a hugh profif and dumping the name.'

It's a shame, I have a Black and Decker circular saw from the early 70's and it is great. It works like new, it will probably outlast most saws I could buy new tomorrow!






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 08-31-2003, 21:55 Post: 62980
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My dad had a lot of Black & Decker tools from the 60's and they were all excellent. It's too bad that companies take good names and destroy the products that made them great.






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 09-01-2003, 07:12 Post: 62991
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I have my frustrations with consumer products like most everybody it seems. Seems like few of the MacTools from box stores are capable of doing serious work, and some just don't work at all. Fast food, fast tools--it's all the same. Competitive advertising to flog junk few people would tolerate in their homes if they hadn't been reduced to stupors by their shopping experiences first.

Maybe everybody who feels cranky on the subject could go and rent the old video 'Other Peoples' Money.' So, was the DiVito or the Lancaster character right? For myself it doesn't matter I just have to keep doing what makes me happy and I'm never happy going into a box store. I feel worse the few times I actually buy something in one. I feel better by absolutely minimizing the times I buy something in one. I'm just not going to reward the people who brought me consumerism by carnival and name recognition shams any more than I have to. I likely end up with better tools too, but since most of mine came from the early '70's, I still have them.






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 09-01-2003, 07:30 Post: 62994
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I'm with you Tom. I still have some Black and Decker tools from the early seventies. Also have a Thor drill from the 50's, recently had to repair the cord! My Sawsall is a piece of junk, everyone I asked prior to purchase at the time said that they are the best but I believe they meant "used to be". I have a Ryobi rechargeable drill that I used unmercifully for twelve years and now I can not get a battery for it for less than $100. Guess what I did rather than pay that price, went to the B&D outlet store and bought saw and drill combo for $140, local box was selling them for $200. The new stuff actually works well, not near the quality of my Riobi but I refuse to pay that kind of money for a rechargeable battery. I tend to pay more for tools that last, but for the occasional use a less expensive tool is not always an unwise choice.






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 09-01-2003, 08:01 Post: 62996
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Chief you need to look at the Skill saw carefully but for the money. I bought a Skill like that a number of years ago with the box. It was an retro addition so it may be built more like the old ones but I have near finished my large house and I have used only the circular hand saw only to rip some sheets of plywood, the odd angle cut on a 2" x 10" and some heavy gauge metal roofing. I bought a slide saw and use it for most of the dimensional lumber cutting, siding, pine ceiling and the trim etc. It will cut up to 12" diagonally and more than 6 at a 45 degree. Frankly I get a more accurate cut from the slide saw and rarely used the circular hand saw.
I saw some good worm saws for sell the other day at a garage sell and though about it once or twice but they wanted more for the used worm than I paided for my skill (49$ with 3 blades) and for the amount I use it?
I would buy it and save the money for a good slide saw.






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 09-01-2003, 09:19 Post: 63001
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Peters, when you say slide saw are you refering to a sawsall type saw?






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