Over the last year, I have had the distinct pleasure of being able to routinely see new power tools before everyone else at shows and events. Of all the tools I have seen, this new launch from Skilsaw had me so excited I could barely stand it. The legendary Worm Drive power of the classic Skilsaw Circular Saw, on a Miter Saw? I was definitely eager to see what it would be like to put this saw to the test and see how it stacked up. Now that I have it, we can explore this beauty a bit more in the Skilsaw Miter Saw Review – First Look.
Skilsaw Miter Saw Review – First Look – Features
- Worm Drive delivers the relentless power and trusted durability needed to get the job done on any job site
- Lightest-in-class construction and convenient top handle makes transportation easy, weighs in at 51 pounds.
- LED Shadow Light provides high precision cuts with greater accuracy than lasers
- 15 Amp Dual-Field™ motor keeps the motor cooler, increasing longevity and work efficiency
- 4 x 14 cross cut capacity lets you handle any cut needed for the job
- Dual bevel cutting capacity for both left and right cuts gives you more flexibility, while adjustable bevel stop presets provide greater accuracy
- Includes Dust Bag and dust elbow, Crown Stops, 60-Tooth Blade, and a workpiece clamp.
Skilsaw Miter Saw Review – First Look – Value
Skilsaw priced this tool fairly competitive to similar saws on the market, coming in at $629.00. Yes, it is an expensive tool, but its also not a tool you should have to replace in any sort of frequency. Much like a Table Saw, you should get years of use out of it, so buying a high-quality option is always a good investment. It is a truly powerful saw, geared towards the professional user that needs solid and reliable performance which it has in spades.
Skilsaw Miter Saw Review – First Look – My Thoughts
This saw has totally blown me away. I am a self confessed, Miter Saw Junkie. In woodworking, it is probably my most used tool. Everything from the strong feature set, which I will cover in more detail in the Full Review to the power, this saw is nothing short of spectacular. The saw required very minimal calibration right out of the box, something that is generally a problem with miter saws. I have cut both hardwoods, as well as softwood and dimensional lumber. The sliding mechanism is stellar and very comfortable, not feeling too stiff or loose which is another issue commonly encountered in sliding miter saws.
The operating and bevel adjustments are all very intuitive, giving a lot of credit to an incredibly well thought out design. The wings offer increased workpiece support and the clamp is actually one I have found helpful in use. The shadow-light is by far a standout feature, giving you perfect visibility of your cut line. All in all, my first impressions are exactly what I expected in this saw, that it is going to be a workhorse with the ability to stand up to any task I throw at it.