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Skilsaw 7-1/4″ Sidewinder Circular Saw Review

Skilsaw’s SPT67WM-22 Circular Saw

SkilSaw_SideSome of the best things in life are memories and experiences. I had the opportunity to get my hands on a SkilSaw Sidewinder and I could never have imagined the memories that would come back while I used the saw.

First, this saw is made for trade professionals but is also priced where it is affordable for many home improvement and DIY’ers.  The Skilsaw Sidewinder circular saw (model SPT67WM-22) is an all magnesium circular saw, including the motor housing. The saw is built to withstand the jobsite punishment with a rugged magnesium motor housing.  That same rugged motor housing also keeps the motor cooler increasing performance and the lifetime of the saw.  Skilsaw is best known for its worm drive saws.  The Sidewinder uses technology from the same Dual-Field motor used in the work drive saws. The Sidewinder has 56° precision beveling capacity and a 2-7/16″ max depth of cut at 90°.

My Skilsaw Background

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My grandfather was a carpenter who built homes and later in life became a cabinet maker. Because I am the only child of the youngest son in the family, my only memories of me working with my grandfather are all after he had retired. Even after he retired, he spent every day in his shop building something.

While the circular saw was not the first tool he taught me how to use, it is one that reminds me of the homes he built and the side jobs he would take me on. While I was 8 and 9 years old, I was handed cut pieces of wood to nail together. Mostly bird houses and small items he would give away as gifts. But as I spent more time with him I was taught more and more. Eventually I was taught how to use a circular saw along with getting educated on the different types. I was the person who called every circular saw a Skilsaw, no matter what brand. There was no other brand of circular saw in my grandfather’s shop.

Old Vs. New

 

SkilSaw_BottomI annoy John when I compare many of the tools we review against my grandfather’ older but commercial grade models. In many cases tools have come a long way as this Skilsaw Sidewinder has. You can see the difference in the new magnesium foot plate. The difference in how the Sidewinder slides on wood is amazing. We now have carbide tipped blades that last longer and in many cases cut much better than before. I do not feel the same quality of triggers or switches on corded equipment, but I imagine the smooth (or wore out) triggers were phased out for safety. There are a lot of improvements from the old SkilSaw models to the new ones.

Features & Specs

  • 7-1/4 in. all magnesium saw magnesium motor housing stabilizes drive train
  • Dual-field motor specifically designed for saws
  • 7-1/4 in. 24 tooth Diablo carbide blades
  • Dust blower clears the line of cut
  • Accessible brushes
  • 5,300 rpm no load speed
  • Saw weights 8.8 pounds less the 10 ft cord and saw blade
  • 56° beveling capacity
  • 2-7/16″ max depth of cut at 90°
    • 1-7/8″ max depth of cut at 45°
    • 1-1/2″ max depth of cut at 56°
  • Stay true guarantee 180 days money-back guarantee + 1 year limited warranty

Look & Feel

Skilsaw_AccuracyI try never to judge a tool by the look.  If you look in the right places, you can find a lot of pigs with lipstick on.  This saw was a beauty when I pulled it out of the box.  The first thing I noticed was the nice grip, an almost familiar grip that reminded me of my worm drive saw.  The full magnesium construction was welcome as this saw weighs in at about 9 pounds.  All of the adjustment levers are easy to get to and are metal in construction.  The angles are nicely printed on the saw, very easy to read and also adjustable with accuracy.  Line markers for the line of cut are precise and easy to see.  When I am using the new saw and compare it to the older saws, I notice the power and a great improvement in accuracy of the new saw over the older models I own.  The older saws I am comparing to are almost 40 years old!

I also feel that the balance of the saw is much better than the older models I have used.  While the magnesium probably helps that a bit, it is an important factor in everyday long term use.

Getting better with Age

I appreciate that Skilsaw is still making these quality saws.  We have all seen companies we grew up with slowly change the quality of their tools to increase profit and live off the name that was built over many prior decades.  Skilsaw is still a brand that is improving product lines and making tools for the professionals.  While the Skil name is marketed more to the home owner, Skilsaw is still making their mark in the professional field.

If you are looking for a direct drive saw with the blade in the right hand side, take some time to look at this saw.  Skilsaw offers a 180 day money back guarantee, so if for some reason you do not like the saw, it can be returned for a refund.

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One Response to “Skilsaw 7-1/4″ Sidewinder Circular Saw Review”

  1. Dave H. #

    My skil sidewinder circular saw’s brake appears to be locked, will not release and allow the blade to turn.Any tricks to releasing the brake? After trying to get it to release with motor on and off, It started smoking and I fear it won’t release and or is damaged. Is this normal? I’ve had it for several years and never used the brake before. Now it seems jammed for no obvious reason. Help?

    April 26, 2019 at 8:26 pm Reply

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