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Old 08-04-2011, 02:11 AM   #1
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What is the best all around skil saw?

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What ever you get make sure the blade is on the drivers side so you can see the cut line.
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Assuming you are asking about circular saws (Skil is a brand, as well as the inventor of the circular saw, hence the generic use of the term skilsaw)' that's kind of like asking what is the best all around car. Alot depends on what your needs are. Many carpenters prefer worm drive saws (motor mounted behind the blade) as they offer more torque and last longer with heavy duty use. The down side would be that they are more expensive and much heavier. For lighter use, such as building a deck or fence, a sidewinder (motor is mounted to the side of the blade) will work fine. Corded rather than cordless is definitely my choice as the batteries on cordless do not last long enough to due much cutting.
Unfortunately, there is a correlation between price and quality in selecting a saw, but again, it really depends on how much work you plan to do.
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What ever you get make sure the blade is on the drivers side so you can see the cut line.
Very important and commonly overlooked point.

Worm drives are not a good choice for lefty.
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Very important and commonly overlooked point.

Worm drives are not a good choice for lefty.
My left handed brother was so sad when his old left handed worm drive died and parts were no longer available. (Rockwell--I believe from the late 1960s)
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What ever you get make sure the blade is on the drivers side so you can see the cut line.
That depends on whether you are right or left handed.
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That's why I said 'drivers side' -----those Brits are all left handed!

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