|Item Weight||8.7 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||14.2 x 9.8 x 8.5 inches|
|Item model number||5280-01|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Included Components||Circular Saw^24-Tooth Carbide Blade^Wrench^Carry Bag|
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SKIL 5280-01 15-Amp 7-1/4-Inch Circular Saw with Single Beam Laser Guide
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- 15-Amp motor for more power and performance than the SKIL 5680
- 15% weight reduction vs. SKIL 5680, reduces user fatigue
- Single beam laser for more accurate cuts
- Carrying bag for convenient portability and storage
- 51Degree bevel with positive stop at 45Degree for greater cut capacity that SKIL 5680
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For the more experienced user who needs a powerful circular saw with advanced features, the SKIL 5280 7-1/4 inch circular saw is the saw for the job. The 15-Amp motor has the power and performance you need to quickly cut lumber and sheet goods for a room addition, deck and more. The single-beam laser guides cuts with increased accuracy, while the integrated dust blower keeps the line of cut sawdust free. The 51 degree bevel, with positive stop at 45 degrees, gives a variety of cut options, while blades changes are easier with spindle lock and on-tool wrench.
Top Customer Reviews
-- about 15% lighter - 9.5 vs 11.2 pounds (with blade, cord & wrench, 8.7 without).
-- shaft lock added to make changing blades easier.
-- a little more power than the 5680-01 (15 Amp and 2.5 HP vs 14 Amp and 2.3 HP).
-- a little more bevel capacity than the 5680-01 (51 vs 45 degrees maximum).
The thing I like most about this is the lighter weight. If you cut a lot, it becomes very noticeable. It has plenty of power for ordinary uses like easily cutting 2x4s, 1.5" planks, plywood, etc. The maximum cut depth is just under 2-1/2 inches. The blade guard retracts smoothly. The sawdust blower keeps a clean cut line.
The laser line guide is handy for more easily insuring the cut is on line. It puts a red line from the front of the saw to a couple feet out (more in dim light). It isn't very easy to see in direct bright sunlight, though. You can turn it on and off as needed.
The safety button that you have to push to pull the start trigger is easy enough to use with one hand.
The saw has a one-year repair-or-replace warranty for home use, 90 days for professional use.
-- lightweight for its type/power.
-- good power and speed of rotation (5300 rpm)
-- sturdy body construction for home use
-- laser line guide to easily see if blade is on cut line.
-- sawdust blower keeps cut line visible.
-- smooth blade guard operation.
-- trigger and handle hole are large enough to easily use with gloves on.
-- easy-to-use safety button to prevent accidental startup.
-- torque clutch to help lessen risk of kickback.
-- positive bevel stop at 45 degrees.
-- power indicator light on top.
-- onboard wrench and shaft lock for ease of changing blades.
-- ball-bearing motor (like most saws in its class), more long-lasting than brush-contact motors.
-- comes with a standard Skil Carbide 5/8" 24-tooth blade, a popular if inexpensive most-purpose blade.
-- comes with adequately sturdy, lightly padded, zippered black nylon carrying bag with a bright red Skil logo.
-- no electric brake, which would stop the saw blade after you release the trigger. (Many consider that a useful safety feature.)
-- no built-in light to illuminate what you're cutting.
-- steel base plate. Strong enough for ordinary use, but more easily bent if dropped or banged than aluminum or magnesium. If bent, the saw may not make straight cuts.
-- maximum depth of cut at 90 degrees: 2-7/16 inches. At 45 degrees: 1-15/16 inches. Depth is adjustable by loosening a screw, with a built-in depth guide.
-- cord is 6 feet long, heavy duty, with clip on plug end.
-- 10.75 (L) x 8.75 (W) x 6.4 (H) inches without the blade and with the blade guard retracted. With the blade and guard in place the height goes to 9.1 inches. The nonremovable cord is stiff enough to add at least another inch to the length.
This model (5280-01) seems a definite improvement on previous Skil models, and is definitely a good choice for a home owner or occasional user. If you use your saw professionally or on a daily basis you might want to look at Milwaukee, Bosch, or even Hitachi. This circular saw draws 15 amps and generates about 2.5 HP. That is plenty of power for most home owner kind of jobs. If you cut hard wood or large stock you will probably be better served with a worm drive saw.
This saw is reasonably lightweight (8.7 pounds). Most adult males and many strong women can certainly handle this saw with one hand. When you depress the trigger and the thumb safety (which is kind of inconvenient), there is not much start up jerk, so you not be pulled off your line. The red laser is easy to see, even in daylight, and there is an integral chip blower to keep your laser line clear. A 24 tooth, carbide tipped, Skil bade is included, as is the necessary wrench and a black, zipper closure storage/carry bag.
The motor housing and handle are made of polymer. The saw is internally grounded. The blade guard is made out of aluminum and serves its intended purpose. The base plate is made of black painted steel. It has reference marked stamped into it, but they are difficult to see because of the black on black.
I cut 2x4s like butter. Same with 1/2 and 3/4 plywood. This saw could not cut a 4x4 in one pass. This is the same as with other 7 1/4 inch saws.
Overall, a very good quality, home owner grade circular saw. The thumb screw adjustments for depth and bevel angle work fine. The thumb safety switch is a feature I do not like. I guess it may be here for novice users. The integral laser is easy to see and the chip blower keeps your laser beam easily visible.