SKILSAW 7-1/4-Inch Lightweight Worm Drive Circular Saw Review

If you find it difficult to navigate with all these different saws. So her we test one of best worm drive circular saw in the market, the SKILSAW SPT77WML-01.

Circular saws are one of the most powerful power tools, they’re indispensable tools for any handyman! Whether you want to build a piece of furniture or cut pieces of framing, you will need a reliable and powerful circular saw. 

We will put this saw into the test and you will get all the information you need to make your decision about this tool, and make sure you won’t waste your time reading a repeated review for this tool, we did tried the SKILSAW SPT77WML-01 and we’re here to demonstrate its pros and cons to give you a clear insight.

Little something about the SKILSAW SPT77WML-01 Circular Saw

First off, the SKILSAW SPT77WML-01 worm drive circular saw is an efficient, durable yet easy-to-use tool, actually, the manufacturer meant to create an easy tool that can be used by both, DIYers and professionals.

Safety

4.5/5

The overall safety is good, the blade guard is redesigned in an efficient way better than the older versions.

Bevel capacity

5/5

With 53° bevel capacity, this helps you to do all the maneuvers for framing and ceiling works.

Vibration

4/5

Vibration needs to be taken into consideration more than that.

Weight

5/5

This circular saw is one of the lightest circular saws on the market with only 11.6 lbs.

Price

4.5/5

Affordable price for its quality and great features it offers.

Overview of SKILSAW SPT77WML-01

Most of the framing body of this saw is made of magnesium, and this gives it the light weight and durability that you need. So if you like the light circular saws or if you’re a beginner, you should opt for the SKILSAW SPT77WML-01.

It is one of the best worm drive circular saws for framing, decking and ceiling works thanks to its bevel capacity, light weight and the motor, which gives you a tremendous 5300 RPM. This makes it easy to cut through thick lumber pieces like 2x8s.

The handle of the saw is not covered with rubber, it’s made of hard plastic and this is one of the cons that we’ll discuss in detail.

Specifications

SKILSAW SPT77WML-01 review
  • Weight of the tool: 11.6 lbs.
  • Dimensions: 20.5 x 7.75 x 8.75 in
  • Motor: 120 V – 15 AMP
  • RPM Speed: 5300 RPM
  • Bevel Capacity:  53° with 0 and 45o stops

What is the SKILSAW SPT77WML-01 used for?

To make this clear, this circular saw is specially designed for contractors and for framing, demolition and renovation purposes. So if you’re dealing with something like stair stringers or 4x6s, this saw is for you.

 It comes with a 24-tooth carbide-tipped blade, this number of teeth creates the cuts very quickly, but not good for clean and smooth cuts, a thing that you as a contractor don’t need for framing, but you do need the quick performance which is a good advantage in this saw.

The lightweight design is meant to reduce user fatigue and the worm drive gearing is designed for maximum power and torque you need so you can cut through the material effortlessly.

framing with skilsaw

What is in the box?

The SKILSAW SPT77WML-01 worm drive circular saw comes with a SkILSAW blade and a multi-function wrench, which you can use for changing the blade, remove the oil plug and the brush cap whenever you need.

BENCHMARK TEST

Motor

9.5/10

The saw has a heavy-duty 15-amp motor that delivers 5300 RPM to cut smoothly through tough materials like hardwood or even plywood.

It has dual-copper windings, which is one of its kind, this advantage keeps the motor cool when you use it continuously for hours in big projects and avoid overheating. So this increases your productivity better than other circular saws that have only single-copper winding, which makes the motor produce high temperature when used continuously.

Hand Grip and Body

8.5/10

The saw comes with a hard-plastic hand grip, not covered entirely with rubber. This will let you feel the vibrations and but it won’t be a problem. But you can overcome this by wearing a pair of gloves. It won’t solve it 100% but it will be sufficient.

The main material of the saw is magnesium, most of the body, the foot plate and gear housing are made of magnesium this is the reason behind the light weight, and it also gives the saw the durability and the endurance for construction and jobsite abuse.

The blade guard is well designed and moves smoothly, you don’t have to pull it back like old models and it doesn’t snag at all.

It also comes with a built-in rafter hook so you can hang and store it in a good way.

Maneuverability

9/10

The SKILSAW SPT77WML-01 has one good thing beside the 53° bevel capacity with 0 and 45o stops, it has depth indexes on the depth bracket, so if you’re cutting 2x material, you just simply adjust the lever and the saw will be slightly greater than the material.

The marks for the cutting depth are ¾ plywood, 1x materials and 2x materials.

It also offers positive stops at 0 and 45 degrees and creates a cut up to 2-3/8 in. at 90 degrees.

Safety

9/10

The saw offers a high level of safety with its light weight and blade guard which is strong enough to prevent kickbacks. However, you must take your precautions by wearing the necessary safety equipment.

Warranty

9/10

The SKILSAW SPT77WML-01 comes with a STAY TRUE 180-day money back guarantee warranty, generally, all SKILSAW tools come with this warranty. It’s a good point for them because many other saws don’t come with this money-back-guarantee policy.

Pros

  • Light weight (only 11.6 lbs.)
  • Dual-copper windings to prevent heating
  • Ideal for framing and contractors
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Little Vibrations

FAQs

How to change the blade for SKILSAW SPT77WML-01?

The saw comes with a multi-function wrench that is used for blade changing.

  • You can do this by unfastening the blade stud in clockwise direction
  • Remove the stud and the outer washer
  • Insert the blade by putting the diamond shaped opening of the blade on the diamond shaped shaft of the saw and place your washer.
  • Tighten the blade stud counterclockwise (The blade rotates in clockwise direction

Does this saw works on 220v?

No, you only can use the saw on 120v, if you try to use it on different power supply voltage, this may compromise its functionality.

Does it have a brake?

No, it doesn’t come with brake, but the blade stops in a matter of seconds which is a good thing to increase your productivity, so you don’t need the brakes here.

Alternative

The only alternative that you can consider is the Makita 5377MG as it offers a greatly designed handles that are fully rubberized to overcome the vibration problem. The battle is fierce between these two machines, the Makita is a little bit pricey but you will prefer the SKILSAW SPT77WML for framing works.

Final Thoughts

The SKILSAW SPT77WML-01 is ideal for both home users and framing and formwork contractors, it offers a good combination of features such as the depth indexes and the exclusive one, the dual-copper windings. These features makes it stand out among the best-selling worm drive circular saws.

Although it has a little disadvantage, you cannot find the perfect tool in the market, but SKILSAW designed this tool to combine between quality and good price, and if you are a contractor, it will be the best gift your workers.

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