Skilsaw SPT67WL-01 Circular Saw Review

Skilsaw SPT67WL-01 Circular Saw Review

Skilsaw SPT67WL-01 Circular Saw ReviewSkilsaw is a brand under the company, Skil. The Skilsaw line focuses primarily on saws fitted with their legendary worm drives. Worm drives are employed, in order to increase the torque of the saw.

A sidewinder, by definition, is a type of saw that has the motor mounted next to the blade (usually on the right part). Most sidewinders on the market trades design for torque and visibility on the cut line.

However, Skilsaw Sidewinder SPT67WL seems to want it all. It is a sidewinder and has a worm drive motor (to compensate on the design) as well as a built in sawdust blower (to clear the cut line).

Skilsaw Sidewinder SPT67WL-01|5 Product Features

1. Durability

Although the motor housing part of the Skilsaw is PVC, its beauty is skin deep. It is made with a magnesium footplate stand and blade guard.

The real beauty about the blade guard is the placement and design. It does not impede the maneuverability of the saw while making different cuts.

The magnesium steel plate is the one providing a rigid and durable base to the saw that can withstand the pressure as well as wear and tear on the job site.

The saw has a motor design dubbed as “dual-motor”, which has the purpose of increasing the cooling capabilities of the motor and extending its lifespan.

2. Ergonomics

The design of the product is simple yet purposeful. It is a no frills saw that delivers all the bangs. This saw is designed to be lightweight (at 9.5 pounds) and durable with its magnesium blade guard and footplate.

The blade is made of 7-¼ inch, 24 tooth Diablo carbide blade for easy cutting (of lumber). Its motor power and dual motor design (inspired by worm drive) give the handler a stress free operation.

The blade guard is designed to be non obstructive as possible while doing angle cuts, bevel cuts or slice rips. This model also possess readable and east to adjust settings.

3. Depth of Cut

The 7-¼ inch, 24 tooth Diablo Carbide Tipped blade of Skilsaw Sidewinder SPT67WL-01 has a depth of cut scales setting ranging from ¼ inch, ½ inch, ¾ inch, 2x material and max depth. It also has 90 degree 2 inch gap of cut.

This blade scale settings together with its 15 amp motor power helps you cut through anything from LVL, plywood, ordinary lumber, to pressure treated lumber.

The readable bevel settings with its flexible angles of 0 degrees to 56 degrees with positive stop at 45 degrees is also a great asset.

4. Dual Motor Power

Most saw on the market today have single motors. Since Skilsaw wanted to cover all the bases, they built a dual motor to make it possible for a Sidewinder to operate with a worm drive (like) torque to compensate for the deficit of the original Sidewinder design.

The engine has a 15 amp power with a rotating speed of 5,300 RPM (Revolutions Per Minute).

The dual motor is not for show (pun intended) only. It also serves a purpose. With the dual motor, the saw is ensured to have an effective cooling system which will result to extending tool life.

5. Handler Safety  and Ease of Use

The design of the SPT67WL model has comfort, power and maneuverability in mind. It has a 10 feet cord that minimizes the possibility of snagging and hanging of materials.

The design of the blade guard also does not impede the use of the handler. It has a double grip to ensure that no slips will occur.

There is also a blower that clears the area for clearer cut line. A blade lock is integrated together with the wrench in the footplate order to change and secure blades safely, in a much faster and easier mode.

Why Should You Use Skilsaw Sidewinder SPT67WL-01?

1. Cost Effective

Most of the customers expect higher prices for quality products. Skilsaw Sidewinder SPT67WL-01 is the opposite.

It gives you no frills power tool with simple functions together with great features at a low cost. It even has a six month money back guarantee if you are not satisfied with its performance.

2. Durable

With its motor housing and  magnesium blade guard and footplate, you are ensured a lightweight and durable product that will perform well even exposed with heavy wear and tear conditions in the jobsite.

3. Ease of Use

The double grip design, 10 feet cord, unassuming blade guard and the lightness of the Skilsaw Sidewinder SPT67WL circular saw (9.5 pounds) gives this model a plus for ease of use. The clear line of cut due to its built-in blower is one helpful bonus feature.

4. Powerful Dual Motor

This dual motor does not only provide a worm drive-like feature to the sidewinder. It also acts as a powerful cooling system that prolongs the life span of the product as well.

It features a rotating speed of  5300 RPM or revolutions per minute that makes cutting pressure treated lumbers and lvls  or laminated veneer lumber so much easier.

5. Carbide Tipped Blade

The Diablo Blade is a trademark product of Skilsaw (usually with red tips). This 24 tooth, 7-¼ inch carbide tipped Diablo blade is not an exception.

Combined with the flexible bevel settings, powerful 15 amp dual motor  and excellent depth of cut, it offers the users ten times more cutting speed.

Product Benefits
  • It is lightweight
  • Durable
  • Flexible Bevel Setting
  • Powerful Dual Motor
  • Excellent cooling system
  • Easy to use
  • 10 feet cord
  • Double true grip handle for control
  • 5,300 RPM
  • Dust blower for accurate cut
The Negative Things
  • The depth adjustment level is a bit flat
  • Some users find the balance a bit uneven

Frequently Asked Questions

 Q: Is there a dust collection part of this saw?

A: No, there is only the built-in dust blower.

Q: Does this allow rip fence addition?

A: Yes it does. Just check first if the rip fence is compatible with the model.

Q: Is there a safety lock out button on the switch?

A: No, there is no lock out switch on this model.

Q: Where was this made?

A: This product is made in China

Q: Is the height lever made of steel like older models, or is it made by magnesium alloy?

A: The bevel and depth levers of Skilsaw SPT64WL-01 Sidewinder circular saw is made of steel.

Final Verdict

If you are looking for a good investment in the saw industry, the simple, no frills yet powerful Skilsaw SPT64WL-01 Sidewinder Circular Saw is for you. It will offer you durability, excellent maneuverability, powerful motor, dual motor as well as a carbide tipped blade all in one go.

This is perfect for both beginners and professional woodworkers as the guides are simple, accessible and clear.

It is also one of the safest models in the market with a long life span. This model offers a six month return guarantee if the customer is not satisfied with the product’s performance.


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