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April 15, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


Skil Worm Drive Saws Offer Job Specificity

The new Skil worm drive saw lineup is designed with specific roles in mind. With magnesium becoming more frequently used in the manufacturing process, it is possible to reduce the weight while maintaining the durability users expect from Skil.


Designed for use with concrete forming and masonry applications, the SHD77-02 is the heaviest, but most rugged of the group (“heavy” being relative, they’re all a huge improvement over previous generations of worm drives) at 14.1 pounds and sticking with a mainly aluminum construction. The SH77M-02 introduces magnesium to the mix, comes in at 12.5 pounds, and is dialed in for general contractors and builders. The Skil worm drive saws are headed up by the MAG77LT, the lightest of the group which comes in at 11.6 pounds. Its niche is found in framing and remodeling roles.

All three Skil worm drive saw models are 7-1/4″ diameter saws and include a multi-function wrench along with a carbide blade and Cut-Ready Depth of Cut System, but no case. Skil’s  1 year limited warranty applies to each of these tools.

The new Skil worm drive saws are being taken on the road to more than 40 trade shows in the West and Southwest US. Take their “What are you made of?” challenge at any of those shows for the chance to win a 2014 Dodge Ram. For more information on the saws and the contest, visit Skil’s website.


Skil Worm Drive Saw Specification Summary

SHD77-02 7-1/4″ Aluminum Worm Drive7702

  • Role: Concrete forming and masonry
  • Weight: 14.1 pounds
  • Amperage: 15 amps
  • No Load RPM: 5300
  • Bevel: 51 degrees with Zero Adjust and 45 degree positive stop
  • MSRP: $169
  • Warranty: 1 Year

Model SHD77M-02 7-1/4″ Magnesium Worm Driver113898v42

  • Role: General contracting and building
  • Weight: 12.5 pounds
  • Amperage: 15
  • No Load RPM: 5300
  • Bevel: 53 degrees with Zero Adjust and 45 degree positive stop
  • MSRP: $199
  • Warranty: 1 year

Model MAG77LT 7-1/4″ Magnesium Worm Drivemag77lt

  • Role: Framing and remodeling
  • Weight: 11.6 pounds
  • Amperage: 15 amps
  • No Load RPM: 5300
  • Bevel: 53 degrees with Zero Adjust and 45 degree positive stop
  • MSRP: $199
  • Warranty: 1 year

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