Skilsaw Carpentry Chainsaw: Sawsquatch Expands Its Worm Drive Reach
Sawsquatch is at it again, this time bringing its worm drive design to the new Skilsaw carpentry chainsaw. Realistically, this isn’t a very crowded space with Prazi and Festool (UK only) filtering into the main conversation.
A couple of large diameter circular saws, like the Super Sawsquatch, also fit the beam cutting bill.
Sorry about the small image. It’s all I have to work with right now. I’ll get some better ones from the show floor in shortly!
- Model: Skilsaw SPT55WM
- 15-amp worm drive motor
- 14-1/2-inch cutting depth
- Price: TBA
The Skilsaw carpentry chainsaw features a 16-inch bar and chain with a 14-1/2-inch cutting depth. Clearly, that goes way beyond even the Super Sawsquatch’s ability and even other dedicated carpentry chainsaws.
If this is an unfamiliar class for you, carpentry chainsaws set themselves apart by adding a footplate to a fairly standard chainsaw design. This gives you the ability to slide the saw across a beam or other large stock similar to the way you would a worm drive. For ambitious users, you can even start from the tree of your choice and mill it down to the exact lumber you want.
There are some differences, though. You still get a self-oiling saw, but you’ll see a chain housing that acts as a guard on the back side. The nice thing is that chains for this kind of saw leave a finer finish than the rough cut of a standard chainsaw. It’s not sandpaper smooth, but it’ll put you well ahead of repurposing your Stihl.
Unsurprisingly, Skilsaw uses their 15-amp Dual Field worm drive motor to power the new saw. Dual Field technology is Skilsaw’s design that promotes better cooling, helping the motor avoid overheating and extending its life.
We don’t know what the pricing will be yet but don’t expect this to be a cheap saw. Skilsaw isn’t positioning themselves as a bargain brand. A niche product like this with a solid build is going to have a premium price. We’ll let you know for sure about the price and build once we see it for ourselves.
Skilsaw Carpentry Chainsaw Specifications
- Model: SPT55WM
- Motor: 15-amp worm drive
- Bar Length: 16 inches
- Max Cutting Depth at 90 Degrees: 14-1/2 inches
- Max Cutting Depth at 45 Degrees: 9-3/4 inches
- Included Chain: 56-tooth full house chain
- Weight: 19 pounds without bar, chain, stand, oil, or cord
- Price: TBA
- Warranty: 1 year with 6-month no questions asked return guarantee