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Skilsaw 10-1/4″ Cordless Worm Drive Marks the Next Major Move Into the Cordless Market

If you’re using a corded 10-1/4″ circular saw for bigger cuts, the Skilsaw 10-1/4″ cordless worm drive is right up your alley. It uses Skilsaw’s 48V TrueHVL as a power source and marks its latest expansion into the cordless market.

10-Second Summary

  • 48V TrueHVL power source
  • 10-1/4″ blade diameter
  • True worm drive gearing
  • $799 with two 5.0Ah batteries
  • Expected launch in October 2020

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Cut the Cord and Your 4 x 4 with the Skilsaw 10-1/4″ Cordless Worm Drive

The obvious advantage for this model over Skilsaw’s 7-1/4″ cordless worm drive is cutting depth. Like the 10-1/4″ corded Sawsquatch, you have the capacity to cut 4x material in one pass.

The big deal, of course, is that we now have a battery-powered option. We use the original Sawsquatch a ton on agricultural projects from topping fence posts to barn builds and being able to go with battery power is a huge advantage there.

Skilsaw 10-1/4" Cordless Worm Drive Circular Saw

From a design standpoint, the new worm drive gets a slightly tweaked gearing package compared to the 7-1/4″ model. Its brushless motor needs to keep its RPMs up in deeper cuts, so you’re looking at a bit more torque.

We had the opportunity to use the saw at World of Concrete and got an early feel of what to expect. Cutting through untreated 4 x 4 is a pretty easy task and the saw doesn’t feel overly heavy or cumbersome.

Bearing down, it’s certainly possible to get the saw to stall, but no more than using a corded worm drive. It’s very capable on rip cuts and is capable of ripping 2x faster than I want to cut.

When we get our hands on a review model later, we’ll cut side-by-side with the corded model and get some direct comparison between the two.

With the launch date slated for the fall, there are still some final specs that we’re waiting on. We don’t have any official weight, RPM, or cut depth information at the moment.

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Price and Availability

When the planned October launch date rolls around, expect the retail price to run $799 with a charger and two 5.0Ah batteries. When the guys at the booth told me the price, I assumed it was with one battery considering they each pack 240 watt-hours of energy.

The corded 10-1/4″ saw runs close to $400 on its own and the cordless 7-1/4″ kit is about the same price with one 5.0Ah pack. Considering the 5.0Ah batteries for this platform run $249 each, that $799 kit price with the extra cutting capacity is looking pretty sweet. Like most of Skilsaw’s offerings, expect two different SKUs—one with a Skilsaw blade and one with a Diablo.

Skilsaw 10-1/4" Cordless Worm Drive Circular Saw

 


 

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Now for a beam cutter version – chainsaw bar and chain.