Skilsaw Cordless Worm Drive Circular Saw – It Really is a Worm Drive!
While there have been several “worm drive style” cordless circular saws to hit the market, the Skilsaw Cordless Worm Drive Circular Saw is the first one to actually use worm drive gearing. It’s also Skilsaw’s first cordless product since the Pro brand became distinct from Skil on the DIY side.
Skilsaw Cordless Worm Drive 48V TrueHVL Power Source
Let’s start with the power source. Skilsaw is going with a 48V battery and the kit comes with a 5.0Ah pack, giving it a total of 240 watt-hours to work with. They’re calling the battery system “TrueHVL”, or True High Voltage Lithium.
There’s no denying it’s a big battery. 48 volts requires a 12-cell system and there are 24 cells in the pack. The pack itself weighs a hefty 4.25 pounds.
That might not be too big of a deal, though. When you look at Skilsaw’s lineup, it’s all saws. Sidewinders are pretty much the smallest tool they make, followed by worm drives, chop saws, miter saws, and table saws (plus a few specialty saws).
Hopefully, we’ll see cordless versions of each of those tools. Weight isn’t nearly as important as the power to do the job in those classes. As long as the Skilsaw Cordless Worm Drive can effectively glide over the material it’s cutting, we’re okay with a bigger battery.
Skilsaw Cordless Worm Drive Circular Saw On Paper
Skilsaw’s brushless motor spins its 7-1/4″ blade up to 5800 RPM. That’s plenty of rotation speed and we have no doubt the 48V motor will drive confidently through anything you send a corded worm drive to handle.
At 90º, you’re looking at 2-3/8″ cutting depth that moves to 1-15/16″ at 45º and 1-11/16″ at its full 53º bevel.
As a bare tool, it weighs just 11.09 pounds and the battery brings it to a full weight of 15.34 pounds. Skilsaw’s current range of corded 7-1/4″ worm drives runs 11.5–14.2 pounds, so there is a weight penalty, but it’s not obnoxious. Helping to keep the weight down, the design team turns to magnesium for the guards, base plate, and housings.
Their 16-5/16″ Super Sawsquatch weighs 27.3 pounds, just in case you were wondering.
Expect the kit with 1 battery to run $399 when the saw hits retailers. That’s in line with what we see from Makita, Milwaukee, and DeWalt for their super saws. One of the big differences is that Skilsaw’s battery gives you more watt-hours of power to work with—240 vs 216. With the 2-battery kit that will be available ($599), you’ll get 480 watt-hours of wood fiber-ripping energy.
More Coming Very Soon!
We literally just got the Skilsaw Cordless Worm Drive Circular Saw in our hands and we’re doing some preliminary testing right now. As soon as we know more, we’ll give you an update and then come back around again once we’ve used it more extensively.
Skilsaw Cordless Worm Drive Circular Saw Specifications
- Model: Skilsaw SPTH 77 M-22
- Power Source: Skilsaw TrueHVT 48V battery
- Blade: 7-1/4″ (24T Diablo blade included)
- No-Load Speed: 5800 RPM
- Maximum Cutting Depth: 2-3/8″
- Weight: 11.09 pounds bare, 15.34 pounds with battery
- Warranty: 1 year
- Price: $399