Skilsaw, which is well known for their worm drive circular saws, has recently announced several new products: a dry cutting chop saw, a worm drive metal-cutting saw, and a 10″ worm drive table saw.
Yes, you heard that right, a worm drive portable table saw, which Skilsaw says is the world’s first.
My knowledge of table saw drive mechanisms is a little limited, but I am under the impression that most if not all portable table saws have direct drive systems. Larger stationary table saws are different, with the better ones having belt-driven blades.
So why should you care?
Worm drive = more power. Or at least that’s true with how worm drive circular saws are more powerful than smaller and more compact sidewinder saws.
The same seems to be true about this saw, as Skilsaw says the worm drive gearing results in maximum torque and power.
The new Skilsaw SPT70WT-22 is said to deliver increased power and durability, and great rip cutting performance and reliability, all while still being portable.
It’s equipped with a Dual Field motor (which Skilsaw says is best in class) for increased cutting speed, cool running, and extended motor life. Rip cutting capacity more than 24″, for breaking down sheets of plywood, and cutting depth is 3-1/2″, for cutting 4x boards in a single pass.
Skilsaw designed the new saw for a wide audience, including carpenters, framers, general contractors, and custom builders.
Structurally, the new Skilsaw worm drive table saw has an all-metal roll cage and die cast aluminum table top. It also features a Smart Guard System which covers the blade and includes anti-kickback functionality.
The table saw comes with a 10″ Diablo carbide blade, miter gauge, self-aligning fence, insert plate, push stick, blade wrench.
ETA: March 2016
First, notice that this is a Skilsaw table saw, and not Skil. The differentiation should be more pronounced now, after Skilsaw announced its new product identity a year ago, but I’m still seeing Skil table saws with Skilsaw branding.
Even so, this is clearly being marketed as a professional-grade portable table saw, in contrast to the $100 Skil and Skilsaw table saws you might find on special during holiday seasons at your local home improvement store.
Also keep in mind that Skilsaw, and Skil, are Bosch subsidiaries. Bosch, which is soon launching its ReaXX portable table saw, is no newcomer when it comes to professional portable table saws. Although this is the first-ever worm drive portable table saw, I have faith in the companies that they got it right.
I can’t say that I’ve ever heard of users’ desires for a worm drive table saw, but more power, performance, and application speed is always a good thing.
I’m still waiting to hear back about a couple of questions, such as whether it can work with dado blades, but am eager to see what questions you might have. There is also just one image of the new saw, but we’re bugging Skilsaw for more.
If you ask me, I think it’s good to see more fresh technology in a market that could use increases competition and innovation.