I am not really sure how to explain this saw to you. When I first heard about the Skilsaw Table Saw, I have to say I was interested, but not a tool that really stuck out to me. Now I love the Skilsaw wormdrive circular saws, but I wasn't expecting much from the table saw. Then the saw and stand came and I had a chance to check them out. I also have to admit that when I saw the stand, again it was something I thought was just an after thought. For me, I have always loved the Bosch and the Dewalt and held them up as being the best table saws. It's nothing against Ridgid or the other tables saws, it was just a preference. Again, while Skilsaw makes the best circular saw around, I just couldn't see them competing against the Bosch or Dewalt. All I can say is, wow was I wrong. The Skilsaw Table Saw is way more than I ever expected. This thing is a beast. If you are in the market for a table saw, you have to check out the Skilsaw.
The first thing I did was open up the stand. Setting up the stand was easy, just put on the four legs and two bolts on each and you're done. The stand was more quality than I originally thought. Besides it being higher quality, I thought it was cool that the stand had two latches to keep it together for storage. However I soon discovered these latches were more than just storage.
The next item is the Skilsaw table saw, so I opened that up. This was pretty much put together. I really didn't have to do anything. Everything was set up and aligned properly. So I put the saw on the stand. I looked all over and couldn't find the bolts to attach the saw to the stand. For some reason, I didn't get an owners manual in the box and really didn't feel like searching the web for one. After a couple minutes of frustration, I took a look at the picture on the box and realized that you don't need bolts to attach these two items together. The two latches I thought were for storage were in fact a way that the saw attaches to the stand. Seriously, how cool is that? I just flipped the latches and bam, I was all set to go. This is one of the coolest ideas because we all know that lifting a table saw and stand into the back of a truck can be a back breaker. Now in a matter of 5 seconds, you can toss the saw in the back and then the stand separately. This is even better since some people have truck bed covers, so it really lowers the profile of the tool once it's broken down.
The saw comes with two items that have been tested for years and have been proven. First, it comes with a Diablo blade which is one of the best blades on the market. Second, the saw comes with the legendary Wormdrive motor. This is a motor system that has been around since the beginning of time, well you know what I mean. This motor and gearing set up has been proven. This set up is known for torque and if you have ever used a wormdrive saw before, you know how powerful these are. I don't care if we cut a 2×4, piece of plywood or 4×6, this was one of the smoothest cutting table saws I have ever seen. The saw never had a hiccup or even began to have a hard time. This saw cuts with amazing power. As far as the saw it has a 15 amp motor, which along with the drive system, it's hard to beat. I do wish the power cord was a little longer, but the 6′ cord is fine since you are pretty much using this with an extension cord. The maximum depth of cut at a 45° is 2-1/4″ and at a 90° is 3-1/2″. The saw weighs about 49 lbs.
One thing I noticed on this saw was the fence. I have seen some table saws have junky fences where they move in the lock position. The Skilsaw Table saw fence was one of the most solid fences we have seen. Once it's in place, you can guarantee it will not move, even on the back side. Skilsaw even did a great job with the accessory management. The fence stores nicely under the table along with the guards. The only thing I would like to see changed with storage is how the miter gauge stores, but I might not have that right since I didn't have the directions.
I have to say that Skilsaw hit a home run with the Skilsaw table saw. Not only is this saw a beast and powerful, but the set up and take down are great. They even designed it with a stable and practical stand. The people over at Skilsaw should be happy with this creation and give themselves a pat on the back.