Skilsaw is a name you know. They have been making saws for almost 100 years. You are probably familiar with their wormdrive circular saws. They are said to be the saw that built America. They are tough and pretty much cut through anything. Skilsaw recently introduced two new table top saws that we want to share with you.
14″ Abrasive Chop Saw – SPT64MTA-01
If you’re looking for an abrasive chop saw, the new Skilsaw might just be your answer. With a large 14″ abrasive blade, you can pretty much cut through anything you desire with ease. Skilsaw designed this with a 15 amp motor and the 14″ fits into a 1″ arbor. In regards to the base, the unit has an 11 x 18-1/2 in. base and weighs 33.9 lbs.
There is not a ton to talk about with these saws. Basically they have an abrasive blade that cuts metal, so how does it perform? Overall I like this saw. The saw has a large D-handle that sits to the left of the blade. For me it does take a little getting use to as I am so use to having the handle on the other side with miter saws. However it’s not a huge deal to be on the left side of the saw. When we were cutting with the saw, it seems powerful and really didn’t get it to bog down. Obviously if you jam down it will bog down, but I am not sure who works like that. Changing the blade is easy enough. There is an on board hex key. If you can change a circular saw blade, you shouldn’t have a problem with this saw. In regards to the clamping system, I do like the design as it’s simplistic. What I like is how easy it is to adjust to different sizes of materials. Instead of having to turn the screw 500 times to open the jaws wide, you can just flip up a lever and you have the freedom to move the jaw to any position you desire. Once you get it to the correct position, just flip the lever back and now you can turn the screw to tighten your material.
Overall I like this saw. It’s powerful and easy to work with. I know there really isn’t much to talk about with these types of saws, so I will keep it short. To me., this saw does as advertised, so really what else can I say about it?
- Metal Saw
- 14 In. SKILSAW® Abrasive Wheel
- Wrench (stored in base)
12″ Dry Cut Saw – SPT62MTC-22
A dry cut saw is pretty cool as it really doesn’t cut materials, it chips the material. Here is what’s cool about that. When you are done cutting, the material is cool to the touch. It doesn’t get as hot as an abrasive saw. This means you can not only handle the material quicker, but you usually get a cleaner cut. So you don’t have to worry about deburring.
With the Skilsaw dry cut saw, you also get a 15 amp motor that has an rpm of 1,500. While Skilsaw designed this tool with a 12″ blade, they claim it cuts like a 14″ blade. The one thing I did notice with this saw is it does have tons of power to pretty much cut through anything. The saw has a large capacity of 4-1/2″. Just in case you were wondering, the saw comes with an awesome blade. They have included a Diablo blade with this saw and as you know Diablo makes some of the best blades around.
When it comes to dry cut saws, the biggest thing is power and producing a clean cut. The Skilsaw has both, plenty of power and the cut is awesome. The cut is nice and clean and I think that is primarily due to the correct speed of the motor, along with the correct Diablo blade.
- Dry Cut Saw
- 60-tooth Diablo Cermet-tipped Carbide Blade
- Wrench (stored in base)
Bottom line, both saws are great for the person looking to cut through metal. It’s just really up to you whether you want to do a cold cut with the SPT62MTC-22 or an abrasive cut with the SPT64MTA-01.