SKILSAW Cordless Circular Saw Review

Skilsaw Cordless Circular Saw Review

The saw that built America is not cordless.  Yes, one of the most powerful 7-1/4″ saw doesn’t need a cord.  But how does it perform without the cord?  Is it like the original or is it like when Coke changed the formula and went down the wrong path?  So let’s take a look at the SKILSAW Cordless Circular Saw review and see how it stacks up.

SKILSAW Cordless Circular Saw Review Overview

This is a saw I have had for a while because I have wanted to put it through some tuff tests.  I am putting an addition on my house, so this is a perfect saw to see how well it works.

The very first saw I owned was a SKILSAW Worm Drive circular saw.  I remember my grandfather gave it to me when I was a teenager.  I remember two things about the saw, it was extremely heavy and it was extremely powerful.  It was a beast and nothing would stop it.

SKILSAW Cordless Circular Saw Review Features

Skilsaw Cordless Circular Saw Review

The SPTH77M-12 is the first and only cordless Worm Drive saw on the market.  While others have a rear handle design, this is the only Worm Drive.  So when talking pure power, this is the saw to own. SKILSAW designed this with a brushless motor for efficiency and durability.

Skilsaw Cordless Circular Saw Review

This kit came with the saw, charger, two batteries and attachment for a dust collector.

The saw is powered by a 48-volt battery and can be charged from zero to full in about an hour.

Skilsaw Cordless Circular Saw Review

A lot of this tool is made with magnesium to lower the weight and increase durability.

Skilsaw Cordless Circular Saw Review

From the top view, the handle has a nice angle which makes it more comfortable to use.

Skilsaw Cordless Circular Saw Review

The saw is designed with a D-Handle and has a rubber over-mold for comfort.

Skilsaw Cordless Circular Saw Review

The saw is built around a 7-1/4″ blade.

One feature is all the numbers are easy to read and making adjustments for bevel or height is easy.

Skilsaw Cordless Circular Saw Review

As with most of the tools, the shoe is a magnesium show for weight and durability.

The saw has a foldable hook that folds up out of the way when not in use and is out of the way.

Skilsaw Cordless Circular Saw Review

On the bottom of the tool, there is a wrench spot for blade changes.

SKILSAW Cordless Circular Saw Review Performance

If you have been watching on us Instagram, you know how much we used this saw.  We used it for framing the shell of the house, the sheathing, and flooring.  We cut 2×12, multiple sheets of plywood and more.

What stood out the most was the power of the saw.  Not once did I get this saw to bog down.  In fact, I am pretty sure I heard the saw laugh and asking if I could do more.  OK, maybe that’s not true but I think you get the point, this saw is a real workhorse.

While there are other saws on the market that fly through the material, I don’t think there is one that can compete with this saw in regards to pure power.  The run time is awesome.

SKILSAW Cordless Circular Saw Review Value

You can pick this saw up for about $410 at The Home Depot.  So is this a fair value?  From my use and my experience, yes, it’s an awesome saw and worth the money.  However, here is my only issue with the saw.  I want more tools in the lineup.

I have a hard time justifying that price for one cordless tool in a platform.  Yes, if you are a framer and not around power, it’s a no brainer.  What I would like to see from SKILSAW is a cordless jobsite.

I would like to see this motor on a table saw, a miter saw, a reciprocating saw and more.  This is a tough saw and would love to see this quality of tool be followed up with other key tools for a cordless job.

SKILSAW Cordless Circular Saw Final Thoughts

Bottom line, this is a powerful saw that will cut anything you throw at it. SKILSAW did an amazing job of cutting the cord but not the power or performance.  Yes, I would like to see this line grow to more cordless tools, but as far as raw power, the SKILSAW is still king of the saws.


  1. I think that Skilsaw has built a real beauty. Was wondering about the line of sight with this saw, I noticed that the cut line indicators are in the blade cutout portion of the shoe rather than on the outer forward edge. Seems like that will require one to be right on top of the saw to see the reference notch and would make line of sight more challenging. What’s your opinion?


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