14 Feb A 40-Volt Circular Saw from Skil
The new PWRCORE 20™ rear handle circular saw (model XP) accepts a 7-1/4″ blade and can make up to 600 cuts on a single charge. That claim is based on lab tests making crosscuts in 2×4 SPF lumber with the two included 5.0Ah batteries that deliver an impressive 40 Volts of power to the brushless motor. The batteries can also charge from 0 to 25% in just fifteen minutes on the two-battery charger, using Skil’s patented Dual Port PWRJUMP™ technology. That can keep a job moving all day without downtime. The number of cuts per charge rivals the cutting performance of the company’s corded worm drive saw.
The batteries attach to the back of the saw for good balance, and the weight is distributed well for the rear handle ergonomics. The included 24-tooth carbide tipped blade has a 2-9/16” depth of cut and runs at 5300 RPM. There’s a clever dust port built into the topside secondary handle that directs dust away from the cut line, and there’s also a pretty powerful LED light.
The saw comes with a rafter hook, and the blade bevels to 53 degrees. There’s an electric brake, and the tool weighs 20.35 lbs. This saw is part of the PWRCORE 20™ system, which is a complete range of tools powered by the same battery. It comes with a 5-year warranty (registration required). We saw it offered on Acme Tools for $249.