Skil SHD77 and SHD77M? Issues?

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Your chances of getting a bad one are between zero and nil. Got mine from Amazon, perfect, out of the box. No problems with any adjustments, and it cuts a far straighter line in plywood sheathing which I badly needed. I have parked my DeWalt sidewinder forever, but loan it to friends on occasion...never the 77M.

The lighter weight makes it easier all around. If you want to impress your friends, get the Bosch version of the 77M...different color and comes with a unique cord and plug, like a Twistlock, IIRC.
Joe
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On 07/25/2011 01:29 PM, Joe wrote:

well, I found that I can get a "factory reconditioned" one for $126 shipped... (on sale until 8/1) so I pulled the trigger on that. We'll see how it is when it shows up, but as long as it is tight, true and works I'll be happy - my tools aren't showpieces or collector's items :) (in fact, I think my friend is going to sucker me into helping him completely gut and redo his bsmt bathroom so it might have a use in a few weeks.)
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On 07/25/2011 09:38 PM, Nate Nagel wrote:

Well, I got it... hell of a saw. BUT... baseplate is not perpendicular to blade when set at the 0 degree index mark, and I don't see any way to adjust it. It annoys me a little bit. Am I missing something? Owner's manual is silent on the issue other than advising to check squareness with an actual square (which I obviously did.) But if the 0 degree index is off then so is the 45 degree index...! making it pretty much useless.
Yes, I did send an email to Skil CS. Had I paid list price for this I would have returned it. I may still. Now what would I buy is the question.
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I haven't had a chance to check this yet, but thanks to the reply. Surprisingly (? not sure if really surprising) you responded before Skil CS. I saw that pin but didn't know if that was an adjustment or not, and due to a closing on friday and various moving-related activities (and a migraine) on saturday messing with a circ. saw that is probably going to be used first on Someone Else's Project just wasn't near the top of my priority list.
I wouldn't bitch if it were only a degree or two out as it's primarily marketed as a framing saw, but it is noticeable by eyeball, probably 5 degrees or so.
thanks again,
nate
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The part numbers for the housing pieces are the same, so I can only assume that the foot assemblies are interchangeable. I don't see where I can buy a Bosch for less than what I have in the Skil plus a Bosch foot so I think I will just go that route. In the meantime, if I need to use the saw, it's acceptable for framing work as is, so no big deal.
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wrote:

Only you and Bullis could make buying a c-saw such an ordeal.
I coulda bought a saw and framed a 3 BR 2 BA ranch in a week. -----
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I know I'm late to the game, but have you considered a Left-Blade saw?
I switched to a left-blade saw many years ago after helping a friend frame a house and using his Poter Cable left blade saw.
The advantage that a right handed person has when using a left blade saw is that the cut line is visble without having to lean over the saw. When a right handed person uses a right-blade saw, the body of the saw is in the way.
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wrote:

Sawdust in the eyes is a PITA, though. I always use a speed-square held against the shoe with my left hand, line up the cut, then get the eyes out of the way for the rest of the cut.
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