Just a quick question. Does the blade cheat to one side or another of the mark
on the foot? I have one that's nearly new and it's about 3/32 to the right
(from the top). I've tried two used feet but no change. The arbor is installed
correctly and everything else's aligned.
I am not sure I understand the OP's problem. My worm drive Skill seems to be
purposely setup to take parallax into consideration, and judging from the
cuts I can freehand with it, it does a good job of that.
For what it's worth, here's what a Skil Model HD77M Owner's Operating
Guide, circa 1994, says in the "Line Guide" section on page five:
"For a straight 90-degree cut, use the large notch in the foot. For 45-
degree bevel cuts, use the small notch (Fig. 6). The cutting guide notch
will give an approximate line of cut. Make sample cuts in scrap lumber to
verify actual line of cut. This will be helpful because of the number of
different blade types and thicknesses available. To ensure minimum
splintering on the good side of the material to be cut, face the good
In other words, test it for yourself because results might well vary.
I have a pretty old Skilsaw model 77 worndrive that I would never part with.
The foot has two "V" notches about 3/8 inch apart. The left notch appears to
be a little larger than the right notch. My cut is and has always been just
a little to the right of the top of the big (left) "V". I don't know why, I
just know where it cuts reliably and live with it.
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