I purchased a Skil Circular Saw 7.25", 2.4 HP, 13 amp AccuSight as a
gift for a relative. I now see that the same store has a sale on a
virtually similar Skil Circular Saw, but with Laser Guide, for $100
($20 more than what I paid for the first saw at $80 Can.) My questions
are: is the laser guide saw better value for money, and how much better
(or worse) is the laser guide than a regular saw with a plastic and
metal guide line? I believe both these saws are made in the US, though
definitely the one I bought is, if that makes any difference.
Not an answer but a comment. I for one would never buy any circular saw
claiming to have 2.4hp. It is about time the consumers stop this madness
and stop purchasing this crap.
Not jumping on the OP. I just feel that companies that claim this are
playing the consumer as a chump. With that it makes any other claims they
make about the saw useless. Even Skill's own specs contradict themselves.
Funny thing is nothing is never done about it. Do we not have consumer
protection laws in this country? What about false advertising?
There was a class action suit a couple years back was there not? Something
similar, yet with air compressors. I can only imagine that it was a slap on
the wrist to the manufactures. One of those $50 off your next purchase
settlements. That and $18mil in lawyer fees.
I am still waiting to hear what Sears means by "Maximum Developed
Horsepower". To me that means nothing more than: Come here sucker and buy
our tool. Does Sears not have a 16hp shop vac?
LOL..I wouldn't be a bit surprised. Is that the one with 300 MPH wind in
Btw.. I have a "One Million Candle Power" flash light. It was written on
the blister pack it which it was displayed. MUST be true.
Manufacturers exaggerate practically everything. Gas mileage of a car.
Size of computer monitors (eg. 21" but only 19" viewable). Capacity of
diskettes (2mb, but only 1.44mb formatted). Dimensions of lumber (2x4
instead of 1.5x3.5). Thickness of plywood. Length and width of
I think very few people trust the numbers.
The only spec I can remember that was actually larger than stated was the
inside dimension of my Gorilla racks. They claimed 8' but the clearance was
I got burned by this just a couple of weeks ago. I bought some composite
decking to replace the deck of my utility trailer. Composite. Man-made
stuff. AFAIK, these things don't start at a 'rough' dimension and then get
planed down. 6" decking, so I figured 5 1/2" ought to be the extreme LOW end
of what to expect when I was figuring out how many to buy. Turns out 5 1/4"
is more like it. Ugh.
98% of consumers don't know the difference. You going to change that?
How often have you seen discussions of 3.25 horsepower routers on here?
Every router that draws more than 12 amps is billed as 3.25 horsepower. So,
you're saying that no one should by one of these because the power claims
are BS? Look around here.
So that justifies manufactures to outright lie to us????????? This is just
the ignorant attitude that got us into this situation.
Pretty simple I do not buy the thing, period. Very happy with my Festool
at, IIRC, 8.5amps, which I will gladly compare to any claimed 3.25HP router.
Being somewhat familiar with German consumer laws, I would trust the Festool
Nothing ignorent at all. I know they're lying. I ask again, what are you
going to do about it?
The amp rating on American tools is reliable too. It has to be. Horsepower
ratings are BS but tell the consumer (or a lot of people on here ) that.
Damn few people know what horsepower is. Even fewer an amp or watt. Big
Do you have any proof?
My US made Marathon motor on my Delta contractor's saw claims 12 amps at
120V. Under what conditions? Startup? Full load? I measured with a
clamp-on ammeter and got 3 amps (running with a blade but not cutting
What is the HP rating on the motor? 3 amps does seem low, although
clamp-ons are not all that reliable. That does work out to be about .48 HP.
I would imagine you have plenty more than that.
BTW he already gave proof, i.e. "It has to be". This is the same "It has to
be" that justifies the 16HP Sears shop vac rating.
The rated current is the amount of current that the saw is drawing when the
temperature rise, as a result of the amount of work that the motor is
developing, is 60 degrees C (that is the value for intermitent use such as a
saw). Furthermore, this is the average power. The power from a single
phase induction motor varies between 0 and twice average at the line
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