"basilisk" wrote in message
I have a Hitachie circular saw, it was a good saw for what it cost and
lasted several years of hard use, but the brushes have give up the ghost
and due to its age, I'll replace it rather than repair it.
Faced with a job away from home, my son generously offered the use of
his Skilsaw HD5687, what a piece of crap. I needed to rip a long board,
clamped a straight edge to it for a guide, began the cut and the saw bound
up within a foot. On further inspection the saw foot is 1/8 inch out of
square with the saw blade, making it useless for practically everything.
It is all riveted together with no way to adjust the alignment of the
foot to blade.
Reminds me of an old AMC car, where the body and chassis
were never quite in line with each other and the whole mess went down the
road like a dog with its ass end off to one side.
I have never owned any "Skilsaw brand tools" and this pretty much
guarantees I never will.
basilisk (done bitching about cheap tools)
=================================================================================I don't know if I just got lucky or they were made better back then but I
have a Skillsaw, a sidewinder, that I bought in 1983 for the sole purpose of
cutting rear fenders on M1 Abrams tanks. Using an abrasive wheel, I cut many
of these. It did some serious work. I don't know what those things were made
of but it was the hardest to cut metal I ever got ahold of. A torch wouldn't
touch it. I still have the saw. It works fine, bearings in good shape and
cuts along a strait edge just fine.