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What Real People Are Saying About The SKILSAW SPT70WT-01

Perfect table saw for any job.

I'm going to start by saying Skill was not messing around when they built this table saw. This is compact enough to store in the garage for the diy kinda guy, and tough enough to rip though anything you can throw at it on the job site. I added a video below for anyone that wants to see this saw in action, but here is what I really like about this saw.

1. First off, it's POWERFUL! As soon as you turn it on, you know it is going to eat up some wood. The Diablo blade that they give you with this will cut through a treated 4x4 like it enjoys it. The cuts are straight as an arrow, and cut ends come out as smooth as they would in a factory cut.

2. There is absolutely no vibration when cutting on this saw. It's built very sturdy, and you can definitely feel the quality they put into it when they built it.

3. I love the miter gauge, and how easy it is to bevel the blade to make 45 degree angle cuts. It only takes a flip of the wrist to adjust the angle to what you need, and it locks in solid. The rip fence also stays in place even when you put a lot of pressure on it, so no worries on about your material moving around on you while cutting.

4. I love that the table extends out to almost 4' wide. You will have no problem cutting a 4x8 peice of plywood if needed, and it's very, very easy to pull out and put back it.

5. It's just all around easy to use and adjust. The engineers at Skill obviously put thought into being able to make quick cuts. Everything on this table is so simple to use and adjust that even an Amature would learn how to use it quickly.

6. It actually not that loud. I was pleasantly suprised when I actually turned it on and seen how quiet it was. It also keeps the sawdust off the table and throws it out the back discharge perfectly, so no mess.

7. Last but not least, it's light. At only 58 lbs, it's very portable and easy to move from one job to the next. Not to mention, it can be stored on a shelf without having to worry about the screws flying out of the studs.

I only have one con about this saw, and that is it does not come with a stand. For the price, I wish they would include the stand like others do. other than that, this saw is absolutley perfect in every way.

If you are a diy person, or a professional that needs a sturdy, reliable saw that does what you need it to do, this is the one for you.

A great saw.

Maybe it depends on what you're coming from as to how you rate this saw, so for perspective, I'm coming from a ten or fifteen year old, direct drive, plastic bodied bench saw that I paid maybe $125 for. The old saw would almost jump off the bench at turn-on and would develop a very bad vibration while it was on, whether I was pushing wood through it or not. This vibration came and went, but it occurred with any blade I tried. It was difficult to hold my work on the table and against the rip fence.

I had always imagined what it might be like to make a cut without that vibration and with fewer marks on the cut edges, but I figured it would take a Unisaw or other quality cabinet saw to obtain that and those were way outside of my budget. A recent project that required gluing several boards together to form a table top started with cuts on the old saw followed by much hand planing and sanding to get suitable edges for gluing. That's when I realized that I needed a better saw.

Enter the Skilsaw, with its motor isolated from the blade by the worm drive, the capability of using my dado set, the capacity to rip sheets of plywood, and the convenience of being able to store all the saw's components within the dimensions of the saw's frame.

Call me naive if you will, but this saw is as smooth and vibration free as I had imagined a cabinet saw would be. Whether I'm ripping or cross-cutting, the cut surfaces are smooth and ready to be glued without any fine-tuning at all. There is no apparent effort to push the wood through the saw which I believe is a combination of both the saw's and the blade's abilities.

The only things I had to adjust out of the box were the blade angle and fence gauge pointers--everything else lined up, and I measured everything.

So for me this saw exceeds my expectations by a mile and I look forward to building the many projects that have now become possible but which were not with the old saw. The best word I can think of to describe the use of this saw is "luxurious".

I've had this saw for over a year. Here's the skinny..

Having had this saw in my woodshop for over a year I feel like now I can finally give an accurate review. For starters I really like the worm drive. Every other saw in this class of portable job-site saw's uses direct drive. Those direct drive models bog down pretty easily and I have yet to see this saw bog down even when cutting thick 2x4's all day long. It eats wood and asks for seconds!

With that said there are some draw-backs. For example it only takes up to a half inch dato stack whereas other saws in this class take a full 3/4" dado stack. Might not be a big deal for some, but for me, since I do quite a bit of dado'ing it takes more time as I have to make several passes to get a 3/4" wide dado on my material. Another issue, and perhaps the biggest is the fence. The locking mechanism is horrible. The fence moves! Even with the slightest bit of pressure the fence would slide out of alignment. I would set the fence and make several repeat cuts and noticed that with each cut the material would be slightly different thickness that the last. Super frustrating. So now I make a cut, re-check fence, make another cut, re-check fence, etc.. Super big pain.

At the end of the day this is a construction level saw and not meant for fine woodworking which is what Im more and more trying to use it for.

Overall its an ok saw for what it is. Its made well and uses a lot of metal in its construction vs plastic (looking at you rigid). Just dont expect it to do anything beyond rough cutting. If you are looking to do more finer cuts step up and get a shop level saw like a jet, grizzly, or saw-stop. Im in the processes of saving up for a saw-stop. Soon as I get a nicer saw this one is going on craig'slist..

New Skilsaw Portable Worm-Drive Table Saw Rocks!

As a long time user of Skilsaw Worm drive circular saws (25+ years), I was looking forward to trying out the new worm drive portable table saw. I've used Bosch, DeWalt, Makita, and Porter-Cable portable saws. All can get the job done, but I'm extremely happy with this new offering from Skilsaw. The worm-drive is what does it for me. Plenty of power, easy-to-use fence, and the "open" frame are all pluses. Its relatively light weight makes it easy to carry, and rubber feet make it very stable sitting on saw horses. This one is a keeper.

Awesome Table Saw!

This Table Saw is by far the best portable table saw you can get for the money!!! I am extremely happy with my decision on going with this. I also purchased the stand which is sturdy as a rock and is quick and easy to set up or take down. The saw it self has massive ripping power and mine came dead on accurate out of the box with Prime shipping and FedEx as the carrier. The Skilsaw worm drive mag 77 is the best circular saw on the market, I have used them every day for years since 1998 they have always held up and can take a good beating. I am a carpenter by trade and I would highly recommend getting this table saw if your due for a new one or your first one. Attached is a picture to adjust the slide rail tension if you end up being one of the unlucky people that experience the blade drop issue. Make adjustments in 1/8-1/4 turns. Hope this helps


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2. SKILSAW SPT99-11 Table Saw

  • (28 Ratings)

The fact is that the SKILSAW SPT70WT-01 was the Worm Drive Saws that we rated at the top. That being said, there were a handful of other really high quality Worm Drive Saws worth showcasing here that only just missed first place.

The next in our tool break down is built by SKILSAW known to be a very trusted tool brand. SKILSAW's Table Saws are one of their leading products. I was excited to try out the model SPT99-11 and I was not disappointed!

The SKILSAW SPT99-11 Table Saw, at $625.00 is a particularly great Saw for the money. The SKILSAW SPT99-11 is definitely a sound option. Of you are uncertain about our number one choice, I'd suggest you go with this Saw.

Full SKILSAW SPT99-11 Review

SKILSAW SPT99-11 Features

Legendary worm drive gearing with 3-5/8 in. Depth of cut and 30-1/2 in. Rip capacity

Precision rack and pinion fence system makes fence adjustments quickly and smoothly for accurate cuts

Rugged rolling stand with 16 in. Wheels and easy-load handles delivers unsurpassed mobility

Dust port elbow contains debris to one area for clean-up

Outfeed and left support allow for larger cuts to be made by one person

Apart from the selections we already covered, I would check out the SPT99-12 by SKILSAW and the SPT70WT-22 by SKILSAW. Both tool brands are famous for their premium quality Saws. Each of these two options enjoy terrific end user ratings also. The SPT99-12 boasts a user rating of 4.3/5 as contrasted against the 3.5/5 star rating for the SPT70WT-22 by SKILSAW.

The SKILSAW SPT99-12 provides a few really premium features like Dust port elbow contains debris to one area for cleanup. The SKILSAW SPT70WT-22 although, is very competitive offering 10" plus 15A.

I can easily suggest either of these Worm Drive Saws