When too much Sk­il­saw is not enough

The Shed - - Shed tool test - By Jude Wood­side Pho­to­graphs: Jude Wood­side

Bruck Muench is a larger-than-life char­ac­ter with a de­vo­tion to all things Amer­i­can, es­pe­cially Amer­i­can tools. He drives a Ford pickup with the oblig­a­tory gun rack in the cab for au­then­tic­ity and has a col­lec­tion of US-brand tools. Even his dog is called Der­ringer. Nat­u­rally an ordinary saw is hardly enough for a man like that, so he had to have the Sk­il­saw SPT70V-11 Su­per Sawsquatch 165∕16-inch worm-drive saw.

The mother of all Sk­il­saws, with a blade di­am­e­ter of 165∕16 inches and a depth of cut at 6¼ inches, it dwarfs any­thing else on the mar­ket. In fact, only Makita makes a sim­i­lar saw and nei­ther it nor

the Su­per Sawsquatch is avail­able in New Zealand or Aus­tralia. Bruck had to pur­chase his on Ama­zon in the US, then im­port it along with the step-down trans­former re­quired to run the 110V saw. For all its size the saw is re­mark­ably easy to han­dle de­spite the 13kg weight. It doesn’t come with a joist hanger, but you are un­likely to use it one-handed.

More torque and qui­eter

The saw is from the Sk­il­saw sta­ble, the pro­fes­sional end of the Skil range. The Skil and Sk­il­saw brands were sold by Bosch to Cher­von, a Chi­nese cor­po­ra­tion, in 2017. The Skil brand is a con­sumer brand. Sk­il­saw is still a pro­fes­sional prod­uct and the com­pany con­tin­ues to pro­duce wor­m­drive saws. The Sawsquatch is driven by the tried-and-trusted Sk­il­saw Model 77 worm drive, which pro­vides more torque and al­lows the saw to run more qui­etly than a di­rect-driven al­ter­na­tive.

It has a cast mag­ne­sium al­loy base, which gives rigid­ity to the base with­out adding weight.

The saw is ideal for work­ing with heavy beams, which suits Bruck, who plans to do more work with larger beams build­ing a US-style tra­di­tional barn for a client. The 6¼-inch cut depth means that it can deal with most timbers with ease, even hard old re­cy­cled beams.

Bet­ter line of vi­sion

Most hand­held cir­cu­lar saws have the blade to the right of the mo­tor. The Sawsquatch has it on the left, as do most worm-drive and hy­poid-drive saws and an in­creas­ing num­ber of the newer cord­less saws.

Hav­ing the blade to the left gives the right-handed op­er­a­tor bet­ter vi­sion of the cut and the cut line with­out hav­ing to lean over the saw (lean­ing over the Su­per Sawsquatch is not so easy). The size helps too, as the cen­trifu­gal force that it gen­er­ates helps it to cut straight with­out any ten­dency to wan­der.

Ac­cord­ing to Bruck, “You just set it up on the line, get it get up to full speed, and the saw does the rest.”

The saw is so big that it comes with its own ‘shoe’, which locks to the base to create a dock­ing sta­tion to en­able the saw to be trans­ported or housed.

The Sk­il­saw Su­per Sawsquatch is not cur­rently avail­able in New Zealand or Aus­tralia. At present it ap­pears to be only avail­able in 110V, 15A for­mat and re­quires a step-down trans­former to be op­er­ated here.

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