When too much Skilsaw is not enough
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.
Bruck Muench shows off his pride and joy
The Super Sawsquatch powers through recycled rimu