When buying a Skilsaw power tool you are guaranteeing that what you will get is a high quality product that will last a lifetime. However, it is also likely that because of this quality you will be spending a considerable amount of money. For this reason it is important to know what exactly you are buying. With this in mind, we will now provide an overview on what a sidewinder is.
The SPT67WL-01 is the lightest sidewinder saw currently available on the market and weighs in at just 8.6 pounds. This is thanks to its footplate that is made from magnesium and its resin housing. Given its light weight the power tool is easy to use and handle. It is powered by a 15 amp motor that had been specifically designed for Skilsaw power tools. The helps to deliver a high level of torque (the highest out of any sidewinder currently available on the market), maximises cooling and extends the lifespan of the power tool.
With this level of power, it means the Skilsaw SPT67WL-01 can handle pretty much any job that comes its way.
The sidewinder comes with a Skilsaw cutting blade that is over 7 inch and has 24 teeth made from carbide. When it comes to changing the cutting blade, this can be done via the wrench and blade lock that come integrated into the SPT67WL-01. It can make cuts at angles ranging form 0 degrees through to 45 degrees. The sidewinder’s bevel is located at 56 degrees, with springs used to ensure it stay in place.
Other features include a dust blower that comes built in to help keep cut lines clean and clear of dust and debris. The power tool comes with a 1 year warranty that provides you with a level of trust and confidence.
- A 15 amp motor
- Up to 5,300 RPM
- A cutting blade of over 7 inch
- Bevel cuts of up to 56 degrees
- A total weight of 8.6 pounds
- A 1 year warranty
- Highly durable
- Easy to use
- Speed can be adjusted
- Flat adjustment lever
What do others say about the Skilsaw SPT67WL-01?
When looking at what other users say about the Skilsaw SPT67WL-01 sidewinder it is on the whole very positive and it comes well recommended. Some examples of these positive comments include how robust the power tool is (it can be dropped on to the floor from heights of as much as 20 feet) and that it can be used for a variety of applications, such as dry cutting through steel and even through tough concrete.
However, like with any power tool there are always some users out there who do not find using the sidewinder quite so positive. Some examples of these not so positive comments include its poor build quality, with many saying it has a very cheap and flimsy feel to it.
This has led many users to claim that the SPT67WL-01 should not be used for large scale jobs by professional tradesmen and is only good for occasional use around the home by recreational DIYers. Some of these professionals who have purchased it have actually returned the sidewinder to the store and purchased one from another rival brand instead.
Other users have stated that the lever for the depth adjustment feature does not function properly as it is too flat. This means that when it is flipped up it lays flat against the sidewinder’s motor. Those users with fat fingers or wearing thick gloves during the winter have had a particular issue with this problem.
They have complained that they find it hard to flip the lever back down to lock the bevel in place. This is because it lacks any sort of camber or angle to protrude out. However, this issue was not mentioned by many users, and it is likely this will not be a problem for most users of the Skilsaw SPT67WL-01.
What is a sidewinder?
This type of power tool has its motor mounted right by the side of the cutting blade as part of a direct drive system. This generally means a greater RPM so it can cut through low stress materials much faster. For other power tools with a high RPM view our best circular saws review.
They are also lighter in weight meaning they are ideal for high up or overhead work. It is usually the case with a sidewinder that the cutting blade is located to the right of the cutting blade and above the footplate’s wide side. This works to add an increased level of stability when making cuts without the need to include a sawhorse.
There is a trade off however and that is reduced visibility of the cut and a reduced level of torque.
It is clear to see the level of effort that Skilsaw has put into this sidewinder. They even went as far a speaking directly with the professionals to get their opinions and advice.
The Skilsaw SPT67WL-01 has bee manufactured with materials that help to reduce its weight whilst still maintaining a good level of durability and still delivering the power needed to do the toughest of jobs.