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Skil Buzzkill corded reciprocating saw, $79 + tax at Lowe's

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https://www.lowes.com/pd/SKILSAW-...1000336903

Normally $99.

Free Parcel shipping for Father's Day (don't know when this ends), or free store pickup.

Variable speed trigger, 13 amp power, anti-vibration.

No orbital option, non-adjustable shoe, no trigger lock or speed switch, doesn't rotate.

I was watching this because of the good reviews (5 stars on Lowe's, which incorporates Skil.com reviews), including various demos on youtube, and because of some bad reviews on the Dewalt and Milwaukee saws that said the blade holder breaks (for one of them, I forget which, there's a youtube video to replace the holder which requires a new shaft, which is about $44 and requires a propane torch to remove some bolts). So I bought this Skil for $77 with no tax and free shipping (some are still available from that seller as I write this). I received the saw a couple of days ago and just tested it a little. Vibration isn't gone, for sure. But you can tell there's some lowering of vibration. Seems a substantial saw (~9 lbs.). Seems a great price for a 13 amp saw (Milwaukee's 15A Sawzall is heavier and its sale price is $150). I bought a second one for my nephew, this time from Lowe's ($7 more but easier returns).

This is made in China, by Chervon, who bought Skil from Bosch. It's been on the market about a year.
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Thumbs up for an informative post.

I just finished tiling my entryway and used this rigid saw [homedepot.com] with a grout rake in order to clean out the mortar between tiles prior to grouting.

Smaller, much less power (6A vs 13A) but also has the lifetime service thing going with Rigid, for the same price.
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Looks good on paper. From what I can tell, Skil has 2 lines currently, the cheapo stuff just branded as "skil" and the higher end stuff that's branded "skilsaw". $79 for a 13-amp with variable speed is pretty solid. I wonder what the warranty period is on this.
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Sounds like a villain in a Pixar movie.
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[QUOTE=Caleo;116589175]TD for...
1. Triggering my Milwaukee alert
2. Small/relatively new ebay seller
3. Your flawed "this has 5 stars from 12 ratings on lowes, it must be better than a milwaukee or dewalt saw with 4.7 stars and HUNDREDS of reviews" logic

FYI, the only reason there aren't "the blade holder breaks" type complaints on these is because they're fairly new and not nearly as popular as Milwaukee & Dewalt's offerings. 12 reviews @ lowe's isn't a big enough sample to call this any better of an offering than the competition.[/QU iOTE]
Wow, way to destroy the guys post. It's a $77 saw. You could buy 2 of these for the price of the dewalt or Milwaukee. I guess 23% off isn't slick enough for you.
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Sounds like a good name for a relationship
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TD for...
1. Triggering my Milwaukee alert
2. Small/relatively new ebay seller
3. Your flawed "this has 5 stars from 12 ratings on lowes, it must be better than a milwaukee or dewalt saw with 4.7 stars and HUNDREDS of reviews" logic

FYI, the only reason there aren't "the blade holder breaks" type complaints on these is because they're fairly new and not nearly as popular as Milwaukee & Dewalt's offerings. 12 reviews @ lowe's isn't a big enough sample to call this any better of an offering than the competition.
Completely unnecessary.
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OP here. From reading these posts, I think if I had it to do over again, for my homeowner purposes, I'd get either of these two mentioned above when they come on sale:

6A Rigid linked above for $79 (sale price now), because
- its for-life service and parts (I wasn't aware of this)
- it comes with a case, and
- 6A was plenty of power in my old Sears Professional 6 amp, including doing some hurricane Sandy demo work.

-12A Milwaukee linked above for $99 on sale (which it isn't right now), because
- it comes with a case, and
- it's made/assembled in the U.S.

Cases cost at least $20 retail if you can find them to fit your saw.

EDIT: Just used it for knocking down and cutting up about 20 weed trees, a couple as wide as 2.5 inches in diameter. Nice and smooth, cut like butter, feels substantial. After seeing RugerRedhawks' post (#3 above) saying Skilsaw (which this is) is the higher end stuff, I feel better about this saw. I'm satisfied.

One safety negative that I've seen written for similar saws, is the two-finger trigger. When you're done cutting something and put it down by your side, it's easy to touch the trigger and make it run some more. Not as bad a safety menace as those other reviews say, because you're generally mis-pressing it just a little, very low rpms.
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*Shrug* ...his whole spiel about why this tool is good was unnecessary (and probably inaccurate, as the tool is unproven). The fact that it's from a small time, fairly new ebay seller alone makes this not really SD worthy.
I tried to just give some facts, nothing was a "spiel of why this tool is good."

"5 stars on Lowe's" is a fact. "On the market for a year" is a fact, which tells most readers (not you, though) that you won't find enough data to come up with durability conclusions.

$79 is a fact, 13A is a fact, both of which may help some when comparing saws.

"No orbital option, non-adjustable shoe, no trigger lock or speed switch, doesn't rotate." are facts. How is this list of negatives a "spiel about why this tool is good?"

Made in China by a Chinese company is a fact. This is a negative for most. How is this a "spiel about why this tool is good?"

Why are you harping on the eBay link? I put the deal in as Lowe's, $79 + tax. That I bought from that linked eBay seller (link since removed by mods) is extraneous. eBay isn't for everyone, but this is slickdeals, where some people might like to see the lowest possible price. I surely would have avoided putting any link in if the seller didn't have a 100% seller rating and I didn't receive a NIB product. And in fact, I bought the second saw from Lowe's, not the eBay seller, when I stumbled upon this Lowe's sale.

A deal alert trigger for Milwaukee, yes. But all the slickdeals notifications show the thread title "Skil Buzzkill corded reciprocating saw", which clearly says the deal is not a Milwaukee deal. Yet this was an inconvenience that made you open, and not ignore? What should I have done for people like you who like to open obviously irrelevant (to them) deals? Misspell Milwaukee?

I bought this saw, then observed it was on sale at a reputable store for a similar price and bought from them, so I contributed what I found. This is slickdeals. It's a sale. The two links I gave were to the lowest prices ever for this saw. Sheesh, I'll think twice about ever posting a deal again.
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I tried to just give some facts, nothing was a "spiel of why this tool is good."

"5 stars on Lowe's" is a fact. "On the market for a year" is a fact, which tells most readers (not you, though) that you won't find enough data to come up with durability conclusions.

$79 is a fact, 13A is a fact, both of which may help some when comparing saws.

"No orbital option, non-adjustable shoe, no trigger lock or speed switch, doesn't rotate." are facts. How is this list of negatives a "spiel about why this tool is good?"

Made in China by a Chinese company is a fact. This is a negative for most. How is this a "spiel about why this tool is good?"

Why are you harping on the eBay link? I put the deal in as Lowe's, $79 + tax. That I bought from that linked eBay seller (link since removed by mods) is extraneous. eBay isn't for everyone, but this is slickdeals, where some people might like to see the lowest possible price. I surely would have avoided putting any link in if the seller didn't have a 100% seller rating and I didn't receive a NIB product. And in fact, I bought the second saw from Lowe's, not the eBay seller, when I stumbled upon this Lowe's sale.

A deal alert trigger for Milwaukee, yes. But all the slickdeals notifications show the thread title "Skil Buzzkill corded reciprocating saw", which clearly says the deal is not a Milwaukee deal. Yet this was an inconvenience that made you open, and not ignore? What should I have done for people like you who like to open obviously irrelevant (to them) deals? Misspell Milwaukee?

I bought this saw, then observed it was on sale at a reputable store for a similar price and bought from them, so I contributed what I found. This is slickdeals. It's a sale. The two links I gave were to the lowest prices ever for this saw. Sheesh, I'll think twice about ever posting a deal again.
I had a troll on my first post here as well and it would have ruined it for me too but someone encouraged me for trying rather than being a douche about it like that negative nancy. My take away was to not take it personally and if I find another deal (or one I think is a deal) I'll be posting it. The trolls can go live under a bridge where they belong, and as they say: "Don't feed the trolls!" remains true to this day.
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Trigger my Milwaukee deal alert. I would buy it, but I already have 5

40 year old Makita with steel case for water and fire damage demo on bathrooms, kitchens, homes, buildings
20 year old PorterCable
Cheap $20 HF for tree/bush trimming
Cheap Craftsman never used
Milwaukee M18 Fuel OneKey got last week for $133

An adjustable shoe would be nice. 10% off today and tomorrow with Lowes credit card so $71.10.
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