When you ask which blade side of a circular saw a user likes the answer is almost always a regional one. If you are a West Coast guy then you likely are a “blade left” person. But if you happen to be an East Coast guy then you will almost always prefer a “blade right” saw. We could get into the reasons why there is this split. And also there are people (like myself) who break this mold so it’s not a hard and fast rule.
Who is This Saw Made For?
I’ve always been located on the West Coast so I’m surrounded by blade left guys, primarily rear handle hypoid and worm drive users. These types of saws dominate the West Coast and all feature a blade on the left. When a West Coast guy Picks up a “sidewinder” style saw which almost always has a blade on the right they usually have one initial complaint. “I can’t see what I’m cutting.” Of course this is for right handed people which make up 90% of the population. All the lefties (I’m talking handed and not political leanings) I’ve been around like a standard blade right sidewinder so they have tons of choices for a saw.
Enough About the Blade Side, What About the Saw?
This new Skilsaw SOUTHPAW is packed with a powerful 15 Amp motor turning at 5300 RPM. Yes it should be an wood eating machine. And to round out the powerful motor is robust lightweight construction. Using full magnesium construction Skilsaw managed to get the new Southpaw down to only 8.95lbs. Impressive! Some other notable features are a 56 degree bevel capacity with stops at 0 and 45. Depth of cut is 2-7/16″ at 90 degrees and 1-7/8″ at a 45 degree bevel. One last feature which I find beneficial is the 10′ power cord. If you’ve ever been cutting sheet goods and had the plug of your 8′ cord catch on the board edge you will be thankful for the generous 10′ cord length.
Arbor Size: 5/8″
Foot Material: NA
Maximum Cut Depth at 45°: 1-7/8″
Blade Size: 7-1/4″
Maximum RPM – No Load: 5300
Gear Housing: NA
Maximum Cut Depth at 90°: 2-7/16″
Cord Length: 10 ft
Motor Gearing: Sidewinder Geared
Motor Housing: NA
Weight: 8.95 lb
Blade Location: Left
Electric Motor Brake: No
Bevel Stops: 0°, 45°
Blades Included: Yes
External Motor Brush Access: Yes
Preset Bevel Angle Detents: NA
Blade Type: 24-tooth SKILSAW Carbide Blade
Integrated Rafter Hook: Not Featured
Tool Report Details
Tool Manufacturer: Skilsaw
Web Link: https://www.skilsaw.com/product-details?product=SPT67M8-01
Model #: SPT67M8-01
Includes: SPT67M8-01 Saw, 24-tooth SKILSAW Carbide Blade and Multi-Function wrench (stored in foot)
Country of Origin: China
Estimated Street Price: $129
Warranty: 1 Year