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Lasers are the new black this holiday season, and Skil’s following up their dual-laser circular saw (released earlier this year) by attaching similar dual-laser package to their miter saw.  The difference: the new miter saw uses a motion sensor to turn the laser on automatically whenever you approach the saw.

The concept is that your hands are freed up to manipulate the controls to clamp down the workpiece and adjust the saw.

Like on the circular saw, the two lasers shine parallel to each other, marking the area between them as the area that’ll be lost in the cut. 

Besides the two lasers, the new saw boasts a pretty slick set of standard features, including:

  • two crown stops (that can support up to a 4.5″ molding)
  • a table extension with rails on both sides of the tool
  • a 15 amp, 4800 RPM (2.5 Max HP) motor
  • a die-cast aluminum base, which keeps the whole saw under 35 lbs.
  • 0-47 degree adjustable miter and bevel angles
  • positive miter stops at 0, 15, 22.5, 31.6, and 45 degrees
  • positive bevel stops at 0 and 45 degrees
  • an electric brake to stop the blade quickly
  • and an integrated carry handle

It’ll come with a 40-tooth carbide blade, dust bag and eble, blade guard, and all necessary wrenches, all for an MSRP of $179.99.


5 Responses to Preview: Skil’s New Miter Saw w/Motion-Activated Laser

  1. Ivan says:

    A couple years ago I bought a miter with laser but am not happy with it at all. The laser line is at least 3/8″ off. This makes is useless and almost worse because you see it and still want to use it.
    So now I’m offsetting it in my mind but do it the old-fashion way, bring the saw down and notice where it touches the wood.
    Ha-ha, in my old days we didn’t had that crap, so why bother now.
    Though I can see the advantages when mitter cutting!

  2. Chris Ball says:

    That is too bad Ivan, I have a 5 or 6 year old Craftsman Laser miter saw and the laser is so dead on that the carbide teeth in the blade partially obscure the laser line. The laser is behind the arbour nut just like a blade stiffener so it is basically adjustment free. The rest of the saw is just barely ok though.

  3. Steve Thompson says:

    Everything’s better with lasers! It’s the future! Seriously, I’ve often wondered about the calibration of these laser guided devices. It would be worth it if they really hold true, but somehow I doubt it.

  4. Nigel says:

    I’d rather you lined up the laser, pressed a button, and the laser did the cut. *That* would be futuristic!

    I coughed up for a small sliding rail mitre with laser from ProPower (I think) and it is far more capable than the old cheap & nasty it replaced, in spite of having half the saw blade diameter. The laser is bob on, and I find it really speeds things up. It’s a little bit out when you do mitre and compound cuts, but not by much, on straight cuts the beam hits the blade teeth.

  5. l_bilyk says:

    That doesn’t look like a bad miter saw

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