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One of our most beloved circular saws around the Toolmonger shop is our now 4-year-old 7 1/4” model 5400-01 Skilsaw. It has been involved with every wood working project we can think of and it’s still going strong. So when Skil decided to come out with its successor, the HD5687-01, they got our attention.

The new saw has a 51-degree bevel adjustment with a detent at 45 degrees and a larger anti-snag guard blade nose to help with binding in the middle of a cut. The biggest change that we can see other than that the amps have been boosted from 12 to 15 is that the handle is a worm-drive style, not the typical angled-up sidewinder style that have graced these saws for decades.

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We agree with Skil’s site: Hardwood (or high-quality laminate) flooring is indeed one of the slickest improvements you can apply to a room in your home or office. But installing ’em can be a job. Skil’s solution: Replace the miter saw, table saw, and various accessories you need to do the job with a single tool that’s small and light enough to carry around in one hand. It’s cheap, too, streeting for around $200 — about what you’d pay for a basic miter saw alone.

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I often refer to the Skil 7500 belt sander as the shop’s secret weapon. When things get bad or when bad measurement has reared its ugly head, I’ll reach for this first. With a 3” x 18”, forty-grit belt draped around the rollers, there’s not a lot of wood problems that can’t be shaped down to size with this monster.

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The RAS900 is a 26″ L x 16.5″ W portable router table that Skil is betting will save crafters a bunch of space and a bit of cash. Basically, the newest system for Skil is a combination of old favorites in a newer form factor.

The new rig features folding table legs, a T-slot fence guide, and quick clamp router system which have become pretty standard fare for bench tops of late. The RAS900 goes a little further with accessory storage boxes, a starter pin/guard combo for curved pieces, and a bit height gauge.

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Skil just recently introduced the Isio 2-in-1 gardening tool — it’s a new lithium-ion grass and shrub trimmer with a tool-less blade-changing system that allows you to convert it from lawn shears to shrub trimmer and back again easily.

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If you need a small portable cutting tool for carpet, clamshell, cardboard, fabric, and other lightweight materials, take a look at Skil’s Power Cutter. It sports a 10-sided 1-1/2″ blade, and it comes with a 3.6V lithium-ion rechargeable battery and charger.  Amazon is selling the Skil Power Cutter for $48 — or you can pick it up at Ace Hardware for $52 if you need it immediately.

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Skil Power Cutter [Ace Hardware]
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Skil’s 4690 corded jigsaw has proven itself to be a workhorse.  Under our guidance in the Toolmonger shop it has cut curves in many projects both large and small and never let us down. There’s nothing remarkable about it, except that it takes on every project we give it without difficulty — there’s something to be said for that.

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A friend of mine called me today having recently seen Skil’s Power Wrench (pictured) on QVC. Her question: Is it good for anything around the house? Sadly I don’t have a good answer. My father had an old Black & Decker model that looked sorta similar back in the early ’90s and it was pretty worthless. But then again, battery — and small device — technology has come a long way since then. Has it improved this tool type?

If you have some experience with this model (or these tools in general) I’d love to hear about it in comments. And if you have one, don’t forget to tell us what you do with it!

Skil Power Wrench [QVC]

 

Circular saw blades fall into one of two categories:  Either they will or will not work for what you’re doing.  We needed a cheap blade to cut double-veneered 3/4″ ply and decided to find out which category Skil’s 7-1/4” sixty-tooth carbide blade fell into.  Our results were pretty positive.

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At first glance, the Skil 7292 1/4-sheet palm sander looks just like any other modern sander –- and mostly it is.  The 7292 differentiates itself, however, with a pressure indicator that lets you know when you’re pushing too hard.

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