Skil 5480-01 13 Amp 7-1/4-Inch Circular Saw Kit

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When I was a kid my dad had a SkilSaw. As far as I know, there was only one model, because everyone’s dad had one and they all looked the same.


I’m sure it was just the only one that Crappy Tire carried back then, so that was what they had available. I remember calling every circular saw a SkilSaw for years. I remember buying my first one as a young man and showing my stepdad my new SkilSaw.


“That’s not a SkilSaw, it’s a fucking Craftsman.” He told me. “It’s a good saw, but it isn’t a fucking SkilSaw.”

Then I was transported back to the Vise Grip debacle of 1983.

I had borrowed his Vise Grips to fix my bike in the side driveway. As soon as the bike was fixed, I dropped all of the tools and fucked off to do some probably destructive shit at the old creamery.

And then it fucking rained.

I don’t know how many days the Vise Grips laid out in the driveway, but it was probably a week. They got rusty inside, and when he asked me where they were, I went to where I was working and brought them in. It was not a happy scene.

“You owe me another pair. These are fucking ruined.” He not so calmly explained to me. “Your mother is going in to town today, and you can go with her and get me new ones.”

Luckily I had cut a few lawns, and had a few bucks to purchase them with, so off we went to Crappy Tire.

When I got there, I saw these on for less than half of any other pair.


The had a lifetime warranty as well, so I figured that was a great score. Until I got home.

“Where are the ones you got for me? What are these for?” He asked.

“Those are the ones to replace yours. They’re Vise Grips.” I said, in my know it all fashion.

“Like fuck they are. Those are shit. Where do you see the name Vise Grip on them?”

“Ummmmm, they have a lifetime warranty on them. They are the same thing.”

“A lifetime warranty will really help when I am stuck somewhere up north and these fucking things break on me. You had better get me a new pair of Vise Grips, and they had better be the same as the other ones. Here. These can be your first shitty tools. I’ll give you one of my old tool boxes and a couple of other cheap wrenches and shit. They’ll be alright for what you are doing.”

These were lessons that I learned a bit later in life. When I was strong enough to break shitty tools.

Last year I bought a Skil 5480-01 13 Amp 7-1/4-Inch Circular Saw Kit. I have used it, left it out in the rain, dropped it, and hung it from the cord. I got it out last week and built a couple of garden boxes and a drying shelf with it, and it’s like brand new. The blade is burnt a bit, because I can’t follow a straight line, but other than that, it is a really solid saw.

It’s the first Not Cheap Brand circular saw that I have ever bought, and while I know it’s not a contractor saw, it’s perfect for doing the little projects I have to do. I’m really impressed with it’s durability, and while I was thinking about it, I figured I’d let you fuckers know about it too.

I also see that the price on Amazon is a lot less than I paid last year, I guess because of the newer model.


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