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Skilsaw Wormdrive TS SPT99-12

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  • #652648
    redwood
    Pro

    So, as mentioned in another thread, I received this table saw to review for another publication. Some of you might remember that I reviewed it’s predecessor the Skil SPT70 WT for this site maybe a year and a half ago.

    Since my review probably won’t be published for at least a couple of months, I thought I would give my friends here a blow by blow account, so to speak.

    Of course feel free to ask questions.

    Mark E.

    Pioneer, CA

    Working Pro 1972 - 2015
    Member since Jan 22, 2013
    www.creative-redwood-designs.com

    #652651
    redwood
    Pro

    First off, I’ll go over assembly and features.

    This saw is much heavier then the previous model. This saw is 94 #’s assembled, the older model was 47 #’s. Now I’m sure that a lot of this has to do with the stands. The older model had just a small light fold up stand. This saw has more of a gravity rise stand with 16″ wheels. That said, this saw is still quite a bit heavier.

    The saw itself is completely assembled, other then the blade safety items. The stand of course was not assembled. It came in about a 1/2 doz. pieces plus the hardware pack. Assembly directions were less then great, at least for me. Luckily, it wasn’t all that difficult to figure things out and everything seemed to be machined very well and I didn’t need to do any do overs.

    Mark E.

    Pioneer, CA

    Working Pro 1972 - 2015
    Member since Jan 22, 2013
    www.creative-redwood-designs.com

    #652675
    smallerstick
    Pro
    North Bay, ON

    Thanks, Mark, for giving us a preview. The stand really looks well designed and well built. Actually the whole package looks to be sturdy.

    Looking forward to the next installment.

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    #652676

    Im really looking for comparisons to the Bosch 4100-09 since the lineage is pretty clear. Do you have experience with that one?

    #652715

    Congratulations, it definitely looks solid, I like the fact it has the big wheels.
    Be curious to see how it holds up,

    #652733
    DirtyWhiteBoy
    Pro
    Honolulu,, Hi.

    I like the stand too, The big wheels are great for moving around the site! I’m using the Bosch wheeled table saw stand and with the small wheels it’s a real pain to move around.

    Dirty

    A Working Pro since 1988!

    Member since January 26, 2013.

    #652739
    redwood
    Pro
    montreal_woodworks wrote:</divIm really looking for comparisons to the Bosch 4100-09 since the lineage is pretty clear. Do you have experience with that one?

    I’ve never owned a Bosch table saw, mainly DeWalts and a couple of others.

    Other then the stand, I don’t think these saws have very much in common. All the capacities are greater with the Skilsaw. The Skilsaw uses a large wormdrive motor, which the bosch does not have. The Skilsaw also has a rack and pinion fence, which is more like a DeWalt then a Bosch. It also weighs around 30#’s more then the Bosch.

    Mark E.

    Pioneer, CA

    Working Pro 1972 - 2015
    Member since Jan 22, 2013
    www.creative-redwood-designs.com

    #652746
    theamcguy
    Pro
    Fayetteville, NC

    Man those wheels will really help roll it on to the site. Very nice.

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    Fayetteville, NC
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    #652796

    Mark, thanks for the review and input,

    #652825
    DirtyWhiteBoy
    Pro
    Honolulu,, Hi.

    I bet those wheels will go up and down stairs like a gangster too!

    Dirty

    A Working Pro since 1988!

    Member since January 26, 2013.

    #652871

    I bet those wheels will go up and down stairs like a gangster too!

    That’s definitely a good point.

    #652876
    montreal_woodworks wrote:</divIm really looking for comparisons to the Bosch 4100-09 since the lineage is pretty clear. Do you have experience with that one?

    I’ve never owned a Bosch table saw, mainly DeWalts and a couple of others.

    Other then the stand, I don’t think these saws have very much in common. All the capacities are greater with the Skilsaw. The Skilsaw uses a large wormdrive motor, which the bosch does not have. The Skilsaw also has a rack and pinion fence, which is more like a DeWalt then a Bosch. It also weighs around 30#’s more then the Bosch.

    Based on a lot of looking at photos (no substitute for using one of course) it looks like they took the 4100 body and cherry picked better versions of each main system.

    #652893
    DirtyWhiteBoy
    Pro
    Honolulu,, Hi.

    How is the fence on it? Do you need to use a tape or can you zoom it in to a tight number?

    Dirty

    A Working Pro since 1988!

    Member since January 26, 2013.

    #652897
    Doobie
    Moderator

    Big plus with the big wheels. That’s one of the things with just about all mobile stands, the engineers seem to all think we’re just wheeling them around on flat level paved surfaces. Skil seems to have thought that out for the real world.

    #652901

    Big plus with the big wheels. That’s one of the things with just about all mobile stands, the engineers seem to all think we’re just wheeling them around on flat level paved surfaces. Skil seems to have thought that out for the real world.

    Heck, I even like bigger wheels for going up and down stairs… if only to store it away in the basement when not in use for a while

    #652902
    redwood
    Pro

    How is the fence on it? Do you need to use a tape or can you zoom it in to a tight number?

    It appears that it is very accurate, but old habits die hard. If it is a critical measurement, I will verify with a tape.

    Mark E.

    Pioneer, CA

    Working Pro 1972 - 2015
    Member since Jan 22, 2013
    www.creative-redwood-designs.com

    #652903
    redwood
    Pro

    Big plus with the big wheels. That’s one of the things with just about all mobile stands, the engineers seem to all think we’re just wheeling them around on flat level paved surfaces. Skil seems to have thought that out for the real world.

    Heck, I even like bigger wheels for going up and down stairs… if only to store it away in the basement when not in use for a while

    I have stairs and lot of ups and downs in my back yard, I’ll make sure that those wheels get a workout and a honest evaluation.

    Mark E.

    Pioneer, CA

    Working Pro 1972 - 2015
    Member since Jan 22, 2013
    www.creative-redwood-designs.com

    #652908
    Doobie
    Moderator

    Big plus with the big wheels. That’s one of the things with just about all mobile stands, the engineers seem to all think we’re just wheeling them around on flat level paved surfaces. Skil seems to have thought that out for the real world.

    Heck, I even like bigger wheels for going up and down stairs… if only to store it away in the basement when not in use for a while

    I have stairs and lot of ups and downs in my back yard, I’ll make sure that those wheels get a workout and a honest evaluation.

    Yes, that would be great. I do recall seeing pics of the outdoor steps you have. I think also standard household stairs would need a judgement as well, but don’t kill yourself Mark. At close to 100 lbs, it could be an awkward effort if the 16in dia wheels can’t rest as you go up or down on each riser.

    #652973
    redwood
    Pro

    Ok, I’ve put this saw through it’s maneuverability paces and I’ve got to say it was a great testament to large wheels. I was actually able to pull the saw up the stairs with one hand, without much difficulty. Up the smaller concrete steps, you could hardly tell you were pulling it up the steps. Those risers were about 4″, the deck steps were a full 7″+ risers.

    The picture with the closeup of the underside and wheels, is me holding the saw half way up the riser with one hand and taking the picture with the other.

    Mark E.

    Pioneer, CA

    Working Pro 1972 - 2015
    Member since Jan 22, 2013
    www.creative-redwood-designs.com

    #652989
    DirtyWhiteBoy
    Pro
    Honolulu,, Hi.

    but old habits die hard.

    It’s hard not to but the big Ridgid is very good.

    Dirty

    A Working Pro since 1988!

    Member since January 26, 2013.

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