Skil Power Tool Announces New Skilsaws Models 5480 and 5580

SKIL’s New Family of Upgraded SKILSAWs Meets Consumer ExpectationsSkilsaw 5580

Consumers wanted, SKIL listened and a new family of SKILSAWs was born.

MT. PROSPECT, ILL – SKIL Power Tools is proud to unveil their latest, upgraded family of SKILSAWs. SKIL understands what consumers want in a circular saw: longer life, faster cutting, more power, light weight and a safer tool. Designed with the needs of consumers in mind, these circular saws offer increased power and functionality, while having the added safety features for user assurance.

Included in the SKILSAW family are the 5480-01, 5580-01, 5680-01, and 5780-01 that have been upgraded to meet these consumer needs. Each SKILSAW has features that are ideal for various skill levels of circular saw users. So whether you’re a beginning DIYer working on small repairs or an advanced DIYer focused on large-scale projects, the family of SKILSAWs puts power and ease at your finger tips.

At first glance, the upgraded 5480 and 5580 models mimic their original versions. However, once you plug them in, you see the difference. The Power-On Indicator added to both models shows the user when their tool is plugged in and serves as an additional safety feature. DIYers don’t need to worry about losing familiar features in the 5480 and 5580 models.

The 5480 model still includes a two-point line of sight for cutting straight lines with ease, a rear level depth adjustment, an 18-tooth carbide blade and blade wrench. The 5580 includes the original Accu-Sight™ Cut Guide which keeps every cut on line, a rear view depth adjustment, a 24-tooth carbide blade, blade wrench and carrying bag. Both models still feature an anti-snag lower guard to reduce snags when making narrow cut-offs, safety lock and guarded trigger to minimize accidental starts and on-tool wrench storage.

For those heavy duty do-it-yourself projects, the 5680 model is the perfect choice. Compared to saws of similar stature, the 5680 model delivers more power to tackle tough cuts with its upgraded15 amp motor. The new 51° bevel capacity with a positive stop at 45°, provides users with increased cut capacity.

The Single Beam Laser Cutline™ ensures accurate cuts every time and at only 11.2 lbs the 5680 model is the lightest weight versus comparable saws. The 5680 model also features a power-on indicator, anti-snag lower guard, safety lock and guarded trigger, on-tool wrench storage and a wider foot plate for additional stability. Also included is a 24-tooth carbide blade, blade wrench and carrying bag.

Now equipped with 15 amps of power, the 5780 SKILSAW has even more features that are ideal for the advanced DIYer. Unique to the 5780 SKILSAW, the LaserX2™ 2-Beam Laser Guide provides cut line tracking for accurate cuts. The 51° bevel capacity with a positive stop at 45°, provides users with increased cut capacity.

A wider foot plate provides additional stability and comfort for users. For added safety, the 5780 features a power-on indicator and a spindle lock, which is also helps users change their blades, not only in a safe manner, but also quickly and easily. A 24-tooth carbide blade, blade wrench and carrying bag are also included with the saw. Like the rest of the family, the 5780 has the features that users are looking for in a circular saw.

Regardless of the project or the user’s skill level, there’s a SKILSAW made for each consumer. The upgraded 5680-01 and 5780-01 SKILSAWs are now available at Lowe’s with suggested retail prices of $69.99 and $79.99. Model numbers 5480-01 and 5580-01 will be available starting in March 2011 and have suggested retail prices of $49.99 and $59.99. Visit for detailed product information.

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1 Comment

  1. To: Skil, mfg. IF you even exist.

    To Whom It May Concern;

    I purchased a Skil drill motor, with two rechargable batteries, and the charger. It will be the last Skil product that I will ever purchase! The battery life, when fully charged is about 10 minutes, and the charging time is ridiculously long, particularly in view of the short life that a fully charged battery provides. Additionally, it is IMPOSSIBLE for me to contact anyone at the mfg. level, inasmuch as each and every Internet list of contacts that APPEAR to be the Skil Mfg. home office, is just another “seller” operator, who has not knowledge of any nature, other than the prices and how I wish to pay. It is over for me and Skil. As far as I am concerned Skil can go jump in the lake! I will, additionally, file a written complaint with with the Better Business Bureau in the State of Georgia.

    Worthless product and I advise anybody, everybody, to avoid Skil products, period.

    Charles T. C. Wilson, Jr. JD
    Marietta, GA

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