Skilsaw Announces Super Sawsquatch Beam Saw

Skilsaw Announces Super Sawsquatch Beam Saw

At STAFDA (Specialty Tools & Fasteners Distributors Association) trade show last month, Skilsaw introduced another new tool. It’s a brand new worm-drive beam saw. The call it the Super Sawsquatch (model SPT70V-11) but it is also very worthy of the name beast. This beast of a saw has a 16-5/16″ blade and can cut 6-1/4″ deep. For those keeping score at home, that’s a 1/16″ deeper than the Makita beam saw.Skilsaw Super Sawsquatch -4

The saw is outfitted with their 15A dual-field motor tied to a worm-drive gear box. It also boasts magnesium construction to reduce weight. We’re not sure what the specs are for weight yet but if it’s under the Makita’s advertised 32 lbs, I’ll be happy as a clam. With a saw of this size, it doesn’t come with a case, it comes with a stand that clamps to the shoe to protect it.Skilsaw Super Sawsquatch -5

And speaking of shoe, Skilsaw made the shoe of the Super Sawsquatch more robust to reduce being damaged. I cut tell you from personal experience, it’s down right scary operating a large saw with a bent shoe.

Look for this saw around March of 2018 for a very competitive retail price of $699.Skilsaw Super Sawsquatch -2

Press Release

SKILSAW Expands Its Worm Drive Lineup with Biggest Saw Yet: Super Sawsquatch Worm Drive Saw

This 16-5/16-inch saw boasts a 6-1/4-inch cutting capacity to power through 6x in one easy cut

Naperville, Ill., Nov. 13, 2017SKILSAW brings its biggest saw yet, the 16-5/16-Inch Magnesium Super SawsquatchTM Worm Drive Saw, to life. Featuring the company’s legendary worm drive gearing, 15 Amp Dual-Field TM motor and specially engineered 16-5/16-inch 32-tooth SKILSAW blade, the Super Sawsquatch delivers unmatched power and performance thanks to this incomparable engineering trifecta.

With its all-magnesium construction, blade-left visibility and die-cast magnesium foot plate, Super Sawsquatch is more durable, lighter weight, and offers greater accuracy than any beam saw currently on the market.Skilsaw Super Sawsquatch -8

Featuring a 6-1/4-inch cutting capacity, Super Sawsquatch can power through most engineered lumber, 6X and beams in one pass. An electric brake increases jobsite productivity and an auxiliary handle is included for added support. The saw also comes with a stand for portability and storage.

According to Allied Market Research, by 2022, the engineered lumber demand is expected to grow to more than $41 billion,” said Jason Schickerling, Director of Product Development. “We’re committed to following industry trends like this to anticipate jobsite needs and manufacture tough tools that stand up to tough projects.”

When it comes to SKILSAW’s worm drive portfolio, size matters. SKILSAW’s lineup now includes 7-1/4-inch, 8-1/4-inch, 10-1/4-inch and 16-5/16-inch worm drive saws. Super Sawsquatch is priced competitively at $699 and will be available in March 2018.

To learn more about the 16-5/16-Inch Magnesium Super Sawsquatch Worm Drive Saw, model SPT70V-11, visit

About SKILSAW Power Tools
SKILSAW Power Tools, in Naperville, Ill., is a leader in cutting technology serving the professional construction market under the SKILSAW brand and consumer do-it-yourself market under the SKIL brand. SKILSAW Power Tools was founded in 1924 with the invention of its flagship tool, the SKILSAW, the world’s first portable circular saw. The invention of this saw also pioneered the use of worm drive gearing, Dual-Field™ motor and die-cast aluminum motor housing. Its successor, the SKILSAW Model 77 became the benchmark of portable circular saws changing the construction and home improvement industry forever.

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Jeff Williams

Contributing Editor Jeff Williams is a carpenter for a commercial General Contractor specializing in concrete, steel, and wood buildings. Jeff comes from a long line of contractors. His parents started a commercial General Contracting firm many years ago and it has afforded him life-long, hands-on learning opportunities from rough and fine carpentry all the way to structural steel and concrete. Jeff has a Construction Management degree and loves the thrill of coordinating and successfully managing large jobs from start to finish. Inspired by the difficulties sometimes encountered to complete punch lists his motto is, "Work hard until the job is done."


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  1. Do they specify how much weight it will as magnesium construction is used?

    1. Jeff Williams

      We found out later it weighs 27 lbs. why they left it out of the press release is beyond me. It’s a full 5 lbs less than the other beam circ saw on the market.

  2. Oleg k

    The funniest thing is that “dual field motor” means absolutely nothing! I looked it up and it’s just something they’ve decided to call their non-brushless motor, you know, because they want to sound hip and cool, like Festool or something, without actually investing any actualmoney into research or development. I agree with them though because coming up with a marketing slogan or a cool name is easier (and much, much cheaper) than making a better product. I disassembled many of their products on many occasions and what I found was the same exact motors they had inside their products decades ago are still being used now… Not that there is something wrong with not fixing what isn’t broken, still, there is something iffy with calling something old “new and improved” when the only thing that changed was the name itself.
    It’s also the fault of the consumers because most people believe that the term “brushless” is something super high-tech and the technology behind it is reserved solely for cordless models that cost double of their brushes counterparts, even though, in reality, the difference in manufacturing costs nowadays is minimal and the tools that carry the famous “brushless” logo should be waaaaaaay cheaper.

    Oh well, at least Skill has the coolest names for their products!

    1. Duncan

      Supposedly, the Skilsaw “dual field” motor has split stator (field) windings, so that they have an inner loop and outer loop as opposed to one loop as you see with most other motors. This could improve efficiency and power output as the windings have more exposed surface area, thus letting the motor run cooler.

      However, I’m not sure to what extent this would actually work, since Skilsaw have become (according to YouTuber “AvE”) a “zombie brand” since they have been bought by a Chinese company and their saws apparently have been “dumbed down.”

      Very nice concept, though.

  3. Leonard Haddox

    Where can I get one?

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