The Skil HD5510 is a circular saw that in my experience has always been capable of getting a job done, without any setbacks and with the precision and control that one would look for in a good circular saw of this size and power. This is an extremely light saw weighing just 6.5 pounds. This small weight makes the Skil HD5510 great for portability and traveling, which is ideal in situations that require offsite work. It is a 5 and half inch saw with left side blade which allows for beater visibility while cutting. Some other technical information that is useful to know includes zero adjust foot plate, a healthy 6.5 amps of power, 1-3/4-inch cutting depth at 90-degrees and 1-5/16-inch at 45-degrees Arbor size 1/2 inch round. It also comes with a 2 year warranty with an option to extend the warranty.
Skil HD5510 Pros
When you consider the pros of the Skil HD5510 6.5 Amp 5-1/2-Inch Circular Saw the first thing that will come to mind is the amount of power this saw packs while still being light enough to be considered easily portable. Many circular saw owners like the larger saws because they tend to be more powerful and have better handling. This saw has everything a larger circular saw has, but is much lighter and adds a level of comfort only found in the smallest of circular saws. This comfort is ideal for anyone with back or shoulder problems, since it causes very little stress on those areas of the body. Another positive feature that this has is the left sided saw blade which allows for fantastic sightline for right handed builders. This is a very smooth, easy to use saw that is ideal for many jobs.
Skil HD5510 Cons
Although the Skil HD5510 circular saw has very few bad points there are a few that are worth mentioning and should be taken into consideration before purchasing this saw. The smaller size of this saw has advantages, but also comes with some noticeable drawbacks as well. Your capacity is definitely hindered because of the smaller size as opposed to similar saws that are larger and tend to have much better capacity. A 45-degree bevel is impossible to cut on a 2-by stock and you are limited to 90 degrees for your max cut on a 2-by. It is also important to understand that the you are paying a fairly low price for the Skil HD5510 and although the quality of the saw is good there are more expensive circular saws that have higher quality parts.
When you are looking through the many reviews that are available about the Skil HD5510, you get an overall positive feeling about this circular caw. A majority of the past and present users of this saw were extremely satisfied with its performance, size, and their overall experience working with this particular circular saw. One past review says “I bought Skil’s little 5 1/2″ three years ago. I have NOT used my 7 1/4″ since! This feather weight lets you work all day long without fatigue. I have so much more control with this saw, it’s a miracle.” On the other hand there were very few negative reviews, but still should be mentioned such as “At first I was very happy with this purchase, but the depth adjustment bar got bent and tweaked everything else out of alignment. It is ok for occasional use, but if you intend to use it a lot I would go with the 7-1/4″ porter cable.” Overall about 93% of the reviews were positive, which is high for any type of power tool.
The overall experience of this saw was generally positive with most reviews favoring the power that a saw of this size is able to deliver. The reviews also gave great comments about the ease of travel this circular saw allows and that it is ideal for users that need to take the saw onto rooftops or on to different job-sites. The price is extremely reasonable, but the cheaper price does show itself in the overall quality. Overall this saw is highly recommended and should be a part of every tool collection. The Skil HD5510 has the power of large saws in a small, portable package and this reason enough to invest your money in a tool like this.