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12 and 13 Amp circular saw comparison

12 amp Skil saw casual and initial quality checkOnce upon a time 4 or 5 years ago a man or woman could buy a 13 amp entry level circular saw for 40 dollars.

Those days are over.

12 amp is now the best you can get at that entry level price.

We got this 40 dollar Skil circular saw last week and it seems to be just as strong as its 13 amp counter part, but it's sort of an unfair comparison seeing how the new saw had a fresh and sharp blade. Time will tell if the downgrade in motor capacity will have a noticeable effect. Our use will be low to medium, so we won't be the best gauge, but I plan to update this review in a year or two because power tools are beautiful and photogenic.



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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.



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