SKIL 5280-01 Circular Saw with Single Beam Laser Guide, 15 Amp/7-1/4 Inch

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Powerful 15-amp motor delivers 5,300-RPM for greater speed and faster cuts

7-1,4-inch carbide-tipped blade included. Spindle lock for easy blade changes.

51 degree bevel capacity for a wide variety of cuts. Arbor size: 5,8 inches, cord length: 6 feet

Lightweight 6.95-pounds design reduces fatigue

Dust blower keeps line-of-cut free of sawdust for improved visibility. Anti-snag lower guard reduces snags when making narrow cut-offs

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Single Beam Laser

Use laser to guide straight cuts.

Indicator Light

Know when the saw is powered on.

Dust Blower

Keeps line of cut free of sawdust for accurate cuts.

Guarded Trigger

Minimizes accidental start up.

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More About This Product

  • Includes a 24-tooth carbide blade and carrying bag.
  • 15 Amps, 5,300 RPM
  • Depth of cut at 2-3/8 in.
  • 51 degree bevel with positive stops at 45 degrees.
  • Spindle lock for easy blade changes using the on-tool wrench.



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Item Weight

‎8.7 pounds

Product Dimensions

‎14.2 x 9.8 x 8.5 inches

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‎1 Lithium ion batteries required.

Is Discontinued By Manufacturer



‎One Size


‎Original version


‎15Amp Circular Saw




‎Circular Saw

Power Source

‎Battery Powered


‎60 Volts


‎30 watts



Item Package Quantity


Head Style


Blade Length

‎7.25 Inches


‎5300 RPM

Measurement System


Included Components

‎Circular Saw, 24-Tooth Carbide Blade, Wrench, Carry Bag

Batteries Included?


Batteries Required?






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Best Sellers Rank

#2,870 in Tools & Home Improvement (See Top 100 in Tools & Home Improvement)#2 in Power Circular Saws

Date First Available

February 1, 2016

10 reviews for SKIL 5280-01 Circular Saw with Single Beam Laser Guide, 15 Amp/7-1/4 Inch

  1. Blaydese

    PRO:1. Pew Pew Lasers! This was a nice upgrade from my old saw.2. The blade that comes with it is nice, they could have gone cheaper.3. Heavy duty motor, has not stopped yet even through hard wood.4. Warranted item, so if this goes Ts up, then I can contact Skil and get a new one.CON:1. Heavy. Yeah, heavy duty comes with a price and that is weight.2. A bit slower in RPM than my old Skil saw, so I was a bit surprised by that.3. The plate release lever goes all the way against the back cover and I have to search around for it and then it’s so slammed down, if I have gloves on, it’s hard to get it free. (Going to add a flange on that lever).Overall nice saw, and should things go bad later, I’ll post an update.

  2. Patrick Jae

    Update at bottom.This is the 13 amp variant, ~$40.Bought this to do a diy hardwood flooring install. I realized this came with a 24 tooth blade, which is more suited for rough cutting large pieces like plywood or 2x4s, so I supplimented this purchase with a 60 tooth blade, by Diablo.The saw itself has plenty of power, I have not used the 24t blade, but this has had 0 issues with the 60t to cut through hardened engineered bamboo.NEGATIVES:Blade guide cutout is not exactly in line with the blade. The blade is a few mm further right than the guide suggests. Not a big issue once I realized it, just have to make that compensation.POSITIVES:Power, as mentioned (the torque is very noticable just getting the blade started),Size, easy to handle with right or left hand, quite compact when completely lowered,Can raise up the cutting depth to 0, so out can make a variety of cut depths (I use this for clearance, I’m cutting planks elevated on 1x4s on my garage floor)Has the 45° lateral tilt adjustment, which I haven’t used while sawing, is a nice feature to have.Update: been using the 24t blade to deconstruct my porch, it’s holding up pretty good after probably over 100 cuts on 5/4×6 and 2x4s.Also, you may consider wrapping the handle, the joint between the plastic shells chafes the hand between the thumb and pointer finger a bit with extended use.

  3. Tim Thomas

    I have a DeWalt 18+ battery operated circular saw. It works fine but when working with sheet goods I wanted something with a stable power source AND a larger blade. A/C was the way to go. Had a little problem yesterday, my fault. I was cutting 1/2 inch sheet for trays in my sanding cart. It was supported by 2/4’s ON TOP OF MY WEN MITER SAW STAND. The included blade cut a notch right through one of the tubes before I realized that I didn’t adjust the depth of cut. I’m only sharing this because it cut through that aluminum tube like butter.Even before that I did notice some tearout on top of the plywood. This is pretty common and normal. the blade goes counter-clockwise from under the board. I will be adding a 1/2 inch zero clearance plate to the shoe of the saw then by lowering the blade through it will prevent the tearout. Some people use blue tape on the board being cut but I find that to be a waste and the tape removal can do the same thing unless slowly removed at an angle to the grain.This was the CHEAPEST circular saw on AMAZON. YEAH I shopped for price. It is actually exactly like the Craftsman saw I bought in the 80’s. Except that one came with a case. You don’t need a more expensive saw. Don’t shop by brand. This one has all of the features that all of the others have. I did buy a 7″ diamond blade for it for STEEL. That blade is not good with aluminum but this one is. Just check the teeth for bits of aluminum stuck to the sides of the teeth before using it for wood.This is more tips than a review. Because the saw works fine. I am a hobby person. Retired. So I will replicate my old Craftsman case to store it in when not being used and to store the alternate blade. Take care of this saw like you bought the most expensive one on the market and it will last for years to come.

  4. bolt fan

    .. I used it to build this deck ADDED A NEW BLADE..VERY SMOOTH CUTS

  5. William John Cowles

    I love this saw, I was using a Ryobi 5.5″ but the blade guard gave me fits and it wouldn’t cut clean through a 2×4. I use this for my shelving saw and the 6.5″ blade gives me the flexibility to cut clean through 2×4 material but to also make curved cuts for shelving. Closets are never square or straight… I take this baby room to room with no cords and it rocks on power. I did buy the bigger battery and use the smaller one as backup.

  6. Xwin

    I am not that experienced with circular saws so my opinion may not count for much but for what it worth, I like this saw very much. I got it to complete a small home repair project and it works really well. Simple to use, cuts are clean. I tried to do the same cut with hand saw and it is very hard to get a straight angle cut. With this saw it was not a problem whatsoever. Just used square and couple of clamps and the cut is perfect.The saw comes with the blade so nothing else needs to be purchased. The laser guide is somewhat helpful but simple guide is more robust. Very happy with performance and the tool over all.

  7. tekritr

    I didn’t want to rate this saw until I’d had an opportunity to do a reasonable amount of work with it. Now after cross cutting many 2 x 4s and even a few 2 x 8 joists and doing several long rip cuts, I’m happy to give this thing a 5-star rating. It’s well-made, lightweight, well-designed and easy to use. The blade guard design really does seem to avoid getting hung up or jammed, better so in fact than a much more expensive saw this replaced. The power cord is rather short, but I use a long, 16 gauge single plug extension with this saw routinely anyway. It does well with everything from demolition to ultra-precision blades, conventional and carbide. I like that it’s compatible with the 3rd party ripping fence I’d been using on my old Ryobi. I had to provide my own locking thumbscrew for the fence guide, but at this price, I’m not going to quibble over a $0.25 thumbscrew. The laser guide is useful, but I sure love my ripping fence for keeping lines straight. Operation is smooth and vibration and harshness free. The supplied case is well made and very handy. Only time will tell if the bearings and gears hold up, but for a “honey-do handyman” this saw seems nearly ideal. Skil hit a price/performance sweet spot with this saw.

  8. Ice cream samarai salami

    This was my first time using a circular saw and this thing cuts through wood like butter. I was cutting through 4×4 pressure treated lumber by cutting it on one side, flipping it over and then cutting the other side (You can’t really do the depth to get through a 4×4). I then cut through a bunch of 2x4s in no time.The guides make it easy to use, and this thing is easy to make straight lines with. I haven’t tried angle cuts, but it seemed pretty easy to adjust for that.The only trouble I had was finding the key tool. It is a black flat metal piece that slides into the back of the guide plate 🙂

  9. mkinpa

    I was looking at battery powered saws for my first circular saw, but couldn’t justify the $ for some of the better ones out there. Plus, many of the battery powered saws lack some of the features on this one, like laser guide and onboard wrench storage. I did purchase a better diablo blado and have not used the included SKIL blade yet, so I can’t speak to that. Laser guide is very accurate on mine with the thinner kerf finishing blade I am using. My only wish is that the bag was just a hair bigger – it’s a real tight fit and no room for anything else except the saw itself. For the money this is a great buy and I’m sure I’ll get a ton of use out of it.

  10. shawn

    I purchased this saw to replace my harbor freight saw and so far I am very happy I did. I am using a Freud Diablo blade and so far it has cut perfectly straight and smooth cuts. I have made many cuts on melamine sheets over the weekend and didn’t have any issues doing so.I cannot comment to the laser because I don’t use it since I have mounted this saw onto a Kreg Rip Cut Jig and the combo of the rip jig and saw is a perfect combo. All I have to do now is set the rip jig to the correct length, make the cut and done.You can find the jig here

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