I tested both saws and found their performance similar, though thanks to the rolling stand, I was more likely to reach for the DeWalt. If you don’t value the stand, the SKILSAW packs a lot of power in a small form and is the preferred job site saw of several local contractors I know. If you’re a weekend warrior like me, you may value the stand enough to spend the extra money on the DeWalt.
The earliest examples of woodworking date all the way back to Ancient Egypt. According to cave drawings, wood was being used to build beds, chairs, stools and chests. During this time, Egyptians are also believed to have invented the art of gluing pieces of wood together – a practice that’s known as veneering today. But woodwork perhaps was made most famous in the Bible, where Noah’s efforts at building the ark over the course of 120 years were documented in detail. The directions issued in the Bible required Noah to create a water vessel 300 cubits long, 50 cubits wide and 30 cubits high, which would be 450 by 75 by 45 feet when converted to modern measurement methods.

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The first step always has to be to make sure that you match a saw with your actual needs. It’s a pretty simple thing to go out and buy the biggest, angriest saw available and call it good. But your genuine needs might be modest enough that the biggest, angriest saw is also too much saw, which means that you’re just throwing away a bunch of money. The same goes for weight. If you’re a small-framed person who has difficulty lugging around heavy, bulky objects, you’ll want to tailor your saw to your frame. If you can’t use it, it’s the same thing as not owning it.

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