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Old 06-19-2013, 09:23 AM   #1
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Skil Mag77 LT: By Design OR Factory Defect?


I recently purchased the new Skil MAG77LT wormdrive to replace a dead and gone Milwaukee wormdrive that served me well for many years. I received a brand new MAG77LT yesterday, and upon taking it out of its box and inspecting it I found that the foot has a slight, downward camber to it. It's about 1/32 " away from being perfectly straight, at the center point of the foot.

Is this by design, or is this a factory defect? Here are some pictures of the saw to show the camber (sorry for the quality, I didn't have time to break out the dSLR). ...
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Old 06-19-2013, 09:51 AM   #2
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Re: Skil Mag77 LT: By Design OR Factory Defect?


After looking at that last picture with the ruler.. I am going to go with by design, if feel as if it would help with gliding across materials as the handle seems further back on this new Skil. Though to be honest I have yet to receive mine yet.. it's still shipping

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After looking at that last picture with the ruler.. I am going to go with by design, if feel as if it would help with gliding across materials as the handle seems further back on this new Skil. Though to be honest I have yet to receive mine yet.. it's still shipping
That's what I'm thinking, too ... the weight of the saw is at the back, and the camber would cause the front of the foot to elevate slightly above the sawing surface, causing less resistance/friction from the foot when sawing. Just to be sure I didn't get a dud, though, I went ahead and contacted Amazon and they're sending me out another saw overnight. If its foot is identical, then I'm going to roll with the "by design" option.

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It's called a "rocker line"
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Called Skil and it is NOT by design. They said as long as the saw doesn't rock from one side to the other while on a flat surface then the foot of the saw is ok and within tolerance.

I haven't tried it yet, but most likely it's not going to have any noticeable play for it to rock back and forth due to it only being out a 32nd of an inch or so .... but, at the same time, when one pays$219 for a saw you would expect it to be "right". Waiting to see what the replacement looks like tomorrow.

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Re: Skil Mag77 LT: By Design OR Factory Defect?


Judging by your post with the ruler it's more then a 32nd out.
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Judging by your post with the ruler it's more then a 32nd out.
That's what I was thinking more like 3/32 or 8th
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It's not .... the line that the ruler follows is tangent to the flat section of the foot being held flat against the foot at one end. If I could position the ruler on the top edge of the foot instead of the bottom you would only see the base out by about a 32nd (maybe a 24th at most) at its center point.

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Re: Skil Mag77 LT: By Design OR Factory Defect?


I looked at this one today and it looked flat.
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I looked at this one today and it looked flat.
Thanks DWB. That confirms there are variances in the manufacturing process of the foot, and I got a bad one.

I hope the one that is delivered to me tomorrow is flat ... if not, I will keep on sending them back to Amazon until I get one that is flat
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I wonder if yours just got dropped or something before you got it
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A little help please Where is the "views from your jobsite" thread at the search function bites!
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I wonder if yours just got dropped or something before you got it
I thought the same, and if it did it would have had to been dropped before the black finish was put on it as there is no evidence of it being dropped after.

I thought also that maybe the UPS driver could have been a little rough with it, but from the way it is boxed up from Skil the foot doesn't touch any side of the box.
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A little help please Where is the "views from your jobsite" thread at the search function bites!
DWB, I'm not sure if this is the thread you're talking about, but here ya go ...

http://www.contractortalk.com/f14/pi...ndation-66228/
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A little help please Where is the "views from your jobsite" thread at the search function bites!
I think you want "Views while working" in GD.
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DWB, I'm not sure if this is the thread you're talking about, but here ya go ...

http://www.contractortalk.com/f14/pi...ndation-66228/
Thanks Bob2Pants but that's an old one ,Tin found it for me
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Re: Skil Mag77 LT: By Design OR Factory Defect?


The replacement Mag77LT arrived yesterday from Amazon and the foot on it is perfectly flat


Time to put it to use and see what this thing is made of.

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I thought the same, and if it did it would have had to been dropped before the black finish was put on it as there is no evidence of it being dropped after.

I thought also that maybe the UPS driver could have been a little rough with it, but from the way it is boxed up from Skil the foot doesn't touch any side of the box.
Just a quick correction to what I had said in this earlier post. When I received the replacement saw yesterday, I paid close attention to the way it was boxed up by Skil. The foot of the saw does rest on the bottom of the box, and so it is possible that the saw was dropped sometime after it was boxed up and that may have been how it got warped. Skil would do right by including some styrofoam underneath the base to prevent possible warping/damage to it during transit.

I don't know if this is what happened with my Skil or not, but if it is then I can only wonder how much more rigid and warp resistant a magnesium foot really is compared to steel and aluminum.

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Re: Skil Mag77 LT: By Design OR Factory Defect?


my Bosch wormdrive fell on concrete off my bench a couple of times, and I thought for sure the mag foot got tweaked, but to my surprise it's perfect. it's a tough sob.
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I still love my HD77 grey 20 yo wormsaw. I use the weight and gravity to my advantage.
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Plus it was made in Chicago.

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