SKIL 5280-01 vs 5180-01 vs DeWalt DWE575SB Circular Saw

Each time you compare between DeWalt and SKIL, the price of the tools always comes out as the huge difference.

SKIL circular saws are always cheaper than the DeWalt units. This does not mean they are of low quality.

To prove this, we look at how the SKIL 5280-01 and SKIL 5180-01 circular saws compare against the DeWalt DWE575SB circular saw.

Quick Summary

Both the SKIL 5280-01 and SKIL 5180-01 saws are good for beginner to medium projects. They are lightweight and generally easy to operate. A newbie to power saw tools should have an easy time working with them.

The DeWalt DWE575SB circular saw is ideal for a pro. A beginner can use it, but it is best suited for a professional. You will like the amount of power and consistent quality cuts you can get with unit each time when using with it.

The Comparison

SKIL 5280-01 Circular Saw

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

How much will you benefit from getting the SKIL 5280-01 circular saw? That would be the question that most people would have when looking at this unit. Below are some top features about the unit.


Any good circular saw should have a powerful motor. That is what you get with this unit right now. It is designed to stand out with its 15-amp motor. With this kind of motor, it should be able to generate enough power for rotating the blade smoothly. The maximum speed you get with the motor is 5300 RPM.


As for the blade, you will find that it is built with durability and functionality in mind. This is because it has 24 teeth and a size of 7-1/4 inches for the blade diameter. Such a size makes it ideal for handling thick workpieces.

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The blade is also covered by iron protection. The aim of this feature is to protect your hands. Also, the overall blade changing system is easy. You can swap out the blade in no time.

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


So, how is the weight? The saw weighs 8.7 pounds. This makes the model lightweight as compared to what you get with other units. For something you would want to use more often at different job sites, it should be an ideal tool for portability.

What We Like

  • Impressive cutting capacity
  • It is a lightweight saw
  • The motor is powerful

What We Don’t Like

  • The power cord is short

The Solution:  This can be resolved by having an extension socket close to where you work. You can set up several extension sockets where possible.

SKIL 5180-01 Circular Saw

SKIL 5180-01 14-Amp, 7-1/4-Inch Circular Saw

Since we have already looked at another SKIL circular saw above, some would want to see how the two compare. Below are some of the notable features of the 5180-01 model.

The Motor

The 14-amp motor is powerful enough to offer a smooth cutting experience each time. The motor gives you a speed of 5300RPM, which is enough to achieve smooth and quality cuts all the time. This powerful motor is combined with a 7.25-inch blade containing 20 teeth. The blade is also combined with carbide tips. The result is that you have a durable blade and cuts faster whenever used.

SKIL 5180-01 14-Amp, 7-1/4-Inch Circular Saw

Ease of Use

To make it one of the best, the manufacturer made it easier for you to easily control the saw. You will find that the handle is conveniently placed so that you can make clean cuts repeatedly. Also, there is an integrated blower system in the unit. This clears the dust from the cutline so that you can make accurate cuts.

It is a light model at 7.2 pounds. Being lightweight makes it ideal to use it for long sessions. Even beginners should love using it.

Bevel Settings

Having the bevel settings should make the unit flexible. We find that it is easy to get up to 51 degrees of bevel capacity. There are positive stops at 45 degrees for those custom cuts. Generally, it is a flexible unit to use for various angle cuts.

What We Like

  • The motor is powerful
  • Comes with a guarded trigger stop
  • It is an affordable unit

What We Don’t Like

  • It lacks a carrying bag

The Solution: As much as it would have been better for it to have a carrying bag, it is always possible to get it separately from another supplier. Contractor bags are affordable, so it should not be reason enough to dismiss this unit.

DeWalt DWE575SB Lightweight Circular Saw

DEWALT 7-1/4-Inch Circular Saw with Electric Brake, 15-Amp (DWE575SB)

The DeWalt DWE575SB is a nice addition to the comparison. It helps you to see what other brands other than SKIL can do. Let us see what the DeWalt DWE575SB unit can deliver in terms of features.

The Electric Brake

It is worth mentioning the electric brake you get on this unit. This type of brake is designed to stop the blade from a high speed in just two to three seconds. It is a nice feature most companies are now integrating in their power tools. With such a tool, it is easy for you to keep performing repetitive cuts without waiting for the blade to come to a full stop after 15 seconds or so.

DEWALT 7-1/4-Inch Circular Saw with Electric Brake, 15-Amp (DWE575SB)

Power Output

Coming from DeWalt, the overall cutting capability is worth looking at. The cutting capacity is affected by the motor design. This one has a powerful motor delivering up to 1950 watts of output power. Such power is enough to go through even the toughest materials at a site.

The spinning speed is up to 5200RPM. It might not be as much as the other SKIL models mentioned above, but it is still close enough. It is then the best choice for professionals.

Cutting Capacity

The model has a cutting depth of 2.55 inches at 90 degrees and 1.9 inches for the angled cuts. When we say angled cuts, it is because it has a bevel capacity too. It can bevel up to 57 degrees with stops at 22.5 and 45 degrees. You should find it being ideal for most woodworking applications.

What We Like

  • The integrated blower keeps the cut line visible
  • It comes with a high-quality blade
  • It has an impressive cutting capability
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What We Don’t Like

  • It lacks a rip fence

The Solution:  As much as it lacks a rip fence, DeWalt offers it separately. If you need it, you can always buy a reliable one from DeWalt.

Which is Better?

All the three models come with a full-size blade of diameter 7.25 inches. With such a blade size, it is easy to use them for cutting through thick workpieces. As for the motor capacity, the DeWalt DWE575SB and the SKIL 5280-01 both have powerful 15-amp motors. The SKIL 5180-01 model also comes with a powerful 14-amp motor

The three are lightweight with the DeWalt model being 8.8 pounds, the 5280-01 model being 8.7 pounds and the 5180-01 model being 7.2 pounds. It should be easy to use all of them at different job sites with ease as they are easy to carry around.

The DeWalt DWE575SB unit is the best among the three because of build quality and performance. It can keep on cutting several workpieces for hours without worrying about overheating. Also, it feels sturdier in hand as compared to the other two SKIL circular saws.

Final Thoughts

It is hard to go wrong with a circular saw when you have all the information. We can say that the DeWalt DWE575SB unit is best for a pro, while the other two SKIL circular saws are good for a beginner to intermediate experience. Still, the SKIL saws are affordable, as they cost a fraction of what the DeWalt unit retails at. For this reason, they can be an ideal tool for anyone on a budget, but needs a powerful circular saw.