SKIL 5280-01 Review

Skil 5280-01

Editor Rating: 4.6/5


SKIL 5280-01

Reviewed by: Timothy Henderson

Published on: October 2, 2017

Last modified: Nov 25, 2022 @ 10:21 am

  • Design
  • Functionality
  • Price

SKIL 5280-01 Review Summary:

Featuring an accuracy-boosting laser guide and an in-built dust blower, the prosumer-level SKIL 5280-01 circular saw focuses on users who require elevated precision and control.


  • Weight – 9 pounds
  • Dimensions – 14.2 x 9.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Power source – Corded
  • Voltage – 120 Volts

SKIL 5280-01 – The Basics

This 2.5 horsepower machine is a great affordable solution for your future endeavors. It might not be the best possible model on the market, but it does offer enough features for a vast variety of projects. Its 15-amp motor delivers around 1865W of power meaning it will cut through many types of dense wood without many issues.

The thing that makes this unit desirable is its ease of use. While the professionals aren’t impressed by its basic features, DIY enthusiasts love the absence of complexity. We wouldn’t recommend it for demanding tasks such as granite cutting, but it’s definitely great for DIY wood projects.

The Features

The design

The design is surprisingly versatile and easy to get a hold of. Usually, the units from the affordable category have a few flaws design-wise, but this one seems as good as they get. The first thing people notice is the integrated laser. It’s quite an unusual addition for this price. The laser does its job of making the cuts as precise as possible pretty well. In fact, many people reported that they didn’t even get the chance to use the laser and calibrate the machine due to its high precision by default.

The light weight is also a great design advantage. Due to the nature of the components used in the design, the weight of the whole machine is only around 9 pounds meaning you don’t have to worry about fatigue while carrying it from one place to another. Furthermore, a convenient bag is included; therefore, there’s no need to stress about storage and portability.


The safety is at a satisfactory level. There aren’t any impressive safety mechanisms due to the affordable price, but the ones that are integrated offer more than enough of security, especially if you’re a novice. However, we strongly recommend reading the user manual before turning the machine on for the first time.

Other features

This model features an integrated dust blower which is a pretty surprising thing. Not many saws have a dust blower, especially the ones that fall in this price range. Therefore, one can say that the dust blower is a premium accessory on this model. While it doesn’t perform impressively, it’s still quite effective and helpful. Despite the existence of dust extraction, we strongly recommend the use of work glasses.

Skil 5280-01 laser
Cutting wood on Skil 5280-01







Easy to use



The laser is not adjustable


It’s hard to see the laser while working outdoors


Things we liked about it

The price-to-quality ratio is amazing with this unit. A lot of people are caught by surprise because most of them don’t expect such an affordable price. Furthermore, even though it has a set of basic features, there are some that can’t be found even in the much more expensive units, like the integrated laser and dust extraction.

There are plenty of things to like when it comes to the 5280-01 model, and people who are familiar with the market know how to recognize those elements.


Things we didn’t like

As far as we are concerned, there is too much of hard plastic involved in the design. While it’s not a downside per se, we would have liked to see more metal parts. The hard plastic doesn’t affect the integrity of the machine much, but the amount of vibrations could have been decreased by using metal components or even cushioning the hand grip. Speaking of hand grips, this particular one seems pretty small in comparison to some other models. Therefore, it might be an unpleasant surprise for people that have particularly large hands. However, you probably won’t stumble upon that issue.

What Users Say About The SKIL 5280-01

A lot of people love this unit because of its price. It’s obvious that it isn’t the best thing available on the market, but it’s quite a catch both for devoted DIY-ers and even some professionals. You can rest assured that it will do the job that it is supposed to, and that’s what most of us look for in a power tool. Even though the aesthetics don’t matter much in this industry, it’s always a plus to have a good-looking unit in your hands. This one looks nice, works great, and costs only a fragment of a price that you’d have to pay for a high-end model designed by a reputable brand.

Skil 5280-01


If you’re looking for a good machine that is able to cope with your future endeavors, this one might be the real deal. As we already said, you don’t have to worry much about the budget aspect because it’s quite affordable. Furthermore, the features included are quite neat and sufficient for most applications involving wood. You can process metal as well, but only with a proper blade. Do not cut any other materials but wood with the included blade.

There are a few advantages; no one can deny that. However, the key is in trading some of those advantages off for a better overall price. In simpler words, you cannot expect a miraculous performance out of a unit that costs less than most of its competitors within the same category.

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