Skil 5280-01 15 Laser Guide Review


The Skil 5280-01 15 Laser Guide Circular Saw is the perfect tool for more experienced tradesmen such as carpenters who would like to install a deck or any other intermediate applications. It is a mildly priced circular saw with a few worthwhile features considering that it is nearly 2/3 smaller than other circular saws. The laser guide gives the user the confidence to make accurate cuts every time. Directions are easy to follow when using the spindle lock to change blades. Overall, a good quality circular saw for wood and sheet material applications

Technical Specs

The device comes standard with a single beam laser which is used as a guideline for straighter more accurate cuts.  An integrated dust blower helps to keep the cutline free of sawdust and maximize visibility at all times. The wider footplate allows for maximum stability, giving you more control over your project and the device while the lower anti snag guard allows the material to pass through smoothly. It has a blade diameter of 7-1/4 inches and an arbor size of 5/8 inches making it a light yet hardworking mini saw.


Designed to be 15 percent lighter than its predecessor, this saw also has a safety lockout guarded trigger which minimizes the number of accidental starts. The red laser beam is highly visible and allows the user to make more confident cuts. The wider footplate allows better balance for longer material applications and the device comes with a led power indicator for when the tool is plugged in.


The device weighs a total of 8.7 pounds and measures 14.2 x 9.8 x 8.5 inches dimensionally. It boasts 2.5 HP and uses a voltage of 120 volts which powers the 15 amp motor. This makes it powerful enough to cut lumber and a wide variety of sheet materials. It comes with a sturdy carry bag to ensure the tool is safely stored and transported. The carry bag is made from durable material with integrated padding and has a sturdy zipper closure.


Designed for use on more intermediate building applications such as room additions or outer decks, this saw performs well for its size. The tool comes with a cord making it a great addition for any job site that has an electrical outlet available. The device has a simple to use spindle lock feature which allows the user to safely alternate between different types of blades for a wider range of applications.

Other Important Specs

This device features a 51 degree bevel with a positive stop at 45 degrees for a greater cutting capacity than its predecessor. It has 24 tooth carbide tipped blade which allows for smoother and finer cuts. Its lighter weight reduces user fatigue and makes the device easier to control. The on tool wrench makes alternating between blades easy and the spindle lock feature ensures the blade is locked in place.

Why We Liked It

This is a saw for a more experienced user looking for a powerful tool with advanced features.  We like the laser guide and wider foot plate for better balance an accuracy during operation. High standard safety features and integrated dust blower make sure the user is safe and sound while working. Here are a few of the advanced features this product has to offer.


  • 15 amp power motor with 2.5 HP
  • Integrated dust blower for better visibility
  • Laser beam guide
  • 24T carbide tipped blade
  • 45 bevel degree
  • Spindle lock and on tool wrench

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