Looking for a pro-level circular saw in an affordable price range? The new SKIL PWRCORE 20 XP Brushless 20V 7-1/4″ Rear-Handle Circular Saw (CR5429B-20) might be right up your alley. Skilsaw invented the first handheld circular saw, so it’s safe to say they know a thing or two about how to build a great tool. This new circular saw shows that they certainly know how to bring premium cut quality and speed to the everyday user.

What’s the Difference Between SKIL and Skilsaw?

First thing’s first, what is the difference between SKIL and Skilsaw? Well, they started out under one name–Skilsaw–but separated in 2014 to specialize in full ranges for both professional users and hobbyists. Skilsaw specializes in heavy-duty products for the professional construction market, while SKIL is more focused on the everyday consumer and DIY market. SKIL products are more affordable for casual users that don’t necessarily need pro-level equipment, but don’t let their demographic and pricing fool you… SKIL tools are still extremely powerful and have competitive performance output for their price range.

The PWRCORE 20 XP Battery System

The new SKIL 7-1/4″ Rear-Handle Circ Saw uses two PWRCORE 5.0Ah Lithium-Ion batteries to create 40V of power output. The PWRCORE batteries are designed to give 25% longer runtime per charge than the competition thanks to their cooling technology. Each cell is wrapped with temperature-managing material that keeps the battery cool and enables it to deliver exceptional performance. Additionally, these batteries can charge 25% in just 15 minutes and reach a full charge in under 1 hour to keep the job moving without much downtime.

Intelligent Brushless Motor

The 7-1/4″ Rear Handle Circular Saw can make an impressive 600 cross cuts in 2×4 lumber per charge. The brushless motor has an intelligent power management system, delivering 5,300 RPM for extreme cutting applications. This is a helical-drive saw, but with the rear-handle design that we know and expect from Skilsaw. This means that the motor is located at the rear of the tool, giving it a higher power output, narrower body, and added reach because the handle and saw blade are farther apart.

Productivity Features

The PWRCORE 20 XP Circular Saw has incredible power output for a cordless saw. It powers through tough materials in a single pass with a 2-9/16″ depth-of-cut, so you can get through the job without breaking a sweat. You can even take on demanding jobs and rip through 3X lumber in one pass. The blade has a 0-53° bevel capacity to customize your cutting angle as needed, and the electric brake reduces downtime between cuts by quickly stopping the blade. When used with the 24 tooth 7-1/4″ carbide tipped blade included in the kit, you will get the smoothest cuts possible. It also features an adaptable dust port that redirects sawdust to keep your workspace clean.

Possibly the best thing about this tool… it’s priced at only $249 for the circular saw, two 5.0Ah batteries AND a dual-port charger! That’s just a fraction of the price of other saws on the market that have similar performance levels. This circular saw will be available at Ohio Power Tool soon, so keep your eyes out for the exciting release!

If you have any questions about this circular saw or any other SKIL and Skilsaw products we carry, give us a call at 800-242-4424, email us at sales@ohiopowertool.com, or leave a comment below for assistance. We’re always happy to help! To be the first to know about new products and deals, subscribe to our e-newsletter and follow us on social media!