SKIL 5740CD Compact Circular saw 40 mm, The saw was easy to set up and was pretty much self explanatory

Good price, works well and value for money.

I have used it to cut 25mm thick pine planks and it did this task easily. It is unfortunate that a locking spanner is not included with the hex key to help locking the blade.

It was fortuitous that this arrived when i had a very specific piece of work that needed doing – trimming a solid wooden door. The saw was easy to set up and was pretty much self explanatory. The only minor niggle was that there was no allen key in the box – but i had some anyway so no big dealonce the blade was inserted it was the matter of a couple of adjustment knobs to get it to run at the required depth (which can be varied) and the required width (again variable) and then i was good to go – time taken – 10 minutesthe door was nearly an inch thick so i cut an initial groove and then ran it deeper to complete the cut – in either case , no problemit requires a two stage operation to start it – good for safety and vibnration, even for such a think piece of wood was minimalvery impressed.

Key specs for Skil 5740CD Compact Circular saw 40 mm with 130 mm Saw blade, Vacuum attachment and Parallel guide (700W):

  • A circular saw is the fastest and easiest way to cut accurately along a straight line in all types of wood
  • Powerful 700 watt motor and high speed (4.300 r.p.m.) for cutting at depths up to 40 mm
  • Saw line visor for easy and accurate tracing of marked line
  • Compact and handy design, only weighs 2,4 kg
  • Dust suction facility; dust port fits most standard household vacuum cleaners or dustbag (Skil accessory 2610387402)

Comments from buyers

“Ripping good buy
, Compact little saw was ideal for the job that it
, Value for money

Excellent piece of kit really, which is sure to come in handy once i get this spring’s diy projects up and running. Handles well and sturdily constructed.

Very pleased, husband, is so happy with it, thank you.

Excellent item, swift delivery, first class professional service, many thanks.

Compact little saw was ideal for the job that it was bought for will purchase a model or two above it for more cutting power and depth of cut.

I purchased this saw as i have a ‘wendy house’ on a site with a 5 amp power supply. For a saw of this power, it made short work of the different types of timber and man made board i needed to cut. I was particularly impressed by how easy it was to cut 18mm mdf. It takes longer than the larger machines as it hasn’t got the ‘grunt’ that they have but if you want a machine that gets the job done, is easy to use and (for those who care) looks ‘butch’, this is the one for you. The fact it’s got bosch behind its production is also a plus.

I’d never heard of this make /brand before so wasn’t really expecting to much but was pleasantly surprised. This is a great little saw and perfect for any diy-er who is looking for a circular saw to complete their power tool collection. Dust capture) and well thought out design make this a success.

Just took delivery of the saw. I have added a couple of unboxing photographs and as soon as i have processed the video i’ll post it in action. The packaging is very basic, no frills, the box has to be ripped open so if that isn’t done too neatly you’ll need to find somewhere to store the saw afterwards. However, fancy packaging (probably) adds to the cost so if there is no need for it why waste money on it, and the saving can be passed on to the customer. As it stands, the product is well enough protected. The saw itself is easy to set up, the instruction booklet is enclosed, the pictorial part of which is clear and easy to follow. Some of the language is a little risqué, such as `do not abuse the power chord’. The translation is reasonably clear and should pose no problems. `if for any reason the old plug is cut off the cord of this tool it must be disposed of safely and not left unattended’ now i’m not sure if that is the plug or the saw, if it is the saw, without a plug it is unlikely to work and if it has been accidentally cut off i hope you were using a circuit breaker or this advice is probably a moot point. It’s worth reading the four and a half pages of safety related prose, it will probably scare you into putting it back in the box and calling in a trained operator.

Well my husband is a bit of a tool fanatic and so when this saw became available he was begging me to get it for him as he has never had a circular saw before. For other diy projects in the house in the past he has used either hand saws or his jigsaw and he has advised that this saw works like a dream and will shave a lot of time and effort from his diy projects in the future. My husband has tested this out on some wood pieces he was cutting up to make a sort of weathershield in the garden for our heater and has advised he is very impressed so far. I shall update this review in a couple of weeks time to report further on its cutting capabilities etc but so far it works like a dream according to hubby.

The skilsaw instructions are fairly self explanatory. Deep in the small print it said that this tool was not to be used by professionals, but did not say why. If you’re bent on faking chippendale chairs then, this item might not be for you. I am definitely the opposite of professional – the job i had in mind was quickly sawing up old hardwood decking for use in my fireplace. The skilsaw was perfect for this, way better than doing it by hand – quicker, easier and a vast reduction in effort. This kind of saw does not do curves – if it does the blade stops and the motor runs against it to no effect. To help there is a screw on guide to keep your cut straight. I did not need to use this but i fitted it and it worked perfectly well. The depth setting kept slipping, so i had to tighten the appropriate knob tighter than i thought i had to – maybe my technique was at fault though, the instructions said to let the saw do the cutting and this happened when i pushed the saw and probably moved the foot. The recommendation was for the depth setting to be no more than 3mm deeper than the depth of the article being sawed; i found it difficult to see that this was the case because the sprung saw guard (which stops you putting the tool down and cutting a surface that you didn’t intend to) was in the way.

Its a cracking little saw, ive had the same saw for years and its had all types of use.

This arrived just in time to help me finish my kitchen, wanted something like this to help with the worktops, the unit ends and the other bits of wood that the kitchen needs cutting, not my favorite job using hand saws. The skil is very light, i’ve an old bosch that has seen better days, this weighs less than half, much easier to move about. I have used this to cut the worktop, the panels on the ends of the units and its been great, it doesn’t have the power that the old bosch, but i found this made a better finish, i put that down to the lower power, it didn’t feel like it was racing away with the cutting. I do like that bit where i can attach the vacuum, it stopped a lot of mess in the kitchen, stopped me getting a lung full of dust and saved me a 10 minute clean round after i had finished. I’m very pleased with the saw, does everything i have thrown at it, and has worked perfectly each time. Build quality is very good, as good as my old bosch, even better in some ways. Great item which has been brilliant to help get my kitchen finished.

Ok – i have to say first up that this is my first circular saw. Have always done my own diy and always used one kind of hand saw or other when any sawing has been required. Sadly i am pretty rubbish at anything big, or requiring any kind of accuracy, but i just tidied it up afterwards. Also, i am normally very wary of anything hand-held, with a motor in it, in case i do myself some harm. But, i am happy to report, this handsome little chap is the answer to a maiden’s prayer. Small, so not too heavy to manage if you are not big and strong. It has super, easy-to-understand instructions that even i could get my head around – and which took away all my nervousness. It also has a brilliant guide rail on the front to help you cut in a straight line (reminded me of my sewing machine) – invaluable for people like me who can’t even cut a straight line with scissors. It was a revelation to actually cut my very first straight piece of timber without having to plane and sand off the lumps and bumps. It also has a very handy dust port that you can connect up to your vacuum cleaner so as to prevent making a mess everywhere – which is a very practical and welcome idea.

I received this a few weeks ago at the end of december and, not being a winter diyer, i haven’t had much opportunity to put it through its paces yet; however i got a feel for it against a couple of pieces of scrap wood. Most noticeable feature during use is that it is really loud, i’d recommend ear protection of some sort if you’re planning to use this for any length of time, the other feature is that it blasts saw-dust out of the opening on the right-hand side but has no dustbag for collection – so also eye-protection: that and the configuration of the safety switch make it a definite right-hand only tool; now, i’m left-handed but it’s not the first time i’ve had to sacrifice my superior handedness to the dull mediocrity of the masses so i managed, and it’s certainly a lot easier than a laborious hand-sawing job using my right-hand. In use i cut through an old floorboard both straight, which was refreshingly fast, and using the angled blade position, the latter is harder to get right but with care and practice it works quite well and you get a fairly good cut in straight or angled use. The line guide is clear and facilitates an accurate, straight cut although it’s advisable to ensure the wood is held firmly on the workbench. The instructions are very clear, and the saw is fairly light; there is a warning about not using it professionally, but i assume this is simply that it does not have the quality for frequent and regular use; however, for general diy use it seems robust enough and at the price you can’t complain.

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  1. This review is from : Skil 5740CD Compact Circular saw 40 mm with 130 mm Saw blade, Vacuum attachment and Parallel guide (700W)

    Finished the job on 19mm plywood with a hand saw. It’s the blade that is the problem though, not the saw. I also have an old less powerful 550w skill saw in france with a proper tungsten carbide blade that i’ve never had any problem with. Can’t believe skil risk their reputation by selling this saw with a rubbish blade.
    1. Finished the job on 19mm plywood with a hand saw. It’s the blade that is the problem though, not the saw. I also have an old less powerful 550w skill saw in france with a proper tungsten carbide blade that i’ve never had any problem with. Can’t believe skil risk their reputation by selling this saw with a rubbish blade.
      1. I’ve had four circular saws in the past and this is the worst one. My nine year old power devil is far better. Kicking myself for not paying a bit more and getting the bosch psk 40 from b&q.
  2. This review is from : Skil 5740CD Compact Circular saw 40 mm with 130 mm Saw blade, Vacuum attachment and Parallel guide (700W)

    I’ve had four circular saws in the past and this is the worst one. My nine year old power devil is far better. Kicking myself for not paying a bit more and getting the bosch psk 40 from b&q.
    1. Bought this thinking it would cut 3/4 ply. But it struggles and doesnt want to cut in a straight line. Might enquire about sending it back.
      1. Bought this thinking it would cut 3/4 ply. But it struggles and doesnt want to cut in a straight line. Might enquire about sending it back.

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