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So I picked up this skilsaw at an estate sale not long ago. I bought it not because I needed it, but because I couldn’t resist it due to its hardware store fresh condition. This estate sale was like a time capsule back to the 60’s and 70’s, where the guy had clearly bought a lot of stuff that he didn’t use/need. Its a model 825. This is one of the big boys with the 8 1/4” blade vs. The more standard 7 1/4.” I flushed out the original oil with kerosene and replaced it with the modern skillsaw specific oil.
I also put a fresh 40t freud blade on it. I’ve searched all over the internet and can’t find another example like it. Based on the serial number I gather it is from the 1960’s. I emailed skil but they gave me a somewhat generic response saying they stoped production of the 825 in 1960 (produced from 1945-1960), but this seems contrary to what other owners saw.
What seems unique about this saw is the adjustment mechanisms and the enlarged blade cover. Its heavy and appears to be built like a tank. Based on its design, it almost seems likely that this was a saw made briefly between “body styles.” If anyone can shed light on this saw let me know!! That definitely looks beefy! I stopped fixing power tools professionally about 2004, at that time some manufacturers (Bosch I remember specifically) produced some power tools for specific agencies.
Some were rebranders marketing the tools as their own and some were for the government. This certainly looks like something that could be a government specific tool, given the build design. I doubt it would be easy to confirm this as I’m not sure if Skil did that before becoming part of the Bosch conglomerate and records from that long ago might not be readily available. One of the more interesting tools I ran across was a European rotary hammer from Bosch that had a completely transparent body. Thanks guys for the responses!