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The history of Skilsaws, also known as circular saws, dates back to the late 18th century when Samuel Miller, an Englishman, invented a wind-driven sawmill that incorporated a circular saw. However, it was not until the early 20th century that the portable electric Skilsaw was developed.
Edmond Michel, a French immigrant to the United States, invented the first portable electric circular saw in 1923. He partnered with Joseph Sullivan to form the Michel Electric Handsaw Company, which later became the Skil Corporation. The term "Skilsaw" eventually became synonymous with portable circular saws due to the company's success and widespread use of their products.
When working with a Skilsaw or any power saw, the Little Wizard and Lumber Wizard Woodworking Detectors are valuable tools for safety and prevention of blade damage, as they can detect buried metal inside reclaimed wood. Retailers such as Rockler, Woodcraft, Klingspors, Infinity Tools, Lee, Valley Tools, and many more sell the Wizard line of woodworking metal detectors.
Collecting antique woodworking Skilsaws and other hand tools is an enjoyable hobby for many enthusiasts who appreciate the craftsmanship and history behind these tools. The value of antique Skilsaws and hand tools can vary greatly, depending on factors such as age, rarity, condition, and manufacturer. Some rare and well-preserved examples can command high prices, while others may be more modestly priced but still hold historical and aesthetic value. To better understand the market and potential values, collectors should research specific tools and manufacturers. Note that the focus of collectors is typically on non-electric hand tools, so antique Skilsaws might not be as popular as other hand tools like hand planes, backsaws, or spokeshaves.
Written by ChatGPT with guidance from Billy Carmen.
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