A Brief Overview of Circular Saw Inventors
In 1923, Edmund Michel brought the world’s first electric hand saw to life. Collaborating with Joseph W. Sullivan, a farmland developer, they established the Michel Electric Handsaw Company. Together, they made significant improvements to the electric hand saw, now commonly referred to as a circular saw. It was during this time that the name “Skilsaw” was born, becoming synonymous with handheld circular saws. Even today, people often refer to circular saws of any make as Skilsaws. However, in 1926, Michel left the company, prompting a change in its name to SKILSAW Incorporated.
The Worm Drive Circular Saw Patent and the Rattlesnake Saw
In 1928, Art Emmons invented the first rattlesnake circular saw, known as a worm drive circular saw, on behalf of Porter-Cable. This invention aimed to circumvent existing patents. Consequently, construction practices on the East and West coasts adopted different circular saw styles. During this time, Skilsaw also introduced the Model E circular saw, utilizing die-cast aluminum to enhance the tool’s strength and reduce its weight.
The Iconic Skilsaw Model 77
In 1937, Skilsaw unveiled their groundbreaking Skilsaw Model 77. This classic design served as the foundation for the contemporary Skilsaw Model 77 circular saw that we still see today.
The Rise of Cordless Circular Saws
In 1985, Matsushita Electric Works revolutionized the industry with their patented battery-operated circular saw. This breakthrough led to the Milwaukee Electric Tool Company obtaining a patent from the US Patent Office in 2009 for their lithium-based battery pack. This innovation marked a pivotal moment in the history of cordless tools, empowering them to surpass their corded counterparts. As a result, nearly every major tool brand now boasts both corded and cordless “Skilsaws,” and the advent of lithium-ion battery technology has significantly enhanced the performance of cordless models.
That concludes our brief history of the circular saw. Thank you for joining us on this journey!