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Rockwell VersaCut Mini Circular Saw with Laser

Average reader rating
5.0
out of 5
Brand:
Rockwell
Model:
RK3440K
Price:
$130

Description

Powerful 4.0 Amp mini-circular saw cuts a variety of materials
Slim, ergonomic design is easy to manage and maneuver
Laser indicator helps align cuts
Plunge cut indicators show exact position of blade entry
Easy-to-set depth of cut indicator

Reader Reviews

Handy little trim saw

Review Summary

This is not just another trim saw. You can easily use it with one hand, and it balances well in your grip. It has good dust collection. It uses very thin kerf blades. The depth of cut limiter is great. It makes plunge cuts easily in plywood, drywall, paneling, etc. so you can make cutouts for switches and sockets acurately. It does take two hex keys to change the blade, I know I'll lose one of them or the special screw. The laser is nice, but I never have liked them too much.
It is battery operated and has no lock on the switch. I am waiting for the laser to turn on in the stroage bag when bouncing around in the truck. The VersaCut does have a very good guide rail system (RW9234) available as an option and I highly recommend it.

Detailed Ratings

5.0
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

Perfect compliment to my shop.

Review Summary

For the price (about $130) this little saw is a real gem. The weight is fantastic compared to my heavy Porter Cable circular saw, making the Versacut my new go-to power saw. It handles just about everything my circular saw will do, and will do it faster and MUCH quieter (I used it in a basement with no hearing protection and it was only as loud as my Dremel tool, maybe even quieter).
I can easily hold it in one hand (I'm left handed) and the laser switch is convenient for me to hit with my thumb. By the way, as someone who's never had a power tool with a laser on it, I have to say, very cool indeed. The first cut I made with the Versacut I tried free-hand and it came out a bit shakier than with my circular saw. When I turned on that bright laser (it was perfectly aligned with the blade as well) I just followed the red line and had a nice straight smooth cut. Speaking of smooth, the kerf on this thing is small and the stock wood blade produced a cut that was ten times smoother than my circular saw, even in 1/2" OSB. The few downsides to this tool are as follows: the requirement to use 2 allen wrenches to change the blade. As the other reviewer said, I'm sure I will lose at least one or the special nut that holds the blade on. That whole process just seems strange to me, but it doesn't make me want to use the tool any less. More of a minor annoyance. Also, the fact that the laser is battery powered and not tied into the tool's power cord is a bit irritating. It's awesome to have, but I could see how someone not as careful as I am would bump the switch and let the laser battery die while the tool isn't being used. The laser uses button batteries so it's not terrible to replace them, but again, just a minor design flaw. The depth cutting gauge on the Versacut is pretty neat and will help a lot when cutting to different depths or different materials. However, for people new to the saw, it is a bit strange feeling to use at first. Once you figure out the correct pressure it takes to push the saw down and forward at the same time, it's not bad at all. It took me 2 cuts to figure it out where it's second nature. I have yet to try the Versacut on metal or tile, but if it does half the job it does on wood, I will be very happy. I also haven't used the cutting guide that attaches to the side of the saw but from the way it feels and fits into the saw, I can't imagine it won't work exactly as promised. Everything about this saw feels very and solid and well made I can't recommend this little tool enough!

Detailed Ratings

5.0
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

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