|Review by Roger Clark aka Rex||posted 05-09-2011 03:33 PM||12726 views||0 times favorited||13 comments|
As many of you know, I can’t get to the shop much nowadays due to health issues, but LJs is my daily visit place where I can keep up with all the great posts and projects and also have some fun to make my day.
Anyway, I was thinking about how I could contribute something of real value, so I decided to review tools that I did use when back in the shop.
This review is on the Rockwell Blade Runner which I purchased for less than $100 a while back and used it.
The unit is light, only 23lbs, comes with a wall mount if needed, rubber feet and base holes for permanent fixing down. The throat capacity is about 1-1/2” thick wood (or whatever). It comes with an adequate miter gauge and has miter slots where you can make you own sliders to fit. The blades that come with it are rubbish, but Bosch blades are outstanding replacements – select the blade for the type of work and material you have in mind, changing blades takes a few seconds.
Like any regular LJ, I partially read the instructions and couldn’t wait to give it a test drive …... big mistake. The machine vibrated like hell and almost “walked off” the bench. That’s when I decided to fix it to the bench and also review my Physics memories. Although this tool is basically an inverted saber saw, you have to rethink how the forces affect working with it. The holding pressure of the material is REVERSED and the tool is held steady, but you need the material to be cut to be well braced, otherwise you will get vibration.
The tool does a great job. It is NOT a replacement for your Jig/saber saw or Band saw, but it is a “really nice to have” tool that can save you time and effort on small cuts that would involve a Band Saw blade change or getting the Jig Saw out and clamping down the piece to cut – yes a time saver under certain circumstances.
This tool is not an essential tool to have and does not replace either the Jig or Band Saws, but is is a very useful tool to add to anyone’s arsenal.
-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.