Rockwell Blade Runner

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Forum topic by KenBee posted 05-28-2011 06:02 PM 1860 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-28-2011 06:02 PM

I just received an email message from Fine Woodworking about the Rockwell Blade Runner and they gave it a thumbs up so to speak with a couple of minor downsides. I haven’t read many other favorable reviews about this saw and was wondering if anybody in here has one and collect their thoughts about its good or bad points. The reason I ask is because it is reputed to take the place of a band saw, table saw and jig saw. I have an extremely small area to work in and something like this Blade Runner would be ideal if it is worth buying.

Thanks for any info given.

Edit: I meant to add my saber saw blade tends to wander not really cutting a straight line and considering this saw uses saber saw blades it would stand to reason it wouldn’t saw a straight line either over a long cut. Even with a miter gauge and blade flex.

-- If it won't fit get a BIGGER hammer.

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#1 posted 05-28-2011 09:55 PM

I see the blade runner as a handy tool for a homeowner’s garage where there may be an occasional need for a table saw, band saw or jig saw. I don’t see it as a woodworker’s tool.

I hope this does not offend anyone. That’s just how I see it.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 05-28-2011 10:39 PM

Maybe if we could see what it looks like? anyway I like Rich so maybe he’s onto something with his comments and Rich feel free to speak as you do I like that better than anything else. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#3 posted 05-29-2011 12:28 AM

Thanks for the input guys and I don’t see it as cure all for the full sized saws myself, but the only projects I work on are boxes, clocks and birdhouses. I use 1/2” thick stock or thinner and maple usually being the hardest wood I work with. I have a very small area to work in with my work table only being 2’x4’ and a nice sized router table. I could find room for the Blade Runner where I couldn’t a table saw or band saw.

Here is a link to the saw on Amazon.

-- If it won't fit get a BIGGER hammer.

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#4 posted 05-29-2011 03:10 AM

There are several pros in my craft guild that use the Blade Runner and they like it.
I tried one at a demo at a WoodCraft store and they seem to work well for their intended purposes.
The fence and attachments seem handy and well thought out.

I mainly use Japanese hand tools and work outside, so I passed on the Blade Runner for now.

-- 温故知新

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