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Forum topic by KenBee posted 03-08-2012 04:25 PM 1756 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-08-2012 04:25 PM

Has anybody tried this Rockwell VersaCut saw yet? I just got mine in yesterday and though I haven’t tried it yet I do like the feel of it. So far the only thing I don’t like is the fact you can’t set the depth of cut and lock it in, it is more of a plunge action with a locking slide to stop the plunge action to a depth you set with the slide. Other than that minor detail it is, like most Rockwell tools versatile and well designed to be used as intended. I also have the Rockwell BladeRunner and it also does an excellent job for small sawing projects.

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#1 posted 03-08-2012 05:04 PM

One of my Students bought one and brought it to class to have me help her put the blade on and show her how it works. I guess some folks might like the fact that it’s smaller and easy to hold. But as a contractor it’s not something I think that I would invest in. Like you Ken I’m not really found of the plunge aspect of using it. I hope you enjoy yours though.

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#2 posted 03-08-2012 06:24 PM

Like any tool it has it’s limitations and should always be used within those limitations. If for no other reason than from a safety standpoint. I am presently rebuilding my workbench and haven’t taken the time to really go over the saw to see what modifications I can do to make the saw more useful. Mainly to override the plunge action and set it to a certain depth like my 7-1/4 circle saw. The plunge action is fine for an actual plunge in the center of the stock, but starting at the edge isn’t a good idea. Mainly because if you relax just a little bit two things could happen, it will not cut all the way through and it could cause kickback.

I just remembered something else I noticed I don’t like, the double triggers. One to turn the saw on and the other to release the base or plunge action if you will. I noticed it took a bit of coordination to depress both triggers at once and keep them depressed.

After all is said and done I think I will like the saw for my small projects. It isn’t too heavy and seems to be pretty well balanced. At least it isn’t battery operated which I do not own any major battery powered tools and doubt I ever will. I do have a gifted Craftsman NexTec set with Driver/Drill, Sander, Light and 3-3/8 circular saw that I like. The battery is a quick charge and holds a charge very well and it came with two batteries so I can charge one while the other is in use.

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