Rockwell RK3441K Circular Saw Review 2017
This is a detailed review of the Rockwell RK3441K compact circular saw. We have also done a review of the Rockwell RK3440K which you can read by clicking here. The one thing you notice almost right away about all circular saws, is that they are typically bulky.
Well, Rockwell have designed this one to be smaller in size, but it still gets the job done quickly. This was certainly something that interested me. I have a few saws that I have gathered up over the years, but can you really have too many?
For me the Rockwell RK3441K is pretty handy to pull out when you need a quick job done. Rather than set up any of my larger ones, this one provides better manoeuvrability, and a lot more control. It is the sort of power saw that is quick and easy to set up and rip through a few pieces of wood. This along with a price point of under $90 make this a popular choice for many people.
Main Features of the Rockwell RK3441K Power Saw
This saw uses a thinner blade than you find on most, meaning a more accurate cut, and also helps increase the speed of the rotation. It is a 4.5″ carbide blade which can handle depths of 2 inches.
It comes with a depth gauge which is straightforward to set up and adjust.
Weight & Size
This is where this Rockwell stands out from many of the other power saws on the market. It only weighs 6.8 pounds and measures 18.2 by 4.2 by 6.9 inches.
With that size, it really does become one of the smallest saws available. The good news is that it manages to do this without losing any cutting power. So as an all round saw this design from Rockwell is pretty clever.
The bevel adjustment is up to 45 degrees. It also has an arbor-lock button that means you can quickly change blades.
Other Features Worth Noting
- The cord length is 10 feet
- The saw blade tooth ratio is 24 TPI.
- It also comes with a 3-year warranty.
- Slim handle for an easy grip
- It has a dust extraction port and a vacuum adapter to collect the sawdust
What Can It Handle?
This saw can easily handle cutting 2 x 4s and anything under 2″. It’s ideal for doing cut-offs, rips and plunge cuts.
Most professionals and joiners will use the standard saw size of 7.25″ and I have a couple of these myself. The reality is that for most home use these are a bit too big and unless you know what you are doing, they are hard to hold dues to their weight and size.
The Rockwell RK3441K is about half the weight of a normal power saw, and that in my opinion, makes it a heck of a lot easier to use.
My only concern before I bought this was, would it have the same power and cutting capability, and it certainly does. It runs off a 5 amp motor with an oscillating speed of up to 3,500 rpm and that can handle most things with ease. It also uses a spindle lock. the only real down side I see to this saw is that there is no braking mechanism on it. For smaller jobs though, that is not usually a problem.
Summary & Verdict on the RK3441K
Personally I would not class the RK3441K as a circular saw in the truest of senses. That said if you want to do some wood working and need a circular saw to help do that, then this one will get the job done and get it done quickly.
With the larger circular saws you normally have to get them out of storage and set them up which takes a bit of time. If you have some quick cutting to do, then this will get that done quickly. That is the main reason I like this product.