Rockwell RK3440K Circular Saw Review
This is our review of the Rockwell RK3440K circular saw. At just a tad over $100, this saw is a very versatile one that is a really useful one to have in your tool kit.
This is a powerful little beast that can get through just about anything including, wood, plastic, ceramic tiles, aluminium and can even deal with sheet metal.
What we liked a lot about this saw was that it was easy enough to use with one hand, leaving the other one free to hold on to the surface area. It also has a laser which is shown in the picture above.
This is classed as a circular saw, though it is a plunge style. If you would like to see a top 10 list of circular saws then please click here.
Main Features & Benefits of the Rockwell RK3440K
It measures 17.5 by 8.9 by 5.4″ and weighs 7 pounds, which makes it easy enough to hold one handed without causing any great strain. Rockwell have deigned this one to be light and yet it has lost none of its ability to cut through the toughest materials. One reviewer at Amazon.com put it like this,
I bought this hoping it would be a nice alternative to my circular saw when cutting things 1-inch thick and less. Just used it for the first time on some 3/4″ plywood and it did just what I had hoped. I have a few Rockwell tools (JawHorse and Sonicrafter) and all are solid quality tools. This is no exception. It’s a great addition to a workshop.
Again because of the size of this, you can get it into confined or difficult to work at spaces. We think this one is handy for both people who do work at home and also for contractors who want a multi-purpose circular saw. For the price, it is a good one to have in your bag. This is a versatile enough saw that can be used for a whole range of basic cutting tasks.
This comes with a carbide tipped blade for cutting through wood, a HSS blade for getting through aluminium and a diamond blade that will get through ceramic tiles quickly and easily.
So, you pretty much have all the blades that you need for most projects. It also comes with a carrying bag which is pretty handy to store it in. The bag also looks pretty good unlike some of the ones you usually get.
This is a really handy little feature and it works really well. Some of the lasers that I have used before are a bit hit and miss, but this one looks good and is accurate as well. Other reviewers would agree with this. It is not 100% accurate but it is near enough for almost any general use.
Safety Plunge Design
To expose the blade, you have to plunge the rear end of this down. Now that takes a bit of getting used to, and it is just a different way of offering a safety feature, rather than having a guard. After a few trial cuts, we found this was not too difficult to master, though it may try your patience at the start.
Video Review of the RK3440K Versacut
Overall this saw gets pretty decent reviews and there are certainly people buying it. This one gets consistently good ratings and that of course is always a good thing. The motor is powerful enough to be a good work horse and overall we think it is pretty easy to use.
Rockwell also do a circular saw kit with a different model number which is the RK3441K and that does get slightly better reviews and is under the $95 price tag. You may want to read that review which you can do by clicking here.
This model however has had a lot more reviews and has been around for a longer time. Those reviews have remained very consistent so this one could still be a good choice for you.