If I have said it once, I have said it one thousand times: a good table saw is the cornerstone of a woodworking shop. They are powerful, versatile, and endlessly efficient, but of course, they are also expensive and they take up a lot of space.
If you are going to be investing in a tool of this nature you definitely want to make sure that you are getting the right one. That is why we are here to help. Today we will be taking a look at a high caliber table saw — the Rockwell RK7241S to see if it is right for your shop. Read on for a comprehensive review of this impressive table saw.
What’s in the Box
Before we start looking deeper at this product, let’s examine what you can expect to find in the package to make sure you will be getting everything out of it that you need.
- Table Saw
- Blade Wrench
- Miter Gauge
It’s a pretty standard set. Nothing more or less than exactly what you need to get started the day you open your package.
- Weight: 88 Pounds
- Dimensions: 27.6 X 38.8 X 17.9 Inches
- Color: Grey
- Voltage: 120
Pros & Cons
Now that we have taken a good look at the basic information pertaining to this tool, let’s now dive deeper by examining the pros and cons of the Rockwell.
One thing that we don’t always think of when we discuss table saws is portability. Traditional table saws are bulky, heavy, and a huge hassle to move. That’s one thing that makes the Rockwell special. It’s designed to be lightweight so that you can move it around the job site or your house.
If you are new to woodworking, or just don’t know very much about table saws, eighty-eight pounds may very well still sound like a fairly hefty weight. You wouldn’t be wrong to think that of course, but nevertheless, at that weight, you will still be able to move it as needed. The portability is going to be a great feature for woodworkers that like to take their equipment straight to the jobsite, or simply for the power tool enthusiast that appreciates the ability to move their equipment at will.
I generally hesitate to list price as a pro or a con in products for a few reasons. For one thing, cost can vary pretty significantly from day to day or seller to seller. For another thing, as we all know, affordability is very relative to your budget.
That said, this particular table saw is much less expensive than most comparable products, making it an excellent buy for the woodworker looking to pick up their first table saw at an affordable price.
Sometimes, a lightweight frame doesn’t lend itself well to durability, which is really a shame because, as we all know, power tools can suffer a lot of wear and tear on the job, especially when they are designed to be taken outside of the controlled environment of your shop.
This particular model is designed to be sturdy enough to be used easily on the jobsite, or the garage so that you can focus on the job at hand without needing to worry about your tool getting damaged.
Naturally, with a table saw you want a lot of power. After all, they are designed with ripping hardwoods in mind, and that isn’t easy. Portability often comes at the price of power but not with the RK7241S. The fifteen-amp motor featured on this unit is capable of delivering an RPM rate of 4800. No, this isn’t the highest that you can expect to find in a table saw, but considering the portability factor, it is certainly competitive with comparable models, and you are left with more than enough power to rip even the toughest materials.
Anytime you get the chance to use the word “laser” as a feature, you know that it is a good sign, right? This table saw features a laser focused cut line indicator that will help you to make the most accurate cuts possible. This helps to maximize the accuracy of the Rockwell, and it also happens to be extremely cool.
Finally, the Rockwell is able to boast a cut depth that is unbeaten by anything else in its class. With a cut depth of 3-9/16 inches you will be able to approach a wide variety of materials with confidence.
One of the chief complaints relating to this saw is in regard to the stability of the fence. Many people feel that it is on the flimsier side. A flimsy fence is certainly a drawback, especially given how important it is as an attachment, but it is also worth noting that not everyone who uses this device experiences that defect. Still, it is something to look out for.
You’re looking at a two-year limited warranty with this saw. Basically, if you experience any manufacturers defects during the first two years, Rockwell will help fix the problem for you, free of charge. After the first two years, tending to repairs becomes solely your responsibility. This is a fairly standard warranty that leaves little to complain about. While it is always nice to see a lifetime warranty, beggars certainly cannot be choosers.
As you have now seen, the Rockwell is a powerful machine that will leave woodworkers of every skill level well-prepared to approach even the most complicated jobs with confidence. This unit is durable, versatile, portable, and extremely accurate. Couple that with an unparalleled cut depth, and a surprisingly low retail price, and you get a machine that should represent an enticing offer for the do-it-yourselfer, or even the contractor that wants to get as much bang for their buck as they can.
If you are looking for a table saw that provides a perfect balance of features and value, then you will find it in the Rockwell RK7241S.
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