Reviewing: Rockwell RK3440K VersaCut Circular Saw

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Rockwell RK3440K VersaCut Circular Saw

Rockwell RK3440K VersaCut Circular Saw
Rockwell's RK3440K VersaCut is a powerful, multi-functional, ultra-compact circular saw that can cut wood, flooring, plastic, ceramic tile, slate, aluminum and even sheet metal. Its lightweight (four pounds) and streamlined design makes it easy to control with just one hand. Improve efficiency and comfort with the VersaCut, which eliminates the need to drag out a big, heavy circular saw to perform similar tasks.
RK3440K VersaCut
At a Glance:
One saw that cuts tile, wood, aluminum, sheet metal, PVC, and more

Slim body and ergonomic balance allow better control--even with one hand

Dimensions: Maximum cutting depth of 1-1/16 inches; 3-3/8-inch blade size; weighs 4 pounds

Backed by a two-year limited warranty
The Rockwell VersaCut is a compact circular saw that’s easy to control with just one hand (view larger).Powerful Mini Circular Saw
The Rockwell VersaCut possesses the power of a large, bulky, and heavy circular saw in a compact, well-balanced, li

  • Powerful 4.0 Amp mini-circular saw cuts a variety of materials including tile
  • Slim, ergonomic design is easy to manage and maneuver
  • Laser indicator helps align cuts
  • Plunge cut indicators show exact position of blade entry
  • Easy-to-set depth of cut indicator

List Price: $ 149.99

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  1. alexanderaku
    351 of 357 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great Light Weight Tool For All Around Use, September 5, 2011
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    This review is from: Rockwell RK3440K VersaCut Circular Saw (Tools & Home Improvement)

    I purchased my Rockwell VersaCut RK3440K at a local “brick and mortar store” exactly one week before it was in stock here at Amazon. I could have pre-ordered it at Amazon and waited, but I needed it for several long and tall furniture grade cabinets I was building for the walls of my utility room and garage.

    I had been wanting a small light corded saw of this size ever since watching a carpenter use a small battery powered one as he replaced trim on my home some years back. I knew a battery model would not be economical in my limited and sporadic use as a homeowner – due to replacing batteries after long periods of disuse. The one the carpenter had was nice, but not as nice as my new VersaCut – and I’m sure he paid much more for his. The VersaCut is also much more powerful than the one the carpenter had, and its ten foot cord also gives good ease of reach and movement.

    Performance in a cut using the supplied carbide tipped combination blade is very good using the VersaCut. The blade is also a sturdy one and not some wimpy thing that flexes. I had been using my DeWalt 7 1/4″ saw with a professional combination cabinet grade blade on oak, pine, and cedar in the construction of my cabinets. The stock I was using was 1/4″ thick to 1″ thick with 2x2s for rear shelf support. What I immediately noticed using the VersaCut was reduced edge splintering and that it produced a much finer cut. The other immediate benefit was I no longer need hearing protection, as the VersaCut is exceptionally quiet running – even in cuts. Since I was working in a confined area (long narrow utility room with freezers, and a washer and dryer, taking up much of the room), the VersaCut also made just making my cuts extremely easier than using the bulkier and much heavier Dewalt – one hand is all you ever need using the VersaCut, with the other out of the way or holding your work. A bucking blade, binding and kicking back, also isn’t happening with the VersaCut – and it offers more than enough power in the cut for the 3 3/8-inch blade. Binding just doesn’t seem to happen at all using the small 3 3/8-inch VersaCut blade – and the spring loaded base instantly springs out to cover the blade, and locks there with your fingers off the double trigger mechanism. Cutting oak hardwood seemed to go just as fast with the VersaCut as using my 7 1/4″ Dewalt.

    The VersaCut only cuts to a depth of just over 1″ (1 1/16-inch), but cutting the 2×2″ stock was as simple as rotating the stock in one hand as I operated the VersaCut with the other. I had expected that first cut to be uneven, but it was perfectly square when I finished, and every cut I made using the VersaCut was perfectly square. That’s to say, the base doesn’t wobble any as the tool plunges into the cut – and there is no blade angle adjustment. The blade is just maintained in a 90 degree position to the base.

    The “flip” lever depth adjustment holds tight on my saw, but the flip lever makes getting the correct depth setting a bit difficult. The depth of cut setting is a little aggravating, but simply made – you just flip the small lever, move it to the setting you want and flip it back to lock it again. The problem is it will move some, from where you had it positioned, as you flip the lever back to the lock position. A screw type adjustment with good knob would have made this more accurate and easier.

    As for further accuracy, an adjustable rip fence bar with marked graduations in metric and English standards is also supplied. I used it and found the graduations to be accurate with the base and blade cut. However, the laser and the “V” (blade path indication on the base) were slightly off from the actual blade cut – about a sixteenth of an inch on my VersaCut. Still, that slight offset was no problem as I simply corrected for it in the free hand cuts I made with my right hand. Due to the base housing construction, you really can’t see the blade well as it starts into the work, so you may need to make a few experimental cuts to get used to compensating for any offset – or you might want to make your own reference mark at the “V”. There is a small opening on the left side, so you can see the leading blade edge through it while cutting, but most are going to find that small opening difficult at best to keep track of the blade’s cutting path through materials.

    Pushing the tool into the work is not overly difficult, but I found the spring tension could be softer, and I have wished at times I could just lock the base into the retracted position during some cuts, but I realize this is a part of the blade safety feature provided on the VersaCut.

    Back to the laser, a portion of the top cover to it simply pushes forward and flips upward to reveal two small 1.5 volt (LR44) watch type alkaline batteries powering it. The cover stays in place well, and the laser is really quite bright when you press the small button at the back of the…

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  2. Ed Sutter
    123 of 124 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Very nice tool, October 2, 2011
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    Ed Sutter (Fanwood, New Jersey United States) –
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    This review is from: Rockwell RK3440K VersaCut Circular Saw (Tools & Home Improvement)

    I bought this hoping it would be a nice alternative to my cicular 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. You can’t cut 2x4s with it, but as long as you realize its limits (designed in), its a great addition to a workshop.

    I wish that the ratings would allow me to give this a 4 7/8 star rating because I have 2 comments…

    1. I had to put a little bit of duct tape around the vacuum attachment because my vacuum’s end was a bit bigger (1/16″) than the attachment’s outer diameter. To be fair to Rockwell, I don’t know if this is the fault of my vacuum or the Versacut.

    2. As much as I like the “plunge” design, it would be nice if this had a convenient means of locking down the blade to not require the “plunge”.

    Neither of these issues were serious enough for me to even drop my star rating to 4.5. I’d recommend this to a friend without a doubt.

    One other thing… the last two tools I bought from Rockwell were in strong tool-bags rather than the typical molded plastic boxes. I love this! Much more useful ’cause I can throw other handtools in the bag as needed.

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  3. GWIZZ1

    Tried getting prices for 8 cordless drills fro this company in bahrain, never teturned my calls, called them sent emails thn called them again and still no prices…good start to a new dealership Hitachi !..bought dewalt instead ! Kahhroo, you need to speak to your staff , very bad service

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