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Forum topic by Raymond posted 01-24-2011 07:49 PM 2125 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-24-2011 07:49 PM

Anyone got one of these, they are new at Menards. Made by Rockwell, yet I can’t get to Rockwells web site. I’m going to Menards to have a look at it.

-- Ray

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#1 posted 01-24-2011 08:09 PM

Ray—There have been a couple of other posts about this tool ( and ).

I looked at one Saturday at Menards … not impressed.


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#2 posted 01-24-2011 08:37 PM

Thanks Gerry. Interesting idea though.

-- Ray

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#3 posted 01-24-2011 08:41 PM

What niche does that fall into? A hybrid band/scroll saw? Seems like the arm would have some serious rotational flex/twist to it if you pushed anything through.

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#4 posted 01-24-2011 09:12 PM

That’s an interesting design. I would find such a tool useful for
on-site cabinet making and trim carpentry. You often have to
rip tapers and curves in doing such work and some guys do it
freehand on a tablesaw (the distinctive stupidity professionals
engage in – shown to me by a guy with 9 fingers).

I have sometimes taken a band saw to job sites because it’s the
only really fast, safe and satisfactory tool for doing these cuts.

I have a Festool saber saw and it makes very straight cuts due to
the blade guide system. In such an inverted application it might
work well. The problem, however, is that the teeth in a saber
saw blade for ripping wood are going in the wrong direction – it
appears this Rockwell table clamps the workpiece under a hold-down
to control the blade motion lifting the workpiece.

It’s a decent idea. The execution may be good or bad.

Edit – I read up about it a bit and it seems like it is a machine itself
with its own motor and drive on top. I think I’d find it very
useful on installations.

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#5 posted 01-24-2011 09:26 PM

I don’t know if you look at the utube video, drive is definatly underneith, it looks like they just bolted a jig saw there.

-- Ray

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