The Rockwell RK7240.1 shop series portable table saw with stand is powerful and compact, with a ton of features, such as an integrated dust collection system, impressively sturdy and smooth rip fence and lightweight design for easy portability.
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Features & Characteristics
Safety has always been a priority when it comes to working with dangerous tools, so the manufacturer took this into consideration when designing this model. This becomes evident once you take a look at the large power switch, which can be easily turned off during an emergency. Also included is a shatterproof blade guard, for added safety.
Another great feature for this model is the stand. The stand is made out of reinforced aluminum, which helps to keep it at a comfortable weight, also making it more stable.
This is a company that’s known for their sturdy and smooth rip fences, and the fence on this saw is no exception. The fence is easy to clamp down, allowing it to stay in place securely, and it won’t cause binding like some fences are notorious for. Made out of high grade aluminum, you won’t have to worry about corrosion and the fence is thick enough that you won’t have to deal with the fear of it becoming bent. It also features controls that you can operate one handed and the levering system allows the fence to be locked in place securely.
The integrated dust collection system is also a huge feature that makes this model one of the best sellers on the market. The dust collection bag holds a large amount of sawdust, so you won’t have to keep stopping to empty it. It does a great job of keeping sawdust particles out of the air, meaning you can keep a closer eye on your cut.
The biggest pro for this saw is the easy to use controls. The fence features one clamp which can be operated with one hand. The model’s blade guard is fully automatic and lifts out of the way as the wood slides towards the saw’s blade. The standard blade tilt system used is simple to operate, with clear markings that make setting the blade angle easy.
Another great Rockwell product is the RK7241S. It is a slightly improved version than this model and has a few features which make it a much more practical choice and a better purchase overall. Now, let’s have a look at what are the strong and weak points of this table saw now…
Advantages & Disdavantages
- Powerful motor
- Easy cuts thick wooden materials
- Sturdy base
- Quality is good across all parts
- Requires little maintenance
- Comes with a quick release rip fence and a push stick
- When it comes to choosing the right model, some people tend to have mixed feelings about the weight. While a heavier saw is viewed as more durable and sturdy, the manufacturer of this model put in a lot of effort toward cutting down on the weight. One issue some consumers complained about was the shallow miter groove. This is only an issue when using the jig.
- Slightly more expensive than what it needs to be
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Conclusion and Rating
Weighing in at only forty-eight pounds, this saw is truly portable and makes transporting from site to site a breeze. Consumers gave this saw a rating of four out of five stars for ease of use, the integrated dust collection system, the easy to use controls, included stand and automatic blade guard. I gave this model a score of four and a half out of five stars rating.