Having a compact saw as a general contractor means that you get to enjoy working on your projects regardless of where you have to travel. Compact saws are loved for being lightweight and easy to operate generally. Even newbies can have an easy time using them on various projects.
So, which is the best compact saw? For this guide, we will consider the Dremel SM20-02 and the Rockwell RK3440K units to understand how they compare to each other.
For someone who is a professional and needs a reliable and powerful tool, the Dremel SM20-02 model is the best choice. Between the two, it is more powerful and highly versatile to handle multiple applications.
The Rockwell RK3440K unit on the other hand is for someone on a budget. It is cheaper, but still good for various applications. Many also like it for its low weight, making it highly portable.
Dremel SM20-02 120-Volt Saw-Max Tool Kit
If you are looking for some of the best small saws in the market, then the Dremel SM20-02 unit can be your top option. It is quite popular with its many features and functionality. Here are more reasons you will like the model.
When you look at this model, you will notice that it is good overall in terms of functionality and versatility. The model is designed to be good for working on various materials.
This includes wood, plastic, metal, masonry, tiles, and more. No matter which material you have to cut, the tool can handle it.
Another thing in terms of versatility is the types of cuts that it can make. You will notice that the tool is good for straight cutting, plunge cutting, and flush cutting. As such, it will be an ideal tool for different types of cuttings.
Just like any other power tool, we also have to look at its power. It is good to know that the unit comes with a powerful 6-amp motor. With such a type of motor, it is going to be ideal for tough applications.
Also, the motor is made with the latest technology in mind. This helps to end up with a unit that does not use a lot of energy but delivers impressive power.
Each time you start using the model, you will notice that it is well-balanced. This is aimed at keeping it usable for long hours without too much fatigue.
Also, it features a dust extraction port. The aim of such a design is to help with keeping your workplace clean. That is a nice additional feature anyone into such compact saws would want.
There is a second-wheel position that helps with flush cutting. This makes cutting with the saw easier than ever before.
Coming from Dremel, we find it being highly durable thanks to the best build quality. Also, the use of worm drive gearing further helps to improve the durability and power of the unit.
What We Like
- It is a highly versatile unit
- Dust extraction port keeps the workplace clean
- Powerful motor for tough applications
What We Don’t Like
- Tends to overheat
The Solution: Overheating only happens when used on tough materials for extended periods without a cooling period. We recommend that you give it a few minutes to cool when cutting through tough materials.
Rockwell RK3440K Versacut 4.0 Amp Ultra Compact Saw
The Rockwell RK3440K unit is another top choice for anyone who needs a compact saw. It is not all about compactness, but also performance. Let us see how well it performs as compared to the Dremel unit above.
We had to look at its power. Well, this one comes with a powerful 4.0amp motor. This type of motor has enough power to drive the blade up to 3,500RPM.
With such speeds, there is no doubt cutting through the different materials should be great. Considering it is also compact, such power makes it ideal to handle different functions.
We have to always consider the cutting capacity of a saw. For this one, it is good for cutting different materials. This includes tile, wood, plastics, flooring, and much more. There is no doubt that you will find many general contractors having such a tool in their bag.
Having a built-in laser guide is another thing that makes the unit even better. The laser guide is good for improving the overall precision and aligning for a perfect cut.
It is always interesting to see what a compact unit can help you achieve in terms of design. Well, this one features an ergonomic design including a slim grip handle.
The handle provides you with the best comfort and control over the tool. With just one hand, it is easy to control the unit even better.
Ergonomics are always important to improve the usability of any power tool, and that is what you get with this model. To make it easier to work with, the model does feature a dust extraction adapter. The aim is to keep the cut line clear for you to have an improved visibility
The pivoting metal guard is another top feature you will like for usability. It is good for safety and makes the plunge cuts better and faster.
What We Like
- It has an ergonomic design for better usability
- The dust extraction adapter keeps the cut line visible
- The built-in laser guide helps with aligning your cut
What We Don’t Like
- The laser battery needs to be replaced more often
The Solution: We would recommend that you only turn on the laser guide when you need it. Most experienced carpenters might not need to use it. Once you are done with it, turn off the laser to save on battery use.
Which is Better?
These two models are both powerful considering they are good for cutting different materials. As such, you could get either of them and enjoy cutting through different materials.
They are also both ergonomic meaning they will make your work easier when it comes to cutting the various applications.
As for differences, the Rockwell unit has some of the latest features such as a laser guide to help with usability. Also, it is ultra-compact for portability.
The Dremel SM20-02 is not a joke either. It has more power and performance features to make it versatile. Considering the Dremel tool also comes with a case and accessories, we find it being the best value for the money.
If you are in the market for a compact saw, now you know where to start looking. All the models we have mentioned are good at handling the various needs you might have. They do vary slightly in terms of price and power.
A newbie to power tools should consider the Rockwell RK3440K unit as it features a laser guide and it is generally easy to use. For those who are experienced and need a powerful tool, then the Dremel SM20-02 unit is the right model for them.