Comparison Review: Dremel Saw Max vs Rockwell Versacut

Introduction

There is hardly any workshop today that does not have a trusty old circular saw. This is no surprise, given that these tools are among the most useful and versatile tools you can ever invest in. You can cut something as thick as a 2x4 or something as thin as a plywood and do a wide range of other cutting jobs in between.

Two of the most widely known and used circular saws are the Versacut from Rockwell and the Saw-Max from Dremel. In this short article, we review these two tools and also go over some of the things you should keep in mind when choosing your very own circular saw.

Dremel Saw Max vs Rockwell Versacut

Product Details

Dremel Saw Max

Rockwell Versacut

Blade Size

3 in

3 ⅜ in

Amperage

6.0 amp

4.0 amp

Speed

17,000 rpm

3,500 rpm

Cutting Depth

¾ in

1 1/16 in

Laser Guide

No

Yes

Price

Buyer's Guide

How to pick the right product

As promised, here are some things you should factor in before ordering a circular saw.

  • Shoe: Magnesium vs. Aluminum

Typically, inexpensive, low-end circular saws have steel shoes. These can be problematic because they tend to easily bend if dropped. Steel shoes can also slip over rafter squares used as guides, for example, and result in a ruined cut.

Aluminum and magnesium shoes are more commonly found in high-end circular saws. Both materials are known for their combination of strength and lightweight, but magnesium is reportedly lighter.

  • Depth Adjustment

Find a circular saw that you can adjust for depth easily, quickly, and comfortably. Some models have levers near their handles. You loosen or tighten these to change the depth of cut. Other models require lifting or lowering the shoe. Many saws have scales and detents for common depths.

  • Bevel Capacity

Many circular saws today have detents for common bevel angles, and some can cut as deep as beyond 45 degrees, which is rarely necessary for the average woodworker. However, depending on how the entire saw is designed, sometimes the detents can hinder smooth bevel adjustment, so find a model that does not give you that problem.

  • Laser Guide

Carpenters are divided when it comes to laser guides. Some, especially novice woodworkers, find them extremely helpful, whereas some consider them unnecessary and even a hindrance. If you think your eyes are trained well enough or want to learn the old school way, then you can do without this.

  • Work Lights

This is an indispensable feature, especially for those with eyesight trouble. Work lights are a great help even when you have good lighting in your work area. You can make accurate cuts more confidently, easily, and quickly than without the added light.

  • Onboard Blade Wrench

We suggest that you find a circular saw with an onboard blade or Allen wrench. This allows for quick, easy, and seamless blade changes. This feature is very helpful if you tend to work on widely varying projects and have to switch blades often.

Product Comparison Parameters

How do we compare two products?

  • Price

The price difference between the two is not that noticeable. Dremel’s Saw-Max is slightly more expensive, but the added cost is more than justified by the contents of the toolkit in our opinion.

  • Features

We compared the features of Dremel’s Saw-Max and Rockwell’s Versacut, but we have to admit that we are largely undecided. The two models share a lot of similarities, and their differences are more or less balanced; that is, what one lacks in one aspect, it makes up for in another.

  • Weight

The whole point of buying compact circular saws is that you should be able to work on thin materials minus the weight and bulk of full-size circular saws and without the need to use both hands. So we looked at the weights of the Saw-Max and the Versacut, which apparently weigh 2.5 lbs and 4 lbs, respectively. Clearly, we prefer the lighter weight of the Saw-Max.

  • Reviews

It was hard to judge the two in terms of average buyer rating. On Amazon, the Versacut has a lower average score than the Saw-Max, but it also has more ratings. We observed similar cases on other e-commerce and review sites.

1) Dremel Saw Max

Why use the Dremel Saw-Max and who is it for?

The Saw-Max can be ordered in three forms: the toolkit, the toolkit with the case, and just the cutting kit. The full kit contains the saw itself, a dust port adapter, a multi-purpose carbide wheel, a tile diamond wheel, a metal cut-off wheel, a multi-purpose flush cut carbide wheel, the manual, and an Allen wrench. All of these come packaged in a sturdy tool case.

In a nutshell, the Saw-Max is a handheld circular saw that comes in handy whenever you want to make quick, fine cuts on relatively thin and light materials. It runs on 120 V and uses 3-inch blades, which is a little shorter than those used by the Versacut. The Saw-Max runs on a 6.0 amp motor and cuts at a speed of 17,000 rpm. The amperage and speed are both better than those of the Versacut.

Review

The Saw-Max’s cutting depth is a ¾ inch, which is a lot shorter than that of the Versacut. Also, this tool does not come with a built-in laser guide, unlike its competition. However, one of the good things about the Saw-Max is that it does not require you to apply pressure on the tool to get the blade to stick out, which lessens the strain on your hand and arm.

As mentioned, the Saw-Max does not have as many reviews as does the Versacut, but the majority of what it has gathered so far are positive. A lot of users seem content with the performance of this handheld saw, and we take that as a very good indicator of the overall quality of the Saw-Max.

Main Features

  • 3-inch blades
  • 6.0 amp motor
  • 17,000 rpm
  • ¾-inch cutting depth
  • Comes in full kit form

Q&As

What materials can the Saw-Max cut?

The Saw-Max can be used to work on tiles, metals, masonry, plastics, and wood.

What cuts can the Saw-Max make?

This tool can be used for making straight, plunge, and flush cuts. The compact design also means you can better maneuver it into tight spaces. Together, these appear to improve the versatility of the Saw-Max for us.

Pros

  • High amperage
  • High speed
  • Does not require pressing down to expose the blade
  • Can be bought in different forms
  • Comes in a complete kit

Cons

  • High speed tends to result in rougher cuts
  • No laser guide
  • Cutting depth not as deep as Versacut’s

2) Rockwell Versacut

Why use the Rockwell Versacut and who is it for?

Just like the Saw-Max, the Versacut is a compact circular saw meant for cutting thin materials for small projects. You can order the Versacut with or without a blade set. It runs on 120 V and takes 3 ⅜-inch blades (larger than Saw-Max’s).

The Versacut runs on a 4.0 amp motor, which is less powerful than that of the Saw-Max. The speed, which is 3,500 rpm, is also a lot less than that of the competing saw. However, the good thing about a relatively slow cutting speed is that it can cut thinner materials with less damage.

Review

The cutting depth of the Versacut is 1 1/16 inches, which is remarkably more than that of the Saw-Max. Another advantage of this tool is its built-in laser guide, which the Saw-Max does not have. A minor disadvantage of using the Versacut, meanwhile, is that you are supposed to get the blade out by pressing down on the saw, which can cause straining of the arm and the hand.

In terms of reviews, the Versacut has a lot more on Amazon than does the Saw-Max, and most of these comments are very good.

Main Features

  • Takes 3 ⅜-inch blades
  • 4.0 amp motor
  • 3,500 rpm
  • 1 1/16-inch cutting depth
  • Built-in laser guide

Q&As

What materials can the Versacut cut?

The Versacut can cut through sheet metals, wood, tiles, plastics, flooring, and similar materials.

How is the cutting depth adjusted?

The Versacut allows you to modify the cutting depth by adjusting a lever located on the front left of the handle, where you can easily see and manipulate it.

Pros

  • Takes larger blades
  • Can produce finer cuts due to low speed
  • Deeper cutting depth
  • Built-in laser guide
  • Can be bought with or without blade set

Cons

  • Smaller amperage
  • Lower speed
  • Requires pressure to expose the blade

The Final Cut

Choosing between the Saw-Max and the Versacut is difficult, so we are calling it a tie. The two share a lot of similarities, so a general purpose user might be torn between them. However, if you have specific requirements, such as finer cuts (The Versacut wins here.) vs. faster cuts (Saw-Max it is!) and with or without laser guide, that is when you can easily choose.

Your decision does not necessarily mean that either is worse than the other. They merely address two different saw users.

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