Comparison Review: Dremel Ultra Saw vs RotoZip

Introduction

I love DIY. Years ago, minus any power tool, I was able to make a spice rack. This was my first major project and it took me about two weeks to complete. It took me days to prep and cut wood by hand. I used a basic handsaw, wood plane and good old sandpaper to prep my materials. It took me a few more days to put it all together with a hammer and finally hand painted my project.

Compare my first spice rack project with a recently accomplished project which only took me a day to complete. I used a compact cutting tool to make a two-tier bookshelf for my rec room. I still remember measuring wood, cutting it piece by piece and constructed everything by hand. However, cutting and prepping my materials were too easy with my compact and powerful handsaw.

I have learned that handsaws can be very handy especially when you are cutting small pieces of wood and materials for a project. I have also learned that sometimes you need a compact tool to cut more efficiently and cleanly than a motorized heavyweight cutting tool. And when it comes to compact tools, a few brands seem to stand out. Dremel, known for its handy, compact and lightweight tools has the Dremel Ultra Saw.

The Ultra Saw is the answer to projects that require a powerful yet portable cutting tool. I have used a few Dremel power saws but this one has a small, compact body that weighs barely 7 pounds. But don’t let its size and weight fool you. The Dremel Ultra Saw is a versatile 3-in-1 tool that goes beyond cutting materials. It can also be used to rip through plywood, cut through metal and prepare materials for projects. It comes with a tough 7.5 – amp motor meant for tough cutting applications and for making fast cuts. There are many amazing features of the Ultra Saw making it a good addition to your worksite or workshop.

On the other hand, the RotoZip is something that you must check out. The RotoZip is a spiral saw that can make cuts faster, cleaner and more controlled. It can move through almost any kind of material including wood, drywall, sheet metal, laminate flooring, plexiglass, granite, ceramic tiles, cement boards and tough solid surfaces. The RotoZip is tough and very versatile which can make plunge cuts. It comes with a variety of or compatible ZipBits, XBits and XCores, to work with different materials. The RotoZip’s power stems from its 5.5 amp motor at 30000 rpm. All these good features make this compact spiral saw a good tool to add to your worksite or workstation.

Dremel Ultra Saw vs RotoZip

Product Details

Dremel Ultra Saw

RotoZip

Dimensions

16 x 7.5 x 5.2 inches

10 x 5 x 4 inches

Weight

6.75 pounds

3.4 pounds

Motor Power

120 volts

4.0 amp motor

Accessories

With a variety of saw blades

Drywall guide point Ziplifts, multipurpose Ziplifts & a variety of collets

Ratings

8 out of 10

8 out of 10

Price

Buyer's Guide

How to pick the right product

When you are in the market for a portable saw, you need to place quality over all other features. You need a tool that will match your needs and will give you years of good use. Check the following important parameters to find the best portable power tool that’s right for you.

  • Do you need a portable cutting tool or a regular power saw?

Remember that a portable saw could only take a specific length and thickness of material and therefore you might want to consider a regular power saw when cutting thicker and larger materials instead. If you want to cut shapes and intricate patterns then a scroll saw or a reciprocating saw would work best.

  • Choose a power tool with a reliable motor

Look for a portable cutting saw with a high motor rating. The higher the tool’s motor rating the more effective the tool is to cut a variety of materials and will be able to work on different projects. A motor with high wattage will spin the blades faster and increases the RPM. Higher RPMs will improve tool performance which means it can cut thicker, tougher and more complicated materials for any project or application.

  • Select cutting capacity, cutting depth and bevels

A power saw with good cutting capacity is the best kind of portable saw. The cutting capacity tells you if the tool can cut the material you are working on. Ideally, the power saw’s maximum cutting depth should be 0”. The base plate should be easily adjustable to cut bevels easily. The portable saw must also be able to cut from 45 to 90 degrees so it can be used on a variety of applications at the worksite or workshop.

  • Check for complete accessories

Portable cutting saws are sold in kits or sets, however, there are power saws that are sold as a bare tool. Power saws insets are a good way to save money because you don’t have to spend more money by buying accessories and tool parts. The most common accessories that you will find in portable power saw sets are blades, wrenches, guards and a bag to carry your power tool around.

Product Comparison Parameters

How do we compare two products?

  • Quality

The quality of a portable circular saw is of utmost importance. Purchasing a quality saw will give you good value for your purchase.

The Dremel Ultra Saw looks and feels like a quality power saw. The most popular feature of this saw is its portable and compact design. The Dremel Ultra Saw can be used for plunge cuts and for making cuts onto the center of a board minus any pilot holes for a floor vent.

Another good quality of this saw is its ability to make the flush cut, plunge cut and for surface prep. You can remove dirt, paint, and rust on a variety of materials like wood, plastic, metal, tile, and masonry. 

The true value of this power tool is its ability to work with a number of materials; not just by cutting and ripping through materials but also for preparing a variety of materials as well.

On the other hand, the RotoZip also proves its good value as a portable DIY tool. It is a spiral saw that can make accurate cuts faster and cleaner. This power saw will cut through almost any kind of material especially wood, drywall, sheet metal, laminate flooring, plexiglass, granite, ceramic tiles, cement boards and on solid surfaces. 

The RotoZip is a versatile tool that will be able to make complicated plunge cuts. When you purchase the RotoZip, you will also be taking home ZipBits, XBits and XCores, compatible components to let you cut and prep different materials.

The RotoZip also has a quality 5.5 amp motor at 30000 rpm. These good features make this compact spiral saw a powerful and precise tool for your worksite or workstation.

  • Price

The Dremel Ultra Saw is available for less than $230 and this comes with complete accessories. The RotoZip tool comes with all accessories needed to start using the tool and is available for less than $80.

  • Blade Size

The Dremel Ultra Saw has a 4-inch blade diameter and comes in different varieties depending on the type of material that needs to be cut. Therefore, there is an Ultra Saw blade that will work for different materials. When it comes to the RotoZip, there are different blades available. You get one multipurpose ZipBits, a 1/8 inch 5/32 inches and ¼ inches collets. The RotoZip is compatible with ZipBits, XBits, and XCores and with attachments like dust management kits and a circle cutter guide.

  • Weight

The Dremel Ultra Saw weighs only 6 pounds and is one of the lightest Dremel circular saws. The RotoZip is also lightweight at only 3 pounds. These power saws are both lightweight, portable and compact therefore you can take these power saws to the field or to the worksite.

1) Dremel Ultra Max

Why Use the Dremel Ultra Saw and Who’s it For

The Dremel Ultra Saw is one of the most updated portable saws from Dremel. This saw is for people who want a compact, versatile and easy to handle power saw. This power saw is a power saw can be useful in so many ways, not just cutting. DIYers, woodworkers, homeowners and even contractors can use this for plunge cutting, surface cleaning or prepping materials.

Review

The Dremel Ultra Saw is a versatile handheld cutting tool that is made for cutting different materials. It is a tool that will also prep materials before you even use these for your projects. The Ultra Saw can also be used for plunge cutting to the center of a board without creating pilot holes for a floor vent. You will only need to use a single tool to do all these tasks.

You can also use the Dremel Ultra Saw for making different cuts. It is for rip cutting, flush cutting, and plunge cutting. This can be used on wood, plastic, metal, tile, and masonry. The Dremel Ultra Saw is also a portable saw with one of the widest wheel positions so you can conveniently use this for different projects. It has adjustable depth control and more good features to make cutting more precise and clean. Finally, the Dremel has tough 7.5 amp motor so that you can use it for a number of applications.

Main Features

  • Used for straight cutting lines
  • Used for prepping surfaces like rust and corrosive materials
  • With a compact ergonomic design
  • For straight cutting, plunge cutting, and flush cutting
  • A versatile cutting system
  • Two cutting wheel positions
  • 7.5 amp motor
  • Adjustable depth control
  • For one-hand operation
  • Can be used on wood, plastic, metal, tile, masonry and more
  • With a cutting guide and dust port adapter
  • With a variety of blades (multi-purpose carbide wheel, metal cut-off wheel, tile diamond wheel and a multi-purpose flush cut carbide wheel)
  • With a hand carry case

Q&As

Where can you buy accessories for the Dremel Ultra Saw?

You can buy different accessories for the Dremel Ultra Saw from shops online. These shops should sell genuine Dremel saws and the Ultra Saw. You can also purchase accessories from local distributors and shops as well. You must buy only genuine accessories and parts for your Dremel saw. Buying and using generic parts and accessories will only affect the way your Dremel Ultra Saw works and may even damage your saw in the long run.

Will you be able to use the Ultra Saw to cut any material?

The Ultra Saw can be used to cut through different materials like wood, tile, metal, aluminum acrylic, masonry and more. All you need to do is to select the blade that matches the kind of material you need to use for your project. And aside from cutting materials, you can also use your Ultra Saw to prepare materials as well. You can use this to remove dirt, rust or old paint to any material you wish to use.

How do you maintain or clean the Dremel Ultra Saw?

Maintaining and cleaning the Dremel Ultra Saw should be done immediately after its use. And before anything else, you must check the manufacturer’s instructions on how to maintain this saw.

Use a soft, clean and dry cloth to wipe the blades and the saw body. The blades should always be clean, sharp and ready for the saw’s next use. If the blades become dull, broken or cracked, replace these at once. Never use a dull or damaged blade because this could be dangerous and could affect the way you use your saw.

Never use any kind of cleaning solution or soap to remove dirt, oil or paint on your blade or saw the body. You may use a soft brush like a toothbrush to brush away stubborn dirt and dust.

How do you change the blade of a Dremel Ultra Saw?

You must refer to the manufacturer’s instruction on how to change the blade of a Dremel Ultra Saw. Most circular saws have a blade assembly with a single nut that holds the blade. Loosen this with the wrench or tool that came with the saw. Once the nut is loose, replace the worn out, old blade with a new one. Replace the nut and tighten it.

What do you do with a broken Dremel Ultra Saw?

If your Dremel Ultra Saw is still under warranty, take your saw with its receipt to the nearest accredited service center. If you don’t know the location of the nearest repair center, check it out using the Dremel website or by calling customer service. If your Dremel saw is no longer under warranty, take it to an accredited service center as well so you can take advantage of top service and genuine parts replacement.

Can you use just any 4-inch blade on a Dremel Ultra Saw?

Unfortunately, there are specific Dremel Ultra Saw blades for the saw so you cannot use just any kind of 4-inch blade. Using just any blade can damage your Ultra Saw. You may order genuine Ultra Sawblades from Dremel or from online sites that sell Dremel products.

Pros

  • This can be taken anywhere or transported anywhere
  • This is lightweight, portable and easy to take around.
  • Can be used on all kinds of material or surface.
  • You can use this on wood, wooden panels, metal, and acrylic.
  • This can be used to make different cuts.
  • Has a dust port so you can remove dirt and dust as soon you make them.
  • A dust-free working area will let you cut cleanly and evenly
  • You will avoid mistakes with a clean working area.
  • This comes with a number of blades.

Cons

  • This is still a corded model.
  • You can’t take it too far from a working outlet.
  • This is hard to use it on the field because you need a long extension cord.
  • This is too loud to use.
  • The blades are hard to find in local shops and dealers.

2) RotoZip

Why Use the RotoZip and Who Is It For?

The RotoZip is a spiral saw that will be able to cut materials without a fuss. It is lightweight, compact and easy therefore you can take this anywhere you want to work without putting pressure on your hand, wrists, and arms. This is for people who would like precisely cut a variety of materials with a compact and easy to use the tool. This is for novice woodworkers and hobbyists. It is for professionals who would like to get the job done fast and easy. This is for carpenters, contractors, woodworkers, and framers.

Review

The RotoZip is a spiral saw that will let you work on any kind of material be it wood or metal with its specialized saw blades. This portable saw can zip through wood, drywall, sheet metal, laminate flooring, solid surfaces, plexiglass, granite, ceramic and cement boards. This is designed to make different cuts and for different applications. The RotoZip comes with a 5.5 motor at 30,000 rpm. This is also safe to use even by novice users. It has a bump switch for safety with dual grip zones to let you hold the RotoZip safely and securely. Finally, it has exhaust vents to reduce the heat that builds up inside the tool as you use it for different products.

Main Features

  • Spiral saw
  • Can work with a variety of materials
  • Can create different cuts: plunge, freehand, hole, and cut-outs
  • With a Circle Cutter Guide
  • With different accessories and attachment
  • With a 5.5 amp motor at 30000 RPM
  • With exhaust vents

Q&As

Where do you take a broken RotoZip power saw?

If your RotoZip saw is still under warranty, take it along with its receipt to the nearest accredited service center. You can check the nearest one from the RotoZip official website or by calling customer service. If your RotoZip is no longer under warranty, take it to an accredited service center as well because only authorized service centers can offer top service and genuine parts replacement.

Can you clean the RotoZip with soap and water?

You must follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to clean and maintain the RotoZip. You may use a soft, dry and clean cloth to wipe the blade and the saw body clean. Do not use water or soap on your saw especially on the blades because this can corrode your blades. Do not use any special cleaning solution as well.

Where do you purchase blades and accessories for the RotoZip power saw?

You can purchase accessories for the RotoZip from a local store or from a local shop that sells RotoZip saw as well as its accessories. It is better to shop for RotoZip blades and accessories online because sometimes it’s hard to look for these from local shops. Remember to use only RotoZip blades and not any kind of imitation blades.

Does the RotoZip power saw have a manufacturer’s warranty?

Contact the seller or distributor directly for warranty for your RotoZip tool. You can also purchase extended warranties which are usually available from power tool shopping sites online and also locally.

Where do you buy RotoZip blades?

You can buy RotoZip blades from online sites and from local shops however many agree that it’s best to shop online. Keep in mind to use only genuine RotoZip blades and not any imitation or generic blades for your saw. Using generic blades can extremely affect the way you use your saw and can even be dangerous to you as the handler of the power saw.

Can you use just any type of blade for the RotoZip power saw?

Unfortunately, you cannot use just any type of blade on a RotoZip power saw. This saw comes with specialized blades that are fit for the tool and using just any type of blade can affect the way the tool is used and how it performs.

Pros

  • The RotoZip is simple and is very easy to use.
  • Can be used by novice tool users.
  • You can use this for various DIY work at home or at the worksite.
  • It is easy to handle because of its lightweight.
  • The RotoZip can make a variety of cuts
  • This will help you cut and prep different materials for any project or application.
  • Change the blade and you can easily handle different tasks.
  • You can make a plunge, freehand, hole, and cut-outs.
  • This comes with a variety of accessories and collets.
  • This has a powerful motor.
  • With exhaust vents.
  • Keeps cool even when you use this for a long time.
  • This can be taken anywhere.
  • It is light, easy to pack in your bag.

Cons

  • This won’t work for thick materials or bulky materials.
  • This is not battery operated therefore you need an extra-long power cord
  • This could be too light for tough cutting jobs.

The Final Cut

There is a saw for every kind of material and this is seen with the Dremel Ultra Saw and the RotoZip. These two handy power saws come with specialized blades to work with different materials. This is not the only thing that these saws have in common.

Both the Dremel Ultra Saw and the RotoZip are lightweight and compact. These weigh less than 6 pounds with the RotoZip weighing only 3 pounds! With this very lightweight, you can use either of these tools for any project at the worksite or at home.

Both the Dremel Ultra Saw and the RotoZip have good motors and therefore these can cut through different materials with ease. With the Dremel and the RotoZip, you can rip through wood and wood panels like tissue paper. You can slice metal sheets using their special blades. You can also move through plastic like these was paper. These tools have easy controls and therefore you can use these safely and with ease.

Aside from cutting materials, you can use the Dremel Ultra Saw and the RotoZip for prepping materials. You can prepare materials by removing rust, dirt and old paint. You will be able to use these for finishing projects before you even apply paint or varnish.

But when you really want a handy power saw, the Dremel has a good working weight. It is heavier than the RotoZip of course but its weight steadies the saw and lets you cut comfortably. The RotoZip is a spiral saw so you are working with a forward facing circular blade; you need time to get used to the blade position to be able to make good cuts. But with the Dremel Ultra Saw, there is no training needed. All you need is to power on the saw and let it rip.

When it comes to accessories, all you need is in the box with both the Dremel Ultra Saw and the RotoZip. There are some complaints that it is hard to look for blades for both these saws and the only way to purchase blades that will complement these saws would be online.

So all-in-all, the Dremel Ultra Saw works and feels better than the RotoZip. Its weight steadies it and its traditional saw design lets you use the saw right away.

Shopping smart especially when it comes to handheld power saws is always a good idea. Checking out product parameters and comparing power saws from the same class will truly help you find the ideal tool that will work for your own projects or applications.

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