- Power: 7.5A
- Blade Size: 3.5″, 4″
- Applications: Cutting, Light Surface Prep, Flush-Cutting
- Kit: US40-01
- Price: $130
It looks like Dremel took their Saw-Max cutting tool and kicked everything up a notch to create the new Ultra-Saw cutting tool.
The new Dremel Ultra-Saw, model US40-01, is boasted as a versatile 3-in-1 tool. So what exactly does it do? Dremel says it can do everything the Dremel Saw-Max can do, and more, and from what we can tell, the 3-in-1 functionality refers to the Ultra-Saw’s ability to cut metal, make flush-cuts in wood materials, and surface or grind different materials.
The Ultra-Saw has a powerful 7.5A motor, a “durable drive train,” a metal foot, and metal guard. On the Saw-Max, the foot and guard are made of plastic. Ultra-Saw cutting wheels and other accessories are 3.5″ and 4″ in size.
From the looks of it, the Dremel Ultra-Saw is essentially a heavier duty and more functional upgrade to the Saw-Max. We were pretty impressed by the Saw-Max, but the Ultra-Max does appear to be much more durable, not to mention more useful.
The Ultra-Saw can cut through metal materials with ease, such as metal tubing and rebar.
It can remove material or smooth surfaces with the grinding/surfacing attachment.
Pop in the offset wood blade and the Ultra-Saw can flush-cut wood materials.
There appears to be a vacuum adapter available, although it like it’s going to be a separate attachment that’s not included in the US40-01 kit. The side handle is included in the kit, and might come in handy for both grinding and cutting applications. A little extra tool control and stability is always a good thing.
The US40-01 kit comes with the saw itself, a 3.5″ metal-cutting wheel (US510-01), 4″ carbide wood cutting wheel (US500-01), 4″ wood flush cutting blade US600-01), a 4″ diamond abrasive surface prep wheel (US410-01), a side handle, and kit bag.
Price: $130 for the kit
ETA: Spring 2014
- 4″ paint and rust surface prep wheel, US400, $15
- 4″ diamond surface prep wheel, US410, $20
- 4″ carbide wood-cutting wheel, US500, $15
- 3.5″ metal-cutting wheel, US510, $3
- 3.5″ masonry cutting wheel, US520, $3
- 3.5″ diamond tile-cutting blade, US540, $15
- 4″ wood flush-cutting wheel, US600, $20
- 6-piece cutting wheel set, US700, $40
The Ultra-Saw looks pretty good to us. It’s definitely an upgrade and improvement over Dremel’s decent and well-regarded Saw-Max, and it only costs $10 more.
Dremel boasts that the Ultra-Saw has a powerful 7.5A motor for tough applications and faster cutting, which suggests it performs appreciably better than the Saw-Max, in addition to having a durable metal shoe and guard, and added versatility. The Ultra-Saw’s larger cutting wheel diameters should provide performance benefits as well.
The Saw-Max could cut and flush-cut various materials, but there were no surface-prep accessories such as the paint removal and diamond abrasive wheels available for the Ultra-Saw.
Right now it looks like the Ultra-Saw could be a winner.
If you’re looking for a more wood-cutting-focused tool and don’t need the metal-cutting or surface-grinding features of the Dremel Ultra-Saw, the new Rockwell mini circular saw is a strong contender that’s compatible with a more standard blade size (4-1/2″).