Rockwell has recently come out with a new compact circular saw, model RK3441K, that can cut through standard 2x material in a single pass without having to flip the work over.
You might have already heard of Rockwell’s Versacut compact circular saw, and if so, their new saw should look familiar. But there is one significant difference – the Versacut has a 3-3/8″ blade while the new circular saw has a 4-1/2″ blade. This gives the new saw a maximum cutting depth of 1-11/16″ at 90°.
- 4-1/2″ thin-kerf blade is less than half the thickness of standard 7-1/4″ blades
- 5A 3500 rpm motor
- Cutting performance is comparable to that of full-size saws
- Lighter and less bulky alternative to full-size circular saws
- Left-handed blade design for greater cut line visibility
- 0-45° bevel cutting capacity
- Push-button arbor lock for blade changes
- 10-foot power cord
- 3/8″ arbor size
- 1-11/16″ cutting capacity at 90°, 1-1/8″ at 45°
- Dust extraction port and 1-1/4″ hose adapter
- Kit comes with 4-1/2″ 24-tooth carbide-tipped blade, vacuum adapter, parallel guide, hex key for blade changes
- 3-year warranty
Suggested Price: $99.99
The street price of the new compact circular saw looks to be $129 (at Lowes), while the original Versacut is ~$109 via Amazon.
I initially wondered why Rockwell didn’t just call this the Versacut 2. But although the two saws are close in price and have some of the same on-paper features, they look like completely different tools. This model looks more like a true circular saw and less like a miniature circular saw adaptation.
My only hesitation with this saw is its 4-1/2″ blade size and the possibility that replacement or specialty blades might be hard to find. There are a couple of suitable blade options available on Amazon, but hardware selections might be scarce.
It looks like this could be a good option for anyone looking for a smaller and lighter alternative to a full-size circular saw.