Rockwell RK7240.1 Shop Series 13 Amp 10-Inch Table Saw Review
The Rockwell RK7240.1 Shop Series 13 Amp 10-Inch Table Saw with Stand is a compact, powerful table saw with a ton of features. It comes with all of the standard accessories that you’d expect, including a miter sled, rip fence, and dust collection bag. Every part of this saw has been engineered by Rockwell, one of the most trusted names in tools, to be easy to use, reliable, and durable enough to last a lifetime.
Safety is always a priority when working with dangerous equipment and sharp tools, so the Rockwell took this into consideration when designing their table saw. This is evident with the large on/off switch which is easy to hit during an emergency. If you ever need to make an emergency stop when you’re using the Rockwell RK7240.1 Shop Series 13 Amp 10-Inch Table Saw with Stand you can be confident that you’ll be able to hit the switch quickly. Rockwell also includes a shatterproof blade guard for an extra measure of safety.
Another exceptional feature of the Rockwell RK7240.1 Shop Series 13 Amp 10-Inch Table Saw is the included stand. Made out of reinforced aluminum, it keeps the saw at a very comfortable height. Some small table saws need to be put on a bench or sawhorse table to be used, but the fact that Rockwell includes a stand makes it much more convenient to leave set up and ready to use.
Rockwell is known for their smooth and sturdy rip fences, and the fence on the RK7240.1 is no exception. It’s easy to clamp down, stays in place securely, and won’t cause binding like some fences do. The rip fence is tall enough to easily clamp to, which makes it possible to use a number of different fence jigs. It’s made of high-grade aluminum so you don’t have to worry about corrosion, and it’s thick enough that you’ll never have to deal with a bent fence. The fence also features controls that can be operated one-handed, with a levering system that locks the fence securely in place.
One huge feature that the Rockwell RK7240.1 Shop Series 13 Amp 10-Inch Table Saw with Stand offers is an integrated dust collection system. The large bag holds a lot of sawdust, so it won’t need to be emptied as often as some saws. It does an excellent job of keeping particulates out of the air and away from the workpiece, so you can keep a close eye on your cut. Dust collection makes large jobs possible, since you won’t need to worry about clearing the table frequently, which makes this saw an excellent choice if you’re looking for a table saw for your next big project.
Maybe the largest pro of the Rockwell RK7240.1 Shop Series 13 Amp 10-Inch Table Saw with Stand is its easy-to-use controls. The rip fence features a single clamp which can be operated with one hand, so it’s very easy to make fine adjustments. The blade guard is fully automatic, it lifts out of the way as the wood slides into the blade, so you won’t have to worry about the guard getting stuck and ruining your cut. Rockwell also uses a standard blade tilt system that’s simple to operate, with large, clear markings that make setting the angle of the blade easy.
Another excellent upside of the Rockwell RK7240.1 Shop Series 13 Amp 10-Inch Table Saw with Stand has going for it is its value. Low prices are always excellent, but if you’re buying a saw that you need to rely on for years of hard use then price isn’t always the largest issue. Rockwell, however, packs a lot into this affordable table saw, including cast aluminum parts and an oversize 10-amp motor. Price might not be everything, but the knowledge that you’re getting a great saw for a good price is a big pro.
When it comes to tools, people have mixed feelings about weight. While a heavy table saw tends to be seen as more sturdy and durable, Rockwell has put a lot of effort into cutting down the weight. In large part they’ve been successful, because even with the large table, sturdy controls, and big 10-amp motor this saw comes in at a manageable 48.8lbs. The Rockwell RK7240.1 Shop Series 13 Amp 10-Inch Table Saw with Stand is easy to pick up and move around the shop if necessary, which makes it convenient for the cramped quarters in small garages or woodshops.
One problem that you may notice with the Rockwell RK7240.1 Shop Series 13 Amp 10-Inch Table Saw with Stand is its shallow miter groove. This only comes into play when you use a jig, since the miter sled is machined to be a perfect fit. A deeper groove, even if it was just another 1/8”, would be a big improvement. On the other hand, many small saws suffer from the same problem, and it’s caused in part because of the table thickness. There’s just no way to get the groove deep enough without the thick and heavy table that much larger table saws rely on.
Another flaw that this little Rockwell happens to share with a lot of table saws, regardless of size, is a tricky to use blade angle setting. While it uses a pretty standard system, with a lock and slide design that enables up to 45-degrees of blade tilt, you have to use care when returning the blade to its standard 90-degree setting. If you’re careless it can be easy to leave the blade slightly off of vertical, leading to less-than-perfect cuts. As long as you pay attention and make sure that the controls are set and locked properly this is a pretty minor issue.
If you’re looking for a lightweight table saw, the Rockwell RK7240.1 Shop Series 13 Amp 10-Inch Table Saw with Stand is one of the best. It has plenty of power, a large table, includes a miter sled and rip fence as standard accessories, and even comes with a stand.
There aren’t too many other saws on the market that can offer all of the features of the Rockwell RK7240.1, let alone at such a low cost.