From Rockwell comes the RK7240.1, which is an older looking table saw with a stand included and a bit of functionality but how does it hold up? The price is a little concerning to us for a table saw because it’s cheap (like these) but that alone shouldn’t make anyone shy away.
Rockwell confidently backs this product with a 2-year warranty, covering any potential defects or damage. I found it lightweight and easily movable, proving to be a swift and efficient table saw in my workshop. Let’s delve deeper into my experience with the ShopSeries RK7240.1.
What I Like
What I Don't Like
I must be frank about the design of this table saw. Aesthetically, it leaves something to be desired and gives off a vibe of having been tucked away in a shed for quite some time. However, looks aside, I found its practical functionalities along the side to be quite user-friendly and effective.
The stand isn’t anything special at all. It looks like any typical stool you could find in a garage somewhere or you could probably buy a better one from Walmart.
This table saw is also not easy to put together unlike the Grizzly G0715p, and the instructions are quite vague. You might need a little more experience with tools to assemble the table saw.
When it comes to the ShopSeries RK7240.1, you get what you pay for. While it can adequately do the job, the features on the table saw do not ensure precise, clean cuts unlike other high-performing table saws below 300.
The rip fence did leave me a bit disappointed due to its design; I found it challenging to feed wood to the saw evenly. Additionally, the blade didn’t quite perform up to its advertised capabilities, and the motor struggled somewhat when cutting through hardwoods.
The miter gauge can’t maintain an angle, and it’s hard to find replacements that are compatible with the model. Due to the wobbly stand, accurate and consistent cuts are also hard to achieve.
Ease of Use
Setting up the ShopSeries RK7240.1 posed a few hurdles for me, but once assembled, operating it was fairly intuitive. Given its price point, I was pleased to find essential features like a power switch, guides, and a rip fence. That said, I did encounter issues with stability, primarily because of its not-so-sturdy stand and a rather loose adjustment wheel.
Price and Warranty
Concerned about the product’s long-term reliability or questioning its value for your money? I took comfort in the fact that Rockwell offers a 2-year limited warranty with this purchase. If issues arise, they’ll replace it without any additional cost on your end.
How do I cut at an angle and what kind of angle can it cut at?
Stationary, when you set this table saw up, it’ll only cut at a stationary flat angle that’s straight for cutting wood. If you’d like to make angled cuts, then you’ll have to use the mite gauge to make it tilt to the left or the right. The maximum angle you’re able to cut at is 45 degrees and there’s a helpful instructional paper included to help you do this.
What kind of size do I need for replacement blades?
You shouldn’t need to replace the blade for a long time but if you do, it’s recommended that you get 10-inch blades as that’s what fits for this table. However, if you have a defection or problem, you need to contact ShopSeries to get that fixed because they’re always on the ball with that. Just make sure the blades are 10 inches.
What if I want to add a dado blade, would that work?
Unfortunately, no it won’t. While this table is really good for its intended general purpose, you cannot attach a dado blade because it’s a very basic table. It cuts wood and does a good job with the saw blade that it’s provided.
What kind of cuts are ideal with this table saw?
Ideally, you’ll be making 2×4 cuts if you want perfect precision cuts. It’s not for precise fittings or cutting. It cuts smoothly and accurately but you’re not going to get perfect cabinet woodwork out of it and you shouldn’t go in with that expectation.
ShopSeries RK7240.1 Review Conclusion
While this table saw is relatively ugly on the outside and the body is made of cheap plastic, it’s a pretty cost-effective saw. You have to know what you’re getting it for and it’s ideal for just woodcutting as long as the wood is small and not for precise things like cabinets. If you need a stronger saw, take a look at the powerful hybrid saws.
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